Let’s face the facts: For most people, the on-going cost of ink and toner will be one of the largest office supply related expenses they will deal with. In most workplaces and home offices, printing things is simply a necessary part of a work day. In an effort to help you save some money, here are 5 easy to follow suggestions that will help save on your ink and toner bills:
#1 – Give it a good shake – Most people immediately start thinking about replacing the toner cartridge as soon as the print quality begins to degrade. Instead of that, consider doing this: Remove the toner cartridge from the printer, shake it a bit, and then return it back to the printer. Most toners have around 10% of their original volume still in the toner when you start to see streaks or print issues. Shaking the settled toner can get you enough toner to print another hundred or more pages (on average). Repeat this process until you can no longer print more than thirty pages of streak-free pages before you must shake it again. At that point, the toner needs to be replaced.
#2 – Consider buying compatible toner cartridges versus brand name models – It’s no secret that you pay more for a brand name product in just about any industry, and toner is no exception. In a nutshell, compatible toner cartridges are brand new toner cartridges that are manufactured by third party companies. These toners are manufactured to the exact OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications of your laser printer. The manufacturing technology and processes for compatible cartridges has gone through significant improvements in the past few years, and the compatible toners industry is now producing cartridges as good as or more than equal to most brand name manufacturers. The most popular compatible ink and toner brand that we carry is West Point Products.
#3 – Consider buying remanufactured toner cartridges – A remanufactured toner cartridge consists of a name brand empty toner cartridge that is refilled, and then put through a quality check process to insure the drum and other cartridge parts are working correctly. Like compatible cartridges, there seems to be an underlying idea that remanufactured models are low quality and inefficient. In actuality, the technology used in the remanufactured process is now cutting edge, and print quality is usually within 95% of the original OEM print quality. The best part – remanufactured cartridges can cost up to 40% less compared to OEM brands. Our most popular remanufactured brands are: Elite Image and Business Source.
#4 – Replace the drum and not the entire cartridge – Several toner manufacturers design the cartridges so that the drum can be replaced separately, without replacing the entire cartridge. Replacing just the drum will save you money, and get you back printing again. If you aren’t sure if the drum can be replaced individually, refer to the toner documentation. If you are still having problems, give us a call, and we’ll see if we can help.
#5 – Buy online – Even with shipping worked in, you can save money buying replacement cartridges online. Online vendors (like us!) don’t maintain a brick and mortar storefront, so we don’t incur all the expenses associated a storefront. As a result, we can pass those savings directly on to you in the form of lower prices.
Before you get ready to pull the trigger on your next toner purchase, it might be worth your time to look into these suggestions. If you or your office normally spends $500 a year, and you could cut that cost by 20%, that’s a $100 savings.