Do you think that you are paying too much for ink and toner cartridges?
Many consumers do have an issue with the cost of ink and toner. Many believe that the solution is to change their printer for one that would be cheaper to operate. There are a couple of solutions to reducing the cost of printing, and one is not necessarily to change the printer.
The reason that I say this is because it is not a very environmentally conscientious thing to do…adding more recycled electronics to landfill when it is not really necessary. This is not the answer as most new printers come with starter cartridges that are only partially filled, so changing your printer for the same type of printer (say an inkjet for an inkjet) is really costing you more money and time in the long run.
However, you do have to evaluate the printer you have against your printing habits and needs.
If you strictly print only in black and never use colour, then an inkjet printer is not for you. You will be spending money to replace colour cartridges that you are not using. Most of the newer models of inkjets want two full cartridges in the printer to function (or 4 to 5 cartridges if you have individual colours). And, the individual cartridge printers will use some of your colour ink to keep the printhead clean. If you do not use your colour at least once a week, your cartridge will be blocked and will not work when you need it. So use it or lose it when it comes to colour. If you don’t need colour, your best and most cost effective option is to purchase a monochrome laser printer and donate your inkjet to a not-for-profit agency for resale or to give it away to the needy.
The best way to save money is to have your cartridges refilled or remanufactured locally. Savings can be from 30% to 50% off the retail price.
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