In a flailing economy, it is more important now than ever for businesses and individuals alike to do whatever they can to limit spending and stay within a budget. Obviously, printing is an integral part of any standard office, and many people have a personal printer at home that is used for printing things like flight itinerary or concert tickets as well as pictures. The upfront price of printers has been reduced over the last few years, but the cost of ink and toner has gone up. Fortunately, though, there are ways to cut costs on cartridges right now and in the long run.
Saving money now
Instead of going to the manufacturer or certified vendors to purchase brand new ink cartridges, there are companies that provide remanufactured options. These cartridges have been used before and had any damaged or worn down parts replaced, then new printer ink was added. This type of rebuilt cartridge will deliver the same quality and number of prints, but cost considerably less. Often, remanufactured ink cartridges can be found for less than half the OEM price.
The big picture
Using remanufactured cartridges will undoubtedly save users money; however, there is a bigger picture here. These cartridges are only able to be made when people recycle empty cartridges. Many companies offer recycling programs to make this task as painless as possible. Tax payers should jump on this bandwagon, as tax money helps to fund the landfills the empties are dropped in. Over 375 million cartridges per year in the US alone, which is a cartridge every 11 seconds and enough to wrap around the planet almost 4 times, are thrown away. It takes almost a gallon of oil to make a brand new cartridge, and the products they are made with can take 450-1000 years to decompose.
Recycling and remanufacturing ink and toner cartridges will not only save individual’s money now, but it will save a country of individuals money in the long run, and ultimately save a planet.