It is always interesting to see the various discussions relating to corporate finance, taxation ,and reporting compliance, however, sometimes the little things in life can become important. One such thing is the cost and life cycle of printer ink and toner. We always seem to run out of ink and I am shocked and saddened to be signing and paying all those expensive invoices. I do my bit to make them last... writing "Not to be replaced before dates" on the new cartridge when it is inserted, and tapping the old cartridge to shake out the last dregs of the toner when it starts printing faintly. I have even tried those ink refill kits where you drill a hole and inject new ink into the old cartridge, a messy experience, even if you wear latex gloves, or get the IT guy or office junior to do it for you! I did find a recycle service but they seem only to service certain brands and not the cheaper varieties like Brother! I am sure I am not alone in this matter and would welcome any tips and suggestions anyone can contribute for reducing print costs. And dont say "Print less"! In spite of the digital age, people still seem to need to keep printing!
Given that printers are sold as "the razor", and toner as "the blades", has anyone done any work on calculating the lifetime cost after amortising the printer savings back intn the ink cost to figure out which brands work out better?