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Posted on 2012-03-18
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I have a Dell 1700n printer. I need to get more toner.
I was going to get a toner refill kit like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Laser-Tek-Services-Compatible-Lexmark/dp/B001OC149Y/ref=pd_luc_sbs_01_01_t_lh
 to save some money. But I also see cartridges for not much more:
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-310-5402-Compatible-Cartridge-Printer/dp/B00363DDP2/ref=pd_luc_sbs_01_04_t_lh

I feel like I'm missing something, I expected the cartridge to be much more.
Can someone set me straight?
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Question by:allelopath
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I have HP printers and although I have bought off-brand cartridges, I am too lazy to get the refill kits.  One time at work, we were trying to replace a large toner container and something slipped and toner went all over the place.  A Big mess and I don't want to deal with that again.

If your printer is still under warranty, you should probably get the Dell toner cartridge.
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by:allelopath
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I've done the refill once before, and yes, you have to be really careful with the toner.
The printer is not under warranty.
I still don't understand, though. The point of getting the toner refill is to save money, yet the difference between the 2 items I've linked to is only $5, which makes me think I'm not seeing this correctly.
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Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
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When printer cartridges were comparatively more expensive, it made sense (and a going business) to refill cartridges.  Now that they are made in much larger volumes and are cheaper, the refill business wouldn't be a good one to start.  I think it's just time and volume catching up to the market.  

They used to have inkjet refill kits but I never did use those.  I haven't seen any ads for those recently but there were a lot more problems with them.
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by:allelopath
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Ah, economies of scale, I see now. Thanks.
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