Monday, October 13, 2014

The Scoop on Cheap Ink

This is only about half of my current stash of ink.
If I had to trace back how I discovered cheap printer ink, I'd bet it was through one of my former favorite websites SlickDeals. I say former because I may have been slightly addicted to finding deals and buying things I didn't need. So I mostly just stay away for now. But this website, Meritline often has their deals posted on SlickDeals. So that's likely how we became acquainted.

Meritline sells the most random assortment of goods. From shoes to tech stuff. But don't let the randomness turn you off. The website does seem slightly sketchy, but I've had no problems ordering from them.

It's very easy to find the right ink for your printer. You start by saying what printer you have and then they find the compatible ink.


Once I selected my printer, Canon MX882, I saw that a set of 5 cartridges (one of each color: cyan, magenta, yellow, and two blacks) is $6.95 right now. That's $1.39 a cartridge!! You know how much that costs on Amazon? $42 and that only has 4 cartridges for some reason!

Last year my total bill for 80 cartridges was $67.41. That's $1.18 per cartridge.

Their everyday prices are pretty low, but they also have some amazing sales. I wait for one of these sales (I get an email from them each Monday and quickly scan it) and stock up once a year.

UPDATE: They've got a Columbus sale going on right now and my ink is on sale! 4 sets of ink (20 cartridges total) for $14.95!! If you have a Canon Pixma, this deal might work for your printer!

**I'm not affiliated with Meritline in any way. Just sharing a good deal! Happy printing!


6 comments :

  1. Holy moly! Have you noticed a trade off in quality? I've only used canon ink in my printer. I'm totally checking these out.

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    1. I haven't noticed any quality issues, but that would be interesting to do a side by side with Canon ink and this off-brand ink. ;-)

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  2. WOW!! *Thank you* for this! I print a TON of stuff for my Primary Chorister duties and wish I had known about this a long time ago. Just placed my order. Thanks again for sharing!!

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    1. You're welcome! I recently printed baptism programs for a friend and she's like, "I'll pay for your ink!" and I was like, ok, that'll be 25 cents. ;-)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this info. Your work is so clean, elegant and adorable. I am new to digital PL and would like to print at home. Do you print all of your PL at home and if so, do you print on 12x12 and then cut them down or do you print different sizes based on your PL pocket page size. If you know of any good blog posts for printing PL at home, I would love to check them out. Thanks again! Michelle

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    1. Thanks! I do print at home- I print two 6x4s and two 3x4s on a standard 8.5x11'' costco photo paper. So it takes 2 pages of photo paper to print out an entire 12x12 layout. Not bad, I think. Just a little paper goes to waste. Then I paper cut them down to size. I'll do a more extensive post on this soon, because I've got tips I've learned along the way! (sorry for the late response!)

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