Sunday, November 30, 2008

Black Friday and Christmas Color Ink Sales

A lot of online ink retailers are running special sales during this Holiday shopping season. Some were Black Friday one day specials while others extendde to Cyber monday or multiple days of the season.

For example Ink Grabber, which offers cheap printer ink cartridges, is running a Black Friday through Cyber Monday special with free shipping and an extra $5 off deal.

Other retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are running a lot of special deals. I'm sure it's a good time to find some deals on color ink.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Strategies for Saving Money on Personal Printing Needs

I started this blog because I do a lot of printing at home and run through a lot of ink. I have also run through a lot of printers. As I sit here I have 2 broken Lexmark All in one inkjet printers with left over ink cartridges ( I bought multiple packs for the savings). I guess the printheads just went bad or something. I am not sure. With the cheap cost of printers it's not worth trying to fix.

Inkjet printers are cheap, but they get you with the cartridge replacements. I also have 2 HP Photomsmart printers. I picked these up at Office Max with an online coupon special. Shipped they came to under 80 bucks each, But of course when I needed to replace the cartridges, it was over $60. I am pretty happy with the printers. I print out a lot of photos and enjoy the convenience. A lot of people suggest to just do the printouts in the stores that offer it. Well, I have donethis and seen the printers. For one thing a lot of these places use printers that really aren't THAT great. And sometimes the photos aren't the best. In a way if I wanted to do that I would just use a film camera and get it developed at a real photo lab. I like using digital for the DIY at home factor.

Another solution worth considering is laser printers. One probably with this is I use a lot of color ink. The cost of color laser printers is much higher and probably not meant for what I want to do. I might buy a b/w laser printer just for printing shipping labels and things that are black and white and stick with my HP photo printer for pics. I will explore getting deals through multipacks, special store coupons and savings, eBay, and/or "refill" services.