Think about this – for every few hundred pages that are printed out, there is at least one empty printer cartridge that will be disposed. In a year you can be sure that you will consume several cartridges with regularly use of your printer. This supports the fact that the printer cartridge is the economic force driving the desktop printing industry.
Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion empty printer cartridges are disposed of each year. These are mostly cartridges for inkjet printers, which are the most popular printing devices among computer owners. Most households will consume at least two cartridges a year, up to four cartridges if they print a lot of family photos. For small offices, multiply that by a factor of three. Some large companies use up hundreds of ink and toner cartridges annually. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that supplying ink cartridges is a very profitable business.
Making Money With Empty Cartridges
The same is true with empty cartridges. Selling your empty printer cartridges to specific buyers can lead to a significant payoff. A used inkjet cartridge can be exchanged for amounts ranging from $0.25 to as much as $5.00 or sometimes more. The rate varies from buyer to buyer and also depends largely on the type of empty cartridge being sold.
There are businesses that are dedicated solely to the recycling of printer cartridges. They buy the used cartridges from individual consumers then resell them to ink cartridge manufacturers and re-manufacturers for profit. This business model is very similar to the used beverage bottle trading of bygone years. It is expected that making money through the reselling of used cartridges will continue to thrive until a better technology supplants current desktop printers from the consumer market.
Finding buyers for your cartridges is not difficult at all. A simple search online will yield dozens of these business near your locality. Chances are good that ink cartridge refillers in your community will also offer to buy used cartridges.
Ways To Find More Cartridges
If you want to get into reselling of used printer cartridges, you will need to source for additional empty cartridges to make your efforts viable. Here are 3 practical methods to secure more cartridges, which you can then in turn sell to buyers.
1. In your community, start a free pick-up service for used cartridges. Many households just throw away their printer ink cartridges because they don’t have the time to go out and bring them to the recycling centers. Some of them may be willing to give you their used cartridges for you to manage their disposal. Create flyers and distribute them all over your community. Before long you will have calls asking you to pick-up their used printer cartridges.
2. Similar to the first, you can write to businesses near you and ask that you be the one to collect their printer and toner cartridges. While most companies may have recycling policies in place, there are still some that do not have regulations for recycling used cartridges. You can also write to hospitals, churches, schools and similar institutions. To be more effective, you may need to offer them cash in exchange for their used cartridges; in which case, make sure that the rates you offer are nominal and will not eat up your revenue significantly.
3. Finally, you may choose to host an event where the requirement for entrance is used printer cartridges. If you have access to a pool, you can have a swimming party. You can also have a bingo social where part of the proceeds will go to a local charity. To offset expenses for the event, you can approach some companies to be your sponsors.
Be creative and daring; you are collecting an item that people no longer use. By taking care of their empty cartridges you are providing an invaluable service to your community. Soon enough, you will have a steady income stream from used printer cartridges that will bring additional cash to your bank account.
This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.