Cash in on Your Old Printer Cartridges

Aug 13, 2009

I've faced a dilemma for years now - what to do with my old printer cartridges. I am a little fanatical about recycling, and so it bothered me to just throw them away. I thought I'd found a place that would allow me to mail them the cartridges (in a pre-paid envelope), but that didn't work out so well. And, the City of Austin said they didn't want them either.

And then, the other day, I went into Staples and they solved my problem! It turns out that Staples will not only take your old ink cartridges, they will PAY you for them. (In store credit, but hey, that's something!)

For every printer cartridge you give them, they will give you $3 store credit. Each person can bring in up to 10 cartridges a month. According to the guy at the counter, they mail you a check once a month that can be used at Staples for any item in the store.

Now, personally, I think that's a good deal. After all, I'm going to keep going through ink cartridges - a lot of them, unfortunately. And, equally unfortunately, I'm going to continue to need to buy more (along with a lot of other office supplies.) As far as I'm concerned, this is a win-win situation and so, I'll be heading down to Staples in the near future to turn in my used ones.

If you'd like to read more about the program, click here.


kanyixin said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to see if the Staples near me does it.

Kelly Seiler said...

I think they must all do it - it's on their website that it's their policy! :-)

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