Printers used at homes and ones used at business are different as the requirements are unique. At home, you could have 1-3 people using a printer while at a business you could be having many people sharing one printer. Thus the use per hour at the two places makes a whale of a difference.
Toners and laser Ink cartridges are usually meant for high speed printers and greater quality, and volume printing. At homes generally what we use is the inkjet printer for the economy. Now there are different types of cartridges.
Some of the cartridges have the printing head attached to it. At the time you change your cartridge, you are compelled to change the print head, willingly or unwillingly, you do not have a choice. For low volume users it may not be too much of a cost to change the cartridge once in a while. Original cartridges thus end up giving high quality results and the users remain a happy lot. But for users who churn higher volumes of printouts, the cost can be substantial. Now there are users – high volume users as well as low volume users – who prefer to refill the cartridge instead of buying a new one. Obviously the explanation lies in the difference between cost of buying new and having it refilled. Here you would find arguments in favor as well against the practice. Some would be concerned with the claims that refilling would mar the quality of printouts and would harm the printer, leading to frequent and expensive repairs. Others would be worried about the quality of inks which they may not be able to gauge anyway. Another disadvantage – you may not be able to demand warranty services if they discover you using refilled and or refurbished cartridges. You might have an appropriate argument in offering the Environment Pollution angle to it – and there is no denying that used up cartridges are a major threat; they may not degrade or could take up over 3 to 4 hundred years to degrade. In order to keep the business on, the manufacturers are always looking for novel ways. Some cartridges do not allow you to re-set page counters when you are refilling one. Other cartridges would allow the ink but the capacity will be limited, so you end up giving them business buying ink, more frequently; cash flow keeps business running and you end up believing that it is a beneficial to you. Of course running to the retailer so often results in losing weight, you are better health wise.
The ink tank types may sound technologically advanced, more economical and user friendly. But a wise user would know the traps manufacturers have put in there. Here print heads remain fixed. You have four tanks each with one of the four colors Cyan, Black, Magenta and Yellow. You have the freedom to fill the color that has exhausted. But the catch lies in the chip that could prevent you refilling the tank based on the date of first filling. So the assurance of refill ability that came at the time of purchase falls flat on your face – you may give it a better name – frustration – want to bang your head? Well, there are even better tricks. Say due to a programming glitch, your printer sends 200 pages out and no matter was printed; guess what, your cartridge indicates you it is time to replace the cartridge! Try forcing refilling, and you lose the warranty on your printer! You end up buying a new cartridge and discard the old “unused” one! Shackled aren’t we?
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When you shop online, you save indirectly. You save on the fuel that you would burn to get to the mall. You save time. And you also save money that you usually end up spending on things you really do not need.
The stores that keep a wide variety and large stocks could mean that the stocks are not too old. Fresh products are obviously meant to give you more.
It is quite common these days for the vendors to offer services and features for no extra cost when you buy in bulk. This means more savings when shopping for printer inks and cartridges at such stores.