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|04-14-2013 03:29 PM|
|jennnifernguyen||the coupon code "MLCA03UN" doesnt work for me. is it expired?|
|04-05-2013 08:35 AM|
So...I tried the cheap Amazon ink and was satisfied. (I had issues with my past Canon printers having a red tinge to the photos, with either generic or OEM ink...but that seems to have gone away. Either my current printer is tuned, or I've gotten less picky. ) I've also confirmed that neither ink is noticeably better for fade resistance...both are mediocre. When I did CISS, I tried the "good" ink (can't remember the name), and didn't notice any difference.
Therefore, I spend more than you do for ink to get arguably the same quality, but get the benefit of much cleaner and faster reloads. But I'm left with a stack of cartridges worth $2 each. If I buy them (or cheaper empties) for under $1, it's a profit making enterprise.
The $30 requirement is now just an offset. Annually, I'll have to spend $60 on ink at Staples. But if I get $240 ($20 x 12) or $480 ($40 x 12, premier) in rewards, the $60 is really insignificant. Those rewards can be usually directly monetized via rebates, and they usually come with free paper attached. (I'm up to my ears in photo and regular paper).
I think I bought my last Amazon cartridges for about 50 cents each (full) by buying them from these guys . They combine shipping, so you save by stocking up. (They do actually show their 5 packs as MORE expensive, which is odd...and they shipped me five packs, so I had to ask to have the extra ones shipped, which they did quickly).
So by that math, I still make $1.50 on each cartridge I consume. It's free money to print as much as I want, even if I have to spend $60 on ink I may never use.
|04-05-2013 08:07 AM|
|04-04-2013 10:53 PM|
It'll truly be moot once they start requiring you to buy THEIR ink. Until then, I plan to get my premier status soon, so the "overpriced Staples ink tax" will only be 12.5%.
|04-04-2013 09:42 PM|
|04-04-2013 06:59 PM|
|04-04-2013 09:20 AM|
However, at that point, you're not actually pursuing a SD on Canon CLI-226 cartridges to use on your Canon printer to actually print color inkjet documents, and therefore would be rather off-topic.
Plus, you actually NEED the ink to CONSUME the reams and reams of free paper you'll have stocked up in the garage to placate the wife. That, or donate it to the school.
I probably use 5 cartridges a month, so I backfill with Ebay empties every other month.
|04-04-2013 08:59 AM|
Sure..Go to staples, ask to sign up for their rewards program..They'll give you a little pamphlet, it'll take you five minutes to fill out. Put your real name, address, email..Then when you get your card, hand them up to 10 ink cartridges per calendar month along with your rewards program card. You can keep track of your rebates on staplesrewardscenter.com, and you can print out your $20 voucher from there then take it anywhere and apply the discount to anything they sell. The vouchers usually expire in 2 or 3 months, so you can hoard more than one then cash out later on.
Also: You should find a price-match online because 90% of their inventory is grossly inflated. I know the policy permits Amazon.com's prices and on several occasions, I've printed out advertisements from amazon then brought it to the store and have had it matched..Every time I mention this, some group of nitwits calls me out on this and says that its not true but, I've produced receipts that say otherwise..Some items were marked at $60 originally that ended up being $25 minus $20 for a voucher and ended up paying $5. What you might want to do is print out the price-match policy in case they give you grief about not honoring Amazon:
"These select competitors are: Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Office Depot, Office Max, Quill, Medical Arts Press, Reliable, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, WB Mason, and Xerox. Items must be sold and shipped by one of these competitors."
But why even bother with the $9 investment for 10? Check ebay for empty ink cartridge lots, there's no less than a thousand people selling anywhere from 3-500 empties on a single listing and staples accepts every one of them, you'll pay a lot less than $1 a piece if you buy like 20+ (I dont know what the exact numbers are..)
EDIT: Reading the new policy some people are talking about..This doesnt look good...Skip what I just said but keep it under your hat in case it changes in the future..It might, there was a brief period a few months ago when they wouldnt honor any online prices and that blew over.
|04-04-2013 08:04 AM|
They have had special double rewards deals if you buy HP ink IIRC. So, it may actually be preferable to buy HP ink and get more rewards, then sell the HP ink on CL.
Alternately, go gung ho on Staples purchases, get to $1000, and you can double your recycling to 20 cartridges/mo for a year or more.
|04-04-2013 07:44 AM|
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|04-04-2013 12:04 AM|
|riverstyxxx||Technically you could buy these things, either spill the ink down the drain or serve it to your loved ones, then resell them back to staples and make $11 profit.|
|04-03-2013 07:47 PM|
|04-03-2013 07:44 PM|
Technically, you could return these to Staples for $20 credit to your Staples Rewards account if you have purchased $30 in printer-related items. http://www.staplesrewa
I want to learn about ink and toner recycling
Staples Rewards Base members can recycle and earn Rewards on up to 10 ink and toner cartridges per month. Plus and Premier members can recycle and earn Rewards on up to 20 per month. You’ll receive $2 back in Staples Rewards per cartridge as long as you’ve spent at least $30 in ink and toner purchases at Staples over the previous 180 days. This $30 minimum purchase requirement does not include taxes or shipping charges paid, and is based on amount paid after any coupons. Ink Recycling Rewards are issued monthly, separately from your other benefits. Limit one Staples Rewards account per person or at any mailing address. Additional accounts will be cancelled.
I realize this doesn't help everyone, might be a cheap way to trade for an ink cart that works with your printer if it doesn't use this ink.
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