Things You Should Know Before Buying Printer Supplies

Depending on your printer, you may be able to find cheaper, third-party ink and toner cartridges. Compatibles are cheaper, that’s a fact! But they are risky too, as they are typically poor imitations of the real thing. Counterfeit ink has been known to block print heads, causing printer jams and alignment problems. Leaky cartridges can damage printers.

Also, the printer’s manufacturers do not recommend the use of compatible ink and toner, they emphasise that counterfeit ink and toner cartridges will never match their original products in terms of quality and performance. The main printer manufacturers such as; HP, Canon, Brother, Dell, Epson, and Lexmark warn that their technology cannot be replicated by the third-party suppliers.

As a result, compatibles will produce printed materials that lack clarity and vivid colour compared to the originals. For the best print experience including crisp, colourful, long-lasting print output— ink and toner from the printer’s manufacturer tend to be a much better option than a third-party.

The last and most important thing to consider before deciding to purchase compatible or original ink and toner is the printer’s warranty. If failure or damage of your printer or customer-replaceable print heads is attributable to the use of a non-original, expired or refilled ink cartridge, or unauthorised OEM printing device, the manufacturers usually not take responsibility for the cost of replacement or refund of the purchase price. Meaning you run the risk of voiding your warranty.

If you have any Ink & Toner requirements try our Ink & Toner Finder. We stock a wide range of ink and toner cartridges (all originals from the manufacturers). We have ink and toner cartridges for almost every make and model of printer including Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Kodak and more, all at highly competitive prices.


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