In case you haven’t already seen the ads on TV, Staples is once again giving customers $3 for any empty ink or toner cartridge they bring in. Like OfficeMax and many other large office supply chains, Staples has gone back and forth in recent years about their policy regarding rebates for empties. They ran virtually the same offer five years ago, but then presumably realized that this was a bad business practice, because folks like me were recouping 33% of our ink costs through this program (I had a six-cartridge Canon i9100, and each cartridge only cost $9).
Shortly thereafter, Staples starting accepting only the more costly brands like HP and Epson, which combine multiple ink colors into one large cartridge. Now, it seems, they’re back to their original policy, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Maybe it’s because they want to look “green”. Maybe it’s a recession-booster. Either way, I’ve got two Canon printers now, for a total of ten cartridges (the monthly limit). I can swap out the whole set and get $30 back toward the mailing supplies I’ve been waiting to buy. Sweet.