How to Sell Your Used Ink Cartridges

According to the national non-profit recycle organization EarthShare, more than 13 ink cartridges are thrown out every second in the United States. Instead of adding to your local landfill by throwing out those old ink cartridges, why not add to your wallet, instead — sell them! To get the most bang for your buck, sell as many cartridges at once as possible. Ask your office, friends, family and neighbors to save old ink cartridges for you rather than throw them away. Here’s how to make money from your old ink cartridges:

1. Sell them on eBay

If you don’t feel like refilling or recycling your ink cartridges, why not let someone else do it? There’s actually quite a market for used printer cartridges on eBay. There are listings for ink cartridges for all kinds of printer brands including Dell, Canon, HP, Epson, Brother and Lexmark. The average selling price for one cartridge is $2.50 — not bad for something you planned to just throw away, right? If you’re new to selling on Ebay, check out this link to get started.

2. Sell them to one of these companies

Did you know there are online companies that will pay you for your empty ink cartridges — including shipping and handling? ECycle Group and TonerBuyer pay approximately $3 for lower-end ink cartridges and more than $20 bucks for the more expensive models. All you have to do is complete their online forms. They will send you a prepaid UPS shipping label along with instructions. Be sure to create and include a packing slip that lists your contents! On average, you can expect a payment via check within 21 days. These programs are reliable and professional – they even work with schools and other professional organizations. Check them out to see how much your ink cartridges are worth.

3. Get store credit

We all know that you can get discounts on cartridge refills at office stores, but some will actually pay you for your ink cartridges — even if you don’t refill them!

  • Office Max: Office Max will reward your MaxPerks account for each qualifying cartridge. Although rewards may vary by store, my store offers $2 MaxPerks for every cartridge (up to $20 rewards maximum per month.)
  • Office Depot: With Office Depot’s Worklife Rewards or Star Teacher program, you earn $2 in Recycling Rewards points for every cartridge you recycle — up to 10 cartridges every month. Once you earn $10 or more in Rewards, Office Depot will issue you a Rewards Certificate, which is redeemable on anything in the store.
  • Staples: At Staples, you earn $2 store credit (good on anything in the store) for up to 10 ink cartridges per month. The only catch is that you must have spent at least $30 on ink or toner in the past 180 days, but I don’t find this difficult to achieve.

4. Earth911 recycle centers

Earth911 recycle centers accept all kinds of recycled materials, including used ink cartridges. Some of the centers even pay you for them! Even if I only make 60 cents per pound, it’s still better than nothing! Check for a recycling center nearest you here.

5. Take a picture

Recycle Pix is a program sponsored by Waste Management where you get paid to take pictures of recyclable materials, including ink cartridges! All you have to do is download the app and upload a picture of your recyclable material. Each picture earns points that can be redeemed for discounts on travel, entertainment and dining. You can even earn prizes like printers and computers! The app is currently only available for iPhone.

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26 thoughts on “How to Sell Your Used Ink Cartridges”

Might want to update the Staples one. If you buy $500 or more in a calendar year (becoming a Rewards Plus or Premier member), you an earn DOUBLE the ink rewards…so you can recycle 20 cartridges/month equating to $40/month in rewards.

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And it looks like Office Max has a similar thing. You need to spend as much as you recycle in order to actually get the rewards.
“Recycling rewards will be issued to you in the form of a Reward Card along with any other reward(s) you may have earned. The total amount of recycling rewards issued cannot exceed your total qualified* purchase amount in your MaxPerks account. For example, if you bring in 10 cartridges throughout Month 1 and spend $14 on qualified purchases, your Month 1 Recycling rewards earned will be $20 but the rewards that will be issued to you will be $14 (which is $2 for each of 7 cartridges.) The remaining $6 for the last 3 cartridges will be held in your account in a “pending” status until you make additional qualified purchases in at least $2 increments in subsequent months or until January 1 of the following year, when the account balance will be reset to $0. Recycling rewards will be issued in the next statement cycle along with any other MaxPerks rewards you may have earned during the same period.”

