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Why is my printer using so much ink or toner?

You feel you are being ripped off?

That may be true.

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Why is my printer using so much ink or toner?

Does it seem like you are constantly having to buy ink (or toner) for your printer? If so this can be very stressful as you feel you are being ripped off.

Stuart Ambrose from CostPlus 11 says there can be quite a few reasons:

1) Small capacity cartridges in an old printer: Older style printers could only print a few hundred pages at most due to the cartridge capacity. Modern printers now have much larger capacity cartridges (for almost the same price!!) due to customer demand. The Canon MB2760 does 1,200 pages from the black and 900 pages from the colour.

2) Quality of your print: For your normal day to day printing you may have the quality setting too high. Look for Draft or lower the Dots Per Inch (DPI) setting.

3) Using Colour needlessly: Did you know that when selecting Black & White you are still using colour? Try to find Greyscale, Greyscale will only use black ink.

4) You may be printing more that you realise: Many customers say, “ I only installed a new cartridge a couple of months ago.” Sadly, time is not the benchmark. It’s the number of pages you are printing.

5) What you are printing has a huge effect: If you are printing images or photo’s then you will be tearing through ink or toner. Consider getting your photo’s printed at one of the big chains like Harvey Norman or The Good Guys. Also, the amount of text you are putting on a page is a big factor.

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