Buying a new printer or replacing one, that has come to the end of its working life, can often make us rush to get the cheapest priced printer on offer. Either online or in the local high street store.
This is understandable, as necessity is the mother of invention, and we must have another printer to keep us going. Say, we fall behind in printing our Christmas holiday boarding passes! It’s so easy to pick up a low cost printer these days – even while you are out shopping in Tesco’s or Asda, low and behold there is a printer maybe for as little as €30! Well, surely they must be selling them at that price to get rid of them as they obviously have too much stock! Just recently I spotted a small-in-one Canon printer in one such Dublin store for around €35, not bad for a printer, scanner copier.
Of course, being in the industry my first thought was for the cost of replacing the ink cartridges and decided to do a little checking before making the purchase. It turns out that the cost of one set of inks was almost twice the cost of the printer!
The cost of original brand printer ink has gone beyond a joke from last couple of years with people begin ‘stung’ for paying for ink after buying a printer at a knockdown price. The secret to getting the best value for your printer is to do some basic research before you purchase the printer. If you were buying a car you would check out the running costs and the road tax or insurance connected with that model of vehicle and buying a printer really is no difference. The fact that many households now have more than one printer adds to this theory as the running costs for a busy household with school children or indeed a busy small office are crucial to their budget.
Dublin ink prices have increased so much that many more people are making the switch to non-original cartridges in an effort to save as much as 70% when compared to the original brand printer cartridges. A reputable local or online Irish supplier will be able to advise you if firstly the printer you are buying will accept non-original cartridges and secondly if the compatible version gives you a big saving on your ink. Most printers will accept the compatible version of the cartridges but it’s best to check if there are any known issues as the printer manufacturers are prone to offering downloads for your printer that have been known to give issues when using the non-original cartridges.
The best advice I can give you is to do some research before you panic buy that new printer and not get a bargain but enjoy low-cost printing for years to come.