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Checklist For Buying Quality Printer Toner and Ink Supplies


More and more people are shopping online to search for their printer and toner supplies. There are online shops that carry almost every brand name and accessory in existence. There are advantages and disadvantages of using an online source for these products, and a few things to watch out for while shopping as well. Here’s a quick checklist of what to look for when buying printer and toner supplies online.

Check for Printer Compatibility of the Toners

The tricky part to buying laser printer supplies and toner is making sure the accessories are compatible with your printer. Most printers come with a toner cartridge already installed. But when it comes time to replace the cartridge, you should look at the old cartridge and write down the product serial or identification number on the cartridge. If you’re not sure about the type of toner cartridge needed, check in your printer manual.


You can also check in the printer manual to find out about other replaceable parts if your printer needs a repair. It’s important to buy parts that are compatible. Trying to install toner or other parts that are not compatible could harm the machine. Also, you’ll save time and money by checking the compatibility in advance. If you order the wrong toner, it will have to be shipped to you and then shipped back to the company for an exchange. The company might not refund your original shipping amount so that’s money lost.

Cheap Price versus good Quality

Compare prices on printer supplies and toner, but don’t go by price alone. There are many companies that sell cheap made products at cheap prices. It’s better to pay a little more and get a good brand name product than to waste money on a product that won’t last.

Search online for quality brand names such as Apple, IBM, Lanier, Epson, Dell Toner, HP, like Toner  HP CE505A, Brother, Canon, Digital, GCC, Genicom, Samsung, Panasonic, Pitney Bowes, and HP Comp. This will ensure you are getting printer accessories that are of a good quality.

Ordering, Shipping, and Other Related Products

Check to be sure the online printer company offers secure ordering and has reasonable shipping charges. Sometimes the shipping charges can eat up your savings. You’d be better off buying from a local store. But if you live far from the nearest printer supply store and the shipping is affordable, it’s well worth buying online.

Some online printer companies will offer a variety of other products along with printer supplies. These technical products might include Sony tape drives, laptop hard drives, notebook batteries, CD/DVD drives, older floppy drives, cell phone and smartphone batteries, digital cameras and batteries, inkjet cartridges, and more.

When you find a dependable company online that offers all these products at reasonable prices, you’ve found a goldmine! You can shop for your own printer toner supplies along with other related items and combine shipping amounts to save money. Or, you can use the services for holiday gift shopping. Either way, you’ll save time and money by ordering these products online from the comfort of your own home.



  1. ltsblogstaff says:

    You need to be a wise shopper when opting to go online. There are many bogus sellers that will lure you. However, being able to decipher the legitimate ones is the key to this problem. Legitimate stores always sell and offer quality products.

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  3. Josh Gray says:

    Some good advice here, the number of people who have asked me to diagnose why their printer thinks it has no toner when they have just inserted a new cartridge, only to find it’s a knockoff.

    Stay safe, buy legit!

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