Saving Money on Toner & Inkjet Cartridges

The computer printer has become a household necessity for many of us. However, the cost of toner and ink cartridges can be very expensive. This is a guide about saving money on toner and Inkjet cartridges.
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August 16, 2016 Flag
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Buying a new ink cartridge is expensive, especially if you have a lot to print or you're printing out photos. Recently I've noticed that I can't even print out 100 black and white pages before I need to change my ink cartridge. Fortunately, I can buy the ink I need to refill my own ink cartridges.

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January 13, 2014 Flag

I just bought several new refurbished ink cartridges at the local office store and they would not work. So, I took them back. The manager pointed out to me they were expired and should not have been on the shelf. They were HP refurbished/refilled cartridges. He explained to me that after time, ones that are refilled lose head quality and can sometimes even damage your printer. So, they have a microchip in them that will cause them to quit working on the expiration date, even if they are still full of ink.

I thought that was odd, so I called HP. They transferred me to numerous people until I got a guy who knew what I was talking about and he confirmed what the manager of Office Depot told me.

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So, check for the expiration dates. If you buy several, rotate them so that they don't expire and quit working on you. This is true for HP, don't know about the other brands.

With some cartridges costing up to $60 or more, this tip can save lots of money.

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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

I thought everybody at Thrifty Fun knew about Atlantic Ink. Dear Webby has been pushing it for years.

HP sucks. The Atlantic replacement for my HP 61XL cartridge costs $19; HP wants over $30.

Contact Atlantic at www.atlanticinkjet.com, or call them at

1-866-512-7162.

Also, Atlantic sends notices of frequent sales. Over the years I've received exactly ZERO sales offers from HP.

The Atlantic cartridges work just fine -- ask Webby. Also, HP softwear flashes a message on my monitor screen whenever I use my printer, warning that the cartridge isn't whatever. That's a laugh. One more thing: When my HP Photosmart All in one D110a printer scanner quits I'll never buy another HP piece of anything.

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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

I have used places where they refill cartridges and the first one I had really good luck with. After that, they didn't seem to work well so I stopped buying refills and just buy new ones.

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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

Thanks for this advice. I had it happen to me just last week, so I will be checking from now on.

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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

I have suspected this for over a year now. I have an HP printer and I refill my own cartridges. About a year ago, the one I had been refilling simply refused to work. I ended up buying a brand new cartridge, and have been refilling it. Now I can expect this one to bomb out on me some time in the near future.

The chip and the expiration date are HP's way of defeating those of us who want to save money by NOT buying their overpriced cartridges! It's a dirty, underhanded way to make people spend more money on HP products. I will NEVER buy another HP printer again!

I had an Epson printer years ago and I refilled the original full-size cartridges for 7-8 years, over and over. I never bought another black or color cartridge for that printer after the original set. The printer finally wore out, and the cartridges were still good when I threw it out. Unfortunately I replaced it with the HP printer, which I now regret.

If the manufacturers are going to resort to these schemes to make money off the public, they're going to earn a lot of ill will. Some people will figure out how to defeat their nasty little chips. Unfortunately, I'm not able to do so. I can't wait for this printer to wear out, so I can replace it with a different brand, assuming the other brands don't all adopt the same nasty tactic.

There's something wrong when one cartridge costs nearly as much as the printer itself did, new. If HP wasn't so greedy in the first place, and sold their cartridges at reasonable prices, there would be less incentive for people to circumvent buying them by refilling the ones they have. Some of us are NOT made of money!

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June 5, 2013 Flag

If you use your printer a little or a lot, ink is still expensive. I use my regular printer a lot, mostly black but it still "uses" color inks.

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July 19, 2006 Flag
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Refilling Ink Cartridges Tip. Save money by refilling your own printer cartridges. I found that refilling ink cartridges is very simple and will save a ton of money! I ordered a refill kit from inksell.com and it came with everything to do the job. . .

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August 7, 2007 Flag

Save money on printer ink. When printing, under Preferences choose "Draft." You will find the copy quite dark. It's surprising. It makes your printer ink go further.

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March 29, 2011 Flag
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To save up to 30% on ink when printing, use the narrowest font possible. I never would have thought of this on my own.

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January 21, 2005 Flag
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Tips and advice for saving money on ink cartridges for your printer. Post your ideas.

June 1, 20050 found this helpful

Make sure your home printer is on black and white default. The ink is less expensive than color.

By Rennae G

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I have tried refilling different brands of cartridges with no luck at all. I found "Master Inkjets" to be inexpensive, $14.95 for color or black and white for many brands. They are very quick, guarantee their work and pay the postage! Just go to Masterinkjets.com they are great.

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February 1, 20060 found this helpful

When the ink cartridge starts to fade, take it out and give it a little shake. You can get quite a few more pages out of it. Also, don't forget to choose "Fast Draft" for printing things that don't have to look excellent--shopping lists, for example.

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October 24, 20070 found this helpful

Go to www.ims-ink.com to get an excellent refill kit that I bought at Cosco. It has the needle connected to the bottle so there isn't as much as a mess. It has 2 bottles of black and the three colors in photo and regular. They are all 80ml. A total of 640 ml of ink. A really good deal for those who fill up there ink and you don't have to have the store membership to get it.

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March 3, 2012 Flag
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Some of us have printer/fax machines that are costly. I know that after purchasing my Canon printer, I began to regret it because I felt that I couldn't afford it.

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March 29, 2011 Flag
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Switch your printer font to Century Gothic. It uses less ink than other fonts.

Source: Women's World

By lynda (crabby) from Kearny NJ

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By JustPlainJo 02/28/2011

I hadn't really thought about the difference in the fonts and how much ink or toner they use. I don't print much, but for those who do, this is a great tip! Thanks, Linda.

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By simplify 02/24/2011

I have used both fast draft and gray scale. Finally I decided to choose a less black color with your document's choice of ink color. Choose one that is a little blacker than gray and you will save even more ink! Most people (unless they have poor eyesight) will be able to read the text even with the color change. Try it - you just might like it!

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February 24, 2011 Flag
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Does your computer printer use a lot of ink? Mine does, even when I go in and change the printer to fast draft before printing and gray scale only. You may want to consider changing the font setting to cut ink consumption. Ecofont, a Dutch company, has developed a set of fonts that uses 15 percent less ink by essentially leaving small holes in printed letters. The Ecofont website allows you to download an ink-saving font. Ecofont ink-sparing fonts include Times New Roman, Calibri and Franklin Gothic Medium. I hope you like this tip as much as I do!

Source: AARP news letter

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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Use EcoFont to Save Printer Ink

I just did this, downloaded their free shareware font and tried it out. I have no idea if it will save that much ink, but the font is pretty cute, with tiny little dots inside each letter, forming the same shape as the letter, like a dot T inside the letter T. My daughter likes it, and says it looks like "polka dot ribbon". I will see if I notice a difference in ink consumption. (08/25/2010)

By poepadoe

Use EcoFont to Save Printer Ink

I'd never thought of this, since I use toner. But I have a friend on a fixed income with an "inkasaurus" who'll love it! (08/26/2010)

By JustPlainJo

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