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In today’s economic climate we are very aware that you want to save money wherever you can. Indeed, one of the most common questions asked by our customers is ‘how can I save money on my printer cartridges’?

Before buying a printer it is very important that you look at the total cost of the package. That is, the cost of printing over time and not just at purchase. For example, there are many inexpensive printers on the market but the nasty surprise comes when it’s time to buy replacement ink cartridges. Many people have found that printer consumables can cost more than the printer itself! Paying a little more for a printer initially can be more financially economical in the long run.

So what do you need to know? Firstly, you need calculate how muchcarts it costs to print each page. To do this you need to find out the yield, or the number of pages the ink cartridge will print, and divide it by the cost of the ink cartridge. You will find that some printers hold higher capacity ink cartridges and on a per page basis are often cheaper to operate.

Another feature to observe is the configuration of the ink cartridges. Some printers have combined ink tanks compared to those that use individual ink cartridges for each colour.

Combined ink cartridges means that you have to replace all cartridges each time a single colour runs out.  You will usually save money with separate ink tanks as you only replace the individual colours when needed.

It is also useful to check that your prospective printer has compatible ink cartridges readily available for purchase. Compatible ink cartridges are usually of the same quality as genuine cartridges but at a fraction of the price. Reputable sellers will guarantee the quality of compatible cartridges and your printer warranty cannot be made void by using these non genuine ink cartridges. Compatible ink cartridges are usually significantly cheaper than genuine cartridges.

To help even more with your decision process we recommend you seek out independent reviews of printers to learn more about the features, pros and cons of each model. CNET is an example of a website that has unbiased reviews of all kinds of technological items including computers, digital cameras and printers.  Another useful review site is PrinterInfo.com.


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