The cost of printer ink is always a concern when you buy a new printer. Customers often ask me, “Is it okay to use generic or recycled ink cartridges?”
Buying the printer manufacturers ink cartridges can cost more than you spent on the printer. This is because the printers are sold at a loss, aiming to make the money back in the sale of ink cartridges. The printer manufacturer will recommend that you use their own ink and paper for best quality prints.
We would recommend that unless you need top quality prints, use refilled or remanufactured printer ink cartridges. They are unlikely to damage your printer and can save you a lot of money. If you are concerned about your printers warranty, use the manufactures ink cartridges until the warranty runs out, then use refilled or remanufactured cartridges.
What’s the difference between refilled and remanufactured ink cartridges?
Refilled ink cartridges are inspected for damage or cracks and the electronic circuits are tested. Remnants of old ink are usually removed and the print head is cleaned. A generic ink is injected into the cartridge, the cartridge is tested and then packaged for resale.
Remanufactured ink cartridges go through a similar process. The cleaning process is usually more extensive and may include vacuum boiling to completely remove any remnants of ink. The print head is also given a more thorough cleaning. Factory remanufactured ink cartridges are often filled with the original type of ink. Aftermarket manufacturers can use a close match or a cheaper generic ink, depending on how they advertise and market the product.
Old ink cartidges
Don’t just throw old ink cartridges away. Many ink cartridges can be recycled. You can even earn money for yourself, or a charity, by recycling them. We donate ours to the RSPB. You can also buy refilled and remanufactured ink cartridges from the RSPB Shop.