The best websites for cheap printer ink

Given the price of printer ink, it would be more economical to use cartridges filled with Dom Perignon. A bottle of the current vintage costs $160, or $6.31 an ounce, while printer ink starts at more than double that – $13 to $75 an ounce. according to consumer reports. Online sellers offer discounts, but consumers can’t always be sure of the quality of the deals, which often include aftermarket and off-brand cartridges.

Here are three recommended sites by with prices starting at $6 per cartridge.

4 inkjet seems resistant, if not entirely immune, to the ailments that plague many printer ink websites. Reviewers appreciate the competitive prices and generally say the ink cartridges work as advertised. Any that don’t can be returned for a credit or refund for up to one year. Orders under $50 ship at a flat rate of $4.95 and larger purchases have free shipping. However, think twice about stocking up to save on shipping. Printer ink can dry out if left unused for too long, and some cartridges have an expiration date. (Where to buy)

123inkjet printers has won regular customers with hassle-free service, outstanding after-sales service and low prices. Like 4inkjets, this site costs $4.95 for shipping, but the free shipping threshold is a little higher $55. A similar one-year warranty promises a refund or replacement for any defective cartridge. (Where to buy)

carrot ink enjoys high customer satisfaction ratings, and many reviews praise the quality of the ink. The customer service team has shorter hours than the other two locations and offers support five days a week instead of seven, but Carrot Ink offers an attractive one-year no-questions-asked return policy. As usual, customers need to pay $4.95 for shipping unless the order exceeds $50. (Where to buy)

These sites sell three different types of ink cartridges. OEM cartridges are so named because they bear the brand name of the original equipment manufacturer – ie the manufacturer of your printer, such as Canon or HP. They take the cake for quality and reliability, but they also cost the most. Cheaper compatible cartridges are manufactured by third parties, so they may not work properly with the printer. Many reviewers point this out Remanufactured cartridges as a more reliable choice and the best combination of quality and price. These are recycled OEM cartridges that have been cleaned, refilled with fresh ink, tested and repackaged to sell at lower prices.

While you can end up with the occasional dud, customers at the three sites listed above seem to think the risk was worth it given the low prices and return policies (although the customer generally stays hooked for shipping). US law also prohibits manufacturers from voiding a printer’s warranty if the user installs anything other than OEM cartridges.

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