Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
There are a couple of questions here: how much ink did your printer come with, and are cheap replacement inkjet cartridges a viable alternative to those sold by the original equipment manufacturer?
The answers are "probably not much", and "maybe".
Let me explain why, and what you need to look for...
To answer the first question: it really depends on the manufacturer. When I purchased my HP printer, they definitely shipped it with smaller ink cartridges than the commonly available replacement cartridges. I did have the option of getting the same, smaller cartridges as replacements myself, but why would I want to do that?
As you've alluded to, inkjet cartridges are expensive. Especially when compared to the cost of the printer. Why? I believe it's a case of the old adage "give away razors, sell razor blades". The printer manufacturer's can sell printers at or below their cost, knowing that they'll make it up in eventual ink sales.
I keep wanting to using refurbished or refilled cartridges. I've tried a couple of sources over the years, and each time I come away disappointed. In every case I've tried, the print quality has suffered.
It could just be me, and the services I've tried. I know of others who've had great success with aftermarket, third party refilled cartridges, or even the do-it-yourself refill kits.
But for now, I avoid the trouble by purchasing cartridges from the manufacturer of my printer.
Comments on this entry are closed.
If you have a question, start by using the search box up at the top of the page - there's a very good chance that your question has already been answered on Ask Leo!.
If you don't find your answer, head out to http://askleo.com/ask to ask your question.