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 when you look at the cost of hardware, software, internet service, printers, and ink.
I prefer brand name cartridges, but you can save a lot with off-brands and refilling your cartridges. You’ll just need to determine if the quality of the printing is affected by using a generic. 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 an economical setting for most of my unimportant print jobs, so I’m printing for maybe three times longer than my indicator says I should. I wait until the ink actually is used up. 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.
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