The Best Way to Make Money Off of Toner Cartridges and Where to Find Them

Toner Tips by James Cai

We all know there’s no such thing as “easy money” but did you know there’s an “easy” way to make money off of unused toners?


The first question you might be asking yourself is who would want an unused toner cartridge? The answer is we do! At Toner Connect, we pay you when you sell us your unused toner cartridges. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not!


The process could not be simpler.


All you need is a toner cartridge that meets the following requirements:

  • Completely sealed
  • From an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
  • Unopened in the original box
  • Free from any tampering

Thousands of unused toners find themselves being tossed in the local landfills and unfortunately they can take over a hundred years to decompose.

That’s where we come in.

Not only is it a great way to get cash in the bank but you can also do your part to help eliminate waste while you’re at it.

Where can you find unused toner cartridges?

There are two types of places to get cartridges. From businesses or from personal property. Here is a breakdown on how to scout out both.


Online classifieds is where both businesses and consumers can sell anything they want to get rid of. From grandma’s collection of Tupperware lids to way too squeaky office chairs, you can find almost anything on these types of sites. Just make sure you’re looking for unused toner cartridges. Toner Connect does not accept used cartridges.

Another good idea is to search the local classifieds in your area. This is usually done by searching for “classifieds for____”(insert city). Convenient if you need to shop closer to home.


Business Auctions

It’s not uncommon for brick and mortar locations to occasionally downgrade or worse, go out of business and have an auction to sell off its wares. That includes unused toners. There are a couple ways to find out if there’s one happening in your area and even online.

  • Check for “Going out of Business” signs. While this usually applies to retail, it doesn’t hurt to ask if there are any printing supplies being sold.
  • Pay attention to the news. A lot of times businesses won’t announce they’re closing because they don’t carry a merchandise to get rid of. Instead, they’ll just quietly closing their doors, but it’s possible they’re selling/getting rid of office supplies. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
  • Auctionnation– is a nationwide site that businesses will use to auction unwanted equipment and supplies.
  • Search for “going out of businesses auctions” for ones happening close to you.

School Auctions

Occasionally schools will get rid of unwanted supplies and equipment and can possibly be a toner cartridge jackpot.

  • Keep an eye out for local school announcements. A lot of times school administrations want to raise money for school functions and will hold auctions themselves. Check local news and listings for such events.
  • If a school is being moved or closed it will most likely be selling off equipment.
  • has nationwide listings of school supplies and equipment being sold.


Local Government offices

Just like schools, government offices gather unwanted supplies and eventually wants to get rid of it. To find out what’s getting the boot you can either:

  • Directly ask the administrative offices if they’re selling equipment or office supplies in the near future.
  • Check the GSA auctions. GSA auction is the site that local and state government offices use to allow “the general public the opportunity to bid electronically on a wide array of assets no longer needed.” Including office supplies. You will need to sign up to use this service and if you want to know more about using GSA, there is more information, including a video, in the link provided.


One final way you might snag some cartridges is just by asking local businesses if they have any lying around. A lot of times businesses can’t be bothered to do anything with them and end up just throwing them out. Especially if they invest in a new printer and the toner cartridges from the previous equipment become obsolete. We can’t guarantee they’ll hand over the items, or even be willing to sell them (unless you run into Creed Bratton and he thinks the company is going under), but again, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Especially if you know someone working at the company.


Toner cartridges can go unused by businesses for the better part of their lifespan and unfortunately can go to waste.

We at Toner Connect want to change the way cartridges are left to take up space and eventually expire and instead, put them to use and better still, get some extra money in your pocket. If you have any questions feel free to contact us here. And when you’re ready to sell, we’ll be ready to buy. It’s that simple.



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