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Save Money When You Buy Ink Cartridges for Your Printer

Mar 17, 2008
It is definitely convenient to have a printer at home. If everything goes smoothly school assignments, letters, speeches, recipes, pictures and business material can all be printed off in a matter a seconds. But how much should you pay for the printer ink cartridges that make the whole process possible?

Printer ink cartridges can vary a lot in price from place to place. Just doing a quick search online for my own printer ink cartridges, I discovered that one company offered to sell me a precious little cartridge of ink for a mere $100 while another company only asked me to fork over about $13. I don't know about you, but a $13 price tag is much more attractive to me than a $100 price tag -- especially when the product I'm buying is exactly the same thing. Shop around at different stores for the same product, and you are sure to find lower prices.

In addition to trying different stores, you can also try a couple different products. It is always safe to buy printer ink cartridges specifically called for by the printer you own, but it is possible to save even more money by choosing an ink cartridge that has been designed to replace your name-brand option. A lot of consumers opt to stay away from alternate ink cartridges because they are worried about getting stuck with lower quality. After all, it seems reasonable to expect less quality with the lower price. But, since I found the exact same name-brand product selling for different prices, it means that lower costs do not always mean lower quality.

To help dispel customer fears, a good alternate printer ink cartridge supplier will provide the appropriate credentials to assure their customers that they sell quality products. One of the credentials they may offer is ISO9000 certification. ISO9000 is a family of standards maintained by the International Organization of Standardization. Some of the requirements they hold to include regularly reviewing individual processes and quality systems for their effectiveness and making corrections accordingly as needed. This means that the products they certify have been tested and proved both effective and reliable.

Myths like inferior quality, ink clogging and equipment damage -- all resulting from alternate ink cartridges -- scare consumers into buying pricier printer ink cartridges for their home and office printers. Since alternate printer cartridges can be so much cheaper than name-brands, trying them out won't be a risky investment. And then, if you find them as serviceable as the expensive ones, you can save money year after year.
About the Author
USA Ink Tank (http://www.usainktank.com/index.php) is ISO9000 certified and supplies alternate printer ink cartridges for Cannon, Epson and Apple printers at the most affordable prices. Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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