FAQ #19 – What About BRINGING a PRINTER To Ecuador?

We don’t recommend bringing a printer to Ecuador for two reasons that may surprise you.

First, there are copy places on nearly every block. On the rare occasion that you need to print something, you can copy the file to a thumbdrive (they’re available everywhere in Ecuador and super cheap), take it to a copy shop, and have it printed for 10 cents a sheet for black and white, 25 cents for color.

Second, while you can buy printers in Ecuador, they aren’t the same models that you’ll find back home in the United States and other countries. That means the printer cartridges are different so you’ll have a hard time finding replacement cartridges if you decide to bring your printer to Ecuador. If you absolutely need a printer, it’s better to buy one in Ecuador so you can find replacement printer cartridges.

Here’s a bonus reason not to bring a printer to Ecuador: printing documents solely for the purpose of reading them is horrible on the environment. The ink itself is full of toxic chemicals and it takes 3 gallons of fresh water to make a single sheet of paper. Ink and paper are also very expensive so it will save you money to adapt to more environmentally friendly methods of reading.

You can make it much easier to read on your computer, tablet or phone with a few simple adjustments to text size and background colors. Being able to increase the font size or the contrast between the text and background colors is something you can’t do on printed paper.

The easiest way to make web pages and emails easier to read is to increase the zoom factor. On a Mac, hold down the Command key while pressing the plus (+) key to zoom in, and the minus (-) key to zoom back out. On a PC, hold down the Ctrl key while pressing plus or minus.

Here are some links to more information that will help you save time, money and the environment by printing less:

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2 replies
  1. Robert Jordan
    Robert Jordan says:

    Three gallons of water for each sheet of paper??!!
    just went through a bunch of old files taking out the sheets with no printing on the back. I was feeling what a waste of time. There are certainly things I should be doing that are more important.
    Thank you for allowing me to feel somewhat virtuous.


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