Are all printer cartridges the same?
Written by engage on March 7, 2019
The cheapest price at the highest quality is the goal
The price of genuine ink and toner from companies like HP, Canon, Epson, Brother, OKI, Samsung and Fuji Xerox has risen year on year, according to 1079 Life Marketplace partner Vincent Teubler, CEO of Inkspot, a major online retailer of ink and toner in Australia with additional retail stores in every state.
Vincent believes the manufacturers above have successfully pushed the prices of genuine (OEM) inks and toners to “simply outright obscene” pricing levels and out of many home and business users reach. It is a real concern not just for home users but for cost-conscious business too.
“Reliable high quality aftermarket (home brand if you will) cartridges are available for practically every printer model nowadays and the home brand or ‘aftermarket’ cartridges can be up to 80% cheaper than their Genuine counterparts,” Vincent says.
According to Vincent, “Officeworks and Inkspot both sell these ‘aftermarket’ inks and toners. Customers are demanding more cost effective printer consumables because the price of Genuine cartridges is simply too high.
Aftermarkets are the answer and clearly neither Officeworks nor Inkspot would sell these aftermarkets if we weren’t able to source the very highest quality products to meet customers’ expectations.”
But is the quality the same for aftermarket?
Vincent explains, “Go back ten years and it was often touch and go if a manufacturer (and practically all cartridges are manufactured in China) could produce consistent quality output and at the volumes we needed. But now there are literally hundreds of quality manufacturers. The trick for us is securing the production line time of the leading manufacturers.
They literally manufacture millions of units a month for the US and European markets alone, markets that, like Australia, demand the highest quality products.”
Vincent also believes that many people are fooled into believing that their printers warranty will be voided if they use aftermarket products. “Manufacturers put a line like, ‘using non genuine cartridges may void the printer warranty’.
Imagine buying a car and being told the warranty on the car will be voided unless you use their brand of petrol. They don’t ask you to because they can’t, and the same is true with printer consumables.”