Printer cartridges were not cheap years ago and the price is only going in one direction - up! There are many reasons why this has been happening including the ever-increasing price of petroleum. One of the main ingredients in plastics is petroleum with many by-products used in common, everyday items. Fortunately there are quite a few ways you can save money on printer cartridges. Some of them are creative and you'll need to find the saving methods that appeal to you. So let's find out about three ways you can save as much as possible when it's time for new cartridges.
Printer ink cartridges are known to sometimes cause the print out to look faded. This can easily make you think it's out of ink, and then you rush out to buy another one. Before you do that, you have some options to extend the life of your cartridge a little bit. Check your users manual and see if your printer has a cartridge cleaning utility. If so, then give that a run and see what it does for the print out. But practically all printers will have some type of utility for maintenance. And the higher end printers will be sure to have these maintenance programs. Sometimes a dust layer or some dirt on the cartridge head will cause faded prints, too.
Explore cartridge refilling if you have never done it because it can save you a lot of money. And be sure you take very good care of your printer cartridges as this will extend the life of it. You'll need to do a search to find stores that will refill them but that's no problem. The savings can be significant because the typical charge is often less than fifteen dollars. What's even better is you can refill a cartridge up to a half a dozen times. The only possible drawback is this is not possible for every type of printer that uses ink cartridges. So you may want to buy a printer model that uses cartridges that can be refilled and it will be worth it.
You have experienced buying products that are more expensive due to the brand name. The parts for many products are included in this situation with brand name parts costing more. You can apply the same logic and experience with ink cartridges with generic brand type replacement cartridges. It's best to shop around and look for user reviews online. The reason is the usual one in which some generic brands are better than others. While some are cheaply made, you can buy cartridges compatible with brand names and they're very high quality.
Saving your hard-earned money on printer cartridges is worth doing especially if you use your printer a lot. Small businesses and work-at-home folks often need to print documents, so these are the people who should find as many ways to save as possible.