Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - HOME PRINTERS -

If your car­tridge is run­ning out of ink, you can ei­ther re­place it with a new one or go for a re­fill. If you do a Google search on “printer car­tridges”, you will come across nu­mer­ous names like, car­tridge­, etc, that are proper re­tail chan­nels ser­vic­ing empty ink car­tridges. But the ques­tion is whether you should go in for a car­tridge re­fill or not.

“In case the printer runs out of ink or toner, the cus­tomer should re­place it with a new car­tridge only,” em­pha­sises Vipin Tuteja, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Tech­nol­ogy, Chan­nels & In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness, Xerox In­dia. “While re­fill­ing the car­tridge is an op­tion, this can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the print qual­ity and also im­pair smooth func­tion­ing and the life of the printer. Us­ing a re­fill can also void the war­ranty on the printer,” Tuteja cu­a­tions.

How­ever, the Re-feel Car­tridge Store dif­fers: “Printer com­pa­nies lose rev­enue and their bot­tom line is hit if car­tridges are re­filled or re­man­u­fac­tured. In inkjet print­ers, the car­tridge does not even touch the pa­per and just throws ink on to the pa­per. The only point of contact be­tween a printer and a car­tridge is through the elec­tronic cir­cuits. Noth­ing can go wrong in a printer if the car­tridge ink is of good qual­ity and filled prop­erly.”


Buy­ing a new car­tridge is an ex­pen­sive af­fair and can cost be­tween 449 and 1,000, de­pend­ing ``on the printer you have. That’s the rea­son why re­fill mar­ket scores with con­sumers—the cost of a re­fill is just 100 per car­tridge.`

Qual­ity Com­pro­mise

There is no deny­ing the fact that orig­i­nal ink car­tridges of­fer bet­ter qual­ity prints. A rea­son why com­pa­nies dis­cour­age the use of re­fill is be­cause their ink uses com­plex chem­i­cal for­mu­la­tions de­vel­oped af­ter re­search. For in­stance, in ink-ad­van­tage print­ers, the ink doesn’t ac­cu­mu­late at the noz­zle, pre­vent­ing blots.


Re­fill­ing the car­tridge al­ways in­volves a risk of leak­age that can spoil the printer. “Leak­ages take place when a car­tridge is re­filled through drill and fill method and in­cor­rect / univer­sal inks are used. This is what takes place in the un­or­gan­ised sec­tor. We use a sci­en­tific recharg­ing process and our car­tridges per­form as good as new ones,” says Te­jas Zaveri, Head – Mar­ket­ing & Fran­chise De­vel­op­ment, Car­tridge World.

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