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How the Epson EcoTank stacks up against traditional printers

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Check out Kim's printer of choice, the Epson EcoTank, available at a Best Buy, Office Depot, or OfficeMax near you and online at Epson.com/ecotankkim.
How the Epson EcoTank stacks up against traditional printers

Having a printer at home is a great thing because of the freedom and options it provides. Whether you run a business out of your home or just simply may need to come up with a hard copy of some form on a moment's notice, being able to print right then and there is key. Get free overnight shipping with promo code ecotankkim -- all lower case -- on an EcoTank printer from our sponsor Epson.

Yet, as anyone who has ever owned a printer can tell you, there is a downside known as cartridges. They never last long enough, can be difficult to find and are way too expensive.

There's a reason why oftentimes people choose to buy an entirely new printer rather than replace the cartridges, and it's not because the one they have is broken. Just, it seems like a better investment than replacing the cartridges because at least a new printer will come with some.

The thing is replacing ink cartridges does not have to be costly. That is if you have an EcoTank printer from Epson.

You replace the ink, not the cartridge

Part of what makes replacing printer ink so pricey is the fact that you have to replace the entire thing. How often do you find yourself needing to do that?

Studies have shown that the average person prints more than 20 pages of text, nine pages of graphics and nine photos per month. Maybe you do fewer, but perhaps you print even more. Regardless, multiply that by 12 and yes, your bank account will drain at the same rate as your cartridges.

Unfortunately because of that, we often just decide to replace our printers entirely rather than spend the money on ink. But that's where the Epson EcoTank makes all the difference.

There are nine different models to choose from depending on your needs, but the thread that binds them all together is instead of replacing the cartridge, you refill the ink from bottles. None of it will be wasted, as they are uniquely keyed auto-stop bottles that will easily fill supersized ink tanks.

Using low-cost replacement bottles as opposed to cartridges leads to savings of up to 80 percent on ink, which over the course of the printer's life, will save you plenty of money.

And that's not even talking about the fact that EcoTank printers come with up to two years of ink in the box.

It sure beats the old way of doing things

The price of replacement cartridges varies from printer to printer, but even the cheapest tend to run about $20 apiece, and that's just for black. Color cartridges cost more, and depending on how often you print, it all really adds up.

On average, regular printing would cause you to replace black cartridges about three times and, depending on what you are printing, specific colors may not be far behind. In total, you are looking at hundreds of dollars per year on ink alone.

EcoTank refills can be found in many places, and a quick search will reveal they are much cheaper than traditional cartridges. Not only that, but they tend to last longer, too.

That all sounds great, so let's summarize

These days, there are plenty of options when it comes to printing, but one of the main factors in our decision-making process has to be the cost of printing itself. By now we understand that means more than just the initial cost of the printer and paper because as the ink dries, the cost adds up.

The Epson EcoTank series of printers is out to change that. With models to fit whatever printing needs you to have, each makes it so that instead of replacing entire cartridges, you just refill them with inexpensive ink bottles. What does that mean?

  • With up to two years' worth of ink (the equivalent of about 30 cartridge ink sets) in the box, you will save plenty of money just by taking an EcoTank printer home
  • When you do need to buy more, you will save up to 80 percent on ink with the low-cost replacement bottles
  • Ink will not be wasted, as it comes out of uniquely keyed auto-stop bottles and goes into supersized tanks

Check out Kim's printer of choice, the Epson EcoTank, at a Best Buy, Office Depot, or OfficeMax near you and online at Epson.com/ecotankkim.

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