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Print on used paper?

Is it true that printing on the blank side of scratch paper can cause the old ink to melt off and smudge/dirty the rollers? I havent' encountered this issue, but my boss just informed me that this sometimes happens. Do you know if this is a universal issue, or if it is not, does it apply to my printer?

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No,not that I know or heard of the only problem I'm sure of is you may get more jammed paper if you re-use scratch paper.
Paper has a certain moisture content and once you print on it the moisture is gone giving you a drier paper, runing it through more than once causes the paper to curl thus giving jams.

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