Printing costs are one of the biggest expenses in business as printer ink and toner tends to be expensive. You have a few options. You can continue to spend the same amount on printing as you always have – but you could be spending unnecessarily. Earl Wilson once said, “Money in the bank is like toothpaste in the tube: easy to take out, hard to put back.” Don’t keep taking money out of the bank to spend on wasted ink!

Another option would be to go paperless and join the digital age – unfortunately, this is not always possible, and printing may still be required… Or, you could continue reading, as here at Cartridge Depot, we’ve put together a few practical things you can do today, to start saving on your ink costs, and put some money back in your pocket.

  1. Don’t just turn your printer on and off unnecessarily

The truth is most people do not give thought to switching their printers on and off, but this could save your ink costs significantly.

Don’t turn off your printer in mid-cycle, while it is printing. Wait for it to complete its cycle, or hit the cancel button on the printer and wait for it to stop. If you turn it off while the cartridge is still moving, the printer’s head will be forced to stop in the precise place where you turned it off. This may cause the ink to leak and the printer nozzle to dry out.

Leave your printer on if you think you’ll be using it again soon. Don’t keep turning it on and off unnecessarily. Your printer uses a tiny bit of ink during the initialisation and warm-up phase every time it is turned on.

And when you do want to turn off your printer, turn it off using the on/off switch on the printer, before turning it off at the mains. The likelihood is that your printer will park the ink cartridges and cap them so that they do not dry out. Taking care of your printer and ink, helps minimise the amount of replacements you’ll need.

  1. Don’t be alarmed if your printer ink or toner empty warnings light up

Depending on your printer, chances are, there’s still some life left in that ink cartridge. So keep printing until the printer stops. Also, the good old-fashioned method of shaking the cartridge to get that extra bit of mileage out of it works!

  1. Use the printer INK-SAVER mode

Read your printer manual and find out how to access your printer settings. Most printers have user-friendly software where you can access and control the printer’s functions. Look for an INK-SAVER mode that you can take advantage of. On some printers its DRAFT, FAST DRAFT, or even GREYSCALE.

When you’re printing something for review – that’s not the final copy, use your printer’s INK-SAVER mode. It uses significantly less ink and depending on your printer can use up to 50% less per page. Then, when you’re happy with the document and you require the best quality, you can select the NORMAL mode depending on your requirements.

In addition, print in black ink only using the BLACK/WHITE setting as much as possible. Colour ink is more expensive, so limit your colour prints to when you need them. If you always forget to change your printer settings, set your printer DEFAULT to print in BLACK/WHITE.

  1. Consider using ink-saving software

There are several free and easy-to-use programs that have been produced by a variety of software companies to help lower your ink costs. These programs generally work by optimising printer data, so that your printer uses less ink even while printing at high resolution. Some are free and available online. In addition, some software will allow you to print select areas of a document and delete the rest, so you only print what you need.

  1. Buy Eclipse® remanufactured cartridges to save you up to 60% of your printing costs

Compatible with printers like Canon, HP, Brother, Lexmark, Xerox, Kodak, Ricoh, Pantum, OKI, Samsung and Epson, your Eclipse® cartridges will help you print more and pay less. The best care is taken in the production of these cartridges, so that when you print, you’ll get high-ink yield and high-quality output, comparable with OEM cartridges, but at the fraction of the cost. Plus, they come with a 1-year guarantee – a good reason to believe and try them out for yourself.

  1. Take your empties to Cartridge Depot and get 5% off your purchase

What do you do once your printer gives you that “empty ink cartridge” warning signal? Take out the old cartridge, throw it away, and never think of it again? Then replace it with a new cartridge? Stop throwing away your empty cartridges! Bring them to Cartridge Depot where for every 10 empty cartridges you bring, you get to save 5% on your purchase. So, get your cartridges out of the trash and visit a Cartridge Depot near you to start saving on your ink costs now.

At Cartridge Depot, we are the leading stockists of original and remanufactured ink cartridges and toners. There are so many good reasons to use Cartridge Depot for all your printer ink cartridge solutions.

So why not visit us today, and start saving on your ink toner and cartridge expenses.

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