1) Buy a refurbished printer or scanner.
I would rather buy a refurbished product than a new one. Firstly I save money and most importantly it has been inspected thoroughly which I learnt during my tenure at Dell.
2) Buy a low-cost laser for text printing.
If the user plans on printing a lot of text, a low-cost laser printer would be invaluable. Getting hold of a cheap laser printer is not possible in some geographies in the Eastern world.
3) Find a free printer.
Many brands offer free printers when you buy a new computer. I have personally seen almost all the big brands give away MFPs along with desktops that cost less.
4) Save paper by tweaking your documents.
Let's try to avoid printing emails and other documents if they are not absolutely necessary. We can do our bit for our environment as well by consuming less paper.
5) Don't print out Web pages that you don't need.
Same as last point.
6) Pay attention to ink consumption.
I would probably sulk whenever I see my ink monitor in the task bar. Ink Cartridges these days are so expensive that it be termed as the new liquid gold.
7) Control the process of print-head cleaning.
Use this functionality sparingly. Print head cleaning is absolutely necessary and at the same time, it consumes ink. It's a lose-lose situation.
8) Try third-party cartridges.
My vote is on third party cartridges. But, with the diminishing prices of Kodak cartridges, you would be better off with a branded cartridge.
9) Extend the life of your toner cartridge.
Keep a spare toner cartridge by your side but do not replace it until you start seeing distorted printouts. Indicator on laser printers could be misleading some times. Give it a shake, then shake it some more you can sometimes get 100's more printouts from a toner cartridge just from shaking it.
10) Be ready to return your printer or scanner if it doesn't work properly.
I guess we all do it. We don't need somebody advise us to do so.
David Willians is an expert in IT and specialises printers. During his 28 years in IT he has seen the rise and fall of many printing technologies, including dot-matrix and Phaser.