A few months ago, I ran out of ink for my HP C4280 in the middle of a big printing job. “No problem”, I thought, as I opened my supply drawer only to find that I had no new ink cartridges! This meant only one thing — I was going to have to drive into town to buy ink at some ridiculous cost. So how much was my color ink cartridge from the local office supply store here in town? A whopping $28.99! That expense hurt really bad, but I didn’t have time to either buy ink over the internet or drive to Santa Fe to go to a more popular office store. So I learned a valuable lesson on being prepared, and I now buy my ink online in advance and have it shipped to my house. This saves me a ton of money and a 69 mile run to the store in Santa Fe! Since prices vary so often, and some stores offer free shipping or discounts, I always check a bunch of different websites before I do my ordering. Here are three that I have actually tried and been pretty happy with so far:
123InkJets.com – As of the writing of this article, a remanufactured color ink cartridge is $12.99 while a brand new one is $17.99, which is $11 less than the one at my local store.
4InkJets.com Right now with this company, a remanufactured color cartridge is also $12.99 but a brand new one is $15.99, or $2 less than 123InkJets.
Inkgrabber.com At InkGrabber, a remanufactured cartridge is $13.99 while a new one is $21.99.
So you can see how prices can vary, from company to company, for the exact same ink product. In fact, by the time this article gets published, these prices may have changed already! Most online ink companies do ship for free and don’t charge taxes, so there is some additional saving there. Be sure to check for coupons and codes on the web as well. Also, in case you were wondering or afraid to do so, I buy remanufactured ink cartridges most of the time (depending on the prices), and have never had any problems with them. It’s yet another good way to save money on ink!