a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I used to do that too! And hijack friends who worked with photocopiers to sneak me copies after work etc. What I did was get a scanner, scanned my zines, printed them off myself for a while, but what I do now is take the best photocopies of them to my local photocopy place and they print them. Its all about finding someone who understands what youre printing and is cheap! The guy who prints mine is an old punk guy so knows what Im after.
Also, I advise giving your zines as non cut and pasted together, so like mine I made a really good photocopy first that I use to print from, then you can just plonk an issue down, say 'copy me this 20 times' and theyll understand a lot easier plus no labour for them having to scan them, so you get it cheaper, they can just feed them into the copier and hit the button.
Elaine, it's different for different printers. I did a google search for my model to find where mine is. It'll be somewhere near where you insert the toner though. You'll also need to put black tape over it rather than some kind of clear tape to fully block the sensor.
I bought a copy machine on craiglslist for $75. I used that, but it ran out of toner and I didn't get around to
buying another one.. and then I found a copy machine at the thrift store for $25, tested it and it printed awesome,
wasn't low on toner or anything.. So I actually have two copy machines now. The small one only prints 8.5x11 though.
Buying the smaller one was cheaper than buying a toner refill for my big one though, haha.