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Compatible Printer Ink Cartridges

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I've always used genuine manufacturers' ink cartridges for my printers.

But times change and there are possibly some reliable products on the market.

Does anyone use compatibles and what are their thoughts on the products they use ?

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Psycho
By Wilson Philips
07th Aug 2020 17:59

I think it depends on what you use the printer for. We use compatible laser toners in the office, with no issues.

I have a photo inkjet at home and wouldn’t dream of using anything other than manufacturer’s cartridges.

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By lionofludesch
07th Aug 2020 18:08

It wouldn't be photos.

Just general documents, including letters to clients.

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By Southwestbeancounter
07th Aug 2020 18:15

We use compatibles for our two inkjet printers/scanners in the office and they are fine but you can get some rubbish supplies if you're not careful!

Recently we have been using Go Inks https://goinks.co.uk for Epson colour compatibles and Silicon Shops https://svp.co.uk for black (as they are slightly dearer but their blacks are black rather than charcoal!)

Very occasionally we get an issue with the cartridge not being recognised so we try it once again and if it still rejects it we either keep it to try in our other printer (which sometimes works!) or we simply seal it and put it in with the spent cartridges for recycling as they are too cheap to mess about with!

We've been doing it this way for years and have saved a fortune!

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Red Leader
By Red Leader
07th Aug 2020 18:54

I tried "re-treads" or whatever they are called. I persisted for a while but there did seem to be say, a 25% chance it wouldn't work. Given the small amount of printing, it wasn't worth the hassle so I've gone back to manufacturers' own.

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By SXGuy
07th Aug 2020 19:46

It depends on a lot of things.

For example my printer since updating no longer accepts anything other than genuine hp cartridges. I've tried various versions and none so far have worked.

Also you may get thinner cheaper ink, which tends to blot more.

If it were me I'd invest in a continuous ink refill system. Providing you find quality ink.

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Glenn Martin
By Glenn Martin
07th Aug 2020 20:44

Hardly print much these days but my printer rejected them as it must know they are not genuine so was a totals waste.

I find that HP instant ink is spot on for the amount of printing we do

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Glenn Martin
By Glenn Martin
07th Aug 2020 20:44

Hardly print much these days but my printer rejected them as it must know they are not genuine so was a totals waste.

I find that HP instant ink is spot on for the amount of printing we do

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blue sheep
By NH
07th Aug 2020 21:14

This question takes me back about 10 years, certainly the last 5 we hardly print anything, either way we always use genuine but perhaps given the miniscule cost per year we are not in the best position to comment - surely you cannot be doing that much printing that it matters?
Anyone remember when we used to use fax machines, those ribbons were a pain

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Teesside
By Teesside
07th Aug 2020 21:22

I've found HP instant ink works really well for me.

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By Hugh Simpson
07th Aug 2020 22:46

Happy Printer Ink Cartridges Day !

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By Hugh Simpson
07th Aug 2020 22:50

Happy Printer Ink Cartridges Day !
So good I named it twice.

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By SteveHa
08th Aug 2020 06:16

Compatibles are perfectly fine as long as you buy a respected brand. However, HP and Epson in particular chip them in such a way that compatibles will not work as well, or at all.

There's a reason I prefer Canon printers, and won't touch HP/Epson with a barge pole.

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By legerman
08th Aug 2020 12:00

[quote=SteveHa]

Compatibles are perfectly fine as long as you buy a respected brand. However, HP and Epson in particular chip them in such a way that compatibles will not work as well, or at all.

Oooh, I swear by Epson, and have used them for the best part of 20 years. Always used compatible and I can only think of one occasion where I had a problem. Considering that Epson compatibles are a tenth of the originals there really is no contest. The quality is a little poorer, but not enough to trouble me. My latest printer I've had for about 5 years (XP-605) and is still going strong.

Printer will occasionally remind me that I'm using compatibles instead of Epson but I can live with that.

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By silicondale
10th Aug 2020 14:45

I have a Canon MG7750 and it refuses to recognise non-Canon cartridges. They may cost only 20% of the price of genuine Canon cartridges, but they are worth 0% - just so much junk.

However, My Brother laser printer will accept un-branded toner replacements with no problem at all.

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RLI
By lionofludesch
08th Aug 2020 11:34

Thanks for all your comments.

This printer is a Brother. I'll give a compatible a go but make sure I have a genuine one on hand in case it doesn't work out.

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By ketteringUK
08th Aug 2020 23:46

You might want to use third party refills on your brother printer. We have brother printers for staff working remotely and the replacements on Amazon are over half of the the RRP of the originals. No problems at all.
We have big hp in the office and only one out of four we tried (third party cartridge) ever worked so continue to spend £400 every so often on the originals.
Like few others mentioned - hp don't accept refills.

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By johnlowry
13th Aug 2020 09:52

I have been using these from Amazon for years on a Brother - no problems:
JARBO Replacement for Brother LC223 LC-223 XL Ink Cartridges Compatible with Brother MFC-J5320DW MFC-J5620DW MFC-J5720DW DCP-J562DW DCP-J4120DW MFC-J4420DW MFC-J4620DW J480DW,4BK/2C/2M/2Y, Pack of 10

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By John Wheeley
13th Aug 2020 13:10

I have a Brother inkjet printer. It has large ink cartridges. I use compatibles all the time and save a fortune.

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By bernard michael
08th Aug 2020 12:06

I always use compatible toner from Stinky Ink and always been very pleased. Why would anyone pay £57 for an HP Cartridge rather than £12 for a compatible one ??

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By meadowsaw227
13th Aug 2020 09:53

Ergo, why would anybody use a qualified accountant when they are pleased with the results from there QBE`s ! .

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By Paul Crowley
08th Aug 2020 15:06

The cost arising from use of the bad by far exceeds the cost saving from use of the good.
Bad results in toner spread on over the insides of the printer with black mess on all subsequent printing for, do not know how long as still happening

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By carnmores
08th Aug 2020 15:40

I unnderstood that 3rd party cartridges had to work on proprietary printers. Anyway Instant Ink from HO is a game changer i presume others will follow

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By Paul Morton
09th Aug 2020 10:11

Premier Ink are fantastic, been using them for years for my Canon printer

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Nigel Harris
By Nigel Harris
13th Aug 2020 11:24

Not tried laser cartridges, always use HP original, but we have some Canon inkjets and the IJT branded ink cartridges seem to work fine. As others have commented, we have tried refilled cartridges on HP and Epson inkjet printers in the past and they seldom seem to work properly - or at all.

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By Mabel
17th Aug 2020 10:13

I have a brother all in one ink jet printer and compatible ink cartridges work perfectly well and last me ages. I usually buy my ink from cartridgsave. Never had any problems.
However, I also have an HP laser printer and if I try and use compatibles it is not long before an annoying message comes up every time I print to say I need to change the cartridge when they still have plenty of life in them.
Also an office I go to have a brother laser printer and they use compatibles no problem. I think a lot of it is down to the printer manufacturer, some make it difficult.

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