Everyone is looking for a way to save money – especially during times of economic downturn.The internet makes it easy to find bargains on everything from car insurance and flights abroad to compatible or remanufactured printer cartridges and shoes.
Sometimes the saving is a false one. Consider cheap flights to Europe on a well-known airline. The prices may be low, but if you don’t read the small print and bring extra luggage or forget to print off your boarding pass, you could finding yourself accidentally adding hundreds of pounds to your fare (and being in a very bad mood before your holiday to boot).
The jury is divided on cheaper alternatives to the printer cartridges produced by manufacturers. The manufacturers would have you believe that using printer ink made by anyone else will result in a poor quality printing product and potential damage to your printer.
Additionally, they will add that if you do use alternative printer ink and damage does occur to your printer, they won’t even help you because using alternative cartridges will result in your machine’s warranty being voided.However, much of this is scaremongering by the companies that make printers and the ink. The big companies are selling their printers at such low prices that they need to sell the ink at more than it is actually worth – they need to make their money somewhere, and it is easy to make it off you, their customer, when you are hooked in.
The truth is that using compatible or remanufactured cartridges should not result in any problems to your printer and should give you as good a finish as any regular printer ink would – that is guaranteed! Not only will doing so save you money, but it will also help towards caring for the environment, as the cartridges are being recycled and not contributing to the increasing problem of landfill and waste dumps.