We've all seen deals where a printer can be purchased for under $50 and we wonder how can they sell that so cheaply? The answer usually comes in the form of toner cartridges. So many times, the less expensive printer will actually end up costing you more in cartridges and yield fewer copies than a more expensive version. If you're wondering how to save money on toner, take a look at the tips below.
COMPARE the various printers before you buy one. They will give you an estimate of how many black and white and color copies you can expect to get out of a cartridge. Then take a look at how much a combo pack costs and get your cost per copy. You’ll generally find that the more expensive printer will last longer, be more durable, and produce cheaper copies.
CHANGE YOUR OPTIONS on your printer settings to economy or draft mode. This will use less ink and print your copy faster. Additionally, make use of the PRINT PREVIEW option before printing your item. This will allow you to see how it's going to look before you print and keep you from having to re-do it. When printing web pages, you can often save ink by copy and pasting the segment you need into a Word document. This will keep you from printing out advertisements that eat up your ink.
DON'T PRINT unless absolutely necessary. Instead, save the document to your MY DOCUMENTS folder, bookmark it, or email it to yourself at one of the online email services that have almost unlimited capacities.
BUY GENERIC instead of factory specific toner cartridges. This will provide you with immediate savings over the higher priced cartridges that are made by the owner of your printer. They work equally as well and will save you a great deal of money. Another idea is to purchase re-manufactured or returned toner cartridges that have been returned or re-furbished for re-sale. You can save as much as half off the regular cost of a cartridge and they're backed by the same warranties as a full priced new one.
By taking the time to investigate options, your company or personal printer can become an asset again, instead of a money pit that drains your wallet.
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