Is it safe to use off name ink cartridges for your printer?

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  • Is it safe to use off name ink cartridges for your printer?


Answer #1 | 27/12 2013 15:54
Most will work but sometimes you'll get ones that leak or wont register on the printer if it uses a sensor
Answer #2 | 27/12 2013 15:55
I have used non oem ink cartridges for years and have never had any problems occur.
Answer #3 | 27/12 2013 16:23
I'm the IT manager for a medical practice with 40 printers scattered around the office and we ONLY use off-brand toner cartridges. For example, the Canon 118 cartridges cost $155 each and the printer requires 4 of them (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow). We use toner cartridges manufacturered to be compatible with the HP 304A cartridges which cost $79 each. We've had a few cartridges that didn't work correctly, but for the most part, they work very well. Don't buy the absolute cheapest brand you can find. Instead, check out your chosen brands on I find that even if I'm not buying something on Amazon, their reviews of products can be much more telling that other places with less traffic. In other words, if I'm looking at a toner cartridge with a great price and only a couple of reviews, I jump to Amazon and read the hundred or so reviews. If a product has very few reviews, then I move on.
Answer #4 | 28/12 2013 15:44
It is very rare for a cartridge to actually damage a printer but not entirely impossible. I bought a lot of cartridges off ebay and amazon and most worked but I did have some bad experiences. No printers were damaged but I have received cartridges which leaked all over the package. Even when I went back to the same vendor who had supplied me with good cartridges, the next shipment could be a different brand which didnt work. After a while I gave up and found I have been buying from them for years. I always get the same brands and they work at least 99% of the time. On the rare occasion I get a bad one, they replace it immediately. They actually replace it in advance since they always throw in extras.

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