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Companies. Think Again
You go out and purchase
a computer, then a printer and you think you are all set right? Wrong! What
happens when the ink cartridge in your printer runs out of ink soon after you
bought the printer because you were a printing fool? Well, you have to go out
and buy a replacement cartridge that’s what. Now for the shocker, when you find
the replacement cartridge that you need be prepared for the shock of your life.
You will find that they don’t come cheap, often costing as much as $40 to
That sticker price is going to be hitting you in the face each and every time
you have to buy a replacement cartridge, that’s the sad fact of it all. Worse
yet is the fact that for this price you will get about a few hundred pages
before you have to do it all over again. You can actually spend more in a year
on ink cartridges than you spent on buying the printer itself.
Just imagine if you have a family that has children who need to use the printer
to print school projects. It'’ not unreasonable for them to spend upwards of
$100 or more per month in replacement cartridges. It could go even higher
depending on the number of pages that are printed each month. It’s quite a bite
out of your pocket.
So what are the alternatives to paying high prices for replacement ink
cartridges? Simply by purchasing a refill kit available for your specific
printer can be the most economical choice that you have. Depending on the type
of printer that you own, your savings will vary. As with anything else, prices
fluctuate depending on the manufacturer of the printer. Typically a refill kit
will cost anywhere from $10 to $30. The benefit here though is that you get
about 4-5 times more ink than you would if you purchased a replacement
cartridge. Usually you can refill your cartridge 2-3 times from the same kit.
When you calculate the cost of refill, it is a fraction of the overall cost of
the kit making it economical.
Once you purchase a refill kit, the next best thing to do to outwit the printer
companies is to buy replacement ink in bulk. Since you already have the tools
that you need to perform the refill such as the syringe and the air balance
clip, all you really need is the ink. A one-pint bottle of black ink can be as
cheap as $27 and give you up to 70 refills. That allows you to save a great deal
of money and makes the average cost per refill about 39 cents.
The downside to using refill kits is that it takes time and effort to do and it
can be a messy process, especially if you spill the ink. As long as you cover
the work surface with an old cloth and wear rubber gloves, you should be able to
minimize the mess.
Of course you should know that printer companies are not thrilled that consumers
have turned to using refill kits instead of buying replacement cartridges. Why?
Well because they lose money, of course! The simple
truth is that printer companies make their money from selling ink jet cartridges
- and not the printers themselves. This is why they work hard to convince people
not to buy refill kits or third party ink cartridges.
They try everything possible to
dissuade consumers, even to the extent of telling them that the print quality
will be inferior, that the refill ink will damage the printer or that the
warranty on their printer will be voided if they use refill kits.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact you will find no difference in
the print quality from the ink in the refill kit vs. the ink from a cartridge.
Nor will you visibly see and difference in the performance of your printer in
general. As far as the warranty being voided, don’t worry about that either.
There is legislation in place to prevent manufacturers from voiding warranties
for this reason. So you can use refill kits to your heart’s content.
There’s more good news regarding refill kits. There is a company called
Repeat-O-Type that promises to repair your printer if it's damaged by one of its
products. So not only do they sell refill kits but guarantee that if you damage
your printer by installing a cartridge that contains their refill ink, you don’t
pay one single penny. This certainly adds to the attractiveness of using refill
kits doesn’t it? One thing you should note is that if you do damage your printer
by using another type of refill kit, the manufacturer of the printer has a right
to charge for the repair, but not for parts that are under warranty. Just
something to keep in mind.
Repeat-O-Type also offers replacement cartridges as well as refill kits. Their
replacement cartridges cost considerably less than brand named cartridges. For
instance, their black inks replacement cartridge that is compatible with Epson’s
ink jet printer’s costs about $9. This is a far cry from the name brand that
runs about $30 or so. Best all, the replacement cartridge provides the same
printing quality as the name brand cartridge does.
One quick tip to note here, regardless of whether you use a name brand cartridge
or a replacement cartridge, you can save 50% more ink simply by setting your
printer to print in “draft” mode as opposed to “best” mode. The quality is
lessened but this is OK if you just needing copies for filing or distributing
informally. IN addition you can save ink by not printing unnecessary graphic
files. If you don’t need the graphic, don’t print it. Finally, if you can get
away with printing in “gray scale” then do so. Why waste the colored ink if you
don’t need to. This will save you a great deal as well.
Not the Real
McCoy, Counterfeit Ink
Did you know that 5% of all the ink jet cartridges sold today are counterfeit?
Well it’s true according to PC World magazine. This constantly dupes consumers
because they can’t tell the difference from the name brand vs. the fake
cartridges. They look like the real deal!
It’s not the
third-party cartridge makers that are doing this either, it’s a group of
counterfeiters who are pretending to be the familiar name brand manufacturers
that we have come to know. You can purchase these cartridges usually from little
known or no name merchants.
One thing that
you need to be aware of with these counterfeit cartridges is that although they
may look real they can leak or explode and seriously cause damage to your
printer. So how do you protect yourself from these unscrupulously manufacturers
and merchants? Simply by buying cartridges only from well know retailers both on
and off-line or by ordering directly from the printer manufacturers site.
So what cause all these fakes to suddenly
spring up everywhere, well to put it simply, cost. The cost of printer
cartridges keeps steadily going up and this causes frustration in the consumer.
Unscrupulous manufacturers know this and will respond by offering them what they
think they want. They just don’t disclose the fact that they are creating
impostors from more popular name brand cartridges. So the real issue is not the
fact that these companies are engaging in illegal activity, but rather the fact
that ink replacement costs are too high and it is the catalyst for these types
of companies to spring up.
If the printer manufacturers were more
reasonable about costs of replacement cartridges and not inflate them, there
would be no demand for counterfeit products because ink cartridges would be more
affordable. The second problem is that printer manufacturers are selling
printers cheaper these days and count on the revenue from selling ink
cartridges. Some include only half-filled cartridges in new printers to force
consumers to have to buy the expensive replacement sooner than expected. The
only way to foreseeably lower the cost of the cartridges is by raising the price
of the printers, putting the value in the machine itself. Until they recognize
this, nothing will change.
Unfortunately like everything else, the
printer manufacturers are all waiting for each other to raise the price of
printers so they can follow suit. No one wants to be the first to jump into the
pool. Until one, just one of them steps forward and does this, counterfeiters
will increase in abundance as will their bogus products.