Selling empty ink cartridges: the complete guide

Selling empty ink cartridges: the complete guide

If you have a printer at home, you have probably had to buy ink cartridges several times. And once empty, your first instinct was surely to throw them away… Well, don’t do that again! Instead, you can resell them and earn money. Yes yes, you read correctly! I have a printer at home and I was full of empty ink cartridges, so I did the test for you… Is selling ink cartridges worth it? Does it really pay off? I will develop in this guide my journey to sell my used ink cartridges, indicate on which sites to sell them and how much we can earn with the sale of empty ink cartridges. By the end of this guide, you’ll know everything and can get started on your own to start making money!

Why resell empty ink cartridges?

Reselling your ink cartridges has many advantages: it allows you to make ends meet, but also to do something for the environment by promoting recycling – especially when you know that more than 50 million ink cartridges are sold each year only in France! In addition, if you want to buy back full ink cartridges, with the money earned, you can do so at a lower cost.

What ink cartridges can I resell?

If you purchased generic ink cartridges, you will not be able to resell them. Indeed, the ink cartridges sought by resellers are brand cartridges: HP, Canon, Epson, Neopost, Brother, Lexmark, Dell, Samsung and Pitney Bowes.

On which sites can you resell your ink cartridges?

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Here is a list of the best sites where you can sell your cartridges.

Selecteo

Selecteo was created in 1998 and collects more than 4 million cartridges per year. It is a serious site given its reputation on the Internet, with more than 950 reviews on Avis Vérifiés for a score of 9.6/10.

Cartridges accepted: Brother, Epson, Neopost, HP, Canon.

Recycled cartridges: accepted.

Conditions of sale : from €20 of redemption value, delivery is free with Chronopost. Everything is done directly online on their website: you must first make a redemption request, then you can download the delivery label.

Earnings : in vouchers or by bank transfer from a minimum redemption of €20.

Payment Terms : within 7 days maximum after receipt of the cartridges, by bank transfer.

Euro Cartridges

Euros Cartouches was created in 2006. This company buys empty inkjet cartridges as well as new cartridges. Each year, Euro Cartouches recycles more than one million ink cartridges.

Cartridges accepted: Brother, Epson, Neopost, Samsung, Lexmark, HP, Canon.

Recycled cartridges: accepted.

Conditions of sale : you must contact them to receive a prepaid return slip, shipping is free from €40 (€60 in Belgium and Luxembourg).

Earnings : in cash.

Payment Terms : within 7 days maximum after receipt of the cartridges, by bank transfer.

Empty-cartridge.fr

Cartouche-vide.fr was created in 2001 by Christine Petitpas. Each year, this company collects more than 1.5 million empty cartridges. Cartouche-vide.fr offers the widest choice of brands to buy.

Cartridges accepted: Brother, Epson, Neopost, Samsung, Lexmark, HP, Dell, Canon.

Recycled cartridges: accepted.

Conditions of sale : from 20€ of redemption value, delivery is free.

Earnings : in cash.

Payment Terms : within 48 hours maximum after receipt of the cartridges, by bank transfer, check or PayPal payment.

TakebackCartridges.fr

RepriseCartouches.fr collects more than 5 million cartridges per year on its site based in the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Cartridges accepted: Brother, Epson, Neopost, Samsung, HP, Dell, Canon.

Recycled cartridges: accepted.

Conditions of sale : from €20 of redemption value, Colissimo delivery is free.

Earnings : in cash.

Payment Terms : within 10 days maximum after receipt of the cartridges, by bank transfer, check or PayPal payment.

Valley office

Bureau Vallée is a company that needs no introduction. Launched in 1990, it is a retail brand specializing in office automation, office supplies, computer consumables and stationery.

Cartridges accepted: HP, Canon, generic HP and Canon cartridges.

Recycled cartridges: not accepted.

Conditions of sale : you must go to the store to resell your cartridges, there is no shipping possible. Bureau Vallée has more than 300 stores in France.

Earnings : in cash.

Payment Terms : immediately.

How much can you earn from the resale of ink cartridges?

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Depending on the brand and model of ink cartridge, you can receive up to €7 per cartridge. Although cartridge buying sites lure you with big numbers saying they will buy back your cartridges for a very high price, on average you can expect earn between €0.20 and €2 per cartridge. The most profitable ink cartridges are certain models from the following brands: Canon, HP and Neopost.

Tips for maximizing your earnings

You’ve made up your mind and want to resell your empty ink cartridges… Here are some tips for making more money!

Compare the prices

Even if the various ink cartridge buyback sites try to have prices aligned with the competition, some display higher or lower prices depending on the type of cartridge. A good way to get more money is therefore to compare the buyback prices between the different sites and to send the empty cartridges to the most financially generous company. To do this, you just have to go to the different sites listed in this guide and compare the prices.

Combine shipments

Rather than sending your ink cartridges to companies several times a year, it is recommended that you group your shipments. Indeed, it is better to make one large shipment per year than several small ones since most resellers offer postage from a certain amount (between 20 and 40€ depending on the site). Below these amounts, you will have these shipping costs to pay and it will therefore be less attractive for you.

Collect empty cartridges at your work

Companies are big consumers of ink cartridges… However, for lack of time, they throw them away once empty. So ask to collect them to be able to earn a few euros! It does not eat bread and everyone is happy: the planet, the company that no longer has to manage this waste and yourself that earns money.

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