Ink cartridges: How to save money on printer cartridges and toner – including HP, Canon and Epson printers

Working or studying from home means using your own printer – but printing costs are rising fast as ink and toner are expensive.

How to save money on ink cartridges and toner

What is the difference between ink and toner?

Ink cartridges, also known as ink cartridges, are, as the name suggests, used exclusively in inkjet printers.

Toner cartridges are used in laser printers. Instead of liquid ink, they use a dry powder called toner that bonds to the paper to create the print.

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How can I save money on printing?

Discover compatible brands

When buying a printer for the first time, it’s common to buy the ink from the brand that made the device – be it HP, Epson, Brother or another. However, you don’t have to buy from the big brands.

There are plenty of independent brands to buy from – and they deliver the same quality results but for a lot less money. According to Printer Ink, every time you buy a compatible ink cartridge instead of a genuine ink, you save around three pounds of wasted plastic and metal, so it’s good for you and good for the planet.

They guarantee that they stock a compatible replacement cartridge for the most popular printer brands in the UK, so you can get your next compatible replacement ink cartridge from them in just a few clicks.

Try recycled cartridges

Using remanufactured cartridges will also save you a lot of money. These are remanufactured OEM products, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer – also known as cartridges, made by the same company as your printer manufacturer.

Some companies offer the option to send these empty cartridges back, and then they’ll be thoroughly cleaned, refurbished, refilled, and tested before they’re put back on the market – at a lower price.

Plan your ink or toner shipments

The last thing you want is to run out of ink, especially at a really crucial time when you’re only halfway through printing a college or university paper or some important notes for work.

The good news is that some companies like Amazon and Printer Ink offer you the opportunity to save even more money by planning your deliveries in advance. For example, printer ink offers an additional 5% discount if you plan to get more ink or toner on a specific date in advance.

Use less ink or toner when printing

It may sound obvious, but only print when you really need to. If you are creating your documents for print, consider the typefaces you are using. Some actually require less ink than others. For example, Times New Roman or Century Gothic are cheaper than Arial.

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