May 2009 Newsletter

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The Inside Scoop on HiCo vs. LoCo Cards

For those unfamiliar with the inner workings of ID cards, it's easy to go loco trying to figure out the difference between HiCo and LoCo magnetic stripes. Don't fret; we're here to clear the air. Yes, magnetic stripe cards come in a couple different formats: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo). What's the difference? Well, practically speaking, LoCo cards are usually light brown in color, while HiCo cards are closer to black. HiCo cards are stronger and more secure. They're harder to erase, which makes them appropriate for applications requiring frequent use and long card-life. LoCo cards don't last quite as long, but they're cheaper and extremely popular for a wide variety of applications that don't warrant the strength of HiCo mag stripes.

Let's take a look at some examples. Peek inside your wallet and pull out your debit card or credit card. Notice the dark color, that's a HiCo mag stripe. High-coercivity magnetic stripes are used in the banking industry because they're very secure, and they can easily withstand frequent swiping. Dig a little deeper in your wallet and find your gym membership card, a bus pass, or perhaps a loyalty card for the nearest grocery store. Chances are these cards contain LoCo mag stripes. Security is less of a concern for these types of cards, and the low-coercivity stripe is certainly capable of holding up to regular use.

Both HiCo and LoCo cards are used for a wide assortment of applications, from access control and cashless payment, to time and attendance, mass-transit fare payment, check-in/check-out processes, and more. The type of card you use is of course determined by the application, but you could save yourself some money if LoCo cards are fit for the task. At DiscountID.com, we carry HiCo and LoCo mag stripe cards at prices that can't be beat.

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The lanyard is easily the most popular accessory for wearing and displaying an ID badge. You see them everywhere - at schools, in the workplace, and beyond. For ID programs where cards need to be displayed visibly, lanyards are the obvious choice. Consider the lanyard as a combination of form and function. You wear it around your neck, and for most people, the lanyard is essentially a permanent part of the daily wardrobe. With that in mind, let's explore the many different lanyard variations available from DiscountID.com.
Breakaway Lanyards - For active environments, breakaway lanyards are the way to go. These lanyards have a special safety feature built into the strap that allows them to break off when pulled too hard.

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Beaded Neck Chains - When fashion is your chief concern, consider our beaded neck chains, available in a variety of colors. Hey, if you have to wear a lanyard every day, might as well pick one that fits your colorful personality.

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Custom Lanyards - Lanyards can also be customized with a company name, school name, or a logo. These flat lanyards are hot-stamped or embroidered with the wording of your choice.

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REVIEW: Discontinued Products

They say if it ain't broke don't fix it. We're sure many of you hold this attitude when it comes to your ID card printer, and we understand why you'd want to stick with your old reliable printer until the bitter end. Sometimes, however, the problem with outdated printer models isn't performance, but rather finding supplies once the manufacturer discontinues the product. If you find yourself in this very predicament, let DiscountID put your mind at ease.

Our Discontinued Products section makes it easy to find supplies and accessories for virtually any discontinued printer model. We carry everything from ribbons and overlaminates to replacement printheads and cables. At DiscountID, as long as your printer still works, you'll be able to find the supplies you need to continue using it.

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In the May Issue:
Feature:

HiCo vs. LoCo

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Spotlight:

Lanyards

New Products:

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Review:

Discontinued Products

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