I don’t use my printer for much anymore. These days, I use it to print coupons and an occasional document. I’m out of color ink and it’s looking like I’m getting low on black, so I decided it was time to buy some more.
I’m a member of MyPoints.com, which is a site that allows you to accumulate points from reading e-mails and making purchases on partner sites. You can redeem points for gift cards at a variety of retailers.
I saw an e-mail stating I would earn 350 points if I paid a purchase at 123inkjets.com and it included a coupon code for 5 percent off my purchase. I clicked over to see the prices I could expect to pay.
The black cartridge was $12.95 and the color was $19.95 plus shipping.
I searched the internet for a better coupon code, and I found one for 15 percent off (save15). My total was $27.96 before shipping.
Before ordering, I wanted to see prices at other web sites.
A quick search told me that I was getting a decent deal for a regular site, but I could get an even better deal on eBay.
I found the two cartridges I needed (refurbished) for $7.95 plus $5.95 for shipping, or $13.90 total. I saved at least $14, but probably more like $20 since I don’t know how much shipping would have cost with 123inkjets. I expect it would be $5 or $6 at least.
Lesson learned: Shop around (and don’t forget eBay!) even if you are a member of an incentive program and already have a coupon code. You might find an even better deal!