Last fall, I took some of my card profits and invested in a nice new printer, an Epson 1400.
It's really nice! I love being able to print on large paper (I can print on 12 x 18" cardstock, for instance, and trim it down to get letter-sized paper with full bleeds -- awesome!).
But here's the downside: the thing guzzles ink like there's no tomorrow. Seriously, I need to enroll my printer in some 12-step program.
Above are 46 empty inkjet cartridges. Most of them were used up when I was in crazy production mode before the holidays. Forty-six inkjet cartridges at about $20 a shot... well, I can't even bear to do the math on that.
Paying for the ink has seriously put the profitability of my shop into jeopardy, however I did find what I think to be a good solution: knock off inkjet cartridges.
There are several different online sites. I found the FAQs on this site to be quite reassuring: http://www.itsupplies.com The fact that they offered free shipping and a 75% reduction in costs was tempting enough for me to venture out of my rut of paying full price for the comfort of using something approved by Epson.
I've only had a chance to use a few of them so far and haven't see any problems yet. The cartridges do look a little different than the original ones, but so far the results have been really positive so far! At least, I can't see any difference in the quality and the printer hasn't exploded or anything...