Busting the Myths about Generic Printer Cartridges

For sure, you are familiar with a printer; you might have one in your home or using it frequently in your office. It may not affect your daily activity, but as soon as the printer is not functioning well, you will find all means to decipher the cause of the malfunction like paper jams, connectivity, and using a generic cartridge and soon find the best solution for it.

Regardless, if you are tech-savvy or not, you heard some myths or hoax about printers and components of it like the cartridges – “a non-genuine cartridge will break your printer”.

Of course, as part of business strategy, the prominent OEM brand name companies will always want you to purchase their pricey products, and what better way is there to achieve this than by giving a bad light to the generic products. First off, let me clarify that all generic cartridges are dissimilar. There is a large scale variation in terms of the quality of multiple brands of compatible cartridges. Meanwhile, your printer may be at risk if you are using anything other than a high-quality generic cartridge.

So here is a rundown about some of the common myths, find out the truth about your generic printer cartridges. So the next question falls as:

What are the common myths?

Generic inks will damage my printer

It will not happen as long as you only use a quality generic cartridge because if you don’t use a quality cartridge then there is a possibility that they might damage your printer. The ink may seep out into the printer and may lead to different kinds of problems. A poorly molded cartridge might shatter or cause a jam inside the printer, while a low-grade ink may clog the printhead quickly.

A high tech inkjet printer like the Canon Maxify range is vital; you need to use a high-quality generic cartridge too. The Maxify printers feature a printhead protection system; if the cartridges are not working correctly or don’t close properly against the ink inlet valves, then the chance might lock up the printer.

When the printer locks up, it might take a moment to unlock them. If you use the best quality of cartridge, you might prevent a problem like this.

The quality of the print is poor

Another myth regarding generic printer cartridges, customers claim no difference between the generic and branded inks with regards to the quality of the print. I’ve personally made a series test about this claim but the result has always been the same and equal to the branded and expensive ink.

In all honesty, the only difference that we have recorded and considered as not a big issue to the majority is that the genuine ink remains better for a longer time under extreme UV conditions. In normal home set up, the generic ink pictures will stay not changed after many years. However, if the case is if the photos are near on a sunny window or anyplace that is vulnerable to a large amount of sunlight, then the photo will fade or color will become lighter faster compared to a brand name ink.

We also recommend that when you print using a non-genuine ink use a generic photo paper. The reason behind they purposely make brand name papers is to boost the quality of their ink. However, if you are a committed photographer and selling prints, then possibly the best choice for you is the brand name inks.

The higher failure rate of compatible ink

In general, the generic inks are most likely having a higher failure rate compared to those of the branded name cartridges. This is because there are still a large number of low-grade cartridges out there being sold over the internet and sometimes even in stores.

As part of our test research, we learned that generic cartridges are similarly as dependable as to the brand name cartridges, OEM and genuine cartridges. For the past years, the compatible cartridges are more reliable as manufacturers are exerting so much effort to balloon their market share.

The generic cartridge has a low return rate; it is so rare that an issue occurs for a cartridge problem. On the other hand, toner cartridges have a very slightly higher failure rate as they are complex compared to a simple ink cartridge.

Having a 0.5% average means that a generic toner cartridge failure rates are very low which is similar to the genuine branded ones.

The Generic cartridges won’t work in my printer

There are multiple reasons why your generic cartridges did not work. First, you need to consider factors like purchasing them online, or eBay, and have issues regarding region-locked to a different zone? 

Do you have the latest update of the microchip in your cartridge? If not, the printer will not recognize them. However, if you have the latest chip, you need to make it is fitting in exactly the right position. Once again, as part of the research test, we have tested a low-grade generic cartridge that has had a misalignment chip or even has a plastic protrusion that obstructs the chip from making contact in the printer terminals. Is the cartridge badly built that the microchip is not contacting properly with the printer terminals.

These are some of the most common problems that prevent a printer cartridge from being accepted by a printer. 

 Now let us take a look at the factors that stop the cartridge from printing. The common problem is nothing comes out on the page when printing, however, upon installing the cartridge there are no error notifications.

 A clogged printhead is the most common root cause of this problem. Often, it occurs right away after replacing it, and the blame will fall on the old cartridge. However, the real reason is due to poor design where the ink stays almost vacuum sealed inside the cartridge and the printer can’t able to suck it out literally. 


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