Printer Tips: Saving on Consumables

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Printer Tip No. 8

Saving on Consumables

The number 1 goal when trying to save money on consumables is to conserve the ink and paper you purchase. Make it go longer and the price drops considerably over time. But if you follow Printer Tips, you already know how to conserve consumables. Today we’ll focus on how to get those products for less!


So my second tip would be to reward yourself. Or at least let your neighborhood office supply chain reward you. Because they will. For instance, Staples has a rewards program that you accumulate points on every purchase made as well as receive points for recycling old hardware and ink cartridges. Accumulate enough points and they will send you a gift certificate in the mail rewarding you with free merchandise. Who says no to free ink?


Don’t like big chains or don’t have one close by? Manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. Dell offers InkSave, a program intended to help customers from running out of ink as well as save them a little money. Xerox just introduced a new service called eConcierge. Sign up for the service and order refills and Xerox will provide free extended service to your printer or MFP – a value they estimate at nearly $320 a year.


Ink and paper rarely go on sale, and when they do, there is usually a catch leaving you with little savings. But now you know you can create your own sales by gathering information on the services available!


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