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I always said I was going to write a novel, but for many years, I never got round to it. There was always something else to do. This year, I managed to actually do it, and while I can't say that I've picked up a huge book contract, I'm still pretty proud of the book I wrote so I'm self-publishing it and selling it to bookstores myself. It's a steep learning curve to work out how to get my book printed and working out all of the details of how the physical book will look. This website is a glimpse into the physical side of printing up your own self-published books for other new authors.


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Tips for Buying Discounted Printer Toners

by Lourdes Ramos

Over the years, manufacturers have availed printers at consumer-friendly prices, only to charge exorbitant prices for toner cartridges. With the prevailing market prices, it is possible to pay more for a toner cartridge than an entire printer. This has seen many printer users sourcing for ways to acquire printer toners at cheaper prices. There are various tips that can help one acquire a compatible toner cartridge for a reasonable price. These include the following.

Buying printer toners online

There are many online wholesale and retail suppliers that sell printer toners at a slightly cheaper price than those prevailing in our local stores. One advantage of shopping for printer toners online is that you get to compare prices from different sellers before settling for one. You might be lucky to find the product discounted or on offer on certain online stores.

Remanufactured toner cartridges

Remanufactured toner cartridges are recycled cartridges whose components have been checked for proper functionality. These include the corona wire assembly, drum, roller and wiper blade. Any damaged parts are replaced with new ones. These recycled cartridges are then cleaned and fitted with new ink and printer heads. These remanufactured printer toner cartridges are cheaper and can be purchased at discounted cartridge stores. They are reliable and can be reused a number of times before being replaced with new ones.

Black and white vs. color ink cartridges

Generally, color inkjet cartridges will cost you more than black and white ones. They also tend to go faster since primary colors are combined and need refilling more often. If possible, opt for black and white inkjet cartridges when printing draft copies and only use color when you are printing the final copy. Reducing the amount of color ink used will save you money on toner cartridges.

Toner refill kit

Buying a toner refill kit will save you more money than having the entire cartridge replaced. With the tools, toner, refill instructions provided as you purchase the kit and a little skill, you can be able to refill it on your own. You can refill a toner cartridge at least three or four times before purchasing a new one.

Buy printer toner in bulk

There are online and local stores that give discount on toners purchased in bulk. If you use a substantial amount of ink and toner, buy it in bulk and you are likely to receive a discount for it. Buying in bulk online can also save on shipping costs as well.

Generic toner cartridges

There are third party cartridge manufactures that manufacture toner cartridges that meet original manufacturer's specifications. The fact that they are generic does not mean that they will not work with your printer. You just need to get one that's compatible with your printer. Most manufacturer toners have slightly better ink than their generic versions, but it is rarely noticeable. The trade-off is better prices for the generic version.

Even though printer toners are becoming expensive by day, it is possible to get good quality toners at discounted prices by taking these tips into consideration.