8 Tips to Keep Your Printer Ink Costs Down


Friday March 31, 2017

Printer ink can be expensive. Prices range between $13 and $75 an ounce, causing everyone from office managers to students to complain about the high cost of printing. Consider the following simple ways to reduce your printer ink costs:

  1. Pick the Right Printer – Before printer ink even becomes an issue, consumers should first determine what kind of printer they’ll need to match their printing purposes. For example, if the bulk of what you’ll be printing is black and white pages, a color inkjet printer may not be the right printer for you. It’s best to use a mono laser printer and high-yield toner cartridges in order to double your printing output at almost half the price.
  2. Print Only What You Need – Print only the most pertinent information and skip the rest. For example, if you’re printing a news article, cut and paste the text – cutting out ads and photos – or print the article without any comments that typically follow.
  3. Preview Before You Print – Use the print preview function, which allows users to view how pages will appear before they are printed. This is often a great solution for identifying some of the trickiest of formatting issues prior to printing. You can save a large amount of ink, toner and paper by doing this.
  4. Adjust Your Color Settings – If most of your printing is done in black and white, be sure to change the printer settings default mode to mono, not color. When you do print in color, change your printer setting back to color in the print menu. Not only will you reduce your overall printing costs by saving on the amount of color toner being used, but you’ll ensure higher quality results.
  5. Avoid Paper Jams – Most printers are set to print on 20-pound bond copy paper. So as not to waste ink or toner thanks to a paper jam, prevent them from happening by adjusting the printer settings to reflect the appropriate thickness of the material you are using. Many printers allow you to print on various materials including heavier paper, labels or envelopes.
  6. Gauge the Accuracy of Low-Cartridge Warnings – These warnings tend to differ between printer brands and models. Some warnings may be premature, occurring well before the cartridge is actually low. You will end up wasting money, as well as ink, if you replace the cartridge too soon. Keep printing with the cartridge until you notice the quality getting worse. But, if you’re starting a large or important print job, it may behoove you to replace the cartridge sooner rather than later.
  7. Maintain Your Stock of Ink and Toner – Since cartridge ink has an expiration date, make sure you do not overstock and risk unused cartridges going bad. Particulates can form in cartridges and clog nozzles. Regularly cleaning your printer nozzles is a good idea to maintain print quality. Old toner for laser printers can lead to poor print quality. If you see that happening, remove the toner cartridge and shake or rock it from side to side several times before replacing back in the printer.
  8. Buy Non-Printer Brand Cartridges – You can save as much as 30 percent on printer cartridges by buying high-performance ink and toner from companies, such as Cartridge World, specializing in a range of printing products and services for the home and business user, instead of paying full price for the printer brands at office supply stores. In addition to saving cost, alternative options often offer easy automated ordering, printer installation and repair options/services.

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