Generic ink cartridges are a better option than refills because the actual ink quality is generally better matched to the printer and they can tailor an ink to the model of the printer. However, in my experience these ink cartridges can be hit and miss and you have to be prepared for more blockages and problems than you would experience with the original manufacturers ink cartridges. Although some people swear by generic ink cartridges, I would only recommend them for black and white printing where quality isn’t as important. I wouldn’t recommend them for important documents such as your resume.
Genuine ink cartridges
Genuine ink cartridges made by the printer manufacturer as still the only way to go when quality is important such as digital photos etc. But perhaps the most important issue is with warrantee claims. If your printer is under warrantee you should not use anything except genuine ink cartridges. All printer manufacturers will rip up your warrantee in your face if they can prove you have been using non genuine ink cartridges. Many manufacturers are now including “chips” in the back of ink cartridges so the printer will only work with original ink cartridges, while others have software that can detect non genuine parts. In my opinion that is anti-competitive but that is for the courts to decide.
So in conclusion I think there is a time and a place for all 3 kinds of ink cartridges. Although with manufacturers lowing costs almost daily to compete with non-genuine ink cartridges the major selling point of the non-genuine ink cartridges (the price) may soon become irrelevant. Perhaps the best way to end this article is with the old adage you get what you pay for…and that is most true with ink cartridges!
The aim of this article is to give you, the consumer, a balanced commentary on both sides of the story and the facts about generic ink cartridges. So let’s start with what we know about generic ink cartridges. Generic ink cartridges came on the scene just over five years ago. These early adopters would take a basic ink cartridge nozzle and design an ink tank that would fit the printer by making a simple plastic mould from the original ink cartridge. The print quality was average at best but it opened consumers eyes to how much a cartridge could be built for, with discounts of 80% of the original amount.
Today, generic cartridges have come a long way. Although many suppliers still stock extremely dodgy Indian and Chinese manufactured ink cartridges many claim similar printing results from their generic ink cartridge. Of course, you do need to shop around to find to best generic ink cartridge supplier for you printer.
Another method of reducing the cost of ink cartridges is to refill them. There are two ways of refilling your ink cartridges, here is the list of all ink cartridge providers in sydney. The fist is to modify your printer and fit larger ink tanks. You then connect these larger tanks outside of your printer with the smaller ones inside. These larger ink cartridges can be filled at home with a generic ink. The other method is to get your ink cartridges refilled at a shop. It seems these shops are popping up on the
corner of every business district. You bring in your ink cartridge and after a short wait your cartridge has been refilled. Although most will only refill your cartridge twice but more on that later.