Tips for Getting Discount Printer Ink Cartridges

Most stores sell printers quite cheaply, treating them as loss leaders because they know that they can recoup the costs on the sale of consumable ink cartridges. If you do a lot of printing, it can be easy to spend $150 or more on ink but there is no need to pay a fortune for printer cartridges unless you demand the highest fidelity on every one of your printouts.

Even people who do not do a lot of printing may find that their ink cartridges deplete themselves quicker than they expect, because some printers use ink even when they are not printing because they need to keep the print heads clean. These tips will help you to find discount ink cartridges so that printing doesn’t have to break the bank.

brother_lc61_inkThe first thing you should do is look at the average price per retailer. While it may seem convenient to pick up a few cartridges while you’re at the mall, those in-store prices could be as much as 73% above the average price. Shop around online or go to, however, and you could pick up the same cartridge for 20% lower than average that’s a substantial price difference, so even if you stick with brand named cartridges your wallet will feel the difference.

The biggest savings, however, come when you switch to third party ink. While many people may tell you that you must use the ink that is made by the manufacturer of your printer, this is not necessarily the case. It’s true that some third party inks can be disappointing in quality, but if you spend some time reading reviews and are willing to take a few chances to find the best third party inks, then you could find that you save a lot of money in the long run.

If your printer is one that does not have its own print head rather the head is a part of the cartridge, then there is little risk in trying third party inks to see if they are good enough for your needs. However, if the print head is a part of the printer you must choose your inks carefully because bad ink could clog the print head. Since using third party inks voids most warranties, you will have to pay to replace the print head yourself, which could be expensive depending on the make and model of the printer. That you are using.

One thing to look at when you are considering third party inks is the cost per page. In some cases, third party cartridges are cheaper than manufacturer cartridges, but they actually contain less ink, so you end up paying more per page. In other cases the ink dries out quickly, meaning that the cartridge is fine for someone that does a lot of printing and will use up all the ink quickly, but that it would be a false economy for someone who has more modest printing needs. So remember, the up-front cost is not the only thing you need to consider.