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You need to update Staples.. You now need to have spent at least $30 in ink products in the past 180 days in order to get the $2 per ink cartridge back.

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selltoner.com that is

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I have 2 full never used ink cartridges. Not used but, package opened. My printer took a dump and I wound u buying a new printer. It is a totally different brand and Wal-Mart would not take them back opened. They are Lexmark 36 and 37, not sure what to do and I am now out $52 and the price of a new printer.

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Something similar happened to me and I was stuck with useless to me cartridges. I sold them on ebay and made back almost all of my money.

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go to sell toner they buy all OEM toner and ink products

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Blue Trading is focused in the collection of used empty inkjet and toner printer cartridges, as well as new OEM overstock you might want to sell, providing you with an environmental and responsible way of recycling. We operate from our 30,000 square foot facility in Miami, Florida where we inspect over 150,000 cartridges per month. We tailored our warehouse layout, so we can handle small and high volumes of cartridges efficiently. Our full time inspection team is trained to follow a strict inspection process using customized systems and applications, in order to offer the best possible results for our business partners. Customers can rely on high quality empty cartridges and vendors can count on very competitive pricing and getting paid on time.
For more information and the best buyback prices visit us online at http://www.bluetradingus.com/main

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I have six Canon 41, five Canon, one Office Max 40 — All used.
Also, one HP 21 Black C9351A, one Canon 24 BCI Black, one HP tricolor 93, one HP 92 Black — All new.
How much $ can I get for all of them? Also, How many new Canon 40 & 41s can I get in exchange? How many remanufactured Canon 40 & 41s can I get in exchange?

Thanks in advance for your reply,
Jim

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go to bluetradingus.com/main they buy empty ink and toner cartridges, used cell phones and unused OEM ink/toner cartridges overstock you might have

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I have several new unopened used epson ink cartridges for discontinued printers where can I get the most money back for them. Email me at tsjohn504@gmail.com

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go to 4InkJets

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I bought remanufactured ink cartridges for my Epson Stylus NX330 All-In_One from http://www.101Inks.com, but they wouldn’t work in my printer. Anyone know a cheaper alternative than Epson?

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go to amazon and search “blake printing supply nx330″, i bought some inks for my epson mx892 from blake printing supply, it works great on my mx892 epson !

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Anyone can take Canon compatible 104/FX9/FX10 toner cartridge for recycle? or Samsung CLP510 color laser cartridge?

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Wow to think I had been returning them to be recycled for free! Thanks I just made $6 from TonerBuyer for 4 empty HP ink cartridges.Thank you so much:)

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Hello, I work for the recycling depot in the Town of la Ronge in Canada, we have about 300 cartridges and would like to sell and generate money for the town, plz. email me where I can sell them.
my email is ghaninisar@hotmail.com

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I have always recycled remanufactured ink cartridges at Staples. That’s all I buy. I get cheap ink off ebay and then when they’re empty take them to Staples. I can’t think of even once that I’ve recycled a genuine Epson ink cartridge.

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Hmmm, you may be right. I don’t know where I got that from then. Maybe I confused it with this statement in their policy “Ink resellers and remanufacturers are strictly prohibited from earning Ink Recycling Rewards.” Maybe it’s Office Depot that only takes original manufacturers’ cartridges.

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Staples has conditions: You must have spent $35 there in the past six months and can’t redeem more than 10 cartridges a month. They don’t pay cash but give you credit on Staples store purchases.

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So disappointing that no one takes Kodak cartridges. :-(

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Contact me at adrienne@123inkfast.com We take Kodak cartridges and pay for the shipping for you to return them

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Thanks for the tips! I think I’m going to try #2 as a youth group fund raiser for our church.

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That’s a great idea. I have a sack full of used cartridges and our church was trying to think of ways to boost our building fund. Thanks.

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