Buying Bulk Ink The Pro's & Con's

by Rich on October 7, 2009

Those who use a lot of ink or toner for printing may want to consider purchasing the cartridges in bulk. This way, you are able to save money and you will always have extra cartridges on hand. Nothing is more annoying than working on a large project late into the night, only to find you are unable to print everything because you have run short on ink. By purchasing it in bulk, you will not have to worry about this happening.

The main advantage to buying ink or toner cartridges in bulk is the savings you will get. Just like purchasing other items in bulk, the manufacturer rewards you for your commitment. The fact that less packaging is being used is another reason for the cost savings. Considering how expensive printer ink and toner refills can be, it is great to be able to save even a small percentage of what you would normally pay.

Keep in mind though, if you are planning to purchase bulk ink, you will need to use it by a certain date. Ink cartridges have expiration dates, and many do not allow you to use them beyond that date. The actual cartridge may have a chip that prevents use. This is because dried ink inserted into a printer can damage the printer. The manufacturer does not want to be responsible for damage caused by expired ink.

The best way to determine if you should be buying ink or toner in bulk is to calculate your usage for a three month period. Once you have determined exactly what you are using, you will be able to determine if it is possible to use a bulk supply by an expiration date. Many companies allow you to choose how many cartridges you will purchase. This way, you are able to keep a six month supply on hand, knowing it will be used by the time it expires. If you are going to be keeping a bulk supply of ink on hand, be sure you store it properly. The supply will need a cool, dry location, preferably out of direct sunlight.

Some printers allow you to insert excess ink into a reservoir. If you have a printer like this, bulk ink can be stored inside the printer, but may dry up faster than ink cartridges. To find out if your printer has an ink reservoir, consult your user manual.

Finally keep in mind some disadvantages to purchasing ink or toner in bulk. Your supply of ink will mean you are committed to that printer for however long a period you have stocked the ink. Even if you are perfectly happy with your printer, there is always the chance it could break. In addition to the added expense of a replacement printer, you will have lost out on what you have spent on the ink supply for the broken printer. This can be a frustrating waste of money.

If you are considering purchasing ink or toner in bulk for you computer, you may find the decision saves you a great deal of time and money. Weigh the pros and cons of a bulk purchase, and you will make a smart choice that suits your needs.

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1 Rich May 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

The HP con goes beyond stopping the printer with expired ink. My B9180 will happily let me print after warning the ink has expired, but it purposely degrades the print quality in a way that looks just like blocked print heads. I have proved this by replacing all the inks and setting the computer clock 2 years in the future… at which point the printing becomes poor. Then simply putting the date back and rebooting and the printing is fine. This can be repeated time and time again. I am so annoyed I’m going to buy a new Epson printer just so I don’t have to let HP have any more of my money. I always have kept a good stock of spare inks and it has completely backfired on me, having now had to throw out 6 brand new inks!

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