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Everything you need to know about Ink Cartridges

Depending on your printer manufacturer and model we will offer various ink cartridges to suit. In most cases we will offer the original manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges and a lower cost alternative such as a compatible cartridge or remanufactured cartridge.

What is a genuine ink cartridge?
A genuine ink cartridge also called an original ink cartridge (OEM)A genuine ink cartridge is the branded product of the printer manufacturer. Therefore, if you have a Hewlett Packard printer, the original ink cartridge will be manufactured by Hewlett Packard. As you would expect the printer manufacturer will always encourage consumers to buy their own branded product.

What is a compatible ink cartridge?
A compatible ink cartridge is a brand new cartridge (not refilled) produced by a third party manufacturer. They are predominately sold under 'own label' branding and they have no connection with the original ink cartridge manufacturer. Our compatible ink cartridges are manufactured to the highest standards (ISO9001), which often exceed the original product. All our compatible ink cartridges are fully guaranteed and if you are not completely satisfied with their performance you get your money back. (Conditions may apply)

What is a remanufactured ink cartridge?
A remanufactured or refilled ink cartridge is a previously used cartridge, which has been reprocessed (cleaned, refilled and electronically tested), by a third party manufacturer. By buying a remanufactured ink cartridge you are helping reduce the number of cartridges that are disposed in UK landfill sites. Our remanufactured ink cartridges are produced in the UK by world leading remanufacturing company Jet Tec. They are often cheaper much than the original ink cartridges and are fully guaranteed. If you are not completely satisfied with their performance you get your money back. (Conditions may apply)

How much printing can I do with an ink cartridge?
Really this depends entirely on the ink cartridge and the type of printing you plan to do. Most printer manufacturers will display the ink cartridge’s page yield (the amount of pages it will print) on the box. This page yield is based on an industry standard 5% coverage. 5% coverage is not actually a lot and in the real world it is only about 8 lines of text on an A4 sheet. So often the page yield displayed on the ink cartridge box can be a little misleading.

The amount of pages you can print from an ink cartridge also depends on the type of printing you’re doing, as above the standard page yield is based on 5% coverage, so if you are planning to print photographs this will vastly reduce the number of pages or photographs you can print.

Finally the actual ink cartridge volume will affect how many pages you can print. The more ink the ink cartridge contains the pages you can expect to print. Most printer manufacturers have started offering high capacity or XL versions of ink cartridges which contain more ink, but are in turn more expensive. We find that the most generous printer manufacturer is Brother, the majority of their standard size ink cartridges are the same capacity or in some cases bigger than most of other manufacturers XL ink cartridges.

Will using a compatible or remanufactured ink cartridge affect my print quality?
In most cases the print quality or performance when using a compatible or remanufactured ink cartridge will be no different to an original manufacturers ink cartridge. Over the past decade 3rd party ink manufacturers and remanufacturers have invested millions into ensuring their cartridges offer OEM quality printing whilst still offering a good cost saving.

Typically we find that the user will get warnings flag up when they install a 3rd party ink cartridge but this is just the printer manufacturer trying to persuade the user to only use the manufacturer ink cartridges, which is obviously in their interest as this is where they make their money.

We have found with remanufactured or refilled ink cartridges that the printer can often inform the user that the cartridge is low of ink or empty. This is due to the cartridge being previously used and then refilled with ink. In most cases the user simply bypasses these messages by accepting the warning and ‘continuing to printer’. We can also found with some Canon printers that this warning can be overridden by pressing and holding the STOP button for 5 seconds. This overrides the printers ink management system allowing the user to continue to print as normal until the cartridge physically runs out of ink.

Will using a compatible or remanufactured ink cartridge invalidate my printer’s warranty?
We always advise consumers to read their printer manufacturers warranty statement regarding the use of 3rd party ink cartridges or contact the printer manufacturer directly to find out their individual response. In our experience using a 3rd party ink cartridges will not cause a printer to fail, in the worst case the ink cartridge will not print or will perform badly, simply removing it and changing ink cartridge will resolve this.