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From losing money on ink cartridges to saving with them.

Ever since I started printing my weekly publication, the Times Script, I have had my woes with ink. Ink cartridges new for the HP PSC 1310 were $30-$40 Color and $25-$30 Black, depending on where you bought them. I started saving a lot when I switched to remanufactured and refills (as low as $10 black and color), but still the cost was high. I had to buy new cartidges every few weeks. So then I looked to a better alternative.

My Continuous Ink Supply System

I looked at the Continuous Ink Supply System- Tubes that run into your printer from plastic ink storage containers outside the printer. I couldn’t find any that worked for our printer at a reasonable price, so I decided to look for a new printer. I found one for only $30 on craigslist, and bought it. Then, I shelled out anouther $30 for the CISS. That initial investment of about two color cartridges worth of money saves me a ton now.

The cartridges I was paying $30 for contained about 10 ml of ink. The CISS came pre filled with 600 ml. No, I didn’t ad an extra zero- Six Hundred millilitres. Since then I have bought another 600 ml to refill it with at only $18. No more ink cartridges for me, I thought.

For the last year, I have been turning in used ink cartridges at Office Max and office Depot. In exchange, they give me $3 store credit, redeemable quarterly or monthly. I had received almost $30 one quarter. It so happens that one day at Woodman’s grocery store in Madison, Wi, I came across a cart of re-manufactured ink cartridges. 2 for $1.00. I bought six packs of them, and soon had them all turned in at Office Depot, never used. This quarter, I will be getting over $80 in store credit with those and other cartridges I got- such as the 6 the came in the printer I bought for my CISS system.

I will never be going back to ink cartridges again for printers since I got my CISS, but I will still keep my eyes open for a good deal!

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Computing, Hobbies

 

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My favorite modular origami design

Recently I have enjoyed making an origami dodecahedron (12 faces) out of the PHIZZ unit. It takes 30 units, but they are very simple to make. After you make them then you must do the more challenging part: put them together!

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Hobbies

 

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