Buying Printer Supplies

Let's face it—looking for affordable printer ink can feel like an epic quest—a necessity to keep our documents print-perfect. But with so many options, buying printer supplies can be a confusing mess. Don't fall victim to some of these common mistakes!

Mistake #1: Blindly Buying from Brand Name Retail Stores

Sure, the brand might be familiar, but it's not always the most cost-effective. Often, these large retailers have cartridges that come with a hefty price tag.

But you can get brand-name ink and toner cartridges like HP, Epson, Brother, and Canon without the big retail brand-name cost at online retailers like Ink Genie.

Mistake #2: Ignoring High-Yield Options

Sometimes, the "bargain" low-cost option ends up being a smaller cartridge. While the upfront cost might be lower, you'll replace them more frequently; opt for high-yield cartridges for long-term savings.  For instance, a standard-yield HP 65 black  cartridge will only print 120 pages of black and white prints.  Whereas, the high-yield HP 65XL black cartridge will print 300 pages which is 2.5x more printouts. The cost savings per page is better with the high-yield option is you use your printer a lot.

Mistake #3: Not Checking Compatibility

This might seem obvious, but a quick mistake in model numbers can lead to wasted money and frustration. Double-check your printer model number before purchasing any cartridges.

Mistake #4: Taking a Chance on Remanufactured or Refurbished Cartridges

Remanufactured and refurbished cartridges might seem like an attractive budget option, but they can come with hidden risks. These cartridges may not be cleaned or refilled to the same high standards as new ones. This can lead to:

  • Poor Print Quality: Streaks, smudges, and faded colors can plague your prints.
  • Clogged Print Heads: Old ink or debris left behind in the cartridge can clog your printer's delicate print head, leading to expensive repairs or even a ruined printer.
  • Warranty Issues: Some printer manufacturers void warranties if you use non-OEM cartridges.

Mistake #5: Falling for the Bait and Switch

Beware of online retailers who advertise with a picture of a new, boxed cartridge at an unbelievably low price. When your order arrives, you might be surprised to receive an unboxed and possibly expired cartridge that is more than a year past its warranty date. These cartridges may not even work correctly, but you may not realize this until you put them in your printer months after purchase.  

Always check the return policy and reviews of the ink and toner company before purchasing.

If reviews don't exist, be wary of an ink and toner site that doesn't post reviews.

By avoiding these mistakes, you can save money and get the best possible printing experience. So ditch the cartridge replacement blues and explore the world of high-quality, affordable ink and toner cartridges from Ink Genie!

Ink Genie always offers low-cost, quality, original ink and toner cartridges, with transparent pricing on different purchasing options, including our clearance ink.

Ready to experience the difference? Check out our selection of compatible cartridges today!

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