Office depot printer cartridges: 6 easy tips

Unfortunately, there is no way around it. To keep our printers running we will need ink. However, I can provide you with 6 awesome tips that will make your quest for ink a bit easier.

In our search for the right office INK1depot printer cartridges we better think twice before making a purchase. I’m just going to jump right into things and lay out all tips that come to mind when purchasing a cartridge.


Cheap printers

First of all typical office depot printers are priced anywhere from $30 to $300. They are more compact and are ideal to put on a desk or in a small office, hence their name. Cheaper printers can come along with high cartridge price tags. Buying a $50 printer and having to spend an extra $100 every month on ink might not exactly be what you are looking for. Tip 1: Check the corresponding cartridge prices before buying. Some companies actually lose money or barely break even when selling their printers. They generate profits from customers buying their (overly) expensive cartridges. Don’t let them fool you into this trick!

CMYKYield of the cartridge

Secondly not every cartridge serves the same purpose or will be conformable with every printer.  On top of that there can be huge price differences between the same cartridges, or cartridges that accomplish the same goal. However, these prices can sometimes be justified according to the quality and yield of prints they are capable of producing. Tip 2: try to figure out the yield of the cartridge you are planning on buying. Manufacturers are not obligated to provide you with such information.

Third party’s

Overpriced cartridges opened up a new market. For starters there are the third party manufacturers. These are entity’s other than the main manufacturer that produce and sell cartridges at cheaper prices. Tip 3: Just make sure the cartridge from this third party is compatible with your printer and that this party is verified. This way you can save up a lot of money. Be careful however, not every third party is thrust-worthy. Counterfeiters will always lurk around to sell you less qualitative ink or under a main manufacturer’s name.

Refilling cartridges

Another trick manufacturers came up with was the possibility to refill their cartridges. Cartridges have a big impact on the environment and refilling them is more environmentally friendly. Not every cartridge can be refilled though. Refilling can be a profitable thing to do if you know how and have a good refilling kit. You could go to a manufacturer and let him refill your cartridges too, but I won’t recommend refilling at all to be honest. It is known for a fact that refilled cartridges will have higher printing failure rates. Besides, the quality of the prints will go down drastically and typical problems like page curling and uneven ink spreading will occur more often. Tip 4:  You might want to stay away from refilling.

Heavy users

On the other hand when you are a heavy user in need of a lot of ink you might want to consider upgrading your printer(s). Industrial printers or often laser printers that work with toners can have higher yields and become a lot cheaper in the long run. Tip 5: Industrial printers have a high investment cost but cheaper ink patterns.

camionBuying in bulk

Lastly when you are more of a heavy consumer consider buying ink in bulk. Manufacturers tend to give promotions when you buy more of a product. Same goes for ink and cartridges. If the manufacturer doesn’t have a bulk offer available at the moment you can still contact him yourself and discuss a possible discount. Tip 6: Be on the lookout for bulk offers. Buying more of a product will cut the costs.

When you follow those tips you are off to a great start when buying your next cartridges. Buying cartridges doesn’t have to be a hard task and it won’t if you follow those easy steps. If you are still having questions about cartridges feel free to leave a comment. I will be happy to answer them.


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  1. Hello

    Excellent article, I was just browsing when I came across your article. Thank you for sharing this information with us, I have found some very useful pointers to take away with me. I know others will also benefit from it. You clearly know your stuff.

    In regards to the section on buying in bulk, would it not benefit all to buy in bulk ? even if you where a minimal user you would never have to buy again ?

    again thank you for sharing, I know many people will benefit from knowing this now. I hope to hear from you soon, I will pop back in a few days to hear your response.


    1. Hello Jack,

      When you dont print that much and buy in bulk, you will end up with a huge stock of ink. Keeping something in stock can be very expensive (money that is invested in a stock can’t be used for other expenses; you need a storage room and/or shelves to keep your stock; the stock could become useless if your printer doesn’t work anymore and you have to buy a new printer;…)

      As you can see buying in bulk is not a preferable option for everybody. Hope this answers your question.


