Back in October, I ran this post explaining how to earn some cheap Avios by buying used printer ink cartridges on ebay and sending them to Tesco for recycling, in return for Clubcard points.
Towards the end of 2012, some people found that Tesco was delaying the credit of cartridges to their account. It was never clear what was going on, but I got the impression that someone was buying cartridges FROM Tesco’s recycling partner, putting them onto ebay for sale and then people were sending them BACK to the recycling firm in return for points! (This is only my guess, let me be clear.)
Whatever the problem was, Tesco did eventually give people the points they were due and the recycling scheme continued (and still continues) as it always did.
FlyerTalk poster Pangalactic recently posted the new 2013 list of applicable cartridges accepted for recycling.
Some of the most popular cartridges – especially the HP 364 model – have had their points value reduced from 100 points to 50 points. This was the most popular cartridge to buy off ebay, unfortunately.
Cartridge recycling is still a great way of getting some value Clubcard points (and therefore Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles) for the cartridges you use at home. It is not necessarily such a good deal for ‘trading’ them anymore.