Life seems so complicated these days. Even printers are a whole universe of decisions, which one to buy, how to get the cheapest ink, which paper is best? Getting cheap printing supplies requires a little research but it is possible to save tons of money. It is worth spending a bit of time checking out the options.
Ink is likely to be the biggest expense. Manufacturers have often designed their printers to only use their own branded cartridges. Branded cartridges can cost a small fortune but these days there are some great alternatives around.
Depending on how much you paid for your printer you may not want to take the risk of using a cheaper ink supply. This is where spending a little time can save you money. There are several websites, run by reputable retailers with lots of information to help customers find cheap ink.
There are a couple of things to look out for when deciding whether to use a non-brand cartridge. Firstly you can ask questions at the retailer. They should be able to tell you where the ink came from. Ask them what checks they have done on the product. Look at online forums to see whether other users have had good experiences with the ink you are thinking of buying.
Once you have checked the general quality it is a good idea to calculate costs per page. Every cartridge will print a different number of pages so it is essential this is taken into account. Color printing can be expensive but there are savings to be made there too with the right research.
The same rules apply for almost any supplies for printers. Shopping around can save you money and hassle. Paper prices vary massively and it is possible to reduce the price by bulk buying so teaming up with friends to make a large order is worth exploring.