Choosing a Reliable Online Ink Cartridge Supplier

Buying ink cartridges online is one of the cheapest and economical ways to cut your printer costs and finding the right merchant is the most challenging part.  Some of the more reputable companies are outlined in our merchant comparison chart.

However, this does not eliminate the need to do your own research and do not just buy from a supplier who has the cheapest prices.  Also, ask others you know to make recommendations. Word of mouth recommendations are what will guide you best when you need to find a reliable online printer cartridge website.
Beginning steps to find the right supplier:

1.)  Know your printer model and the kind of ink cartridge that goes in it.  Most reputable companies make finding the right cartridge easy.  The simpler the navigation through the pages, the less headache and stress of finding the right cartridge.  Be aware though, some printers are so new that the website might not have your particular cartridge listed.

2.)  Make sure contact information including telephone numbers and addresses are accurate, easily viewable, accessible, and valid.  Some websites list the owners and even pictures of employees.

3.)  Merchants must clearly state the rules and regulations of the sale and give details like shipping costs, guarantees, and so on.  Check what the shipping policy is and how long the product will take to reach you.

4.)  Make sure the merchant’s return and warranty policies are clearly stated.  Reputable merchants have nothing to hide and check the Web for any warnings against these merchants.

5.)  Look for merchant trust and logos.  These logos may signify that a third-party site has verified the contact information and business practices on the website as stated.  However, know that the third party trust logos do not endorse or give recommendations to the quality of the merchant’s products.

6.)  Finally, an important factor is to make sure the site is secured by SSL certificate, specifically having 256 bit encryption or better.  Look for the padlock in your browser and if there is an error or exclamation marker, inquire what is not secure on the webpage.  You do not want personal information being passed insecurely on any server.

At InkCloners.com, we eliminate the guess work for you.  We built the website with the consumer in mind.  There are no added advertisements, no upselling to other products, no unsecure pages during checkout.    Easily navigate from page to page and we personally answer all of your questions within a reasonable time.

Cutting Print Ink and Paper Costs – PT. 2

Here is part 2 to cutting ink and paper costs.

Use your printer’s own software to control the amount of ink used, the number of pages per sheet, and printing on both sides of the paper.

1.)  Controlling the amount of ink used:  Most of today’s printers include some type of software CD that you can install on your computer.  This comes in handy to show the status of the printer, ink levels, and printer settings. Navigating through this software and getting to know the tools will help you on ink costs.  There should be a setting on printing called a “draft mode”.  What this setting does is, it tells the printer to use less ink.  You will notice a fainter black and not high quality colors.  To be honest, it is only noticeable when printing high quality color documents but for black text it is perfectly fine.

2.)    Pages per sheet mode: This printer setting tells the printer to put 2 A4 size pages on a single side of paper.  In essence then, you are cutting the amount of paper used by half.

3.)    Duplex or Double-sided printing: Simply put printing on both sides of the paper.  This not only reduces paper cost but also the bulkiness of a project.  Couple this with the pages per sheet mode and you can cut your paper usage by 4 times.

If you want to really want to save money with printing, take a look at these options:

Inksaver- software claims to save you money by managing the amount of ink usage.

Greenprint- a free download for home users that identifies parts of a document that are blank and wasteful to print plus it has a PDF creator.

Also spend the extra time proof reading and spell checking your documents before you print them.  In that way, you won’t have to print a second, third or fourth copy to get it right.  Secondly, try to extend your margins and making the font 1pt. smaller.

In addition, keep extra paper and ink cartridges on hand so you don’t have to rush out to the store, spending gas or pay overnight delivery charges to get them quickly.  If you missed part 1 of the article, you may view it here.

Comparing Ink & Toner Companies

Website Description Free Shipping Returns
 

InkCloners.com

  • Quality Ink
  • Site is Easy to Use
  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free
  • Double Warranty on Ink Cartridges
  • 1-3 day Shipping
On Orders Over $50 1 Year
 

Carrot_Ink

  • Good Quality Ink
  • 2 Year Guarantee
  • Fast Shipping
On Orders Over $45 No hassle

Inksmile

  • Quality Ink
  • Free Shipping On All Orders
  • Great Selection
  • Avg 2-5 day Shipping from CA
On All Orders 1 Year
All-Ink
  • Good Quality Ink
  • 2 Year Guarantee
  • Fast Shipping
On Orders Over $40 2 Years

Clickinks
  • Quality Ink
  • Site is Easy to Use
  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free
  • 4-7 Day shipping
Varies – see site 30 Days

TonerBoss
  • Quality Toner
  • Site is Easy to Use
  • Live Help M-F
  • 3-5 Day shipping-Expedited Shipping Available
On Orders Over $49 1 Year