  2. Vincent,

    I appreciate these tips. I made the mistake of buying a $50 printer, however now I’m having to buy cartridges every month. I’m definitely going to get a bigger printer next time that uses toner, to save in the long run. What brand of printer would you recommend that would be more cost efficient for me in the long run?

    1. Hello Ira,

      Cheap printers aren’t necessarily a mistake to buy, but in the long run I think it’s best for you to upgrade to a more expensive model. There are a lot of small, user friendly printers available. To advice something specific for you I would need a bit more information on your printer needs. However, one of my previous posts is a good place to start with. Good luck with finding your next printer.


  3. Very good post. I have 2 printers. One of them is a really old printer. The printer doesn’t work, but the copier still does. Tha ink for that is expensive, except it last almost a year. However, I did find you can get it cheap at amazon. Also, I have a newer printer. An HP Officejet 6100. The price on amazon is not much different then in the stores on this on. The price is pretty expensive. I wish I could find a cheaper one. Thanks to this post, it might help,.

    1. Hello Patrick,

      Make sure to keep checking my site. I will be posting reviews about good printers very soon. Maybe you will find something you like.


  4. Hi Vincent,

    Excellent article! I agree that cheap is not always better but sometimes it works out. Honestly we really need to look at the needs and the expectations of what we want our printer to do for us.

    I usually spend a lot of time researching a printer before I buy since I want the best with the cheapest ink lol At the time I succeeded and was very happy with my Kodak Printer. However, not using the printer for a long time I did run into the problem of ink drying up which was frustrating even with cheap ink!

    I ended up buying a cheap laser printer with toner which is the same price as the printer lol however, the pages I get from this is great and my ink doesn’t dry up.

    I wish I had all these great tips at the time when I was buying could had a printer a lot quicker lol


    1. Hi Nicole,

      I’m glad I could be of help to you. You can visit my site any time you want and ask for more help if needed.

      About that ink drying up problem. I will be writing an article on cleaning your printer heads very soon so make sure to check it out. It will be of great help to you. Or if you are looking for more general printer advice this is the right place for you.


  5. This article has been very informative. I work in the IT department at my work and this might help me get a pay raise. Were always going through ink and if i can incorporate a couple of these ideas perhaps i can save the company some money. Have you seen any major differences between name brands and generic?

    1. Thanks Bryan. The big difference between ink cartridges from a brand and generics is the price! If you buy from a good seller, the printing quality will be the same.


  6. Hello Vincent,
    Thank you for these tips. You pointed out some things I wondered about but was not sure. Such as the refilling of cartridges, I too was sceptical of having them refilled, happy to see that I wasn’t just paranoid. I too go caught into buying a cheap printer with high cartridge costs. The printer came as a package with a computer I purchased. I’ll know better the next time they offer a printer at next to nothing price as a package deal. You mentioned counterfeiters, is there any sure way of knowing when a cartridge is a counterfeit? Are there any standard markings on cartridges that manufacturers use that would not show up on a counterfeit? Thank you again for very informative tips, I’ll be sure to come back to look at the comparisons you offered when I am ready to buy a new printer.

  7. This post was really helpful. You seem to really know your stuff.

    Choosing the right ink cartridge and replacing it properly must be a big deal. I can imagine it making a huge difference to the quality of the print out.

    Next time I need to replace my ink cartridge I will return to your page for some tips.


  8. Very helpful information for printers here.

    I myself bought a Lexmark printer/scanner/copier etc for home use.. only to find out later it was very heavy on ink.

    Every couple of weeks I was back to the Ink Center to spend another 50 – 75 bucks to buy new.

    I was lucky after a while though, and I found an outlet that would refill them (just like you mention here) so I stuck with my Lexmark as it was over 300 bucks.

    Thanks for the information here. I will bookmark you 🙂


    1. I’m glad I could be of help to you! If you like the site also make sure to share it 🙂

      Have a great day Chris!

  9. To buy a printercartridge and its ink with affordable price we need to know proper information and helpful tips. Your site is one of the best sites who provide the valuable and accurate tips. I have question about cartridge. How can i know or undestand that which cartridge is best for my “HP LASERJET PRO 200 COLOR MFP M276NW ” ? Thanks for your good service.

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