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discountid_idp-smart-50s-mainIf you are looking for ID card printers with a lot of options and modular designs that allow for easy upgrades, we have recently added IDP ID card printers and supplies to the DiscountID website.

IDP Printers

IDP makes three main lines of card printers – the entry-level Smart-30, the mid-level Smart-50, and the powerful high volume Smart-70.

The Smart-30 printer is an entry-level model designed for small batch printing with a 25 card hopper.  Options include single or dual-sided printing, magnetic stripe encoding, and an upgrade to Ethernet connection.

The Smart-50 printer is designed for mid-sized organizations with its larger 100 card input hopper and 40 card output hopper. With the Smart-50 you can choose from single or dual-sided printing, magnetic stripe encoding, and USB or Ethernet connections. If you need longer-lasting cards, the Smart-50 has a lamination option too.

The Smart-70 printer has options for single or dual-sided printing, and an optional upgrade to a 500 card output hopper (standard is a 100 card hopper) for batch printing. The laminating Smart-70 also has options for single and dual-sided lamination.

Shop IDP ID card printers on DiscountID.

IDP Supplies

Your IDP printer can print any style of card depending on which ribbons you use – with a wide range of full color, dual and single-sided, and monochrome ribbons, you’ll find everything you need on DiscountID. Each IDP ribbon also comes with a cleaning roller.

Shop IDP ribbons on DiscountID.

You will also need cleaning kits to keep your IDP card printer running in top shape – dust and debris can build up over time in your printer and cause damage to the cards, printhead, and internal parts. As a general rule, we recommend cleaning your printer every time you replace the ribbon.

This process includes cleaning the printhead with a swap, blowing out any dust, or using a long alcohol-soaked card to clean the rollers.

Shop IDP cleaning kits on DiscountID.

did_dtc1250ed-id-card-system_1Fargo ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your Fargo printer.

Colored Fargo Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need a colored Fargo ribbon. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

Shop Fargo ribbons on DiscountID.

Fargo Laminates

Laminating your ID cards will make them last longer and deter card tampering – an important feature for many secure businesses. Overlamiante film comes in a range of styles, including clear and holographic prints.

Shop Fargo laminates on DiscountID.

Fargo Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

Shop Fargo cleaning kits on DiscountID.

acids-free-trialAlphaCard ID Suite v11 ID card software is the newest version of the popular AlphaCard ID Suite software, full of new features and functionality. If you haven’t upgraded yet, why not check out the free  software trial!

The software is available in the same editions as before, from Light to Elite, and the free trial allows you to demo each version so you can identify the one that fits your business perfectly without spending any money. The demo software works the exact same as a full license.

Card software is the brain of your ID card system, storing all your cardholder information and program data. Finding the right software that you can efficiently print cards will make your system so much easier to use – and a free trial allows you to try out all editions worry-free.

Download your FREE trial of AlphaCard ID Suite.

UntitledThe DiscountID website is designed to make it quick and easy for our customers to find products and place their orders. But our Frequently Asked Questions can help answer any questions you may have!

Can I have more than one shipping address?

Yes. You can specify as many shipping addresses as you want.

How can I add a shipping address to my address list?

Visit the “Address Book” section of the My Account page. From there you may click on the “Add New Address” button. Complete and submit the form to add the address to your account. Additionally you will be presented with the option of adding an address during the checkout process

What is a default shipping address?

You may have specified more than one shipping address in your account information. The default shipping address is the address to which your order will be shipped unless you select another shipping address for this order. To select your default shipping address visit “My Account” then “Address Book.” From there click “Edit Address” on the address you would like to use, check the “Use as my default billing address” and/or “Use as my default shipping address” boxes and save the form.

Can I delete an address from my address list?

No. You cannot delete any address but you could change it by editing it.

How do I make changes to an address in my list?

Visit the “Address Book” section of My Account and click edit on the address you would like to update.

For more frequently asked questions, visit the DiscountID FAQ page.

placeholder_ribbons_03To ensure your ID card printer continues to run in top shape, you should only ever use the recommended products from the printer manufacture – this includes everything from ribbons to cleaning kits.

