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"Remanufactured" Ink and Toner Cartridges - Worth It?

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March 11, 2011 6:24:50 PM

If you've ever run out of ink (and who hasn't?) you know that printer ink and toner cartridges can get very expensive, very fast. An option many folks take is to buy remanufactured or refilled catridges to cut down on the cost of replacement. Some of these work magnificently, good as new. Others - not so much.

What are some useful hints, tips and advice to use when going for new ink? Are there any pitfalls to avoid royally messing up one's printer with a badly assembled cartridge?
March 14, 2011 8:26:21 AM

Nothing to worry about at all! Of course the manufacturers are going to tell people otherwise, they are making an absolute killing on ink cartridges.

Just don't go for the cheapest on ebay or amazon, there's usually a reason they are that cheap and basically it's you get what you pay for!

I use for my compatible ink cartridges. They may not be the first company that you'd have thought of, but they've never let me down. I buy their PGI-5 and CLI-8 multipack for my canon printer and it's saved me an absolute fortune. I can't afford to buy the originals all the time to print off my photos, but these do the exact same job but for well over half the cost of a genuine Canon cartridge. But be careful with refills, or re-manufactured cartridges! They can leak, where as the ones I buy from the cobrainks website are brand new compatible inks.

Hope this helps you :) 
March 14, 2011 8:37:35 AM

I'm new here, so I don't know what happened to that link!

I meant www.cobrainks.com
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July 19, 2011 12:09:44 PM

Hello everybody!!!
I buy all components for my computer in on-line shop TopMost.us. Here I bought my Printer Ink & Toner too. I am very happy. It's cheap and has a very good properties.
July 26, 2011 4:59:48 AM

first off, don't bump 4 month old dead threads. secondly, can you be a more obvious shill, Anonymous?
August 10, 2011 11:42:13 AM

cheap generic ink = broken printer.
February 5, 2012 4:18:05 AM

Friends,i want to know what's your mind about compatible ink /toner cartridges ?
it's more cheaper than original,and i think it has the same effeciency result with the original.tell your points on this thread.let's share it.

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February 16, 2012 11:26:09 PM

make sure you check the return policy. There are many good ink refillers out there, but there are some bad ones (what else is new). Many use generic ink (dye based). If your printer uses pigmented ink, the generic can mess up the print head.
November 12, 2012 12:53:46 PM

I get mine from a local company that delivers right to my business, but they are only local to Raleigh NC. They have great remanufactured toner cartridges and are always reliable. They are called Triangle Toner and Ink and their website is http://www.triangletonerandink.com
January 12, 2013 1:48:42 PM

I have had 15 refilled cartridges for my HP printer 5 or more have failed, worth it? I don't think so, mind you nor are the originals from the printer manufacturer, they are far too expensive, it is almost cheaper to buy a new printer, except for the bother of setting it up!
April 5, 2013 12:00:27 PM

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April 21, 2013 4:49:24 AM

Well unlike some here I have no relation to any ink or ink cartridge supplier. Don't get me wrong I have no problem with them letting everyone know their out their but, their opinion can only be considered a biased one.

Besides the Lexmark I got for free with my first new PC I have used only Epson printers with 6 separate ink cartridges. All these have been "Epson Stylus Photo" printers, 7 in total, 3-R200's, 2-R220's, 1-R300 and I just picked up a brand new R280 minus the ink cartridges at a garage sale for $10.

@ $17 apiece pr ink cartridge that's $102 for all 6 when bought separately. After I bought a few new cartridges from Epson I saw that they had a refurbished R200 on sale for $75 So I bought it mainly for the ink, Which is exactly why I ended up with brand new R280 minus the ink cartridges at a garage sale for only $10

Since I do allot of printing and the Epson Stylus Photo printers make a real nice quality print for everything including CD's and DVD's I had to find a cheaper supply of ink. I finally settled on compatible inkjet cartridges from imarketcity ( http://www.imarketcity.com/coinca.html ) These worked great and a complete set of 6 only cost $19.50 or $3.25 apiece if bought separately. If I bought over $100 worth (equivalent to $375 in Epson ink) they used to even throw in free shipping although I don't think they do anymore.

imarketcity's ink is good quality ink. Not as good as Epson but close. All the R200's, R220's and the R300's used the same ink carts and they would last a fairly long time (comparatively) but, my new R280 uses smaller ink carts and plows through ink like there's no tomorrow. like the rest of my Epson Stylus Photo printers the print quality is great but after printing just 10 Music CD's for an independent artist friend of mine, complete with front/back/insert and printed CD's the black cart (the CD had more black than any other color) was almost empty. My other Epson's could print about 30 copy's before the black was low.

