You almost certainly know about the trick of shaking an “empty” cartridge to shift the settled ink around so you can get some more pages printed out. There are a few more tips for getting the most out of your HP ink cartridges, though, so here are four of the best.
Look for a high-yield version of the cartridge you need
You may be buying the standard yield HP cartridges from your usual supplier, but you could save some money here by asking if you can buy the high yield model.
They are more expensive than standard, obviously, but it’ll contain more ink or toner and so you’ll be getting a lower cost per page. And, even better, you’ll be sending fewer spent cartridges to landfill – although you’re almost certainly recycling, right?
Once you find the high yield cartridges, ask for multi-packs
If your chosen high yield cartridge is sold in multi-packs, then you should buy a few. OK, you’ll be making quite a big purchase, but you’ll be getting the lower cost-per-page and the discount for multiple packs. There’s one thing you have to do, though, and that’s to ask your supplier what the shelf life of the ink or toner is.
If you won’t work your way through the cartridges before the ink expires (and expired ink can actually be harmful to your printer), then you’ll be making a false economy. However, if you do get
However, if you do get a lot of ink, then multi-packs of high yield ink could get you a saving of 10-15%, especially if you find them online.
Think about buying remanufactured cartridges
Most major ink cartridge makes are collected by the original manufacturer, or by a seller, and sent to a third party maker, where they are remanufactured.
This means that the working parts of the cartridge are replaced and the ink tank is refilled. These cartridges are as good as new, but they’re cheaper because the main body of the cartridge is being used for the second time.
Remanufactured cartridges sometimes get a bad press, but many online ink sellers only deal with remanufacturing companies that operate within strict limits.
This means that the cartridges they produce are of the same quality as the original Hewlett Packard ones, delivering the same results with the same levels of reliability. If you’re thinking about remanufactured HP cartridges but you’re a bit worried, you could ask your seller if they have warranties, or if they’ll give you a sample to try out first.
Think about a new printer
If your printer is a bit over the hill you may be paying over the odds for your ink or toner. The prices of cartridges go up as demand falls, as newer types come onto the market and older ink expire, and also when other people replace their older machines.
It may also be that your trusty old Hewlett Packard printer is just getting tired, so you’re wasting ink and paper more. If you get yourself a newer model you may find you make significant savings on inks and toners and that the new machine pays for itself within a year.