Feb 06, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
I'm in the market for a new computer printer; looking for one that doesn't make me want to kick furniture everytime I need to buy an ink cartridge refill for it.
SkinnyBitch saidLaser printers!
They use toners which basically never run out. It's more expensive to buy the printer, but consider the ink cost to be included, and you're not contributing to the piles of old printers in junk heaps that weren't worth the cost of re-inking.
mindgarden saidIt is literally cheaper to go back to staples or office depot and buy a new printer every month than it is to buy a set of refill cartridges.
Wolverine4 saidmindgarden saidIt is literally cheaper to go back to staples or office depot and buy a new printer every month than it is to buy a set of refill cartridges.
Probably not. Aside from the fact that you likely don't use all colors at the same rate, HP will put "baby" starter cartridges in their printers. The regular capacity cartridges usually end with the letter "A" while high-capacity cartridges have an "X" suffix. Some of the starter cartridges have a "G", are not available for purchase, and are smaller than the regular capacity cartridges.
If you do a lot of printing, the high-capacity cartridges can bring down the cost significantly.
There are also Dual pack cartridges for printers that don't have high-capacity cartridges.
Wolverine4 saidWell, that goes to what I said in my 2nd post, if you print high volume you need to get a printer with high capacity cartridges.
Are you sure a new printer comes with "A" cartridges (2800 pages in this case) and not even smaller ones?
(I'll be happy to learn that HP has moved away from this; I gave up on their low end [<$600] printers years ago.)
Lastly, odds are you aren't using all colors equally, i.e. you don't need to replace all 4 cartridges at once.
Not even 3 (which is the break even point).
But I see your point.
rnch saidI'm in the market for a new computer printer; looking for one that doesn't make me want to kick furniture everytime I need to buy an ink cartridge refill for it.
mindgarden saidSeriously, depending on what your needs are, and OLD B&W laser printer from craigslist may be the best way to go. They can be had cheap from refurbishers, and cheap refills are readily available from generic sources. I've got a couple of them humming away in the lab.