Get More Bang For Your Buck With Prints For A Pittance.
By Simon Williams · January 30, 2018
The cost to print documents can seem an expensive one unless it’s managed properly. And it can be a real source of frustration for those in charge of picking up the bill. Investing in printer cartridges from the OEMs may seem expensive when compared to the other options such as compatible cartridges. However, the other options may incur other unforeseen financial costs as well. This is why you should carefully consider the type of printing solution that you invest in. You don’t want to get the best bang for your buck while putting extra holes in your wallet.
In some cases when you buy a new printer it will include a set of printer cartridges. These are not standard cartridge but are purely setup cartridges for getting the printer going. They don’t contain anywhere near the ink of even a standard cartridge and will print only a few pages.
Various forums on the internet have posts from people complaining about how few pages they were able to print before the ink ran out. Some even go so far as to say that rather than buy a set of cartridges they buy a new printer!
A printer is suitable to print many thousands of pages and a standard printer cartridge will print several hundred. It’s a completely false economy to ditch a printer just to get a set of setup cartridges that will print little more than a handful of pages.
So what are some of the other options to reduce printing costs even further?
Use high-yield printer Cartridges.
High-yield printer cartridges significantly reduce the cost per print when compared to standard printer cartridges. There are high yield printer cartridges available as an alternative for nearly all printer cartridges.
A standard HP 564 Ink Cartridge will print 250 pages at 6c per page.Using an HP 564XL Ink Cartridge you will get a page yield of 750 pages at just 4c per page. That’s a 33% saving!
A quick word about page yields. The Original Printer Cartridge manufacturers get their cartridges independently tested by the International Standards Organisation. They take a number of cartridges and test them on a range of printers and print different documents and images. They then issue the official page yield that the user can expect from this cartridge.This is expensive to the manufacturer but gives a provable result.
The compatible cartridge manufacturers don’t bother. They save money in not just copying the cartridge but also copy the page yield. They don’t test the accuracy of their assertion at all.
Is it worth using CISS?
The Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) has been around for some time as an aftermarket add on to a printer. Instead of using ink cartridges it is fed from a tank. Although it gave cheap printing it did have a range of problems. It was difficult to install, messy and time consuming to refill, used inferior ink and would, inevitably, void the warranty on the printer.
Recognising the need for high volume, low cost ink printing several printer manufacturers have introduced CISS printers into their ranges and have overcome the problems that had beset aftermarket CISS in the past
For those wanting high volume, low cost printing an integrated Continuous Ink Supply System will significantly reduce the cost per page. The latest CISS from HP and Epson gives an integrated low cost, high volume printing solution. One bottle of Original Ink will give a page yield of up to 8,000 pages with each page costing fractions of a cent.In fact if you buy your 70ml HP 31 ink from CartridgesDirect it will cost you just 1 cent to print nearly 4 pages. That’s cheap printing!
And when you do need to refill after 8,000 pages it is a simple no mess solution as this video shows.
Which option should you go for?
It depends on your needs and the amount of printing volume that you require. Typically, a high yield printer cartridge will suffice for most office needs. If you find that you need to print hundreds or even thousands of documents weekly, a CISS model may be a better alternative.