Monday, January 31, 2011

Top 10 Cheap Printer Ink Websites

123Inkjets is currently (in my opinion) the top discount printer ink stores out there. The name 123Inkets implies a quick and easy purchase of ink jet cartridges, and this is easily seen throughout their site. 123Inkets has even won the 2010 Platinum Circle of Excellence award which is given to a retail store that scores a significantly higher than average Network average with all scores 9.0 and above out of a 10.0 point scale across seven satisfaction indicators. Also has really good shipping to Canada. Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Debit Cards with Visa or MasterCard logos, Personal Checks, Money Orders, PayPal and Google Checkout.

Pros: Very high customer ratings, free shipping on $55+ within US, and a one year product guarantee.

Cons: Limited payment options

 4inkjets number one goal is customer satisfaction, so they were awarded the Bizrate's Platinum Circle of Excellence for Customer Service for the past six years! This company was founded in 1999 and is still vigorously growing, and offer printer cartridges for all printer manufacturers. As well, they accept all payment choices. Their return policy includes the return of all unopened product for up to one year, and the shipping policy includes free shipping to the US over $50, and also ships to Canada. 

Pros: Accept all payment methods, Bizrate's Circle of Excellence award for six years in a row.

Cons: Limited shipping to US and Canada

All-ink has a "110%" guarantee of quality and satisfaction for their customers. What this means is that they will refund you 110% if you are not totally happy for your order! On top of this they include free shipping with orders just over $40 US. If orders are purchased by credit card before 5:00 pm ET. on a weekday (non-holiday) they will be shipped the same day arriving in only 2-6 business days. Did I mention they also have a 2\year product guarantee?

Pros: Free shipping for under $40, 110% cash back for unsatisfied customers, and amazing shipping times.

Cons: Shipping restricted to only US and Canada.

Toner Boss strives heavily on customer feedback to better improve their services. On their web site they have a number of ways to interact with their customer services team such as: Live Help with an agent via chat, live help via toll free phone number, and through e-mail. They have a flat rate shipping free of $4.99 (similar to other retailers) and a pretty universal 1 year guarantee on products. 

Pros: Excellent customer service if you need a great resource of help.

Cons: Variable product selection

InkSmile has a very simple and easy to use web site. Upon arrival they have a very prominent search bar, and below have a set of printer ink branded icons which make searching for your product simple. They also have a very good recycle program partner called: "empties4cash" where you can recycle used cartridges for cash; shipping included! Inksmile also offers completely free shipping within the US using FedEx or USPS. 

Pros: Free shipping to US and Canada! A really good cash back recycle program!

Cons: Little Selection

101-inks has a relatively large selection of inks, and claim to have the simple goal of "...providing customers with the most advanced and secure shopping environment for high quality-low cost printer supplies." They are a high volume reseller for inkjet  cartridges and laser toners for schools, churches, Law firms, and many other companies throughout the US. They also have a request a printer cartridge option if it is not included in their selection.

Pros: Large selection of ink-jets and laser toners. Have a request a cartridge option.

Cons: Only a 180-day 100% price guarantee. (Most printer ink re-sellers have a 1 year minimum policy).

InkGrabber was started in 2003 by Keith Ramirez with the said long term vision of "...saving Americans money on over-priced consumable printer cartridges." This site has a ton of coupon options, and ways to save you money including weekly coupons through a  newsletter signup. 

Pros: Weekly coupons through signing up for their newsletter. Corporate accounts with "VIP" benefits (such as schools and businesses). 

Cons: Only a 90-day return policy! Free shipping on orders under $75 in the US (con because there are much better)

Clickinks offers buy 2 get 1 free on many Clickink replacement Ink Cartridges, has same day shipping including overnight air-shipping if you need to get your ink fast. The main page has a good layout, such as the icon branded links in the middle of the main page; this is useful if you only know the brand you are looking for.

Pros: Same day shipping (overnight air shipping too!), and buy 2 get 1 deals.

Cons: Terrible shipping outside US. ($24.95 for all orders to Canada).

Abacus 24-7 is more than just a printer ink reseller. They offer standard flat rate $4.99 shipping, with free shipping on order over $99.00 US. You can also get next day shipping for only $25.99 for all US orders, or same day delivery if orders are placed before 4 pm. EST. Abacus 24-7 also offers a one year guarantee on their ink cartridges. There is a huge printer ink selection, and the site also includes items such as various cables/adapters, electronic accessories, and various other equipment. 

Pros: A huge variety of printer ink, and many other items to purchase simultaneously.

Cons: Needs more customer reviews

InkSupply has little information on their site available about the company, but they claim to have started in 1994 offering high quality inkjet printer inks, inkjet refill kits, inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, fine art paper, and bulk feed systems. There is no doubt though, that their site offers a basic selection of printer inks available in bulk, refills, or cartridges. Their main pages lists what current promotions they have available which at the time of my last visit included: %5 discount on all product, and 50% savings on 2nd, and 3rd day US shipping. 

Pros: Main page promotions, and long lasting company.

Cons: Limited company "about" information and customer satisfaction results.