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A Buyers Guide to Buying Printer Ink Cartridges Online

Posted by Mark Adam on

Printer Inkjet cartridges, also know as Ink Carts are the most important component of your printer when it comes to print quality. The printers ink cartridges disperse dye-based ink onto printing paper once you send your document from your computer to the printer. The problem with ink tanks is they never last as long as you’d hope and you soon need to start the search for replacement ink cartridges, most users start by search for well known brands or OEM cartridges from renowned printer manufactures. In recent times the printer consumable industry has changed and its now possible for consumers to purchase third party inkjet cartridges from smaller supplies, these cartridges are often considered a better value option while still producing excellent quality printouts.

Many consumers start the search for replacement cartridges using an online marketplace as these have a massive number of sellers selling an even large number of ink cartridges and toners, some of these online markets have a poor reputation when it comes to both quality and service. Before starting your search for discount printer inks you first need to know some basic information about the types of cartridges available.

Types of Printer Cartridges

The first thing you need to know before searching for your printers cartridges are the difference between the types of cartridges, these cartridges are made by the Original Equipment Manufacturer – this is own as OEM.

OEM Cartridges

The company who actually made your printer is know as the OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer and they of course make replacement cartridges for your printer, these are also described and Genuine or Original ink cartridges and are very expensive but they do produce the best results when printing photos.

Compatible Cartridges

Compatible printer ink cartridges are available for most model of printers, compatible means a printer cartridge which has been manufactured by a third-party company and not the manufacturer of the printer. These compatible cartridges come in many different grades, very cheap low grade compatibles can be found for sale on online marketplaces but we recommend you purchase the higher grade compatible cartridges from a well recognised supplier such as Dinky Cartridges to ensure your receive the best quality and service.

Remanufactured Cartridges

Reman Printer Ink Cartridges are a genuine or OEM cartridge which has been used then cleaned and refilled with ink ready for use again, these cartridges are sometimes know as recycled ink cartridges. Remanufactured ink cartridges are great for the environment as reusing an old cartridges saves it from ending up in a landfill site, these refilled cartridges are cheaper than the OEM cartridges which helps save you money on your printing costs.

Why use Compatible or Remanufactured

Many home and office printer users are wary about using non-OEM printer cartridges but there are many benefits, some of which we’ve listed below

Cheaper Alternative

Using non-OEM ink cartridges will always save you money as compatible and refilled cartridges can be upto 80% cheaper than the same version from the printer manufactures. Printer manufactures sell printers for less than they cost to make in an effort to make money selling over priced original ink cartridges, you can reduce your printing costs by switching to compatible inks from different supplier.

Save the Planet

Using remanufactured or refilled cartridges help to save the environment as it means each time a cartridges is recycled its one less cartridge which ends up in landfill, not all cartridges can be refilled and most can. Its possible to refill your own cartridges at home with a refill kit but the results can vary massively so we suggest you use professionally remanufactured cartridges for the best results.

Better Value and More Prints

Many ink cartridges which are produced by the big well known printer manufactures actually don’t come full of ink! However when third-party manufactures produce there own cartridges are refill empty ones they fill them with as much ink as they can hold so that they often print upto 40% more pages than genuine cartridges which makes them much better value.

Why Buy Online

You don’t have to buy your ink cartridges online, you could always do it the old fashioned way and pop down to your local high street to buy your replacement cartridges, the problem is there are so many cartridges that most shops simply cannot stock them all, most online printer consumable sellers have a range of 5,000 to 10,000 different ink and toner models, a high street shop simply can’t stock them all.


It’s happened to us all at one time, you go to print that important colour document in the home or office only to find one or more of your printer cartridges is empty. You could rush down to the local shops but chances are they won’t have any ink carts for your make or model of printer ink stock so your next option is to order online using one of those online marketplaces but you never know how long they will take to arrive or if they will even work when they do. So there’s only one real choice, order your cartridges from and they’ll arrive the next working day and they’ll be cover by a 100% money back guarantee.

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