Is it OK to use third party inks?
Absolutely! Discount printer ink manufacturers have come a long way since all the inks were water based. In addition to the water based inks, we now have dye and pigment based inks. We also have much smaller droplet sizes.
The result has been that ink manufacturing has become much more exacting. Any third party ink company will not stay in business if they can't deliver a product that meets OEM (original equipment manufacturer) standards.
Will my printer warranty be voided if I use non OEM inks?
No! Printer manufacturers used to claim that your warranty would be voided if you didn't use their inks.
Your warranty is not affected if
you use discount inks. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act passed by
Congress in 1975, states, "Warrantors cannot require that only branded
parts be used with the product in order to retain the warranty".
To fully enjoy all the enhancing techniques that you will learn here, you should purchase a printer that uses either pigment based or dye based inks.
What to look for when choosing an ink supplier
Cartridges or refills?
This will depend to a certain extent on your printer model.
My experience has been that the refill process is time-consuming, messy and frustrating. There is a limit to the number of times that a cartridge can be reused but you don't know exactly when you have reached the limit until the cartridge fails. That means that you have lost a whole refill of ink and a lot of time.
If you have a choice, my advice is to use OEM, compatible or remanufactured cartridges.
Remember that buying discount printer ink cartridges doesn't lock you into buying third party inks. There is no need to pay full price for an OEM inkjet ink cartridge. Many discounters offer OEM cartridges as an option.
Think green. Many suppliers have recycling programs and currently Staples will give you a $2.00 credit for each cartridge, so keep your eyes open for deals!
For anyone who will be making a full time business producing cards, you will want to go with a continuous ink system. You will need to carefully check the printer manufacturer's stance and actions on this subject as they are trying to protect their ink sales.