I Decided to Sell Left-Over Toner for a Profit – Here’s What Happened

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Recently I was cleaning out my home before a big move and realized I had a couple unused toners laying around. My neighbor was one of those people who not only did their part to save the earth but made you feel like you should too. Our trash and recycling receptacles were in the same vicinity and while I never felt pressured to recycle, every time I passed their pricey compost drum with an easy you-flip-it-yourself handle, I knew I could probably be more (and should be) more conscientious of my personal impact on the environment.

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I Decided to Sell Left-Over Toner for a Profit

This is a guest post sent to me by a new friend. I was intrigued at the simple money-making idea and decided to publish it for all of you to see. Enjoy!

So when I came across my meager pile of toner boxes I figured throwing them out would be a waste and after three minutes of googling found out that each toner cartridges take over a decade to decompose.

Hmm. How’s that for an environmental impact?

Google must have known my mindset because shortly afterward I started getting side ads for toner recycling options and even websites that would purchase them.

Purchase them?

You mean I could make money? Now that’s some recycling I can get behind.

After a little bit of research, I selected six companies to try and sell my unused toner cartridges. All of them seem to have one thing in common. In order to be considered for purchase, the toner cartridges needed to be in an unopened manufacturer box. For those that aren’t, the only option is dropping them off at a recycling center that specifically takes toner cartridges or at your nearest office supply store. But be sure to call ahead of time to make sure they take them.

With my cartridges meeting the criteria for resale, I was ready to go. The highest bidder would be rewarded with my stock and I would be a few dollars richer.

I chose:

  • OEMtonerbuyer
  • Tonerbuyer
  • TonerConnect
  • SellToner.com
  • Cash4Toners
  • USRecycleInk

OEM Toner Buyer (oemtonerbuyer.com)

OEM’s website was really easy to navigate and worked well with mobile application. The form to fill out for the estimate was quick and painless. I sent in my form and a few hours later was contacted with their reply. I haggled with them for a bit about their price and ended up accepting their offer. They were quick to reply to questions and concerns and I definitely enjoyed the transaction.

TonerBuyer (tonerbuyer.com)

TonerBuyer definitely didn’t impress me with their website. It works poorly on mobile and even on a desktop, it’s difficult to navigate and not very professional looking. When it comes to buying toner cartridges, they have a drop-down list of which kind they accept. I found it semi-useful because at least you don’t have to waste your time waiting to see if they want it but it’s a big pain scrolling down looking for your particular cartridge. I lucked out and had one that they accepted and sent in my purchase request.

I contacted them twice and never received an answer. I do NOT recommend.

TonerConnect (tonerconnect.net)

TonerConnect’s website was a breath of fresh air after my experience on TonerBuyer. I found their selling application right away and found the process of uploading my cartridge information an easy task.

They replied to me the following day and after countering with a competitive price, I accepted their offer. However, when it came time to ship, I realized I had already sold one of the cartridges I meant to send to them. I wasn’t sure how to proceed so I just sent the second one I had sold them. I half expected to receive an angry letter threatening to sue me for misrepresenting my stock but all I got was a cheerful follow-up email letting me know they had only received one cartridge and therefore adjusted my payment for just one.

I love that they send email and text notifications for every step of the process. I definitely recommend!

SellToner (selltoner.com)

SellToner’s website was one of the hardest ones to navigate. It was difficult to locate the information on how to sell. Rather than being in the drop-down menu, you have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the website in order to find it. After that, you are required to first create an account with them and get it approved before you’re allowed to send it a seller request form. However, their customer service makes up for their not so great website. I ended up needing to contact them a few times and always had a pleasant encounter. I would recommend them but also advise to use with a desktop.

Cash4Toners (cash4toners.com)

Cash4Toners had the best website for mobile use followed closely by TonerConnect. They had the selling information as the first thing you see on their homepage and it is was quick and easy to fill out and submit. They replied a few hours after my message and politely declined my first toner I offered them but accepted my other two. Their prices were on the higher end and I definitely recommend them.

USRecycleInk (usrecycleink.com)

I can’t recommend this route because after numerous attempts to contact them I have yet to receive an answer. Their website made no mention of discontinuing buying toner cartridges so I can only assume they have poor customer service.

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The Overall Experience – Who Do I Recommend?

Overall I was very happy with my first experience with selling my toner cartridges. All the companies had most of the same expectations for what they want to buy. They all preferred newer cartridges with recognizable name brands. While I didn’t sell any, I noticed that cartridges from third-party sellers didn’t seem to be accepted.

All cartridges needed to be in manufacturer packaging and undamaged and unopened. The more recent the cartridge, the better price it would fetch. Out of the six companies I encountered, I ended up doing business with four of them. All four companies paid for shipping and emailed me a printing label for my convenience. All payments were available either personal check or PayPal payment and came quickly after each company received and reviewed the contents.

If you or your company have unopened toner cartridges taking up space, I can’t recommend enough selling them to one of these companies, especially Toner Connect. It was painless and easy, you can do your part to keep our environment a bit healthier and best of all, put money in your pocket.

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