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Now let's get rolling with this week's topic. Allison is frustrated with the high cost of ink for printers and would like us to help her out to reduce either the cost of ink, or buy a printer that would be more cost-efficient.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the high cost of replacement ink cartridges for inkjet printers. In many cases, sometimes the cost of replacing the ink cartridges costs almost as much as buying a new printer! Now that's just ridiculous! So what can you do about it, you ask? Never fear, our members are here to help out. These past few weeks, more than 150 member suggestions, recommendations, and tips were submitted to address the high cost of ink--just a tremendous effort by our community members! While I'd like to list them all, here are just few quick pointers that our members suggested as ways to save money:
-- Print using black ink only when you don't need color.
-- Buy refilled or manufactured cartridges.
-- Invest in a monochrome laser printer if a majority of your work is using
-- Set your printer to print in draft mode
-- Be aware of the paper used; some are specific to inkjets
-- Check out "Consumer Reports." When evaluating printers, it tells you the
cost per page to print a page.
There are many tips in this week's discussion. And if you're frustrated with the cost of ink, this is definitely a discussion to read through. I have some selected member answers in the Q&A to get you started, but please do read through them! Thanks for your contributions, and have a great weekend!
I'm sick of ink-sucking printers, buying advice needed
I am so frustrated with printers and the amount of ink they
now use, not to mention the cost of the ink. I don't do much
scanning or printing in color and no faxing, so I don't need
a high-end printer. I do a fair amount of grayscale printing
each day. My problem is that the printers I have had in the
past couple of years guzzle ink and use almost as much color
ink as black ink, even though I am not printing pages in
color. That was not the case in the past with my older
printers. My color ink seemed to last forever. Not true,
these days. Now that I have Windows 7, I haven't found a
compatible printer that is efficient without costing an arm
and a leg to operate. Can anyone give me any suggestions on
what kind of printer I should purchase? Thanks.
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Refurbished or recertified electronics safe to buy? I am wondering about refurbished or recertified products that can be found on Web sites like eCost.com and many others. Sometimes they have really great deals on products, but most of the products are noted as refurbished or recertified and do not carry the same manufacturer warranty as new ones.
Does this mean that the products are taken in from the original manufacturer and rebuilt to be like new again, or are they products that have been returned for reasons other than a defect? Are they safe to buy, and safe in the sense that if the company does not want to give them a full warranty, why should we trust the product? If you have bought refurbished or recertified electronics, what has been your experience? Any advice on this is appreciated. Thanks.
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