What to Know About Recurring Ink and Toner Costs Before Buying a Printer

Did this happen to you?

You realize that your printer was out of ink. You head over to the store and find out that the ink cartridges come close to $65. “That’s steep”, you think to yourself.  While browsing you notice that you could’ve actually bought a new printer for $50 – less than the cost of ink! “Wow,” you think to yourself – why do printer ink cartridges cost more than buying a new printer? You make a pact with yourself that next time around you’ll research the price of ink or toner BEFORE you venture out and buy a new printer.

If this is something that happened to you, you’re not alone. So many printer buyers (including hundreds of our clients) bought printers without researching the ongoing recurring costs of ink or toner they’d have to face month after month.

Here are 3 things to find out before you buy a printer to save money in the long run:

1) Research the price of ink or toner.  It’s a good idea to look for OEM (branded manufacturer) cartridges that are not that expensive BUT it’s an even better idea to look for other options besides OEM toner to save even more money. Today you’ll find respectable compatible and remanufactured ink and toner suppliers no matter where you live, or you’re sure to find them online. Do your research and you’ll be sure to discover quality third-party cartridge alternatives that are the perfect fit for your printer model saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

2) Go for high yield cartridges. Find out if the printer you choose is able to accept high yield ink or toner cartridges. High yield cartridges store more ink or toner and are great for printing large volumes or for extended printing use. It costs less per print if you use high-yield printer cartridges helping you to save more money over time. Of course the best option would be to find compatible or remanufactured high-yield cartridges for your printer.

3) Refill often! If you own an inkjet printer there is no better money-saving strategy than getting your empty ink cartridges refilled. Did you know that depending on your ink cartridge, you are able to get it refilled 3-4 times? You’ll be saving at least 50% off branded cartridge prices if you opt for refilled ink. At most leading ink refillers like Island Ink-Jet you can wait while your ink cartridges are refilled. Ink refilling is also one of the most environmentally friendly option in the market today.

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To conclude, before you decide on a printer make sure you research the ongoing costs of running and maintaining that printer. Being an informed consumer is the best way to save money in the long run.