Saving money on
THE GOOD NEWS for consumers is that
prices for home and office printers have
dropped dramatically over the past couple of
years. The bad news is that prices for replacement ink cartridges haven’t.
A money-saving solution is to refill cartridges, a service that Costco provides in
warehouses through the 1-Hour Photo
Centers. It’s easy, fast (cartridges are refilled
on-site within an hour) and affordable, helping to keep printing costs as low as possible.
The service is proving to be helpful for
many small-business owners. Shelley Santrach,
chief financial officer of Public Health
Solutions in Columbia Heights, Minnesota,
which operates 10 group homes for adults with
disabilities, says her company has 12 printers
that go through about one ink cartridge a
month. The average cost for a replacement cartridge is $24. The Costco price for a refill is $8.
Santrach tracked the spending over a year
and found her company saved $3,700 over
what they would have paid for new cartridges.
“It’s huge,” she says of the savings. “We try
to be aware of expenses on an ongoing basis.
In a small business, you have to be aware of the
small component costs. Sure, it’s just one line
item on your budget, but if your corporate cul-
ture includes recycling and prudent use of
resources, you’ve got to do this.”
The program currently services many car-
tridges from HP, Canon, Lexmark, Dell and,
as of this month, Epson printers. Steve Pruitt,
a buyer for Costco’s 1-Hour Photo Centers,
says the replacement ink is high in quality for
excellent printing results. “The ink used in our
program very closely matches the ink from the
cartridge’s original manufacturer,” says Steve.
“Our ink is extensively tested to ensure that it
is performing to the highest standards.”
Along with savings, the program makes
sense for the environment. Reusing ink car-
tridges keeps them out of landfills.
www.costcoinkjetrefill.com to see if
your cartridge is supported.—Tim Talevich
to be aware of expenses on an ongoing basis. says the replacement ink is high in quality for
your cartridge is supported.
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OCTOBER 2012 ;e Costco Connection 87