Remanufactured Cartridges –Saving Money On Printer Ink

Guest post by Aba.

imageA printer is an essential part of your computer peripherals and equipment. It doesn’t matter if you are a housewife, a school going teen, a collegiate, or a small home based business owner – you need a printer to print documents, images, do home work, and more.

If you have a computer but not a printer, then buying a printer should be on your list of “things to buy”. Fortunately, the price of printers has come down. So it’s a lot easier to own a printer now.

If you have just bought your first printer then you must be printing like crazy (I used to), but once you use up your first printer ink cartridge, the problem starts – buying new cartridges will burn a big hole in your pocket!

Global scenario

The market for printer ink is envisioned to be more than 18 billion units. On top of it, the industry is growing due to increasing demand. The current recession has forced the consumers to look for alternatives.

Is there a solution?

Yes, there is! It doesn’t matter what you do, you can’t stop using your printer and you always need to print documents every now and then. After all, that was the reason why you bought the printer in the first place! Right?

Problem solution:

The answer is simple – use compatible printer cartridges. Compatible cartridges are cartridges which are manufactured by third party manufacturers – rather than the original equipment manufacturer. These cartridges are fully compatible with your branded printer, so they work the same way as your original cartridges – but don’t cost you a fortune.

Want more?

Remanufactured cartridges. These are cheaper alternatives to original cartridges which were originally manufactured by the same manufacturer as the printer. i.e. Remanufactured cartridges are those, which have been used earlier and had been originally manufactured by the printer manufacturer.

Once used, these cartridges are disassembled, cleaned and assembled again to make them fit for your use. Such cartridges go through various stages of quality checks before they are sold in the market.

The manufacturer makes sure that they are remanufactured using the same process as used by the OEM, to maintain quality and compatibility. Remanufactured cartridges are much cheaper than the original ones. They can save anywhere between 70%-80% of your printer cartridges costs.

Is there any catch?

Not exactly –  rather, there is one misconception. People think that they will loose the printer warranty if they use ink cartridges manufactured by third parties, which is completely wrong!

Environmental benefit

When you buy a remanufactured cartridge you can also pat yourself on the  back for saving the environment – you just saved another cartridge from being dumped into landfills.


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8 responses to “Remanufactured Cartridges –Saving Money On Printer Ink

  1. Gord

    This sounds wonderful until you try it. Several times over the years I have tried various thrid party or remanufactured cartridges. Without exception they have been nothing but trouble; the tri colour ones have been particularly bad. You don’t even get what you pay for. Not for me, not ever again!

    • Hi Gord,

      I have to agree. Maybe once or twice over the years, I’ve had some luck with remanufactured cartridges. But, stacked up against the unsatisfactory experiences (and, it only takes one), I soon chucked that idea.


  2. I’m still using my Canon “BJ-200e” printer from 1993. No color, but it’s fine for documents, and clipart images in black and white. It still works as good as the day my mom bought it. This little printer started it’s life hooked up to Windows 3.1…. which I used until the late nineties. And now it’s happily plugged into my current computer running Windows ME. I’m also still using an “old” browser from way back in 2010! Seamonkey 1.1.19 (Last version for Win9x. Javascript is disabled, no virus scanner, just Sygate firewall.) Computer runs great. Printer runs great. And ink is cheap!

    I wil upgrade this thing only after I squeeze every last drop of life out of it. Hehe. 🙂

    Google and ebay are great places to find old ink cartridges. That where I got mine.

    • Hey Aaron,

      Used to have one of those babies – loved it.

      I’m always amazed when I hear how you manage to get the best out of what most would consider “ancient technology”.

      Keep at it – you have an admirer at this end.



  3. hipockets

    Here in the States, some retail stores will buy the used cartridges. Staples and Office Depot are two examples.

    If most printing is done in black and white, laser printers are the way to go. Purchase prices have come way, way down, and in many cases the cost of the toner cartridge is just a little bit more than the cost of an multi-color ink cartridge. Because you get many more pages from toner cartridges, the printing cost per page is significantly lower that ink jets.

    There are re-manufactured toner cartridges at about half the price of a new one,. The printing speed of laser printers is a plus, too.

  4. I have been using the cheap ones for years now and had a little problem just once. I immediately contacted my vendor and he replaced them with some other company. Since then its been working like chard. I think compatible cartridges are the way out these days (unless you are either you are very rich or you are using office printer for your work). Only thing you need to take care of is that you should be using a good vendor or a compatible cartridge company that you trust.