The Ink Cartridge Dilemma: Original or Refill?
By now most consumers know that printer manufacturers make their money selling ink rather
than printers. Most consumers by a printer every 3-5 years, but they buy ink cartridges from 2-3
times in a year. The question is, do you buy the original manufacturer’s cartridges, or the less
expensive refills from a 3 rd party? Here are a few things to consider:
Although 3 rd party refills are generall cheaper, the market is changing rapidly and manufacturers
are beginning to lower the price of original ink cartridges in order to bring back customers.
Dangers of Refills
Although refills are cheaper, there are inherent risks involved. Of course, the primary concern
here is quality. If you get hold of a cartridge that has not been filled by a professional, you may
well end up damaging your printer head and rendering your printer inoperable. All of which
adds up to buying a new printer and flushing your ‘savings’ down the drain.
Another part of the quality equation is your print results. In most cases, even a professionally
filled cartridge will fail to meet the print standards you are used to seeing with the
manufacturer’s original cartridge. You may often end up seeing abrupt changes (called banding)
between your color shades. Your printer may even fail to properly recognize the cartridge, which
could result in the inability to monitor ink levels.
What to Do?
Clearly you have two options. With the prices continuing to drop, consider looking past the
obvious. You might still be saving a little cash by buying refills, but is it worth the risk? You can
keep your printer safe and extend its useful life by simply buying the original ink cartridges. And
the kicker is, with the original cartridges, you will be able to carefully monitor your ink usage so
that you can buy only when necessary.
On the other hand, if you find a reputable dealer, you can have the best of both worlds. Quality,
professionally remanufactured ink cartridges are available at select outlets. Find one near you
and save money without having to give up the quality product you have come to expect.
Note: Canon Refill Ink, Ink Cartridges (and Refill Tools) are available in multiple colors, for
multiple printers @ Macroenter.com