||Tired of Replacing
Expensive Toner Cartridges?
Have A Solution!
find a better looking document than one printed with a laser.
Oh, inkjets do a pretty good job, but the ink can smear and the
page never looks quite as sharp as one from a laser printer or
copier. Laser printers, copiers, and fax machines are getting
cheaper and cheaper too, which is a Good Thing -- but laser toner,
the dry ink that the laser welds onto the page to produce that
sharp copy, is still horribly expensive.
How bad is it? Well, you can get a decent
laser printer for less than £150, but toner cartridges can cost
more than £90 each! A 2,000- to 4,000-page capacity might sound
pretty good, until you find yourself needing to print a thousand
memos or Quickbooks
checks a day. Not such a good deal then, is it?
But fear not, there's a solution: and we're
not talking about going back to dot matrix. You don't have to
buy a new cartridge every time the old one taps out; it's just
empty after all. You don't change your car's engine when you run
out of petrol, do you? Of course not! All you really need to make
your toner cartridge as good as new is a laser toner refill kit.
refills are easy to come by, print yourself up a Quicken
business check and you're ready to buy
it! Even better, topping up your cartridge with a toner refill
can be absurdly simple.
||Then there are the rest of
the toner cartridges, which fall under the category of "annoying."
Annoying doesn't necessary mean difficult, however. So, the manufacturers
thought they'd be clever and deny you a filler plug, did they? Well,
you'll show them. Your toner refill cartridge includes a special
tool that lets you melt a hole
through the surface of the cartridge (they are, after all, plastic).
All you need to do is follow the instructions.
Once you've got a hole, just pour the new toner in, seal up the
hole and shake well. Plug the cartridge back into its machine, and
in no time you'll be printing out your Quicken
Checks to pay your employees with.
many times can I pull this trick, anyway?
While toner cartridges aren't made to last
forever, they're not as cheap-jack as you might think; most are
meant to be recycled, and can be refilled
several times. You may be able to finagle four or five uses
out of some, especially those without imaging
drums. Basically, then, by topping up the toner when necessary,
you've gotten 3-6 cartridges worth of use out of one cartridge,
for the price of two or less. Sure, when this cartridge wears
out you'll have to buy a new one, but you can do it secure in
the knowledge that you'll be buying new only every once in a while,
and you'll be paying
far less than the next fellow for toner.
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