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Recycling Ink Cartridges for Money

Recycling ink cartridges saves between 25% – 35% on printing cost. Aside from being good for the environment, recycling ink cartridges saves you money.

I’ve been using these cartridges for over six years. My initial interest was to become familiar with them, learn as much as necessary, then offer them for sale.

During this time I also purchased a business program that explained how to make money with ink cartridges. Every aspect of this cottage industry can be developed into a profitable operation. This moonlighting opportunity is still open.

Advertise for empties

  • Print flyers: Cash paid for empty ink jet cartridges
  • Print business cards with identical slogan
  • Run classified ad: Cash paid for empty cartridges

You don’t have to pay for all the empties. Most can be collected free.Recycling ink cartridges reduces damage to our environment. So to increas your supply you can start a fundraising campaign through schools, colleges and businesses. You sell these empties and split the cash with the fundraising group.

In addition, you can find a wholesale dealer as your supplier in ink cartridge recycling. These can be marketed at 25% – 35% lower than the originals. Yes, it has been said that recyclables don’t last as long as the OEM. Personally, I haven’t taken the time to determine the truth to this assertion. However, this process is one step in reducing the millions of empties that are thrown away every year.

Can you really earn income? Why do the major office supply stores offer refilled cartridges? Why do they have marketing programs to get your empties? Why are their niche stores offering remanufactured cartridges?

Once you’ve built your customer base, then you can invest in the refilling equipment.

Last year 500 million inkjets and 70 million laser toner were sold. Out of the 400 million inkjets that were discarded only 18% were refilled. A good many of the remainder are either in our landfills or collecting dust in boxes or desks.

Reasons for discarding cartridges

  • Unaware of recycling
  • Habit buying new
  • Misinformation
  • Freedom of choice

Since a number of choices exist this gives you the opportunity to develop a source of income in ink cartridge recycling.

Steps to start the business

  • Buy re-manufactured to study the difference in using new
  • Start getting your OEM’s refilled
  • Locate a wholesale supplier to purchase refilled ink jets
  • Start refilling your own using minimum equipment
  • Set aside the cash to purchase equipment for volume production

Dave Solomon

Dave Solomon is a serial entrepreneur influenced by Terry Murray, one of the greatest business mentors of 21 century. This Blog is an initiative to recollect the lessons of Mr. Murray and help aspiring entrepreneurs become transformational entrepreneurs

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