But with so many different ribbon types and sometimes confusing names, cleaning kits, blank cards, and more it can be difficult to find the specific items you need quickly and easily.

Our easy Supply Finder makes this process easy!

You only need to answer two questions to quickly see all the ribbons and supplies compatible with your specific printer. Select your printer brand from the drop down menu, and then your printer model – that’s all it takes!

Try the Supply Finder today.

370x370_system_basicpronto_didMagicard ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your Magicard printer.

Colored Magicard Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need a colored Magicard ribbon. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

Shop Magicard ribbons on DiscountID.

Magicard Laminates

Laminating your ID cards will make them last longer and deter card tampering – an important feature for many secure businesses. Overlamiante film comes in a range of styles, including clear and holographic prints.

Shop Magicard laminates on DiscountID.

Magicard Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

Shop Magicard cleaning kits on DiscountID.

placeholder_ribbonsID card printers use colored ribbons to print your designs on cards, instead of the traditional ink cartridges. Knowing what those ribbon names means will make it easier to find the ribbons you need!

Y – Yellow

M – Magenta

C – Cyan

K – Black

O – Overlay

YMCKO – This standard ribbon is used to print most cards. Most commonly used for single-sided printers, this ribbon does full color on one side of a card. If you use it in a dual-sided printer you can print full color on both sides, but you’ll get half the ribbon yield.

YMCKOK – This is the standard ribbon for dual-sided printing. This style of ribbon will print full color on the front and monochrome black on the back.

There are also specialized ribbons used to print cards and designs beyond the normal colors.

F – Fluorescent, also called UV (only visible with a UV light)

T – Topcoat, also called Overlay

I – Inhibitor (prevents printing in a specific area of the card)

UV – Ultraviolet, also called Fluorescent (only visible with a UV light)

Shop all ID card printer ribbons on DiscountID.

did_enduro-3e_systemA complete ID card system comes with the basic materials you need to start a new ID card program, but do you know what all those parts are and why you need them? The DiscountID team is here to help!

Printer

The ID card printer is the key piece of your new card system – it’s what will print, encode, and laminate your cards. Card printers come in a wide range of styles from manufactures including Magicard, Datacard, or Fargo.

Shop all ID card printers on DiscountID.

Software

Your ID card printer can only print cards – to design cards or manage a database, you’ll need card-specific software. This software is designed for use with ID card printers and blank cards, and allow you to do everything from add cardholder photos and names to encode multifunctional cards.

Shop all software on DiscountID.

Supplies

You’ll need two main supplies to print your cards, a ribbon and blank cards. In addition, you’ll need a cleaning kit to clean and maintain your printer and prevent dust and dirt from building up and damaging your printer.

Shop all ribbons and blank cards on DiscountID.

did-quick-guide-to-handling-cardsID cards are the blank canvas of your ID card program, but did you know that how you handle them can have a huge impact on your print quality? Our ID experts have some quick tips to help you handle cards.

Card Storage

Keeping your cards protected from dust and other debris is the first step – any dust that’s on a card can potentially smudge or otherwise mess up your design. For best results, store your cards in the box in a clean, dry, air-tight environment.

Handle them ONLY by the Edges

In addition to dust, fingerprints can also cause printing problems – the oils on your fingers make it hard to print, so your fingerprints or smidges may show up! To avoid this, never touch the surface of your cards and only handle them by the edges as you load them into the printer hopper.

Wear Gloves

If you’re worried about getting the cards dirty or smudged, wearing gloves as you handle them is the best way to prevent accidentally touching them.

Shop all cards on DiscountID.

did-58-preprinted-awareness-lanyardOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and DiscountID is proud to be part of this effort with our line of awareness lanyards featuring the distinctive pink ribbon.

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women in the US with roughly 1 in 8 women developing cancer. Although cancer rates have gone down in recent years, it is still important to be aware of the risks. You can learn more from the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Resources online.

With so many women as survivors, and the many family members and friends impacted, these awareness lanyards are a great way to show your support. Lanyards are already a popular ID accessory, and the switch to awareness lanyards for the month of October allows your ID card program to be part of the awareness campaign.

Shop awareness lanyards.