Guest post by Aba.
A 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!
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?
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.
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!
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.