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Recycling Inkjets

I found a website about recycling inkjet cartridges months ago and liked the way they profile several different suppliers so I can check the different ones and find the best deals, so I have bookmarked the web site and I send the link to friends who ask about discount laser printer toner supplies.

I’ve been using an HP 1020 laser printer, and the retail cost of a new toner cartridge is over $60. By using the website to find a refill and a coupon for free shipping, I got a refilled toner cartridge for under $40.

There are comparable savings on the different color cartridges for my Epson photo printer. The Epson requires 6 different cartridges and goes through ink like string through a duck.

At work we use a variety of printers, so I gave our Purchasing Manager the link and I know we are recycling both the inkjet cartridges and the laser toner cartridges, and using refilled cartridges at work, too. No one has complained about the quality or had any issues – knock on wood – so I guess that speaks well for the idea of saving money and saving the environment at the same time with printer cartridges.

Ink Jets and Toner Cartridges

One of the ongoing expenses of having a computer is the constant supplying and the maintaining of the printer. I often print out driving directions, food recipes, and lists on my home computer and printer. Sometimes I bring work home from the office so I can finish up a report or presentation in the comfort of my own home without the distractions of dozens of people moving down cubicle corridors.

Of course, there is never a good time to fun out of ink but there are worse times, so as soon as you have a critical, multi-page report to print, your printer will run out of ink and shut down. Usually this is with a looming deadline and long after the local retail stores have closed for the night. This happened to me once and I swore that I will not allow that to ever happen again. So I bought extra ink cartridges and keep them in a desk drawer, at the ready for the first sign of running out. Stocking up on ink and toner cartridges can be a significant expense, so I took that opportunity to save money and buy refilled cartridges that are on sale and if there is a coupon to use along with you can count on me using those as well.

Touch Up and Print

Computers and smart phones are great. I used all kinds of tech and digital equipment all the time. But every once in a wall, I come across something that I want to print. Usually I download the photo to my PC, touch it up with my photo editing software and then print it on photo paper. I have a little color printer at home that is slow but inexpensive. I can buy original ink cartridges online and have it delivered to my condo so that I never run out of printer supplies.

Some of my friends are using recycled ink, but I tried that once and saw a big difference in the print quality. I did an in-home experiment and printed two photographs on the same printer but used the recycled ink cartridge, then replaced it with an OEM cartridge. You could see the difference with the naked eye. It is much better to get genuine toner cartridges and avoid the recycled ink if the print quality is important to you.

The price difference is actually very low between a recycled cartridge and genuine ink cartridges. A couple of years ago you could save over half the cost by buying recycled. But now you hardly even save 20%. So when you see the fainter, lighter colors from the recycled ink as compared to OEM ink, you realize that saving only 20% is just not worth it.