Discount Printer Ink Can
Save You a Bundle
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".
Which type of ink?
- Water based inks are not smudge resistant and you can't
paint on them.
- Dye and pigment based inks are faster drying, smudge,
water and fade resistant.
- Pigment based inks are more color fast and will tend to
give you crisper edges.
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
- Your discount printer ink company should be ISO
9001 certified or sell
products that come from an ISO
9001 certified producer. This
is a very rigorous international standard that covers procedures in
manufacturing and other company operations. ISO
9001 certification doesn't guarantee the quality of an end product but it does
keep the guys "making it in the garage" out of the loop.
- Look for a minimum
1 year warranty. This ensures
a good shelf life. With the sales incentives to buy larger quantities, you need more than 90 days to be able to make a return. (Note: If
you buy OEM cartridges from the discount merchant, the warranty is the
responsibility of the manufacturer).
- Make sure that the products you're buying, meet or exceed OEM specifications. You might have to dig through the fine
print for this one.
- Look for free
shipping. This usually comes
with a minimum quantity order but if you stick with a good supplier, it's
sometimes thrown in without the qualifier.
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.
Recycle Ink Cartridges
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.
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