Printer cartridges for less
December 7, 2004
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Recently, I bought a new laptop and received a $99 printer for free. The catch is that replacement cartridges are $34. Online, I found replacement cartridges that fit my printer model for substantially less--as low as $10 each. Are cheaper replacement cartridges made by third parties any good?
| |If you thought gasoline was pricey,
printer ink can run thousands of dollars per gallon, and refills are a $32 billion market. That's why companies can afford to give away printers.
The verdict on third-party inks varies
. Some experts maintain that generic inks are unlikely to hurt your equipment; others warn of printhead damage. There's no guarantee that third-party and brand name inks will produce equal quality prints, though industry stress tests suggest that generics may degrade faster. If you want to risk buying aftermarket inks online, shun the black market for vendors affiliated with the Better Business Bureau
or the Imaging Technology Council. You can also bring your dry cartridges to one of the growing Cartridge World
or Caboodle Cartridge
franchises for an in-person generic refill.
helps you pick the perfect printer for your business, whether your office is located in a corporate suite or tucked into your kitchen pantry.