Did you know that you don’t have to buy ink from your printer’s manufacturer in order to keep your warranty? Have you ever wondered if there’s a difference in quality in compatible ink? Are you not really sure what compatible ink even is?
Here we’ve compiled a quick guide so that you can know everything you ever wanted to know about compatible ink and can make smart choices when you buy.
What Is Compatible Ink Anyway?
Compatible ink is just another way of saying generic ink. Each printer company makes its own ink cartridges for its own printers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those are the only cartridges that will work in a particular brand of printers. Third-party manufacturers also produce cartridges that will work in brand-name machines. The primary benefit of compatible ink is the difference in cost: compatible inks are significantly cheaper than top-of-the-line inks.
If you are cautious about using compatible ink, you’re not alone. It’s certainly wise to do your research and choose compatible ink that will perform just as well as your particular printer’s brand-name ink. However, you can think about it this way: do you ever buy generic medications? How about generic foods? Generic car parts? It’s the same basic idea. Generic doesn’t have to mean lower quality, but it does mean greater savings.
Is Compatible Ink the Same Thing as Re-manufactured Ink?
No, compatible ink cartridges are not the same as re-manufactured ink cartridges. Compatible ink cartridges are newly produced and have never been used before. Re-manufactured ink cartridges, on the other hand, have been recycled: they’ve been used at least once already, gone back to the manufacturer for refill and repairs, and then have been sold again. It’s possible to buy re-manufactured compatible ink cartridges, but the two terms refer to different things.
Will I Void My Warranty by Using Compatible Ink?
No, you will not void your printer’s warranty by using compatible ink. In fact, it’s illegal for printer manufacturers to require you to use their own brand of ink. You are free to use compatible inks in your printer without risking a voided warranty.