After you have selected one of our discount ink cartridges stores it is time to decide whether or not you want to purchase your ink in bulk. While ordering this way is not for everyone, doing so will afford you an even greater savings over time, not only on your cartridges but on your shipping and handling charges, too. Here are some things to consider before buying large quantities of ink.
- One of the best arguments for buying inkjet and toner cartridges in bulk is that it is economical. Sites such asABCink and Carrot Ink offer individual, corporate, military and educational discounts on orders exceeding $200. Other discount stores may sell bundles of cartridges at reduced prices, give free refills or offer rebates.
- Purchasing remanufactured, or refurbished, ink cartridges in bulk will increase your bottom line savings even more. Numerous suppliers of bulk ink buy products directly from the same businesses that cartridge manufacturers deal with. Although refurbished cartridges are dependable, you still should buy them from a reputable source. You don't want to get scammed by a fraudulent seller, so do your research.
- Be careful not to overorder. Like most perishable goods, ink cartridges have a shelf life to prevent dried ink from wreaking havoc on your printer. Some are equipped with a chip that prevents the cartridge from performing after its expiration date. Avoid wasting precious ink by determining how much you use in three months and then ordering accordingly.
- Depending on your printer, ordering ink in bulk may mean refilling your cartridges yourself. This involves using syringes, air packs and disposable latex gloves. It's tricky and a bit technical, so it's not for everyone. Discount ink cartridges stores, such as The Printer Ink Warehouse, offer detailed instructions for refilling ink. You also can visit our Learning Center and read our article on Tips for Successfully Refilling Your Ink Cartridge.
- Those using large format and business class printers (A3 machines and higher) would benefit from assembling a continuous flow system for bulk ink. This type of setup establishes a permanent connection between your printer and an outside group of tubes that continually fuel ink from the sizable ink containers located on the printer's exterior.
- One of the pitfalls of buying ink in bulk involves your hardware. If you need to replace your printer or you purchase a different make or model, your ink inventory may prove to be incompatible. Check with your point of purchase. There are some discount ink cartridges stores that allow customers to exchange incorrect cartridges for the right ones.
These are just some of the things to consider when buying ink cartridges in bulk. This information will help you determine if purchasing ink this way is right for you.