Macworld Forums

Macworld Forums: Printer ink: Tired of feeding the cash cow? - Macworld Forums

Jump to content

Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

Printer ink: Tired of feeding the cash cow?

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

  • Story Poster
  • Group: MW Bot
  • Posts: 34,402
  • Joined: 30-November 07

Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:36 AM

Post your comments for Printer ink: Tired of feeding the cash cow? here
0

#2 User is offline   quakerotis 

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 459
  • Joined: 12-June 07

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:30 AM

Interesting and informative. I only print when I man forced to.
0

#3 User is offline   jrandersoniii 

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 150
  • Joined: 20-January 08

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:32 AM

Ditto "quakerotis" print less.

Need color photos? Print to you local Wallgreens, Walmart, etc... pick up when running errands. Plus quality will be better.
0

#4 User is offline   MrVegas 

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • Group: New Members
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 28-March 12

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:56 AM

As other said, I don't print to paper unless I REALLY have to (eg. airplane boarding pass). And then, I have a B&W laser printer: the toner lasts for darn near forever and for about 1000 prints (going on about 4 years now on the original toner cartridge).

Otherwise, print to PDF.
0

#5 User is offline   gcoghill 

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 49
  • Joined: 15-November 05

Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:08 AM

View PostMrVegas, on 28 March 2012 - 08:56 AM, said:

As other said, I don't print to paper unless I REALLY have to (eg. airplane boarding pass). And then, I have a B&W laser printer: the toner lasts for darn near forever and for about 1000 prints (going on about 4 years now on the original toner cartridge).

Otherwise, print to PDF.


I was just about to post the exact same sentiment. I just got a nice duplex laser printer by Brother for $80 on Amazon. If I actually need color (which is almost never), there are tons of places with much better machines that can handle the job for a reasonable price. I got the laser as I almost never print, but the few times a month I do need to were becoming a pain going to the local copy palace to have it done. Well worth the price over the life of the printer and toner I am sure. Laser toner not drying up was the deal-sealer.
0

#6 User is offline   ignatiusreilly 

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • Group: New Members
  • Posts: 6
  • Joined: 23-March 12

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:26 AM

Get a laser printer. You can get one with wifi and built-in duplexing for under $100 now if you keep an eye on sales and rebates. Trouble-free and consumables are a fraction of the cost per page.
0

#7 User is offline   mainecoonmaniac 

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 15
  • Joined: 04-February 10

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:45 AM

Cheap razors = expensive blades
0

#8 User is offline   blecch 

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 522
  • Joined: 12-August 05

Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:08 AM

View Postignatiusreilly, on 28 March 2012 - 09:26 AM, said:

Get a laser printer. You can get one with wifi and built-in duplexing for under $100 now if you keep an eye on sales and rebates. Trouble-free and consumables are a fraction of the cost per page.

If you want a cheap, compact, color, duplexing printer with wifi, inkjet is your only option.
0

#9 User is offline   maelsson 

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • Group: New Members
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 28-March 12

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

I had a professor convince me to buy a laser printer 8 years ago after she noticed my papers had the occasional inkjet smudge. I haven't looked back. I've only purchased 2 or 3 toners since that time. I would normally purchase two or three inkjet cartridges each year prior to that. Upgraded to a multifunction HP B&W, and it's a powerhorse.

I would never go back to inkjet. Having to constantly clean the heads (wasting ink in the process) was truly frustrating.
0

#10 User is offline   EdBeachwood 

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • Group: New Members
  • Posts: 3
  • Joined: 28-March 12

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:49 AM

Not being a business user I really don't have a need to print often. When I do, it's usually in B&W so a wireless Brother laser printer does the job for me. My only real color need is for printing on CD's & DVD's, and an Epson printer does that job. I am not, however, looking forward to replacing all those color cartridges.
0

#11 User is offline   sbowen 

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 5
  • Joined: 19-May 08

Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

View Postjrandersoniii, on 28 March 2012 - 08:32 AM, said:

Ditto "quakerotis" print less.

Need color photos? Print to you local Wallgreens, Walmart, etc... pick up when running errands. Plus quality will be better.


I concur--Walgreens/Walmart for snapshots, Costco for enlargements--much better than the expense/hassle of printing at home. I've been buying a completely new printer for $49 instead of buying ink cartridges that cost more. That's not a very 'green' solution, even though I recycle the printers.

I am going to look into a cheap Laser printer. One MUST have a printer occasionally if not all the time. Laser makes sense to me now.
0

#12 User is offline   ptesterman 

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 47
  • Joined: 19-May 09

  Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

I'm with the other posters who minimize their printing. A Color inkjet makes perfect sense for me - reasonable quality, the ability to print in color if necessary. The fact that I don't print as much as I used to means the cost of the ink becomes almost moot. I tried some refills and rapidly figured it wasn't worth the couple bucks I would save every few months.
0

#13 User is offline   PhilipGreyson 

  • Newbie
  • Pip
  • Group: New Members
  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: 05-April 12

  Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:48 AM

This great infographic shows why printing on paper is pricy occupation.
http://www.inksystem.../article19.html
0

Share this topic:


Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

1 User(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users