If you are going to shop for anything expensive online, how can you know if you are getting the right product or not? Are you sure it is exactly what you need? This is the problem I ran into when shopping for printer supplies and I ended up referring to a printer supply blog.
Printer supplies can be expensive. You would think that once you have purchased the actual printer the big cost would be out of the way and everything else would be cheaper. But no, toner, ink, cartridges, refills, paper, the whole panoply can run into pretty steep costs. And normally when I buy something expensive I like to ask a lot of questions. I want there to be a sales associate or someone who I can talk to to make sure I am getting exactly the right thing.
When shopping online, a blog is a good way to do that. Blogs are often written by people who are relatively impartial, plus they will link to where they are getting their information so you can see for yourself whether it is accurate. Blogs tend to write about very specific niches, often topics you will not find in your local paper, and printer supply deals are a good example of that.
I recommend checking out a printer supply blog before you do your next round of shopping. It is a simple step but it can make a big difference. A little bit of reading can help you find cheaper alternatives for what you are going to buy, as well as identify sales or discounts you otherwise would not have known existed. Give it a try!