Think perfume or Champagne is the most expensive liquid in your house? Think again – it’s actually your printer ink! See below for unbeatable deals on printer ink!
Don’t Buy Branded
If your printer is out of warranty, buy generic ink cartridges and save up to 90%. These can be purchased from a variety of places such as Wilko, cartridgeworld.co.uk and Currys. Prices do vary depending on the model of the cartridge, so shopping around to find the best deal is a good idea. If your printer is still in warranty, its best to use the manufacturer’s ink, otherwise your warranty may become invalid.
If You Don’t Print A Lot
Invest in a HP printer that uses Instant Ink cartridge replacement service. You have to sign up to the service, then when you’re running out of ink, the printer automatically orders a replacement cartridge that arrives by post. They also offer 15 free prints each month, if you go over the initial amount it’s just £1 per extra 10 prints. HP does offer price plans that give you more prints per month, they start from £1.99 for 15 prints and up to £7.99 for 300. However, if you don’t use up your allowance you will still be charged but the remaining prints will rollover to the next month. This will only be the amount that you receive as part of your price plan. Instant Ink is available across a wide range of printers that start from £29.99 and will need an internet connection for this service to work. Check the small print as this service isn’t for everyone and cost effectiveness will depend on your usage. Epson also offer a service which sends you new ink before your last one runs out, it’ll automatically detect that your ink is low and place an order for that colour. Unlike HP it’s not a subscription service, you’ll just pay for the ink that you need when you need it.
If You Print A Lot
If you are printing in bulk, Epson and Canon’s new range of printers give you up to 6,000 colour prints from four individual coloureds inks. Instead of using cartridges, they have ink tanks that can be individually refilled. The ink for these printers is significantly cheaper than a typical cartridge with prices starting at £8.99 per bottle. These printers are costly initially with the lowest priced model costing £149.99.
Consider a Laser Printer
Laser printers are a much better choice if you require really high-quality plain text documents, though they aren’t so good for photos. The machine itself will be more expensive than inkjet printers, but the cartridge replacements are much cheaper. And, you’ll get faster print speeds with a laser, too.