Many printers come with starter packs of cartridges and paper, but “the cartridges hold 50 percent of the ink of standard ones,” says Justin Yu, an assistant editor at Cnet.com, a technology site. “And some models include only five sheets of paper.” When you buy your printer, pick up extra supplies.
To save money, visit Cartridge World (cartridgeworldusa.com), which sells recycled cartridges that cost 20 to 40 percent less than new ones.
If a company suggests its own brand of paper, follow that advice. “The paper that a manufacturer recommends is usually the best at absorbing its own ink,” says Yu. “Otherwise you might see puddles, unclear lines, or streaking.”