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Tesco toughens up on earning points for ink cartridge recycling

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Back in October, I ran this article 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 Tesco 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.


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Comments (9)

  • mrtibbs1999 says:

    I think that these changes, will, in the long run make things better. The fact that people were buying and sending 100 at a time was never sustainable. Looking on ebay, you can still get qualifying cartridges for less than a pound each, however, most of the good deals are now in smaller bundles. This will mean that it will take longer to collect the points, meaning the short term collectors will be put off possibly lowering prices further.

    From the POV of individuals, sending cartridges in to Tesco in smaller numbers will also look more organic , stop the risk of Tesco witholding to push you to a new calender year and will spread the points out over the 12 months.

    • inflationbusting says:

      What qualifying cartridges now cost less than £1 and are easy to buy in bulk?

      • Mrtibbs1999 says:

        Have a look on eBay. 175 350’s for 80 quid is a good deal and there are plenty more. I just got 300 cartridges for 170 quid so unless you have the devalued ones already bought, it is still on!

  • Zoe B says:

    I’d only just bought 300 hp364s from eBay so I’m pretty unhappy. Just have to remember we are trying to play the long game and keep my eyes open for the next opportunity.

  • Jason says:

    A nice money earner for Royal Mail, assuming they actually make a profit with their recent price increases.

  • DJ says:

    This is annoying! My printer actually uses 364 inks! BAH! This will explain why I received 200 points, rather than 400 the other day.

  • JP says:

    The empty ink cartridge prices have dropped quite a lot lately, so maybe this is the reason that Tesco have dropped their price.