Most people buy an ink jet printer because they're a great bargain -- low cost and relatively high print quality. But when it comes time to replace the cartridges, they're hit with a relevation: ink is expensive. It's the old "cheap razors, expensive blades" strategy. By one estimate a printer cartridge that sells for $30 costs just $3.50 to make, although retail prices tend to be dropping as the technology improves. That's why many people turn to recycled cartridges, or generics. Remanufactured cartridges are those made by the original printer manufacturer that are cleaned and refilled. 123Inkjets stocks recycled cartridges that work with Apollo, Apple, Brother, Canon, Compaq, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard (HP), Lexmark, Pitney Bowes, Xerox and dozens of other brands of printers (see the site for a list). If you'd rather purchase original manufacturer cartridges, browse the list of those available at Office Depot. One thing to consider is the cost per page printed. One study commissioned by Hewlett Packard found that while its cartridges have a 2 percent failure rate, 70 percent of recycled cartridges did not last as long as promised. Consumer Reports found much the same thing. The manufacturers say this is because they design the strip of silicon on the cartridges that has the microscopic ink nozzles to last only as long it takes to empty the cartridge of ink. In other words, the cartridges for personal printers are supposed to be thrown away after one use. Cartridge refillers say this is bunk, that you can refill cartridges as many as seven times. And it does seem to work for many people -- there are $6.5 billion worth of refilled cartridge sales each year. If you using your printer for everyday printing, you should be fine with refilled cartridges and save 50 percent at the same time. If you are printing photos on greeting cards, brochures or family photos on expensive photo paper, it's probably best to go with an original manufacturer's cartridge. Categories: Apple, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM, Kodak, Konica-Minolta, Kyocera-Mita, Lexmark, NEC,
Okidata, Panasonic, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Xerox, Photo Paper.
Returns: 123 Inkjets allows you to return defective cartridges up to one year after purchase, as long as they are at least 70 percent full. 123 Inkjets also pays return postage. If you order the wrong cartridge by mistake, you can return it for exchange but must pay the return postage yourself.
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