Laser Printer Resource is always looking for ways to save you money on printer service and printer cartridges. We believe in providing excellent customer service and high quality printer products at affordable prices.
To that end, here are some tips for saving money on printing!
1) Buy a laser printer. Ink jet printers guzzle ink the same way that SUVs guzzle gas. Laser printers use ink far more economically, and many refurbished models are available at low prices.
2) Buy a black and white printer. Toner cartridges are not cheap. When you buy a color laser printer, you become responsible for buying not just one but four toner cartridges. Unless you really must have color, you can save a lot of money by living in a monochrome world.
3) Buy compatible, recycled, or refurbished toner. This is, hands down, your best cost-saving measure. Compatible or recycled toner cartridges can cost as little as half as much as OEM (original equipment manufacturer) toner cartridges. Not only that, but you’re using recycled materials and doing the environment a favor.
More cost saving tips to come next week!
Here at Laser Printer Resource, we are often asked the question: What printer should I buy?
Generally speaking, even a home office will see savings on imaging costs with the purchase of a laser printer. Although the initial cost of printer and toner cartridges are more than those of inkjet printers, a laser printer uses ink far more efficiently than an inkjet printer. For example, one of the smallest laser printers, the HP P1006, has a toner cartridge that prints 1500 pages per cartridge, while the HP 4000 has cost-effective recycled toner cartridges available that prints 10,000 pages per cartridge.
By contrast, the HP 61 inkjet cartridge will print only 190 pages, and the larger HP 94 prints 480 pages.
Also, printers tend to break. When they break is often sadly predictable: about a year after the purchase, after the standard warranty has expired. Even worse, Laser Printer Resource usually cannot fix these printers. Not only do the manufacturers not offer the parts for printer service centers, but fixing the printer usually is not worth it. The inkjet printer usually costs about as much as a printer repair call.
So, in summary, inkjet printers tend to have higher printing costs and to be less reliable than laser printers. For a fast, reliable machine, we recommend the purchase of a laser printer.
Five ink-splattered matches in the Ring of Recycling later, we have five multinational corporations still in the competition: Brother, Hewlett Packard, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sharp. Taken to the dump are Canon, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Ricoh, and Xerox.
The survivors will now face… a death match!
Does the company take back all its used toner cartridges?
Hewlett Packard: No! Not all of its inkjet products can be recycled, according to Hewlett Packard.
Sharp: Yes, though they do warn you that you could be charged for sending non-Sharp products.
Can customers print from the website?
Hewlett Packard: Yes!
Panasonic: No! You can submit a request to the website for a replacement label.
Sharp: No! You have to order eco-boxes.
How much information do you have to give the company before you can print a label?
Brother: None! Brother requires NO INFORMATION AT ALL from its customers!
Hewlett Packard: Some: Hewlett Packard Requires your name, address, email address, and telephone number.
Panasonic: Some. Panasonic requires your name, address, and phone number.
Samsung: Some. Your name, address, email address, and telephone number are required, and THEN Samsung automatically opts you into its email marketing program unless you uncheck a box.
Sharp: Some. Your name, address, email address, phone number, and type of business are required.
Which company takes back all its used toner cartridges and provides the fastest and easist method of returning empty printing products? This company will be the winner of the Ring of Recycling, the company we recommend for best customer service in recycling. And the winner is… BROTHER!
We continue our recap of the Ring of Recycling matches of these last few months.
Match 3: The (relatively) small manufacturers of laser printer toner cartridges, Kyocera Mita and Panasonic, waged a highly unimpressive bout. Panasonic put up a lukewarm fight, accepting only a select few of its cartridges back and asking for information prior to a label being printed. After a screen thanking the customer for submitting her request, nothing happened. A couple months later, I still don’t recall receiving any shipping label. Panasonic didn’t look hard to beat… but Kyocera Mita was even worse. It offered customers an address where they could ship used toner cartridges. These would have to be some customers profoundly dedicated to recycling, however, since Kyocera Mita expects them to pay the cost out of pocket. Panasonic was the best of the worst.
Match 4: Ricoh took on Samsung in this exciting match of laser printing product recycling! Ricoh started strong, promising to recycle 95% of its used printer products. Granted, it only accepted back certain toner cartridges, but these were listed on an extensive dropdown menu, giving the impression that Ricoh was conscientious. But it was only a bluff! None of the menu items worked! Every single choice claimed that the toner was not included in Ricoh’s recycling program. Samsung didn’t even have to try, but it still put on a good show for the audience, requesting only basic customer information before offering a printable pre-paid shipping label for the return of its used printer cartridges. One of the best performances so far! Samsung thoroughly trounced Ricoh.
Match 5: In the final match of the elimination rounds, Sharp and Xerox, two of the big names in imaging products, gave us an exciting fight. These two giants were both quick to show us their best moves: both ask for minimal information and both provide free shipping. But while Xerox gave customer’s the gratification of a printable prepaid label, Sharp only offered the option of eco-boxes, which would be sent to the customer. Xerox seemed to have the edge in speed, but Sharp had power. Unlike Xerox, it takes back all of its printer cartridges and it recycles all of them. This final, heavy blow put an end to Xerox, and Sharp emerged triumphant.
Five bloody (inky?) battles have now been fought in the Ring of Recycling, and now it’s time to take a look at the carnage and see which companies are still in the competition. We’ll now continue with a quick recap of the events of these matches.
Match 1: Brother versus Canon. Brother blew Canon out of the ring, allowing Brother to print labels from its website without asking for any information or placing any limitations on which of its products it accepts back, while Canon only accepted back certain items, threatened customers who went against its policies with fees, and asked for every kind of information except the name of the customer’s firstborn. No contest. Brother was the clear winner.
Match 2: Hewlett Packard vs. Konica Minolta. In what initially seemed like a close contest, with both companies requiring a fair amount of contact information, Hewlett Packard pulled steadily ahead. By not automatically opting its customers into its marketing emails, not asking for the serial number of the product, and generally not being a nuisance, Hewlett Packard made recycling toner cartridges more pleasant and easier. But the real death blow came when Konica Minolta obliged its customer’s to accept terms and conditions that authorized it with the right to recover costs for shipping “unauthorized items,” which included “packaging Material including cartons, bubble wrap etc…,” “multiple items returned in a non-Clean Planet recycling box,” and my favorite, improperly wrapped printer cartridges. Hewlett Packard won the day.