A funny thing happened to me last week in Staples… plus a $100 gift card giveaway (ends 10/26/13) #StaplesSynphony


HP PhotoSmart 7520 Printer

My family goes through a lot of ink in our printer. I mostly use the printer to print out contracts and occasionally to print out a photo. My kids use my printer a lot for their school work and projects. As you know when you use a printer a lot it’s going to require ink.

My printer (and HP PhotoSmart 7520) has four different inks – black, cyan, magenta and yellow. I like to keep an extra cartridge of each color so that if one runs out I always have a spare.

Last week my husband and I walked into Staples to purchase ink for my printer. Staples always has the ink I need, no matter what printer I have used over the years. Their stores carry 650 skus for ink and toner cartridges. If you have a printer, no matter what kind, Staples is sure to have the ink and toner that you need, no matter what make or model you have.

If your local Staples does not have an ink or toner that you need simply visit their website, Staples.com. They have a whopping 4,000 skus for ink and toner. That amount has doubled since last year. WOW! That is a LOT of ink and toner cartridges.

Staples.com sells approximately 10 million (yes, MILLION!) ink and toner cartridges each year. Retail stores sell an impressive 45 million. Those numbers blow my mind!

Look at all the ink and toner cartridges! An entire wall full - and that is not even the full wall!

Look at all the ink and toner cartridges! An entire wall full – and that is not even the full wall!

Staples Ink #StaplesSynphony

Sorry… blurry pictures. This is the opposite side of the wall from the above picture.

Did you know that Staples also recycles ink and toner cartridges? I did not know that. I found that out last week when I visited a Staples store to buy some ink for my printer. Each year Staples recycles approximately 65 million cartridges. Plus when you return a cartridge to Staples for recycling they will credit you $2.00 for each one on your Staples Rewards card. More on that later.

So late week my husband and I stepped into a Staples store to pick up some ink. To our surprise there was a full orchestra seated right in the middle of the store. It’s not every day you come across stuff like that. As I was making my purchase the orchestra played a song for us. 🙂

Guess what? The entire thing was also captured on video. Had I known I would have dress better and did my hair up nicely.

Check out my experience (below). That’s my hubby that is with me.


Crazy huh? It made my ink buying experience at Staples an unforgettable one, that is for sure.

The lady who worked for Staples knew exactly which ink cartridges I needed. I can never remember the numbers/codes. I had written them down on a Post It that I put in my purse. The nice lady asked me what kind of printer I had and no sooner did I find the note with the ink cartridge numbers on it that I needed did the lady have my ink in her hand. She knew exactly what I needed simply by telling her what printer I had.

I also didn’t know that I could buy all four cartridges in one money saving package. I was prepared to buy each one individually but the lady showed me that they came all together in one box. Not only that it was cheaper to buy them packaged that way. So I saved some money compared to what it would have cost me to purchase individually.

Staples HP Ink Package

As a bonus Staples had a $15 off special on ink purchases of $75 or more, so I saved an additional $15.00. All together I saved about $20 on my ink purchase that day. In hindsight I should have picked up another package. The price couldn’t be beat. Plus I earned rewards points on my Staples Rewards card.

I used to have a home business years ago and I was at Staples all the time buying supplies. I found my Staples Rewards card to be very valuable to me. For example, as a rewards card member I can get free shipping on ink cartridges and toner supplies when I order online. I can also earn 5% back on my purchases.

As you can see Staples offers thousands of printer ink and toner cartridges. You can see that if you look on the wall behind the lady who sold me the ink. They are not generic cartridges either. They come from brands that you trust, including HP which is the ink I need for my HP printer. Plus you can easily find the ink you need based on the model number of your printer or by your printer’s brand.

Has anything interesting happened to you on your last visit to Staples? 🙂

To find a Staples near you, or to place an online order, visit www.Staples.com. You can also find Staples on Facebook and Twitter.

Staples Gift Card

Staples has generously offered to give a lucky reader a $100 Staples gift card. You can use it to buy ink and toner for your printer – or even a printer if you need one. It’s totally up to you.

Thank you Staples!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what you would buy with the Staples gift card if you were the lucky winner?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I have partnered with Staples for this post however the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I do not have a printer and I need one

  2. I would probably buy ink. It does seem like I am always buying ink.

  3. I would buy ink for our printer. We two kids printing homework all the time, we always need ink.

  4. we need a printer badly, so that is what I’m gonna get using $100

  5. I would buy ink. I just took advantage of their deal of getting $2 for the four cartridges I recycled and 5% back on the $70 worth of ink. I would use the card for ink. I’ve been printing pictures to make stuff like crazy.

  6. I would get a new all-in-one printer. Mine has seen better days!

  7. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i would buy a ton of paper and ink

  8. I would buy some more school supplies for my kids.

  9. I have an old printer that needs ink, so I’d buy that and while I’m at it, I’d buy a new printer!

  10. Michaela K says:

    I’d use it on ink cartridges. I make family calendars and I always need ink!

  11. ipad mini accessories

  12. Michaela K says:

    Following via BlogLovin

  13. printer cartridges

  14. Cynthia R says:

    if i am the winner i would use towards a new home printer

  15. I would buy a new computer chair.

  16. I would buy printer ink, we’re running low!

  17. Jessie C. says:

    I would get ink for our printer.

  18. Carohn Joline Z. says:

    I would buy basyx™ by HON VL685 Big & Tall Leather Managers Chair, Black.

  19. I would get an ipad for me since I always wanted one

  20. Kelly Brown says:

    I would buy ink and paper for my school if I won.