Peripherals forum: OEM inkjet cartridges vs. third-party ink cartridges and refills?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) July 10, 2009 10:59 AM PDT

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OEM inkjet cartridges vs. third-party ink cartridges and refills?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 7/10/09 10:59 AM

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OEM inkjet cartridges vs. third-party ink cartridges
and refills?

I get a lot of ads and see plenty of offers in stores for
printer ink refills and refill kits, and third-party ink.
Years ago I put supposedly compatible ink in a Canon
printer, and not long after had to have the print head
serviced. The tech warned me never to use non-Canon ink
again. I have to admit with the high relative price put on
genuine Canon ink cartridges, it is tempting to save some
significant cash and try aftermarket cartridges again,
especially after so many years since my bad experience.

Is the tech's warning just as valid in today's market, or
are modern nonbranded inks and refills improved and less
troublesome and just as compatible as OEM products? What are
your experiences? Is there a cheaper alternative to OEM
inkjet cartridges?

--Submitted by Joel A.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

It really depends... --Submitted by John.Wilkinson
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?messageID=3078512#3078512

Over the years, I found... --Submitted by Willy
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?messageID=3078473#3078473

Alternative ink cartridges --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?messageID=3078581#3078581

Aftermarket cartridges, refill kits --Submitted by Robert Burns
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?messageID=3078673#3078673

Whether it makes sense depends upon a couple factors. --Submitted by BigGuns149
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?messageID=3078654#3078654

Third party cartridges and refills...it all depends. --Submitted by Anthony854
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7590_102-0.html?messageID=3078653#3078653

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