Even with cheap ink carts I had to find a better way for the R280 so, I just bought a CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) from inkxpro. I bought this one here http://www.inkxpro.com/Continuous-Ink-System-Epson-R260... Like aftermarket ink carts all Continuous Ink Supply Systems are not created equal, Some have crappy carts and some have crappy inks. Just because the systems look the same does not mean they have the same ink either. I did allot of research before settling on my system and you should too. There are some very good CISS that have great quality inks that are just as good as oem inks and there are also some real duds.

With Epson printers the print heads are in the printer so even though the cart is important the ink is the most important factor. With most other printers the print heads are in the ink carts so both the carts and the ink are of equal importance.

I once bought 14 carts from a disreputable dealer and the ink clogged one of my printers beyond repair so, you do have to be careful whom you buy from but, as long as you do your research first you should be OK.

I have not bought any Epson ink for about 8yrs and I never will again. I am very pleased with my aftermarket ink choices.

IMO research first then go for it! Compatible / Remanufactured / Aftermarket is the only way to go!



April 23, 2013 12:45:44 AM

A link to my tutorial.

After Market Inkjet Ink Supplies
I often see people asking about cheaper alternatives to buying OEM ink supplies and just as often they get incorrect responses, So hopefully I can clear a few thing up here. THE INKJET PRINTER MANUFACTURERS The makers of inkjet printers are... See full content
February 26, 2014 3:32:11 AM

Hi there, one thing I’ve found out that there really isn’t much difference in the quality of remanufactured cartridges and their OEM companions. It all depends on where you get the toner from, as different companies manufacture there toners differently. I have used a company called TheTonerCart for many years now, and I must say that the compatible/remanufactured toner cartridges they stock are equivalent, if not better, than the original cartridge.
I would recommend that if you are looking to save a lot of money on you toner cartridges, that you use thetonercart.co.uk, as the cartridges are really good quality.
If you still don’t want purchase remanufactured cartridges, they still do really good prices on the original cartridges, just to let you know.
February 28, 2014 3:24:06 AM

InkJets use ink.

Ink can be tricky, as it can screw up Your printheads. I find a good ink seller by testing their ink. Then, I buy a bunch of it (up to a 2-year supply.) After 2 years the ink may have dried out.

Worst case, I need a new ($50-$100) printhead. Since I saved more than that on each (of 10) sets of generic ink carts I'm willing to take the risk once every 2 years.



Lasers use toner.

All refilled toners work, but some produce better image quality than others. Other just have a weird tint to the color.

I get the cheapest remanufactured toners I can find on eBay.
March 3, 2014 12:22:29 PM

INK:
-refilled/compatible: absolutely YES, unless you get a bad one.
-DIY: it may not be worth the mess... up to you. (also keep in mind, a cartridge won't last forever... you can get up to ten cycles out of it. then it will die, and... off to the shop to boy the cheapest one. yup.)
-CISS: big mess to set up, but once you do... almost free printing (except for paper). something like... 30€/10K pages. (but REALLY BIG MESS to set up, and needs fine-tuning every now and then.... )
*note: print quality will never be the same. you can't have jet black prints with refilled cartridges, and even less with diy refills. but it will still be legible, so, who cares? (I mean, for home usage... )

TONER: have yet to try it (my printer arrived a few days ago, lol), but I bet the short answer is YES.
but as a guide (of my expectations): compatible/refilled yes, DIY up to you.

**sources: my experience. I've been refilling cartridges myself for a while. while the quality is not the same, the price per copy can be as low as 1/10th of original ink, or even less. (and that's for HP, other brands are even pricy-er for their originals... ugh. I remember when it was cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy a new cartridge)

** bottomline: money-wise is really worth it. but DIY implies a lot of work. and quality will never be the same.

PS: I have no relationship with any seller. I'm just kinda cheap, and don't like to pay 8cents/page when I can pay less than one, for just a few hours of work.
March 3, 2014 7:06:40 PM

I agree with everything NIKY45 said.
March 16, 2014 3:54:47 AM

niky45 said:

-CISS: big mess to set up, but once you do... almost free printing (except for paper). something like... 30€/10K pages. (but REALLY BIG MESS to set up, and needs fine-tuning every now and then.... )


This is just not true. A pre-filled CISS (as many are) is completely self contained at the time of purchase. When I set up mine I have never gotten even one drop of ink on my fingers or anywhere else for that matter.

The ink-cart exit ports (where the ink leaves the cart to enter the printer) are taped closed. You just remove the tape and plug them in. NO MESS. They can't leak at this point unless you are holding the carts lower than the tanks which should already be be placed next to (and at the same level as) your printer.

The breather holes on the top of the tanks are also taped shut, so you just remove the tape and insert the little air filters. Again, NO MESS, WHAT_SO_EVER.

If you print allot you will need to re-fill the tanks every year or so. If you buy empty tanks you will need to fill them before using them. Either way if you are just a little bit careful you should be able to accomplish this with little to no mess also. If you buy inks with a narrow fill nozzle, you just insert the nozzle in the fill hole and squeeze. The tanks are clear so its easy not to over-fill.

Some of the more expensive higher quality inks come in a bottle with a wide mouth. These will take a little more care as you will need to use the included (or purchased separately, usually from the same suppler) syringe, but still with a little care it's not messy.

As far as the "fine-tuning" thing goes, other than initial color setting/matching I don't even know what you are talking about? If you are talking about ink settling? That has more to do with the quality of the ink you choose to use than anything else, but even with moderate quality ink a little swirl of the ink tanks every 3 or so months will solve that issue. The only "fine-tuning" I have ever had to do is raise my tanks 1/4in to eliminate back-feed from the ink-carts.

niky45 said:
*note: print quality will never be the same. you can't have jet black prints with refilled cartridges, and even less with diy refills. but it will still be legible, so, who cares? (I mean, for home usage... )


Again this is absolutely NOT TRUE! While it is true that cheap $3 Epson compatible ink carts bought from a reputable dealer can give decent prints, they generally won't give you as good a quality prints that OEM carts will give. In fact I don't know of any NON-OEM that will, although some come close and there might be some that do.

But aftermarket ink is a completely different story. You can buy some real dirt cheap crap off of ebay or some very good (6 separate color or more) ink for around $30-$45 that will last you for about 1yr of heavy printing. If your really anal about print quality you can spend $90-$110 on some of the best professional quality inks that have blacker blacks and far better UV resistance than anything Epson offers and still save an ungodly amount of money over OEM costs. You just can't buy the cheapest junk and expect the best quality.




March 29, 2014 10:32:38 PM

Wow...Idonno...I respect Your coordination and neatness. If I tried that I would dump a quart of ink on my carpet.
April 16, 2014 7:59:19 PM

David Schnider said:
remanufactured toner cartridges can still be the best option. rather than buying a new and branded one.


I use the Brother multi-function printers.( $100.00 wireless ) . .. and i get my ink in a 8- or 10 pack off amazon.com last box i got was $40. and they last for ever...i've never bought an original since.....if i bought the original's , it'd be 3 x's that price, I used my printer alot , being in college at the time....... worked great , and printed MANY reports and homework on it............
Aftermarket Inkjet Ink Supplies
I often see people asking about cheaper alternatives to buying OEM ink supplies and just as often they get incorrect responses, So hopefully I can clear a few thing up here. THE INKJET PRINTER MANUFACTURERS The makers of inkjet printers are... See full content
April 17, 2014 3:07:53 AM

Thanks
April 28, 2014 2:45:42 AM

I prefer my ink cartridges for epson and canon printer from www.prink.co.uk . They provides best quality cartridges.
June 19, 2014 3:55:29 AM

email me at declan@inkoptions.co.uk. I guarantee to beat any prices that are quoted on OEMS. I also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on ALL of our Reman toners too, so if you are unhappy with the toner, you don't pay. No quibbles, no stipulations just an honest small company trying to help small businesses.

Thankyou

Dec
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