Office Products that Need Ink and Toner
What is Ink and Toner?
The first thing to understand about buying and/or
using ink and toner is what these office supplies
are. First of all, toner is a special type of powdered
ink used by copiers and printers that uses electrical
charges, heat, and pressure to stick it to paper.
Ink is just what is says, ink. These are used in inkjet
and other types of printers in the form of a cartridge
that sprays out ink in order to print words or pictures
on paper. Both types of printers and/or copiers have
advantages and disadvantages when it comes to what
type of ink or toner to buy. For instance, a laser
printer will cost more to buy, but, the ink/toner
is cheaper for this printer. On the other hand, and
inkjet printer is cheaper, but, the ink cartridges
cost more. It really depends on an offices budget
and what the needs of the office are as to what is
better ink or toner.
How to Buy Ink/Toner
As stated above, one must first realize the difference
in inks and toners and what type of printers, fax
machines, and copiers use each or both ink and toner.
The following is a list of tips on how to buy the
Know what type of ink or toner
your office product uses. For instance, printers
take different types of ink/toners; usually there
is a code on the printer saying what type ink/toner
Research and compare prices from
different office supply stores or online office
stores to see who has the best price and quality
of ink/toner needed.
Most ink/toner cartridges are
refillable or are able to be recycled. This is something
to research as well, because, used cartridges may
cost less than new ones and some stores offer a
discount if an individual were to bring in an old
cartridge to be recycled when buying new ones.
If an office prints a lot, ink
cartridges can be cheaper if bought in bulk. The
only problem with this is making sure that all of
the ink will be used before it expires.
If ordering from an online office
supply store, consider the costs of shipping and
handling. These costs can add up to be more than
the actual ink/toner cartridges.
Consider if the printer or copier
is getting the most use out of ink/toner cartridges,
which means, comparing how much ink/toner is being
bought as to how much the printer or copier is putting
out. This will give an idea of how much money an
office is spending.
How fast does a vendor or online
store deliver the office supplies to the office?
Is there a money back guarantee
if something was wrong with the cartridges?