Are Off Brand Ink Cartridges as Good as Name Brand

 Are Off Brand Ink Cartridges as Good as Name Brand?

Editors Note:  The Computing Center sells a lot of ink and toner. In 2020, the amount of ink cartridges we sold jumped dramatically with many of our clients working from home. We also serviced a lot of home-based printers for the same reason. The vast majority of the inks we sell are from OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), Hewlett Packard and others.  Only about 5% of the inks we sell come from 3rd parties. This article, definitely written from Hewlett Packard's point of view, discusses the advantages of using their branded cartridges, generic ink cartridges. We're always happy to discuss our exeriences with all ink cartridges.
The printer is perhaps more important than ever these days with so many people working remotely and even teaching their children at home. These trends have resulted in high demand for printers, ink, and accessories, with the U.S. print industry expected to hit $6,792.7 million in 2021.
Whether you opt for a black-and-white printer or go all-in for an enterprise-level, multifunction color model, it’s crucial to consider the cost of ink before you buy. One way people have tried saving is by buying generic or remanufactured ink cartridges. But are they actually a good deal?
Here’s what you should know before you try to cut costs with anything but an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ink product. The actual savings may not be what you expect.


Issues Using Refilled Toner Cartridges

 5 reasons you’ll regret using refill ink

Editors Note - This article is written by HP and does have a singular point of view.  We at The Computing Center work closely with our clients to provide the best toners and inks available.  Unlike others, we don't sell the cheapest "Toner of the Week". Substantial consumable savings can be had by selecting high-capacity and multi-pak toners over standard toners and by properly setting up printers to use the right amount of toner per page. Our goal is create long-term value for all our printer clients by providing and installing the right printers, setting them up properly, and using the most cost effective consumables.

If you use remanufactured ink or find yourself tempted by the cost savings, you may want to rethink your stance. Consider this: HP invests hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development in imaging and printing. It takes 3-5 years and up to 1,000 prototype formulas to perfect each new ink. The bottom line is that Original HP ink is not just colored water—it is scientifically formulated with very specific ingredients, proportions, and quality expectations that carelessly refilled and remanufactured ink just can’t compete with.


Printer Services Update

In case you haven't noticed, there is no such thing as the "paperless office"! Computer printers come in all sizes and speeds and are important parts of every business. When we founded The Computing Center was founded in 1978, one of the first products we sold and serviced were printers. We still do today.  


After many years, our primary printer technician has decided to leave The Computing Center to pursue another position.  To replace him, we now have two certified printer technicians available for both warranty and non-warranty service.  We'll be announcing our newest printer and computer service technician who is joining The Computing Center shortly. He has decades of experience with Hewlett Packard, Xerox, Dell and other printer systems. And Tom Santspree, who you may have met in his printer consultants role, will also now be assigned to as needed to provide repair services.


Easy Ways to Cut Printing Costs

Our businesses and organizations generate more paper than ever and everyone struggles to control the blizzard of paper we all consume daily. Managing printing whether using HP's or other solutions can save real money. We help manage the printing costs of numerous local organizations. Let us help you.

It’s relatively easy to take your office printers for granted. Did you know that there is often a significant opportunity to reduce costs and IT workload by making simple changes to your office printing environment?

Here are five ways your business can start reducing printing costs today:
1. See things from both sides
Saving on printing costs doesn’t mean you should stop printing altogether—it just means being strategic about hitting “print.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average office worker in the U.S. prints 10,000 sheets of paper each year. By taking advantage of your printer’s duplex printing function, you instantly cut your paper usage. Coupled with other smart printing habits, the savings add up quickly.


Myths regarding the use of refilled toner cartridges

There is a lot of debate surrounding the myths and facts regarding the use of refilled and remanufactured or non-OEM (original equipment manufacturer) toner cartidges. While most of our clients use HP, Xerox, and other OEM toners, some use compatible cartridges very successfully, while others have had significant issues using them.  

On the surface refilled or remanufactured print cartridges at lower price points might seem like a cheap alternative to the use of OEM print cartridges. But in the long run, they may end up costing more. From Hewlett Packard's perspective, here are four common myths surrounding remanufactured print cartridges, and then decide for yourself which is the better bargain.

Myth #1: Refilled or remanufactured cartridges save money

Fact: While it’s true that the initial purchase price may be less, unreliable cartridges can waste supplies because many may quit working, stranding toner in the cartridge. "Bargain"0910_SMB_fturl_Tonercartridgefamily315299356122.1665  cartridges may produce lower quality prints: smudging, streaking and ghosting are not uncommon. This may force reprinting or replacing cartridges, causing a drain on productivity and creating hidden costs that add up.

In fact, non-HP LaserJet cartridge(s) can cost more than double the price of an Original HP LaserJet print cartridge. When you take into account the extra costs associated with inferior reliability and being forced to reprint poor-quality pages, it’s easy to see how Original HP LaserJet print cartridges can lower your total cost of printing.


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