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Printer Ink Search

When your printer cartridge runs dry and you have to buy a replacement cartridge for your printer, you need to know the kind of ink cartridge you require-for an inkjet printer or a LaserJet because they use different kinds of cartridges. The inkjet uses dye-based ink and the LaserJet uses a toner. You can refer to your printer manual for the specific model number. You also have to consider the amount of money you are ready to spend on the cartridge depending on your purpose.

You have the following options:

Original Equipment Manufacturer Cartridges

These are Manufactured by the original company, very expensive but very reliable and give the best quality. Dpi and prints per page…. Another advantage is OEM ink cartridges come with a warranty. However unless you absolutely require the kind of exceptionally good quality of prints provided by these inks it is advisable you consider buying a compatible or remanufactured cartridge.

Compatible Cartridges

Manufactured by a different company than the original, the companies claim that their products are as reliable as the original and give as good a print quality too. These can save a lot of money as compared to the original almost 50%. So for example if your printer uses HP ink cartridges it would be possible to chose a compatible ink for your Hp printer.

Most of these manufacturers also offer money back guarantees and replacement satisfaction guarantees on their compatible ink cartridges!

Remanufactured Cartridges

These are used, empty ink cartridges. The old non-working parts are replaced, the cartridge is cleaned and refilled with new ink and thoroughly tested. They may or may not give optimum results and there is neither warranty nor replacement! Remanufactured or refilled cartridges may fail 70 to 80 percent of the time in their first attempt or they usually do not give as many prints as the original or as promised by the remanufacturing company.  

Refilled Cartridges

As the name suggests, when the cartridge runs dry either it can be refilled at home using a ink refill kit which can be a messy option or shipped to refilling company. Refilling a cartridge at home is done by injecting the liquid into the empty cartridge and using it. Refilling companies claim to have expensive machines that have a reliable refilling procedure. There is a limit to the number of refills.

Again, there is no reliability where the quality or the number of prints is concerned and it goes without saying you do not get a warranty. You also run the risk of ruining your printer if the product is defective.
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