10 Cost Saving Tips for Printers!

Concita’s 10 Cost Saving Tips to Keep your Printing Expenses Down!


Money Saving Tips

Everyone knows how pricey running your printer can be. With this in mind we have created a list of things you can do to keep your ink or toner cartridges lasting longer!

1) Try compatible cartridges.

They are available for a huge range of ink and toner cartridges AND will save you a large amount of money. All our compatible cartridges are 100% guaranteed – if you dont like them, we’ll take them back, with no quibbles!

2) Reduce bold text and images.

Every time you increase the font size, bold your text or add an image of any size you reduce your cartridge life. Your cartridge expected life (usually printed on the box) is based on 5% coverage of an A4 page. As soon as you add images and bold your font making it a lot thicker, you could easily use 30% coverage without even realising!

3) Do you need everything in colour?

Almost all printers have a “mono only” print option which is just black and white printing, even if your screen shows colour. If colour isnt important for your everyday printing then try using this mono only option, so your colour lasts longer – you can always turn on the colour printing when you need it.

4) Run you printer once a week.

A very common problem we hear about are inkjet printers not working anymore due to being unused for months. This either dries out the printing heads or can make printing quality very poor and blotchy. Running your printer at least once a week will keep the print nozzles clear and should prevent drying up.

4) Don’t be fooled by cheap printers.

Many people jump at the chance to buy an All-in-One printer from their local supermarket on offer for £20 – don’t! Check first which inks the printer uses and the cost of them. Feel free to give us a call to ask about the ink prices and efficiency. If it’s out of working hours then get an idea from the prices the supermarket/shop is charging themselves for those cartridges and look at the number of pages they print (based on 5% coverage). You may find that the inks will cost you nearly double the price of the printer! Quite often, its worth paying a bit more for your printer and a lot less for the cartridges!

5) Use the correct paper settings.

When printing on specialised paper it’s important to change the paper settings in your printer options. Without telling the printer you are using glossy photo paper or matte paper etc it’s common that the image or text will be streaky, patchy or smudged. This wastes a huge amount of ink and paper and most of the time all you need to do is change the settings!

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6) Purchase high capacity cartridges.

A lot of printers take standard and high capacity ink or toner cartridges. High capacity simply means the cartridge holds more ink inside than the low capacity one and it normally better value for money, keeping the cost per page down.

7) Look out for twin packs or value packs.

Many brands offer a value pack including one of each colour or a twin pack offering two of the same cartridge. You can save quite a lot buying cartridges this way.

8) Toner empty? Give it a shake!

When your printers tells you your toner is empty or is printing very faint colour you can try carefully removing the toner from the printer and shaking it from side to side. Toner is a powder that liquifies with movement which is why shaking it can help. It doesnt work with every printer but from our own experience, we used to get an extra 500 pages from our OKI toners by doing this! BE CAREFULL – Toner powder is highly carcinogenic. Shake gently and ideally over a towel incase of any small spills. It is rare that toner spills out when doing this but protect yourself anyway.

9) Empty your waste toner yourself!

Some laser printers have a waste toner bottle/part that collects…waste toner! This will eventually become full and need replacing. Waste toners are consumables and we do sell them however its not always necessary to buy them. Some waste toner you can simply remove from the printer, hold them deep into a bin liner and away from you and gently shake the toner out of the unit. It doesnt have to be empty to work again, just replace when you have removed what you wish to and it should continue to work. If it doesnt, you have been unlucky and will need to buy a new one. If it does, you could have saved yourselve from £7-£100 (depending on machine model). BE CAREFUL – As mentioned in point 8 toner powder is carcinogenic and you should always protect yourself when dealing with toner powder.

10) Head clean your inks.

Some people never have any problems with their inkjet printers but the nozzles can become slightly blocked over time. Should they block up you’ll find you need to run a head clean option on them so many times to unblock the heads, you could easily go through a complete set of inks doing so! Head cleaning does use ink however I simply suggest doing a head clean once every few months, or if you use your printer a lot, every 3-4 sets of inks. This should keep the nozzles block free and reduce blockage problems in the future.


If you have any cost saving tips you would like to tell us about, email us info@concita.com and you may find you’re helpful tip on here shortly afterwards!


DISCLAIMER: All points mentioned above are simply suggestions and we do not guarentee any results. All tips are taken at your own risk, we will not be responsible for any adverse effects that that may relate to the suggestion.