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For every office or personal computer currently in the world, which is estimated to be about one billion at the end of 2007, there is likely a printer for at least half of those. Like with sweets or crisps, the choices seem limitless and of course, certain groups claim that they have ‘tips and tricks’ to getting the most out of printers or knowing some hidden secret about the manufacturers.
Here’s a quick summary of the top ten and also why they’re totally wrong.
1 – Using a re-manufactured cartridge voids your printer’s warranty
This is easy to debunk if you have a look at the UKs trade laws. Specifically the WEEE and RoHS directives. In short, they absolutely forbid the restriction of warranties on specific objects unless it was provided to the user for free. Think about that for a moment. The vast majority of profits to companies like Lexmark or Cannon are focused on the sale of ink rather than the hardware so it would be incredibly rare for them to offer free ink.
2 – A re-manufactured ink cartridge is substandard to a brand new one.
Pure common sense would leave most people to believe this. Getting second hand components usually means a sacrifice in quality somewhere. However, printer cartridges are an exception to that way of thinking. Cartridges recycled by the manufacturer are actually on par with brand new ones. Also they’re cheaper as the components are reused in the process. No decent company would want to sacrifice their image by making inferior goods.
3 – HP is the world’s largest manufacturers of printers and cartridges
Advertising done right can certainly bring out a few assumptions from people. HP is almost a household name these days thanks to the vast array of equipment they actually provide. In truth though, HP have never made a laser printer or laser toner cartridge. The largest manufacturers are in fact Canon and Konica who manufacture HP products as well as a good deal of others worldwide.
4 – Lexmark makes most of their products in the United States
Easy to assume but there’s another country, with a great deal more infrastructure suited towards mass manufacture. China. The cheaper rates and discounts offered on bulk buying means that China ends up being responsible for a large portion of printer and ink cartridge manufacturing to supply the worlds massive demand for it.
5 – Cartridges made for other printers by other manufacturers end up being cheaper
Some companies do make ink cartridges that work with other branded printers. The problem with this is that company A didn’t make company B’s printer and wouldn’t know how to optimise the cartridges properly. In some cases, 70% of the parts are reused ones and they sadly end up being even more expensive. It’s worth having a look through consumer reports before choosing a printer.
6 – Dell and HP printers are cheap to run
This, sadly, is not the case. Though both companies are well established brands, they also have profit margins they want to increase. Both Dell and HP end up costing more to print a document per page than other notable companies. Be it the price of ink or the size and shelf life of a printer cartridge. A good site to get nearly every known ink at a decent price is internet-ink.com. A nice and clean interface make it easier for you to pick out exactly what you need.
7 – Most cartridges you use are returned and recycled ones
In reality, nearly 20% of cartridges are made from recycled materials. The majority of empty cartridges end up in landfills, but to be as green as possible companies like HP and Canon refine the plastic into a lower grade material that is used for CD cases and the like. The low percentage of reused parts is actually a problem that creates 350 million wasted units a year.
Third party manufacturers improve this number, but long story short; it’s likely your printer cartridge was brand new.
8 – Defective cartridges damage printers
The majority of cartridges are self-contained, preventing any issues like this from being caused. No good company wants a bad reputation.
9 – Manufacturers reuse toner in other cartridges
When printing, the toner gets contaminated by dust and electric discharge. No cartridge would work with reused toner. Plus, each model requires a different toner formula.
10 – Recyclers just replace toner in empty cartridges
They actually replace a good number of parts as is required. Generally, the cheaper a cartridge is, the less parts have been replaced.
Here we have looked at and busted a few myths and misconceptions about printers and ink, do you know anymore? Please let us know in the comments below