Saving Printing Costs: Cartridges and Printers

[Checked for accuracy: 09/24/18]

Ink cartridges sure are pricey!  I read that black ink in cartridges costs over $4000 per gallon! Wow! When I look at it that way, it means I may want to start re-thinking what I’m doing.

And let’s face it, eMinistry does cost money. The cost of hardware, software, internet service, printers, and ink adds up.


I prefer brand name cartridges, but you can save a lot with off-brands and refilling your cartridges. Determine if using a generic changes the quality of your printing.  If so, is this change in quality important for the kind of printing you do?

By the way, don’t believe that “low ink” warning. I use a draft setting for most of my unimportant print jobs, so I’m printing three times longer than my indicator says I should. I wait until the ink actually runs out.

Some suggest shaking a cartridge when the printouts are fading. (I’d do this with a plastic bag around the cartridge). Re-insert the cartridge and see if it makes your cartridge last a little longer.


If you’re planning on buying a printer, do a bit of research. Find the true cost of operating a particular printer, depending on your ink usage.

This post is in the Printer and Printer Tips series.

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