Your Refilled Cartridges Can Pay Some Bills

By: Barry Shultz

Many people think that a refilling business is the type that people bring you their cartridges, you refill them, and they pay you and leave. That's the hard way to do it. A much easier way is to obtain empty cartridges, refill them and sell them. The trick is where to get the empties so you don't go broke in the process. Another thing to realize is you only want to refill cartridges that have print heads on them. Most HP and Lexmark cartridges fall into that category. Most Canons and all Epson's won't.

The easiest place to sell your cartridges is on eBay. You can also sell them to your friends, neighbors and work associates. If you sell them on eBay you could include in your ad that you buy empties. Offer $1.00 per empty and stipulate that they must be virgin cartridges, never before refilled.

Another place to get your empties is empties.com. You can also make up some fliers and pass them out to local business' offering to buy their empty cartridges. So many companies throw them away and would gladly sell them to you cheap.

You don't need a lot of expensive tools to get started. A couple refill kits will pay for themselves rather quickly. If you specialize in a few types of cartridges you won't have to buy a lot of supplies. Popular cartridges like HP C6578 and HP 51645A, HP 6656, HP 6657, Lexmark 12A1970 and 12A1980, 10N0016 and 10N0026.

You will also need boxes and cartridge clips or just use print head sealing tape. These are pretty cheap and you can find them on the internet.

If you have a printer that fits a popular cartridge you can use it to test your cartridges before selling them. You can buy printers on eBay for pennies on the dollar for testing machines. Don't forget the other auctions like Yahoo, Ubid and Amazon for buying printers. Actually you might get a better deal buying a printer on the smaller auctions.

Price your cartridges about 25% below retail or use the prices from our web site. There's plenty of business to go around so what are you waiting for?

There's not enough room here to go into complete detail but if you want more information take a look at Matt Eve's book on starting a refilling business:
http://atlascopy.com/cartridge-refilling-business.htm

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