Buying Generic Ink Cartridges

Generic ink cartridges are not of the same quality as their brand name counterparts and they can cause printer errors and even damage your printer. The ink itself is of lower quality, resulting in sub-par prints and the cartridges can stop working at the most inopportune times.  Going with brand name cartridges, on the other hand, you will have a cartridge and ink that is made specifically for your printer. While in the short term you might save money with generic brands, in the long run, brand name cartridges will save you time, hassle and money.

Continue reading to learn more about the true cost of purchasing generic ink and why you should consider opting for name brand cartridges instead.

Focus On Quality Products

The time, energy and effort invested in research and development are the main reasons brand name cartridges are more expensive. However, with name brand ink, you can be sure that it will work properly with your printer and deliver the quality prints you need. Printer manufacturers produce cartridges that are to the exact specifications of the printers in which they are used.

By the time that the cartridge is placed in the printer, the manufacturer has made sure that the printer and its accompanying ink are printing the best quality documents possible. Generic cartridges, on the other hand, are made with an array of printer models in mind, and so while the cartridge might be compatible with the printer, the prints will not have the same quality.


Generic products often claim that they are comparable to name brands, often advertising that they can achieve the same results. However, where durability is concerned, generic printer ink loses out to its brand named counterpart. Name brand ink cartridges typically outlast generic brands as they are designed specifically for a particular printer. They are, therefore more efficient in terms of the amount of ink they use over time. Although they might cost you a little more upfront, you won’t have to replace the cartridges as often.  

Print Quality

If you need the best quality prints, be sure to avoid generic ink cartridges. Common problems associated with generic ink cartridges include smudging, smearing, fading and issues with colour accuracy. Blurred lines, over spraying, and colour transitions are other problems commonly associated with generic ink and can completely ruin your printing project. To avoid having issues with the quality of your prints, it is advisable to stick to the name brand cartridges.

Printer Damage

Generic ink cartridges have been known to damage printers. As they are not designed specifically for a unique printer model, the printer heads can become clogged. Over time, this can cause permanent damage to your printer, which means you have to incur the cost of replacing your printer. In the short run, cheaper ink cartridges can save you a little money but you do risk having to replace equipment that will be much more expensive than the price difference between the generic and brand named cartridges.

The Expense Of Choosing Generic

Everybody wants to save money where they can but you need to be sure that you save in the right places. Saving a little money by buying generic cartridges over name brand, will, ultimately, do more harm for your budget than good.

Since generic cartridges are not designed specifically for a particular printer model, they are not as efficient and you will need to replace them more often. Over time, they can damage your printer heads, meaning you have to spend even more money replacing your printer. What’s more, the print quality won’t be nearly as good as what you will get from brand name cartridges that are produced specifically for your printer. You might save a little by choosing generic cartridges in the short run but over time, they will end up costing you a lot more.

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