Avoid Sticker Shock When Buying Ink Cartridges



Avoid Sticker Shock when Buying Ink Cartridges
Over the past year, I've had the dubious pleasure of​ buying two different printers: a​ black-and-white laser printer and a​ dual-purpose copier and color inkjet printer .​
My laser printer gets a​ good workout on a​ daily basis, while I​ usually reserve my color inkjet printer for photos .​
Although both printers are well made and carry brand names (HP and Brother), they were incredibly inexpensive .​
In fact, one of​ the primary reasons I​ bought both was because of​ their bargain prices .​
Imagine my chagrin, then, when I​ had to​ replace the toner cartridges in​ my laser and the ink cartridges in​ my inkjet, and discovered that each cartridge cost about half of​ what I​ paid for the printer .​
I quickly - and correctly - surmised that printer manufacturers sell printers at​ or​ below the cost of​ making them, and generate profits from the sale of​ original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges .​
With dire warnings of​ possible damage to​ the printer or​ voiding the printer warranty, the manufacturers insist that consumers buy only OEM printer cartridges .​
I​ resented being gouged by their inflated prices, and so did some of​ my own research about OEM print cartridges and alternatives .​
Here's what I​ discovered:
Option One: Compatible Ink Cartridges
Contrary to​ popular belief, compatible ink cartridges are not recycled .​
Rather, they are brand new, generic versions of​ OEM cartridges .​
They have all of​ the quality and reliability of​ OEM cartridges, but cost only a​ fraction of​ the price .​
Option Two: Remanufactured Print Cartridges
As the name implies, remanufactured ink cartridges are, indeed, recycled .​
However, the old cartridges aren't simply refilled .​
Rather, they are disassembled, inspected, cleaned, reassembled, filled with ink, and individually print tested to​ meet or​ surpass the specifications associated with OEM ink cartridges .​
Cost Savings
I was astounded when I​ saw the price differences between OEM, compatible, and remanufactured ink cartridges .​
For example, one black and one colour ink cartridge for an​ HP DeskJet 920C might cost £50.45 for the OEM cartridges, but only £16.95 for remanufactured cartridges .​
a​ pack of​ four ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, and yellow) for the Brother DCP117C might cost £31.80 for OEM, but only £8.95 for the compatible version .​
Over the lifetime of​ a​ printer, those kinds of​ savings really add up!
Cartridge Life
Typically, remanufactured ink cartridges have a​ shorter shelf life than OEM or​ compatible cartridges .​
a​ remanufactured cartridge will be good for about six months, whereas a​ compatible cartridge is​ vacuum-sealed and will be viable for years .​
Suppliers
I also discovered that it's important to​ purchase compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges from a​ reputable dealer .​
When shopping online, look for a​ supplier that uses top-quality ink, has been in​ business several years, offers free UK delivery, and doesn't require a​ minimum order.





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