NEW CARTRIDGE V/S REFILL
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 re-feel.in, cartridgeworld.in, 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.`
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.