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Where can I get the Cheapest Ink Cartridges?

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In these challenging economic times it’s becoming increasingly important for small and medium size businesses to cut costs.  Controlling costs comes with difficult decisions, including sacrificing quality to lower prices on goods and services. 

Many businesses will look to cut costs on consumables and devices, such as printers, scanners, and other office equipment.  In fact, greater savings can often be realized by looking at recurring costs; one such cost which is often among the largest recurring costs for a business is printer ink and laser toner cartridges.  

Many businesses signed long term deals with HP and other big name printer companies to get OEM ink and toner directly from them.  Often times these deals are tied to the actual printer purchase or lease.  These OEM replacements are not only expensive, they have a larger environmental impact since they are produced using all new plastic parts.

Making the switch to recycled ink and toner cartridges can significantly cut costs while also lowering environmental impacts.  Recycled ink cartridges vastly reduce carbon footprint and cut down on additional manufacturing resources, plus using them keeps millions of pounds of waste out of landfills. 

Unfortunately, recycled ink and toner has gotten the reputation as unreliable and low quality, but this is largely due overseas remanufacturers who cut costs and corners, and produce defective products.  Finding the right retailer can make all the difference; you can truly have the best of both worlds and actually cut your costs without sacrificing quality.

In terms of your options as a consumer, there is no shortage of retailers to choose from.  In fact, the online space has become crowed with literally thousands of websites peddling low quality ink and toner.   When buying ink cartridges online from one of them, consider the following factors before committing to a purchase:

  • Is there a 100% satisfaction guarantee?
  • Will the company cover the cost of the return shipping if there is an issue?
  • Is shipping free and is there is extra charge for handling?
  • Will the company offer you a special discount if you’re planning to become a recurring customer?
  • Does the company commit to providing printer support should you run into any trouble when replacing your ink?
  • How quickly will customer service respond to inquiries and what channels are available through which to contact them?
  • How experienced is the company with printers, remanufacturing, and other aspects of printing?
  • What kind of reviews has the company received on Google, TrustPilot, Facebook and other review sites?
  • Is the company part of the Better Business Bureau and /or have any complaints been lodged against them?

Ultimately, the question is, where can I find the cheapest ink cartridges?  Here is our recommendation for finding the cheapest, but highest quality ink cartridge replacements (excluding Castle Ink, of course!):

  1. Staples (Convenient but more expensive, offering some recycled options as well as OEMs)
  2. Best Buy (Similar to Staples, it is convenient but more expensive, they offer some recycled options as well as OEMs, and they have their own recycling program)
  3. Amazon (Lots of different retails offer competing products all in one place makes it easy to browse and compare prices and reviews)
  4. Wal-mart (Particularly deep offering online where you can find replacements for virtually every printer.  Prices are good, but not as inexpensive as Castle Ink and other online channels)



About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile