The aftermarket for ink and toner printer cartridges can be a risky choice to make, not always but sometimes. They cost much lesser than the branded products from the manufacturers. That is why consumers prefer buying them. However, it becomes a lot more difficult to let know whether a 3rd party seller sells quality items.
One proven method is to purchase from established retailer. Online stores are now mostly preferred as compared to brick-and-mortar because of their flexibility, wide range of products, doorstep shipping. The sellers also guarantee the quality of the items that it sells. Some of the notable examples include Ink Station; Ecotech; Cartridge Direct and Cartridge World, all of these stores stock aftermarket cartridges.
How to find the compatible ink?
Finding the right ink or cartridge model that is compatible with your printer is a daunting job, especially if your model is not so popular, very new or very old. Before driving around the shops to dig out the best fit, it is suggested to do a little R & D.
General characteristics of any third party printer:
Original equipment manufacturer cartridges are more expensive than 3rd party manufacturers’. 3rd party products are more generic in nature and compatibility issues may pop up if not well researched. They come in complete collection of colours and functions similar to brand manufacturer items.
Some printers are intentionally designed not to be compatible with generic ink and toner printer cartridges so that users are forced to buy products approved by the brand manufacturers.
Dealing with a new vendor?
If you have stumbled upon a vendor who is new to you, it is advisable to clarify doubts with questions. Online retailers also have technical support team who will answer to all your queries and clear your doubts. A trusted retailer will provide the contact information of the manufacturers from which it buys the inks, upon asking.
Ask the 3rd party supplier how carefully it scrutinizes used cartridges before refilling them.
Will using 3rd party cartridges affect printer warranty?
There are not very familiar ways in which a cartridge can affect the warranty or guarantee provided by the manufacturer. The legitimate manufacturer’s guarantee will be intact and it will not affect the performance of the printer. Many 3rd party cartridges even provide better outputs with printer than their compatible product from the original manufacturers. When asked about the ink quality, consumers say they hardly find any difference, but the ‘low ink’ alert has to be taken seriously and the cartridge should be replaced as soon as possible. There are pros and cons of every type that you choose, whether it is original manufacturer’s ink, refill kits or third party items. Thorough research and reviews should be considered when planning to buy a 3rd party product.