In the printer industry, ink cartridges are surprisingly expensive and often this is because much of the company’s profit is made from their cartridges, particularly if you have brought an inexpensive printer. But the reasoning behind ink cartridges costing so much is not much comfort when you’re still having to pay for them. At Toner One, we are here to help you to make sure that your ink cartridges last as long as possible. Our tips can help you get more prints out of each cartridge, leading to those all-important savings.

  • Use Economy Mode

  • Unless you're planning on printing a professional document that requires a high-quality finish, it is always better to switch to economy mode. As the name suggests, economy mode reduces the amount of ink or toner that is used when printing each page, allowing you to conserve a little bit of ink on every print. 

    While this might not sound like much, over time this allows you to make bigger savings on your ink purchases. Of course, you will find that there is a slight dip in the quality of the print but this is incredibly minor and is not noticeable on most documents. You can always switch between economy mode and normal mode when necessary.

  • Check Before you Print

  • While this might sound like an obvious thing to do, you need to double-check every document before you print it. Proofread the document for any mistakes that you might want to correct or any formatting errors and that will need to be fixed. This simple but effective step will save you from having to reprint documents, something that will waste both ink and paper. 

    If you want your ink cartridges to last as long as possible, you want to be using them less frequently; although you still need to be using your printer, because leaving it for many days or weeks without being used will only cause the ink to dry up. An excellent way for you to do this is by making sure that you are not needlessly using your printer. 

  • Print in Black and White where Possible

  • Did you know that black ink is generally cheaper than coloured? Well, it is and usually, it also comes in bigger cartridges. This is because black ink is the most commonly used colour. So unless you have to print in colour we would recommend always printing in black and white. 

    This doesn't only mean making sure your font colour is black, this means specifically switching to a black cartridge to ensure you're not using any coloured ink. Over time this will help you to save on the more expensive coloured ink, and save you money long-term. 

  • You Get What you Pay for

  • As is true for most things in life, you get the printer that you pay for. We mentioned earlier that often companies will offer you affordable printers with expensive cartridges. You can beat the system by purchasing a more expensive printer. While this is an investment up front, you will find that the ongoing costs will be more affordable and efficient. 

    The same philosophy is true for your printer cartridges themselves. Not all cartridges are created equally and some have greater capacity than others. Using higher quality cartridges straight from the manufacturer or from a high quality compatible will be more expensive upfront but will also give you more prints per cartridge, which will save you money. 

    If you would like to purchase ink cartridges, then feel free to get in touch with us today by giving us a call on 01462 233669. We can make sure that you have the right cartridges for your printer.