This blog post discusses the myth of buying a new printer versus new cartridges and touches on which size OEM/Original cartridges are most economical to use.
1. New printer vs new printer cartridges myth debunked
Imagine filling your car with 95 octane petrol and then paying the lady at the checkout the same amount as what your car is worth. That would suck right? That’s kind of what printing is like, except it’s not. Many people believe that purchasing a new printer for $35 at the local giant every time they run out of ink is cheaper than buying new printer cartridges for said printer and probably ends up in the bin. Now this might seem like a great idea, after all $35 for a newbie is cheaper than $80 for a new set of cartridges.
The problem is that most printers you buy come with a set of printer cartridges. These printer cartridges are called “set-up” cartridges as they only contain a small amount of ink to get you going. Think of these set-up cartridges as taste testing ice-cream at Baskin Robins before you get a whole scoop of it on your Freshly Baked Deluxe Waffle Cone.
In the long run you’re better off spending the money on a set of cartridges that will last you a lot longer than the set-ups did. And they will. Now let’s get into which cartridges you should be buying in order to minimize your cost per print (CPP – How much it costs you to print an A4 sized document with 5% coverage).
2. Buying the right OEM/Original cartridges
Most ink and toner cartridges come in 2 or more sizes or yields, for example Canon 680, 680xl, 680xxl. For the most part, the only difference between a standard sized cartridge and an extra-large printer cartridge is the amount of ink/toner they have inside. Let’s have a look at the CPP of these Canon 680 cartridges.
*CPP calculated based on our instore OEM price divided by the approximate yield.
Here you can clearly see that in purchasing the 680XXL cartridge, you save almost 50% on the CPP. That’s because you’re paying around $35.40 (or should be), which is less than double the price of the standard size, for 3 times the yield. It definitely is a no brainer when you’re printing a lot in that particular colour.
Now the same goes for toner cartridges except they don’t label it as XL or extra-large. Instead each brand has its own way of distinguishing between standard and high yield toners, so it’s best to give your local ink and toner specialists a call.
3. Buying the right value packs
A value pack generally contains one of each of the printer cartridges used by your printer. Again, you get standard and extra-large/high yield value packs. The extra-large value packs are by far the best value for money in most cases. This is because you get the value from buying the extra-large cartridge, as mentioned earlier, and you’re buying in bulk. Let’s use Epson 220 cartridges as an example:
*Prices based on our instore/online OEM prices.
When it comes to Epson 220 cartridges, it’s safe to say that picking up a 220XL Value Pack is by far the most economical way to run this printer. The same goes for laser printers. Whether you have a mono or colour laser printer, be sure to keep an eye out for the value packs as they will in most cases be the cheapest way to run your printer on OEM cartridges.
In short, do research on the consumables before you buy a printer (or contact us), stick to extra-large capacity cartridges for the colours you use often and keep an eye out for those value packs.