Smart Ideas: Printing Revisited
Points to Note on Industrial Cartridge Refills An incredible fact to highlight is that cartridge refill sites love to state the fact that ink-jet manufacturers sell ink cartridges that are not full of ink and this was demonstrated by using a cartridge tear down procedure that that involved taking a fresh cartridge right out of the box in its sealed foil packaging and opening it up which led to the discovery that the ink was less than half full. This is exactly what print manufacturers are selling because printers are only bought once but the only things that are repeatedly bought are ink cartridges and thus this is where the companies make money and at times two printers made by the same company cannot use the same type of cartridges because the manufacturers want to sell more cartridges and unless the two printers are the same model then if someone has many printers then he or she needs to stock many types of cartridges. The other thing that increases the use of cartridges is that they have a shelf life of six months or less even if the sealed cartridge is not open and this means if the person has any spares on hand if they are more than six months old there is a significant chance that the ink cartridges will not work properly and this leaves the user with the option of refilling the ink cartridge. The good thing with refilling is that it is cheaper than buying the a new cartridge and sometimes refilled cartridges can cost half the price of a new cartridge and most goof refilling sites give the client all the things needed to refill the cartridges such as at least four bottles of ink which include the three colored inks and a bottle of black ink and they also give the support need to do the refilling procedure. Ecologically replacing ink is environmentally friendly since the cartridges can be re-used over and over again thus reducing the number of cartridges that have to go to the landfill after use. Refilling ink cartridges also has its downsides such as the fact that it is time-consuming because it is not one of those things that someone does in like five minutes or even a quarter of an hour and the time taken increases if the person has shaky hands. The process is also messy and despite the fact that some refill sites say that the procedure is clean and easy but in most cases for most first time and inexperienced ink cartridge ‘refillers’ they need a big towel on the desk and they also need to wear a smock to protect their clothing and they make sure that they are wearing the ugliest clothes that they have.