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How To Know When A Printer Should Be Discarded

2010-08-25

If you have an old printer that has been in use for years and is beginning to malfunction with your online printer ink purchases, it is highly recommended that you examine the problem, possibly with the help of a professional, and buy a new printer if necessary. Depending on the new printer you intend to buy, it has a good chance of being cheaper than continuing to replace your ink and toner cartridges. Your printer may first and foremost have mechanical problems, in which case you can replace the malfunctioning part, preferably by using a manual that should have come with your printer. If your printer uses a flash drive, you should be aware of the possibility that when plugged in, it could be infected with malware which can then be transferred to your computer. It may be unlikely that your old printer has been damaged beyond repair in any way, but you may still want to buy a new one for the sake of remaining up to speed with current technology. You can even keep your old printer handy as a backup, and this is recommended if you want to have at least one printer in proper working order for a long time to come.

In the event you discard your old printer, the leftover materials can be recycled. Make sure you locate people near you that will take care of this task. If you have any online printer ink purchases that are fairly new, you may want to buy the same printer brand and model to make sure the ink and toner continues to be compatible. Better yet, look for deals on other printer brands and models that give you more for less than what you had with your old printer. Another possibility as to why your printer malfunctions is that you may not have installed necessary updates for your printer driver, and before you accept the option of discarding your old printer, you can take care of the updates and make sure you do not miss them in the future (automate them if necessary).

Discarding an old printer for any reason should be carefully considered. Do this only if you know you can take advantage of better deals for a new printer and/or if it becomes abundantly clear that your printer is no longer usable or repairable in its current form. Be sure to look at any deals on printers that allow you to simply trade your printer and cartridges either for free or at a much lower cost (usually less than half).

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