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Are Printers Cheaper Than Ink?

February 27th, 2010

cheapest-printer-ink.jpgPrinter ink has always been ridiculously expensive, but in today’s recession buying replacement ink cartridges hits the pocketbook even harder than usual. Some out-of-the-box-thinking computer users are actually resorting to buying new printers each time they run out of ink rather than purchasing replacement cartridges or ink refill kits. As more and more printer manufacturers resort to the “give away the razor and sell the blades” marketing strategy, it would seem as though consumers are now fighting back with simply purchasing a new razor and skipping blade refills altogether.

It sounds good in theory, but is it really possible? A little bit of online surfing and some quick visits to the local Best Buy, Target, or Wal-Mart should help to confirm or debunk this new-found urban myth. As of late, Hewlett-Packard was seen to be offering its Deskjet D1660 online for a mere $29.99, while replacement ink cartridge combo packs were going for $31.99. The Lexmark X2600 can be had for a low $44.00 at Wal-Mart, with its cartridge pack running at a close $39.98. Last year Fry’s Electronics was offering a Canon photo printer for $15 (after a $30 mail-in rebate). Rumors have been circulating on the Internet grapevine of another Canon printer promotion achieving even greater savings than these!

Hauling a new printer home from the store or waiting for a new printer to be shipped to you may sound inconvenient to you, but is it really? You have to go to the store or wait for the mail for printer cartridges anyway. The only added burden would be lugging a new printer home rather than a couple of small cartridges, but think of all the time you save in not having to take care of your old printer.

The greatest bonus to buying a new printer, however, is not having to clean your old one. Printers are the most likely component in your PC setup to fail. So rather than purchase expensive extended warranties or cumbersome cleaning supplies, just put the old printer in the box the new one came in and donate it to charity. As environmentally unsound as it may seem, at least you get a brand new printer and a tax write-off to boot!

Relevant article: High Yield Toner Cartridges

This article was supplied to us by “gonzobrains” from Constant Content.

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