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Printer Ink Cartridges


When it’s time to buy ink cartridges, a few things are worth considering. The first, whether you're buying original printer ink cartridges or compatible printer cartridges, is to ensure that you're purchasing the right ones for your printer. Each cartridge type has been specifically designed to work with a printer of the same brand. Within that field, you might find that specific cartridges will only work with certain models from your preferred brand. However, the general rule is that if you own an Epsom printer, you’ll need to buy ink cartridges made by or compatible with that machine. If you own a Canon printer, buy Canon cartridges, and so on. However, that’s not quite the end of the story.



Beyond the brand


Once you’ve decided which brand of printer ink cartridges you need, the next thing is to ask yourself what they’ll be used for. If you work in an office that tends to print a lot of images, booklets, or promotional material in colour, then tri-colour printer cartridges are what you should be looking for. However, if you mainly print text, black printer ink cartridges will be the order of the day. If your job demands that you print both pictures and text, you’ll need to stock up on both or buy a multipack containing everything you need.



Page yield


Next on the list should be the number of pages a cartridge will print before it gives up the ghost. Known as 'page yield,' this can be an important factor in helping you make your decision. If you print at home and only use your printer now and then, you might be better off using printer ink cartridges with a standard page yield. Typically, one of these will run off up to around 300 pages. As you climb the ladder, the page yield increases with high-yield cartridges delivering between 600 and 800 pages of print and extra high-yield printer cartridges capable of dealing with upwards of 1,000. High-yield and extra-high-yield cartridges are better suited to busy environments where the turnover is consistent and quantity and quality are equally important. It's also worth knowing that the yield of a cartridge doesn't necessarily affect its size. As a result, it's possible to buy ink cartridges that will churn out 3,000 pages that will still fit in your regular printer.

The question that causes the most debate when buying printer ink supplies is whether to go for genuine or compatible cartridges. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons.



Original or compatible printer ink cartridges?


Genuine or original ink cartridges are made by the same manufacturer that makes the printer they're designed for use with, so if you've got a Brother printer, you'll need Brother printer cartridges. Many of these will have the letters ‘OEM’ stamped on them, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. The benefits of these are that they tend to be filled with oil-based ink, which offers a superior finished product. In addition, many are designed to lubricate and clean your printer’s printheads, ensuring that your machine lasts as long as it should. On top of that, genuine printer ink cartridges come with a manufacturer's warranty, so they can be replaced in the unlikely event that something isn't right. Many manufacturers also offer free recycling services, so you can keep it green without spending any more than you need to.

The most instantly attractive thing about compatible cartridges is usually the price. These are often cheaper than their original counterparts while delivering similar performance levels. To give you greater freedom of choice, we only stock compatible printer ink supplies that have been tried, tested, and checked for faults, so you know you're getting a quality product. Check out our range, and you'll find cartridges compatible with specific makes and models of printers, from standard to extra high page yields. Compatible cartridges are perfect for domestic use, home offices, and traditional workplaces where budget is an essential factor.



Getting it right, first time


As Europe’s leading supplier of office essentials and accessories, we like to give our customers all the information they need to make the right choice. To help you out, each of the photographs of our printer ink supplies is accompanied by a description, which will tell you everything you need to know about the cartridges that have caught your eye. With various delivery options available, you could receive your order as soon as the next working day.