Original ink vs compatible cartridges

The big printer manufacturers are keen for you to only use their original ink, rather than choosing a cheaper, third-party supplier. They’ll often give scary-sounding warnings about quality or compatibility to try and scaremonger, but our research has found that compatibility issues of a serious nature are extremely rare. In fact, just 1% of Which? members we surveyed reported having to replace the printer. As you can see in the graphic above, the cost difference compared with third-party or ‘compatible’ ink alternatives can be huge. And yet the quality is barely any better in most instances.


By Andrew Laughlin

20 Jul 2019

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