What happens to the ink cartridges once you are done with them? They are split two ways from your recycle bin; either to the losest landfill or to the manufacturers of remanufactured ink cartridges. If it goes to the latter, they are thoroughly cleaned, processed, all damaged parts are replaced and the now empty cartridges are refilled and sold. And of course, if it ends up in a landfill, environmentalists get just that much more uncomfortable.
Why are Original Equipment Manufacturer cartridges so expensive?
It is widely believed that printer manufacturers have adopted the “give away the razor and sell the blades” approach to their printer and ink cartridges sales. This basically means that they don’t hesitate before offering heavy discounts on their printers or sell them at cost price or even at a light loss. But, their ink cartridges are priced quite high, so that’s where they make their profit, as a printer is pointless without the ink.
Why are Remanufactured ink cartridges cheaper?
Even if this wasn’t the case, it is a fact that Original Equipment Manufacturer cartridges are quite expensive compared to the remanufactured ones. It costs quite a bit to produce new cartridges. When the old cartridges are used, a lot of the cost of production is reduced and hence, they can be sold cheaper. You can easily save a minimum of 30% on ink if you buy remanufactured ink cartridges. Also, as you may have noticed, the original cartridges are not filled completely while the remanufactured ones are, so u can get more prints if you use remanufactured ink cartridges as these are usually filled completely.
The printer manufacturer clearly warns the user to buy the original stuff or your printer won’t work. It is also widely believed that Remanufactured Ink Cartridges are illegal and using them could void your printer’s warranty. This is not true.
But why would anyone risk messing around with the printer just to save a few bucks ? Well, it is a risk which could be worth taking. First thing to do, of course, is to check out the manufacturer’s website, check for customer reviews or ask your friends. You can get a fair idea on the product quality this way. Check for guarantees and warranties that a company offers. It is also important to check whether or not the remanufactured ink cartridges meet Original Equipment Manufacturer standards. The Standardized Test Methods Committee (STMC) checks to see whether these cartridges meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer standards. So, check for their seal before buying.
Ultimately, it is your decision. Research, check, buy one, test, approve and then proceed. It is a little risky, but if you cover your bases, you should be fine. Besides, this is also a nice way to save the environment. It is rare to find a way to save the environment for free, let alone save some cash doing it.
Today’s guest post is written byJames Hanning. He feels that good quality printer ink can really make a huge difference.