Thinking of treating yourself or your office to a new printer this Christmas and finally bringing down the cost of your printing? There are a few things to consider before buying your new printer – the cost of replacement ink cartridges being one of them. Sure, the features of the printer are important, Wi-Fi, fast print output, AirPrint etc, but the running costs should be uppermost in your thoughts when you are choosing which printer to buy.
Decide first of all if an inkjet or laser printer is best for you. This will usually be determined by the amount of printing you do, whether it colour or just black and white. If you are a home user or a small business and print regular but not large quantities then an inkjet printer will be sufficient for your needs. These come in all shapes and sizes with many features, some you will use and some you won’t. Check out the cost of a replacement ink cartridge from the original brand manufacturer and then check to see if the same cartridge is available as a compatible or remanufactured cartridge that will be sold by a third party online or locally. Do your research first of all to check that the printer will readily accept compatible cartridges or contact an online supplier and ask if there is a good history of that particular printer accepting compatibles without any problems.
Most online suppliers will be honest enough to let you know if there are any issues – for example many HP printers have issues with compatible cartridges due to the software within the printer – some say designed to prevent you from using third party ink cartridges. The savings on some compatible inkjet cartridges can be as much as 100% on the original brand ink. Heard the one about the ink that costs more than champagne or Chanel No. 5? Hard to believe but like for like in volume it’s true.
The same rules apply to buying a laser printer for those busy home users or small businesses. Investing in a new printer can be a major outlay for a business and the availability of compatible laser toners – that may offer savings of up to 40% against original brand toners, is a big factor to be considered. Buy sensibly and don’t forget, a printer’s not just for Christmas.