Getting the Best
How to Buy Printer
Ink & Toner Cartridges
Tips on Cheap
Replacing Printer Cartridges
Getting Cheap Printer Ink
Cheap Ways to Save on Printer Ink
There are three main ways to save on printer ink, aside from adjusting
the quality of printouts and the printer you select to buy:
- Refill kits - where you purchase ink in bulk quantities
and refill yourself. This is the cheapest since it has the most potential
for cost savings. Normally it involves opening a hole at the head
of the cartridge and injecting the ink and then sealing afterwards.
You fill your own cartridges at a fraction of the cost of buying
new or even purchasing remanufactured or compatible cartridges with
- Refill centers - the refill outlets that are private
operations and franshices that have grown by leaps and bounds over
past several years. Here you take your empties in and they refill
them onsite with little wait time. Those with qualified personnel
and equipment can test the circuitry on the cartridges (for chipped
cartridges) to let you knwo the status of whether it should work.
Another high point for the refill center over shipping through an
internet dealer -- by bringing in a currently working cartridge,
your refilled cartridge has the greatest chances of success and carefree
operation. A leading complaint of the internet ink sources is they
often do not operate (printer rejection, bad or incorrect color representation,
etc). Across the board, outcomes are generally best with
cartridges that contain no electronic circuit, sidestepping
altogether any potential failure rates.
Futher, many refillers have apparantly set their
pricing by minimum replacement levels -- so ask about the ml (millileter) quantity
that is being charged for since its not always a wsie idea to be buying for minimums
you never reach..
- Ink retailers - depending on the location of local
refillers, this could prove the most convenient. Before ordering
be aware of product guarantees and return periods in the event
a glitch comes your way.
Regardless, by always having spare refills on hand you should be able
a sufficient amout of ink up and running in your printer.
And for purposes of refilling, a factory made cartridge is usually best to fill.