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4 Tips For Choosing Safe Generic Printer Ink

2011-07-06

The cost of printer ink has been on the rise for quite a while now, even though the cost of printers has dropped dramatically. Many people wonder why this is the case, when, in the past, printers were so much more expensive. Some speculate that the rise in price is due to the costs associated with producing the ink itself. However, the reason for the rise in printer ink costs might also be due to the simple fact that it is the lifeblood of the printer and what makes it actually a functional piece of equipment. As such, printer ink companies have hiked up prices and as a result, people have had to turn to alternative ways of buying their ink. One of the most popular alternatives, aside from printer ink refills and other methods, is the generic printer ink market. However, generic printer ink is very useful and there are four ways to know you're choosing a safe alternative.

One of the ways you can tell if the generic ink you're thinking about purchasing is a safe buy is by looking at the manufacturer. Although generic ink may sound as though it's just that, generic, there is a manufacturer behind the production of any product. Typically, generic brands are manufactured by a company that specializes in a particular product and is in competition with like products. It may be worth your time to do a little research - online is fine - to find out who the manufacturer of the generic ink is and what their history in the industry is. A manufacturer with years of experience in the market will translate into a confident buy.

Another way to tell if the printer ink you're about to buy is of quality and safe to use is by looking to see who its direct competition is. Most generic brands claim to be exactly like another major brand product. In reality, this may actually be true since some manufacturers use the same factory to produce their ink, and even if they don't, the formula is essentially the same.

A third way to verify you're buying a safe ink is by looking at reviews for that product. Customer reviews and comments should be available at the company's site, and if they aren't, you can usually find them online. It's worth your time to review these.

Finally, one of the best ways to see if it's a safe ink is to actually try it. A trial run will definitely let you know if you've bought a worthwhile product. Simply buy one, instead of a pack, put it in your printer and see results.

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