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How The Ingredients Of Generic Printer Ink Cartridges Compare


In the last 10 years, the world of printing has experienced a massive drop-down in production cost. The price of a regular printer used to be three times higher than exists nowadays. Today even the gigantic printers equipped with numerous features and functions are very affordable. This is due to the fact that there is a massive production of generic printer ink which results in a drastic reduction in cost and selling price. This means a lot of companies, especially those involved in printing, can operate their business with low costs. However, a lot of people are not aware that there are some slight differences between generic and office printer ink. Here you will discover some of the differing factors.

The generic printer ink is not that much different from the office printer ink. In fact, they are pretty much similar in terms of the ingredients used. A company producing generic cartridge ink uses the same formula as the one producing the office cartridge ink. The only difference is that the generic manufacturing company is not allowed to produce their ink printer using the exact formula that is used by the office printer ink manufacturer. For instance, when a manufacturer wants to produce the generic cartridge using the Canon ink formula, they need to alter the formula just a bit. This is done to protect the ownership rights of the proprietor and ensure that consumers are able to distinguish between the office and generic printer ink.

A regular consumer who doesn't know much about printer inks may not notice any differences between the generic and office version. However, if you buy the two of them for the sake of comparing, you will be able to spot a slight difference. The altered formula will result in the ink drying out sooner than the original version. This means the generic printer ink will expire sooner than the office printer ink. You will also notice that once you open the generic cartridge for use, there is a short time frame before the ink dries out. The scenario is different with the office cartridge. Even though the ink will dry out eventually, it takes longer than the generic version.

The printer ink formula is comprised of various ingredients. Some of the vital ingredients may include water (up to 90 percent), colorants (up to 15 percent) and resins (up to 10 percent). Every manufacturing company uses a different percentage of ingredients and the formula for generic versions must be altered so that they are different from the original.

In short, both versions have their own advantages and drawbacks, so now it's up to you to decide which one to purchase.

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