Here at Recharge Cartridges Cork we believe it doesn’t have to be stressful when buying a new printer. We will only recommend a Printer that is economical to run and suitable to your needs. Below are some questions you need to ask yourself before buying.

How much do the cartridges cost?

This should be the very first question you ask about the printer you are considering purchasing. Finding out after you have bought the printer is too late and literally thousands of our customers have found out to their detriment! Generally speaking, printers that are free or cheap to buy use cartridges that are very expensive to replace so ask before you buy.

Ink Cartridges

Ink Cartridges

What functionality do you need?

Most inkjet printers today are multi-function. They include a scanner, copier, colour and black printing, card readers, Pictbridge and photo printing up to A4 size. Additional functionality can include printing photos directly from your phone or tablet, A3 photo printing, fax, auto page feeders, colour LCD display screens, touch screens and much more. You will pay a lot more for this additional functionality that may not be necessary for your needs. You should decide what you want and stick to it. Avoid fancy gadgetry as you won’t use or need it but you will pay for it!

How much should you spend?

Inkjet multifunction printers with decent cartridge running costs should retail from €90 -€130 with additional functionality pushing the price up to €150 – €200 WARNING – if you see a printer for around €30 DO NOT BUY IT. It is likely to cost you a small fortune to run as it will contain what is called Starter/Introductory cartridges that only contain just enough ink to print 30-40 pages. A lot of printers, even those in the €80 – €100 bracket will have starter cartridges. Can the cartridges be refilled?

If you really want to save money then this is the most important thing to know as it will drastically reduce your printing costs. Many printers are sold with “single use” cartridges that cannot be refilled. To find out if they can be refilled just call any of our stores with the cartridge/printer model and they’ll tell you straight away and advise you what printer will suit your needs best.

How many pages do the cartridges print?

Any good printer vendor should be able to tell you what is known as the page yield of a cartridge. This is an industry standard and it is the number of pages the cartridge will print based on a 5% page coverage. A 5% coverage is approximately the amount of text in an average one page A4 letter. The page yields vary hugely between makes so make sure to ask or contact us and we’ll tell you.

How much does it cost to print a page?

By dividing the cartridge cost by its expected page yield you can calculate how much each page will cost you to print. This gives you the true figure of how expensive a printer costs to run. For inkjet printers anything above 5 cent per black page should be considered too expensive.

How much do you print?

How much you print will dictate what type of printer you need. If you print more than 500 pages a month then you should consider buying an entry level laser printer instead of an inkjet printer. Although the cartridge(s) may be more expensive, their page yields generally start at about 1,500 pages which brings the cost per page right down to around 2.5 to 5.0 cent per black page. If you print less than 500 pages per month then stick with the inkjet printers with a high yield cartridge.

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According to the EU Distance Selling Directive, the consumer is protected by a number of safeguards and entitlements. Recharge Cartridges is committed to complying with this directive.

With this in mind you are entitled to a fourteen-day ‘cooling-off period’, whereby you are entitled to return your purchase to us for any reason* within fourteen days of receipt of same, and be refunded the price that you paid, minus the shipping charge.

This safeguard applies only where the products in question are unopened, unused, undamaged, and returned to us in full saleable condition.

Charges for return-shipment must be borne by the purchaser. In the event that you have ordered the incorrect consumables for your machine, and opened same (outer box or inner packaging) then we cannot refund in part or full.

For items ordered incorrectly, or for items that are not required any longer, Recharge Cartridges reserves the right to decline to accept returns and also to levy a re-stocking fee.

Please note: If you’ve ordered an item in error and opened its packaging we cannot accept it back!