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Printer Ink: Mythbuster Edition

From the Printware Blog on Tuesday 16th June 2015 in Consumer Advice, News, Resources

Like anything, there are a lot of myths that have been twisted and told throughout the years about printers. Details surrounding 'bargain' printers and supplies have, quite often, compelled individuals to turn away from third-party suppliers and opt for an alternative that is a little heavier on the pockets.

In a bid to dispel the common myths surrounding printer cartridges and ink, we have compiled a short guide - Mythbuster style. Read on to find out more about the truth surrounding this printer accessory and how you can avoid a questionable deal.

Myth 1: I have to use manufacture ink otherwise my printer will break

Sadly, this is a myth that has been going around for a while. The truth is, as long as you regularly buy from a reputable third-party supplier, your printer should work like normal - however, bare in mind this may depend on the brand.

In saying this, a lot of brands nowadays allow for non-branded ink to be used in their printers. It is a cost-effective alternative that will produce satisfactory results, providing you replace and refill correctly. If you are unsure about whether or not the ink you have is compatible with your current printer, speak to a specialist. They will be able to advise you on the printer cartridge you need to purchase.

Myth 2: All ink will produce the same results

This is not necessarily true either. Whilst we mentioned how third-party ink can provide excellent results, 'bargain ink' or cartridges purchased from a fallacious company can be a disaster. Not only will the ink fail to deliver on quality, it may also be incompatible with your printer model. Again, if you are uncertain of exactly what you are putting in your printer, enquire.

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Myth 3: Printer cartridges cannot be recycled

This is only half-true. Admittedly. However, most do so you should do your part for the environment by following the instructions. By not recycling, you are presenting Mother Nature with a costly bill in the form of damage. As it takes roughly 1000 years for a cartridge to decompose, you are putting the environment and its wildlife at risk.

Also, it may surprise you to know that, according to The Recycling Factory, "recycled printer cartridges cost up to 65% less than original brand cartridges." So, recycling your old printer cartridges is not only lighter on the Earth, but on your pockets too.

These are just three myths concerning printer ink and cartridges. Do you have any more myth busting information to share?

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