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Return of the Ricoh color laser printer for $69.99

From the Cheapskate: This office-savvy workhorse offers wireless, duplexing and more. And if you opt for toner refill kits, your print costs will be minimal.

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Today's deal is a rerun, one I first shared nearly a year ago. Alas, the price is still the same -- but also still amazing.

If you want to print in color, and do so on the cheap, inkjet printers are usually the go-to choice. As a general rule, they're way less expensive than color lasers -- or at least it seems that way until you have to replace their ink cartridges every five minutes.

A wireless, duplexing color laser printer for $70 out the door? Yes, please!


Me, I've always preferred laser printers, which tend to cost more up front but have a lower total cost per page.

Today, however, you can get one for less up front: Adorama once again has the Ricoh SP C250DN color laser printer for $69.99 shipped. Price elsewhere: at least $99.

The SP C250DN is a tall, office-friendly printer with a 250-sheet paper tray. It offers duplexing (that is, double-sided printing), and it connects via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Bad news: It doesn't support AirPrint or Google Cloud Print (natively). Good news: Ricoh offers Android and iOS apps for printing from your phone or tablet.

CNET hasn't reviewed the SP C250DN, and in fact I had a hard time finding any reviews of that model. PC Mag covered the SP C242DN and gave it mostly high marks, but I'm not sure of the differences between that printer and this one. Usually a higher number is indicative of more features, and they certainly look and sound identical.

In any case, read what PC Mag had to say about the cost per page. It's lower on the Ricoh printer than most other models. That said, I did a little shopping for C250DN-compatible toner and came away with sticker shock. An entire set (four cartridges) could run you as much as $200.

Thankfully, there's an alternative: toner refill kits. I found a bunch of compatible ones on Ebay, some as low as $40 (for all four colors). Truthfully, that's a greener option as well. Fewer discarded cartridges will end up in landfills this way. Just saying.

Ricoh supplies 1,000-page starter cartridges, and even those will last you way longer than any standard inkjet cartridges. If you go the refill route, there's rarely been a cheaper way to print in color. Gotta love this deal.

If you already own a C250DN, hit the comments and let your fellow cheeps know if it's a worthwhile buy.


$22.78 for 128GB of USB 3.0 storage? For real!


Bonus deal: Need more storage for your Chromebook? MacBook? Want to amp up an aging PC with some solid-state goodness? Today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $22.78, shipped free with Prime.

Are you kidding me? Yowza, that's a lot of bang for the storage buck. And these drives are awesome because they barely protrude from the USB port, meaning you can leave them in full-time.