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4 ways to save you from getting ripped off when buying a desktop printer

06 Dec 2017
4 ways to save you from getting ripped off when buying a desktop printer

Photocopier suppliers have found new ways to take advantage of its customers and here are some more examples of the way they are being ripped off every time we buy a new desktop all-in-one printer:

Rip off number 1: Stop switching off your printer at night

When some desktop printers are turned on, they clean the cartridge nozzles by running ink through them and splattering it on to an absorbent pad within the printer. The cycle is supposed to keep the tiny nozzles free of dirt but it uses up valuable toner each time the copier re-boots.

It therefore means that people who leave their printers on, or people who print masses of documents in 1 go, use less ink than people who either turn their printers off and on and those who print the same number of documents, but over several days or weeks.

Some photocopiers use 4 times as much ink when they are turned off between jobs. Keep them on!

Rip off number 2: Bullying tactics

Printer manufacturers go out of their way to make it difficult to reuse their cartridges. Modern cartridges have electronic chips inside them that even before the ink has completely run out, stop the printer working when the ink is running low.

Once the chip has decided the toner cartridge is “empty”, the cartridge is useless — and the chip (along with the cartridge) has to be replaced before the printer can be used again.

yellow ink

low ink warning

A dreaded symbol: businesses, schools and charities are ALL struggling to afford printing costs because the cost of replacement printer ink in the UK is a massive rip off!

The trouble is that most copier companies try to make sure that, if recycling companies replace the chips when re-filling their toner cartridges, their copiers will either refuse to work, saying that the cartridge must be a counterfeit, or will flash up signs on the copier, warning that the ink cartridge could damage the printer.

Printer manufacturers say this is a sensible measure to stop piracy. But toner recycling companies say that it restricts competition. Epson doubted the quality of some compatible ink cartridges and warned that they could reduce the life of a printer.

Rip off number 3: Unnecessary cleaning processes.

Last year a few people uncovered another problem with ink cartridges. They found that most printers waste printer ink because they keep on running pointless ‘cleaning cycles’ which use up expensive ink when producing test pages, like these:


colour chart

Rip off number 4: Beware of the 5% rule

ALL printer suppliers have to say on the packaging how many pages each ink cartridge will produce. This is called the “Yield”.

The “Yield” is based on a standard letter, called the “Slerexe” Letter which has exactly 5% ink content.

Therefore, if all the printer manufacturers base their calculations on the same letter, then the consumer can see which multi-function copier gives the highest “yield” and therefore offers the best value for money.

However, the vast majority of documents produced have more than 5% content, and this is where you are duped in to spending more money.

Using the above example, the HP300inks are meant to produce 200 pages (@ 5% coverage). Such a page will cost 6.50 pence in ink.

But what if your document has more words, pictures and content? A document with 10% content would actually cost you 13.00pence to print.

A document with 20% content would actually cost you 26.00pence

Scarily, a single page with only 40% content would actually cost you 52.00pence to produce and so on.

learn more about the 5% Rule.

Here’s how to protect yourself & your company & save a fortune on your printer Inks in the process.

So what can we consumers do, short of going back to typewriters and carbon paper?

1/ For a start, you can save 20% to 70% by shopping around for either refurbished/ re-filled toner cartridges or by choosing “compatible” ink cartridges which don’t have the additional premium for paying for the Brand Name.

compatible toners

2/ it’s always worth buying the XL versions of ink if they are available. They may be expensive — but page for page they do work out slightly cheaper.

3/ The solution to this problem varies from model to model so search the internet for tips on how to get it working. Do be careful about DIY refill kits available from some supermarkets. An ink cartridge ideally needs cleaning out before it is reused, and you may find the quality of printing goes down if you refill them at home.

4/ Sometimes you can just ignore warning messages on your screen, but occasionally a printer will refuse to use a refilled cartridge.

5/ If you’re buying a printer, check the cost of the refills. Avoid printers that have ‘three-in-one’ colour cartridges (Cyan, Magenta & Yellow all combined in one cartridge) as it’s much cheaper to buy the three colours separately.

6/ Of course, the only way to challenge the ridiculous cost of printer refills is to invest in a Business Copier- Printer or Scanner like the new Xerox AltaLink C405 Pagepack all in one device. But what exactly is Pagepack?

Xerox PagePack is the simple way to control the copy and print costs in your company with no hidden extras.

Xerox PagePack is an all-inclusive, fixed price service agreement that combines industry-leading service Direct from Xerox UK, the Manufacturer with all your Xerox toner supplies included in one simple contract.

This is by far the most cost effective way to print your documents, but if you’ve been brainwashed in to buying all your toners when the printer demands them, then the only other way for you to say money on your print costs is to buy a pack of felt tip pens!


xerox pagepack

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