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Printer buying 101 October 4, 2010

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Smart eco consumerism will require extra preparation to find the optimal printer of your choice. Ideally, you want to find a printer that has the highest pages per minute (ppm). Here are some pointers to get more bang for your bucks while also considering its eco impact. Refer to PC magazines for reviews or Consumer Report. Kodak and Epson are best known for high ppm, quality of ink and best deal for ink cartridges.

My HP printer went kaput a few weeks ago when I turned off the power strip the printer was plugged into. I ran myself ragged trying to trouble shoot the problem. I even tried a hard reset but to no avail. I finally decided to purchase another printer but I had a list of questions to ask the sales associate. Consider the below the next time your in the market for a printer.

Individual Cartridge vs. Packaged Cartridge

Individual cartridges are preferred because a packaged cartridge will have more than one printer color and if one color runs out, you will need to replace the entire packaged cartridge. On the other hand individual cartridges need to be changed only when they are “empty.” HP and Cannon tend to have packaged cartridges.

Empty Cartridge or Not?

Your ink empty cartridge message may be an error or at least a premature message. Cartridges require a certain level of ink to prevent the printer head from becoming damaged, if the ink level falls too low. Find a printer that wastes the least amount of ink.

Invest in a printer that the most cost efficiency per page.

In closing, do your research, ask questions about ppm, ink cartridges and their take back policy. I decided to purchase the Kodak ESP7250 because the cartridges were 100% full unlike the HP cartridges that are only 25% filled.

Your Plan “E”

Best Buy’s Greener Together™ is a new initiative where most household electronics are accepted free of charge with a couple exceptions. Regardless of the brand or where you purchased it, Best Buy will recycle TV’s, DVD players, computer monitors , audio video cables, cell phones etc.

In an effort to “divert materials from the waste stream”, Staples Soul will take back Dell computers and other office technology products are accepted free of charge to be recycled. All other brands of computers, monitors, deskstop/laptop computers, printers, scanners, all-i-one and fax machines require a $10 fee to cover shipping fee.

Find an E-steward in your area to dispose of your electronics appropriately.  Unfortunately, recyclers export old products to developing nations so choose your recycler with care.

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