If you don’t have an endless supply of ink and you haven’t bought it in bulk, you will need to find somewhere to buy replacement cartridges. The manufacturers of ink-using equipment will of course recommend that you only buy original brand name cartridges (called OEMs) from them to keep your devices running smoothly and will tell you that this will keep the warranty from being voided. However, some of the prices on these cartridges can be sky high when compared to the alternative options, and in the U.S., simply using replacement cartridges in that equipment does not, in and of itself, void a warranty, thanks to laws passed by Congress.
The cost alone is often the reason that many consumers turn to third-party retailers who deal in compatible cartridges, remanufactured or refurbished cartridges, and refills. Many of them also sell refill kits so you can change the ink yourself at home and the office, but you can’t guarantee the same quality doing so. There are hundreds of these dealers available around the world who are more than willing to offer you quality products at competitive prices. One of the best of these is InkMart.com.
These outlets will sell you an ink refill at a lot less than it costs to by an originally manufactured cartridge. The retailer will gladly refill the used cartridge for you or you can buy the refill kit and take it home to do yourself.
Most of the used cartridges can be refilled with printer ink that is specific to a certain brand model. All you need to do is supply the refill outlet with the model number and serial numbers of the cartridges and/or equipment. These cartridges can then be refilled several times as long as they are in good working condition. When you take the cartridge out of the device, make sure you don’t touch the metal plate. You should place cartridge in a plastic container that can be sealed. If you want the store to carry out the ink refill, just take it down to them.
If you want to perform the ink refill by yourself, then just buy a do-it-yourself refill kit. These kits typically consist of a syringe, a number of bottles of printer ink, and any other tools that may be needed. One of the most important pieces of the kit is the instructions. Make sure that you don’t throw these out as they need to be read and followed carefully. If you don’t follow the instructions, you might damage the cartridge and the printer itself. If you’re refilling color cartridges, make sure you don’t mix them up. Some color cartridges mean that several colored inks may need to be refilled with a separate injector for each color.
The more you perform an ink refill on a cartridge, the more it will wear out until it becomes unusable. Be aware that in some cases microchips are inserted into cartridges and refilled ink may not be an option. by Joyce Calloway, Copyright 2010http://www.inkmart.com/?/&affiliatSalesRep=salesdemo