Cartridges are quite expensive due to the simple reason that ink is quite expensive in general. Accordingly, it is important to make your cartridge purchases with the utmost care. Below are some of the worst mistakes you can make when shopping for them – online or not:
- Not knowing the basic details of your printer – the very first and basic mistake you can make is to not be aware of your printer’s brand and model, and the number of your cartridge variety. Without these basic details, you can easily find yourself buying a Canon ink cartridge for an HP printer, or more commonly, buy a cartridge of the wrong number for your printer. Before making any cartridge purchases, always check and confirm that the details are correct.
- Buying the wrong type of ink – whilst you might not be aware of it, you should also know that just as there are differences in cartridge types, there are also differences in ink. Accordingly, when you buy ink cartridges online, you should make sure to check the specifications. Dye-based inks, for example, have extremely bright and vivid colours but take time to dry and you can end up with blurry images. On the other hand, you can sacrifice a bit of the vibrancy for a quicker drying pigment-based ink, which can easily give you sharper images.
- Using cheap refills – a common mistake people make in trying to save up expenses on cartridges is going for cheap refills. These can either be the do-it-yourself kits where you can try to refill your cartridges at home, or the cheaply done refills by other third-party suppliers. Either way, you should understand that ink is expensive, and there is no way you can get a decent print if you attempt to save too much money on your cartridges. Unless your printer is too old and you cannot find any dealer selling cartridges for it, avoid going for cheap refills.
- Always buying from the manufacturer – and finally, there is also the opposite of being too cheap with your ink cartridges: that is, always buying the most expensive cartridges. As you would know, the manufacturers and big brands often have cartridges at very high prices, but you can count on them to get the job done. However, you should also know that there are other cheaper alternatives. There are many approved third-party brands providing less expensive cartridges, with no significant reduction in print quality. It can take time and research to find a good supplier, however, so expect to make a few mistakes along the way.