How to Save on Your Printer Ink Cartridges



One of the things you may have come across in the middle of a printing job is a flashing light from the printer indicating that the cartridge is running low of ink. If the job is big, you may have to replace the cartridge a couple of times before everything is finally printed. It can be quite expensive to replace cartridges given their cost.

In fact, recent reports show that the cost of printer ink cartridges is among the highest in busy offices. Given that a cartridge may cost upwards of $40, it is not a surprise that the amount spent on ink is usually more than the cost of buying a new printer. However, there are a number of ways you can save on your cartridge costs and not have to worry about frequent replacements. You can keep the cost of your ink cartridges down by following the tips below.

Decide on the Best Font to Use
The font you are using can be running out the ink on cartridges within a short time. This is evident especially if you usually have large printing jobs. Switching to a different or smaller font can help to lower your costs on ink cartridges. Large fonts mean the cartridges have to produce more ink for a job. One way of encouraging use of specific fonts or sizes is to have a company policy on printing. The benefits of switching to a different font type may not be immediately apparent. However, the cost-savings will be realized when ink-cartridges will not be running out as quickly as they used to in the past.

Selective Printing
Select specific sections you would like to be printed if the documents are being obtained online. For example, if you are only after the moan content in a webpage, you should not print the navigation bars or ads. There are a number of tools in the market that can help you select specific webpage areas to be printed. Get the necessary information you need printed by using the tools. Also, check the pages that usually have images. Do not print pictures if they don't add any information to the content you need. Your cartridges will drain faster if you print pictures.

Print Until the Cartridge Runs Dry
Sometimes, you will get a notification that the ink cartridge is empty. However, in reality, the cartridge may have as much as 30 percent of ink and toner. You will be wasting money if you opt to replace the cartridge immediately you see the light flashing. What you should do is continue printing until the cartridge can produce no more ink.