HP Lets Your Printer Order Its Own Ink

Hewlett-Packard is teaming with office-supply retailer Staples on a new cloud-enabled service to ensure your printer never runs out of ink. The companies estimate the HP Instant Ink replacement service can save customers up to 50 percent on their yearly expense for printer ink.

How does it work? The HP Instant Ink service enables eligible printers to track ink levels automatically and then order ink refill cartridges via the cloud, before the old ink runs out. HP says the new service provides a cost break for customers, along with the convenience of having ink delivered to their home or office.

The service is aimed at small business (SMB) users and work-at-home professionals, as well as consumers and college students who canEUt afford to run out of ink when working on important projects.

HP Instant Ink Printers

For its part, Staples offers a wide selection of HP Instant Ink-enabled printers, starting at $99.99, with models designed for a variety of printing needs. Available models include the HP Officejet Pro 6830, 8610, 8620, and 8630; the HP Officejet 4630, 5740, and 8040; and the HP ENVY 4500, 5530, 5660 and 7640.

To round out its own loyalty program and encourage repeat-business, Staples also has a rewards program that gives customers $2 back in rewards for each ink or toner cartridge returned for recycling, either in-store or via online. Staples also offers up to five percent back in Staples Rewards for ink & toner purchases and free shipping on Staples.com.

Three Pricing Plans

HP's Instant Ink site outlines three monthly HP Instant Ink plans to fit a variety of needs. The $2.99/month plan is suited for users who need EUoccasional printing.EU If you go over the 50-page monthly limit, each additional set of 15 pages costs $1.00.

For printer users with EUmoderate printingEU needs, the price increases to $4.99/month,...

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