Companies like HP, which sell their ink cartridges at high prices, do so mainly for one reason—they own the patents to the cartridge design and, most likely, the ink that it houses. Some inks can cost you $700 or more in five years, enough to buy you a new printer with a new cartridge. So it is only reasonable for you to look for cheaper alternatives.
Aftermarket ink cartridges offer a way out of these prohibitive expenses as they usually cost only half the price of the original, and sometimes, even less. Additionally, when you use remanufactured cartridges, you also save the environment.
Ways to Save on HP Ink Cartridges
You can ensure that your HP-compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges perform with little to no difference in printing quality by doing the following:
Obtaining a buy-back or replacement guarantee.
Consumers are guaranteed the right to return a purchase if they are unhappy with it. Take advantage of this opportunity when shopping for remanufactured ink cartridges.
Using the non-OEM ink cartridge right away.
This enables you to detect any problems and return the product as soon as possible.
Making sure that the print head is clean all the time.
Print heads can malfunction if they are not maintained well. One of the ways by which this can manifest is by flashing an error message, saying that the ink cartridge is empty even when it is not. Optimize your savings by cleaning your print heads first before inserting your remanufactured ink cartridge.
Shaking the ink cartridge when the printer has not been used for days.
OEM or not, ink settles when it is not used for a while. Also, you may not notice it, but ink dries up little by little from the nozzle, where the cartridge is exposed to air, and drying can speed up the settling process. To maximize the use of your aftermarket ink cartridges, shake them gently if they have been idle for some time.
Cleaning the ink cartridge nozzle.
This removes any blockage that can compromise print quality or needlessly absorb the ink.
Other ways by which you can maximize your ink costs are:
Printing in draft mode whenever you can.
Test pages, editable scripts and privately-read reference materials do not have to be printed in normal mode. Your ink supply will last longer when you print in draft or economy mode.
Previewing your documents before printing.
Printing mistakes, no matter how small, are simply unsettling. When making presentations to people with strict standards, the late discovery of a printing error is a hassle, leaving you with no choice but to edit and reproduce entire pages. Minimize waste by reviewing your documents first before running them through the printer. Some ways to do this are by proofreading, zooming in and out of the soft copy and using Print Preview.
Remembering that printing in black and gray is cheaper than using color.
For printouts that do not need to be in full color, such as help-wanted ads, news clips, and sketch maps, black ink is always more economical than color ones. Save your HP color ink for artwork and client presentations.
Removing unessential logos, pictures and ads from your document.
Various websites are filled with sponsor advertisements or captivating scenic pictures. If you have to print the content of a web page but need only the text, you can go about this by switching to their printer-friendly version or saving the page in text form before printing. This way, your HP printer ink can have extra mileage.
Considering using a more print-friendly font.
The Arial font is a reliable, all-around lettering style. However, fonts like Times New Roman, Calibri and Century Gothic consume less ink than Arial. Think about that the next time you use your HP printer.
Availing of promo deals the next time you shop for ink.
Larger cartridges like the HP 950 XL and HP 951 XL can make printing very cost-efficient. Promo deals on non-OEM ink cartridges help you further lower costs.
Tips for Saving on HP Toner Ink
Aftermarket toner cartridges usually yield the same image quality as those provided by their OEM counterparts.
Like non-OEM ink cartridges, they reduce expenses and let you do your part to save the planet. To get the most out of HP-compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges, you can use the same shopping tips that we shared above for aftermarket ink cartridges.