Tuesday, April 1, 2008

eBay has Great Savings on Compatible Printer Ink cartridges

One of the best places to save money on printer ink cartridges is also the most obvious- eBay. In the past I have had good experiences buying OEM and compatible printer ink on eBay. It is also possible to save more if you buy small lots of 5 or so cartridges.

Here is how sellers are able to offer you a good deal on ink: Some some sellers buy refilled ink in bulk. For example they may find someone selling 1000 re-manufactured or refilled HP45 cartridges ( often for a dollar a two per unit). Then they resell on eBay for 7 or 8 bucks. If the cartridge costs $20 or more in the store it might be a good deal. Especially if you use a lot of ink and can buy 5 cartridges for the price of 2 ( I have bought 5 for $40 before)from the store.

However, there are some things to watch out for, notably QUALITY. "Cheap" is only as good as the overall value. If something doesn't work it doesn't matter how cheap it is. You don't want it. I would not be surprised if 20% of these compatible remanufactured ink jets do not work. Fortunately most good sellers will refund or send a replacement at no cost and tell you to just keep the defective one.

Your other option is buying what other people have but do not need or want. In other words buying from "regular people", not dealers, who have extra ink. This can happen for obvious reasons. Maybe their printer broke and they can't use their stock of refills. maybe they just decided to get a new printer. Or they stocked up from a store that was going out of business.

In this case you will probably get good quality but wont save as much off retail. You could also just buy from an online ink dealer or get refills at a local store that offers that service.

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