Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the price of printer ink cartridges, and the possibility that purchasing a new printer (that includes starter cartridges) may be the more economical option. It’s what PC World calls the “Earth Killer Method of replacing your inkjet cartridges”. A study by the magazine showed that replacing your printer when you run out of Ink can be an affordable alternative to buying new ink, but the benefits of such a method may not be worth the trouble. The downsides are numerous: lower yield starter cartridges, poor print quality from cheap printers, increased set up time with each new printer purchase, and the obvious environmental implications of buying, and throwing away, a bulky printer every few months. There are , however, several worthwhile alternatives to starting your own printer collection.
Remanufactured, Compatible, and Refilled Cartridges
The world of third party inkjet cartridges can be tricky to navigate. These products are, by nature, inconsistent. But it is possible to find a reliable vendor who sells well made products at affordable prices. When looking at a third party vendor, make sure to check out their customer service policies to ensure defective products are easily returnable. If you can find a vendor that offers free shipping of products and returns, then you’re taking virtually no risk buying from them. Finding the right vendor may take a few tries, but may be worth the effort.
Printers That Use Less Ink
In their article, PC World suggests the Lexmark Platinum Pro905 and Prestige Pro805 as good alternatives, because of their affordable ink prices. Indeed, these two printers sell at slightly higher prices, but supplies are surprisingly affordable. We’d also recommend Kodak’s line of printers. They make several good all-in-ones with competitively priced ink.
So do yourself and the planet a favor; try to stick to one printer. With a little research, you can make an investment that won’t break your bank in the future.