If you are in the market for a new printer, chances are you will find a good quality printer for fairly cheap. You may even get a few pages printed out of it before the cartridge runs out and you find yourself in the market looking for a replacement.
Printer Ink Cartridges are a pricey commodity to have to replace. The printer companies have figured a way to keep your repeat business and it is through the printer ink cartridges. More and more branded cartridges are being produced with smaller sponges that hold the ink and have a lot of empty space within them. You may be enticed to fork up extra for a larger size cartridge, but that may not prove to be beneficial as more and more XL cartridges but are probably the same size as the standard printer ink cartridge.
Does this mean one should stop printing and no longer buy printers? No, as expensive as it is to replace branded cartridges, there are alternatives available in the market that can save you money in the long-run. These include re-manufactured ink cartridges, refills and compatible ink cartridges. Re-manufactured cartridges are recycled cartridges that have been filled with ink third party vendors and are sold for a lot cheaper.
Refill kits to fill your cartridges are DIY project are and fairly easy to do. They are cheaper than remanufactured cartridges. If you are not confident about filling your own cartridges, you can take them into computer shops and seek help from them. Compatible cartridges are cartridges that are replicas of the originals. They go through extensive testing to be a good replacement for the original and sell for cheaper. These are all good choices for printer ink cartridges except one has to be careful which ones you buy. Just because a cartridge is cheap, does not mean it will offer the best value for your money.
Some remanufactured and compatible cartridges can be the same as original cartridges with smaller sponges and less ink. Read about the yields of these cartridges before you buy them. It is important to do your research, and read reviews before you buy them if you want to save money in the longer run. The reason it is better to buy re-manufactured cartridges is because they repurpose old used cartridges rather than ending up in the landfills. Of course, it is a double whammy to be able to save money and save the environment.
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Alex is a technology blogger and product tester. He is consistently looking for ways to save on buying a discount printer ink cartridge and cutting down his office overhead.