Printers and Generic Cartridges

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In recent times there has been a huge swing in popularity to the non brand name inks. Perhaps this trend has been brought on by the slowing economy and the need to cut back on everyday expenses.

Whatever the reason is the non genuine inks have flooded the market and they are here to stay ! Many people are still die hards for the OEM or brand name cartridges however even a large amount of these have converted.

So how do you go about changing to generic inks and what precautions should you take? The first and most important decision (if you don't already have a printer) is deciding which printer to buy that will work well with the cheaper cartridges.

Choosing the right printer for the job

If you are looking for a new printer specifically to use compatibles with then consider the following points:

1. Choose a printer which compatibles are readily available for.

2. Choose a printer which works well with generic inks

3. Make sure the printer has all the features which you require

4. Read as many reviews about the printer before making the final decision.

Which printers you need to avoid !

Here's a few tips on which printers to definitely avoid.

1. Avoid All Epson printers as they have a print head that is renowned for clogging and also the company are hell bent on combating the use of compatible cartridges.

2. Avoid any printer which uses cartridges with the actual print head built into the cartridges. These are very expensive to replace even in generic form. Usually these printers are recognisable by their cheap sale price and also most use only 2 cartridges.

3. Try to stay with the more known brands such as Canon, Brother and HP printers.

4. MOST IMPORTANT - check which ink cartridges the printer uses BEFORE you make your purchase. Many people buy on impulse because the printer looks shiny and irresistible but the sting comes when they run out of ink and find out the price of the cartridges.

 Maintaining your new printer

Now that you are home with your wonderful new printer here are some basic tips to make sure it continues working well for years to come:

1. Make sure you buy good quality generic inks from a reputable supplier who has a phone number and address on their website. (if you don't , expect problems).

2. Follow the instructions carefully when installing inks making sure that breather tapes are removed and any rubber stoppers, clips etc are removed before installing.

3. PRINT REGULARLY ! A printer  will be much healthier if you print at least one colour page per week. This keeps ink flowing through the print head and flushes out any residue in the print head itself.

4. If your printer has had inks installed in it for a long period it pays to remove them and GENTLY wobble them to stop sediment from forming in the bottom of the cartridge. DO NOT shake them as this will aerate the ink and mess up your print head !

5. DO NOT print until the ink has completely run out. It is fine to keep printing for a time after being warned of low ink levels but if you keep printing until no ink remains you will eventually kill your print head.

 Don't be afraid to give compatible inks a go

Finally don't be scared to try generic inks as the savings are huge and the chances of you running into problems is almost non existent. If you still cant decide and you need advice call our friendly staff at Ink Hub: Office: (08) 7324 3065 or Mob: 0408 691 299

 

Last update: Jun 25, 2015

Dean Michael

Owner of Ink Hub Australia Dean has been in the printer consumables industry since early 2007. In a competitive field such as print consumables many companies have come and gone but Ink Hub continues to grow and provide quality products and service. Dean's hobbies include fishing, web design, ham radio, travel, the beach, fast cars and family.