There are several types of
printer ink replacements that you can consider when searching for refill or
replacement cartridges. Here are a few.
Manufacturer’s or OEM’s make products that will bear the manufacturer’s name
on them. Companies such as Epson HP and Canon for instance are name brand
products that are made by OEM’s. Since these are brand name products, they
are of good quality and tend to be higher priced.
A remanufactured cartridge is
basically one that has been reconditioned as though it was brand new. It is
stripped down and its worn parts are replaced then refilled with fresh ink.
It is tested to guarantee good print quality then repackages and resold.
Think if it in terms of recycling old ink cartridges, this is basically what
happens. It is far more cost effective than buying a refill kit and doing it
yourself. Despite what you may hear, the use of remanufactured cartridges
does not void the warranty on your printer. Legislation is in place to
Compatible or Generic
Compatible or generic ink
cartridges are basically clones of the more popular name brands available.
They are made 100% with new parts to exceed OEM requirements for quality and
reliability, but are far cheaper than name brands. They are an alternative
to their higher priced cousins. Again, despite what you may hear, the use of
compatible or generic cartridges does not void the warranty on your printer.
Legislation is in place to prohibit this.
Another cost effective alternative to higher
name brand ink cartridges is what is called a refill kit. Refill kits can be
found for basically any brand of printer on the market. These kits
come equipped with everything you need to refill your printer cartridge on
your own. You get all the ink necessary, both colored ink and black ink, a
syringe for injecting the ink into the cartridge and an air balance clip to
balance the amount of air inside the cartridge. This is by far the cheapest
solution for ink replacement but is time consuming and can be a messy