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Why should I use genuine Epson ink cartridges?

Perfect printing is easy when you use an Epson printer with genuine Epson ink and paper!

Epson is dedicated to providing its customers with industry leading image quality and durability through a unique printing system that combines its Micro Piezo technology and its genuine Epson inks and media.

What is the difference between genuine Epson ink cartridges and compatible and remanufactured cartridges?

Genuine Epson Ink – Epson inks undergo extensive research and development, are manufactured in high-tech and purpose-built facilities, and are vigorously tested. This means that they are guaranteed to work with the printer and produce high-quality and reliable results. Epson also provides a recycling programme for ink cartridges, in addition to the overall company acting responsibly.

Compatible ink – It is a misleading name as the cartridge and ink has not been created, manufactured, tested or approved by Epson. They're generally cheaper than genuine Epson inks, but this can be a false economy as they're often faulty, unreliable, and do not perform as effectively as genuine ink cartridges.

Remanufactured ink – It is an Epson cartridge that has already been used, cleaned and resold. They generally cost less than genuine Epson inks, but the ink has not been manufactured by Epson and the remanufactured cartridge has not been tested or approved by Epson. Remanufactured ink cartridges are often positioned as an environmentally friendly option, but this is not necessarily the case as they're often faulty, unreliable, and do not perform as effectively as genuine ink cartridges.

Why should I use genuine Epson ink cartridges?

A genuine Epson ink cartridge is in fact an entire system for preserving and delivering ink consistently. Epson's innovative genuine ink is developed and manufactured by Epson. Epson do not make ink for other manufacturers and other manufacturers do not manufacture ink for Epson.

Epson recommends genuine Epson cartridges as they are specially formulated to consistently produce photo quality prints. Genuine Epson inks will also guarantee the reliability of your printer and prolong its life. When using Epson products you can be sure that each print will be the same high quality as the last.

What are the disadvantages of using remanufactured and compatible inks?

Using remanufactured and compatible inks can have lots of disadvantages, some of which are listed below.

  1. Not being able to print when needed
    • Print nozzles can clog
    • Cartridges are not recognised or do not fit in the printer
    • Cartridges can arrive broken
  2. Poor print quality
    • Inconsistent quality
    • Smudges, blurs, inaccurate colour reproduction, faded colours, streaks, loss of detail
    • Not durable, fade quickly
  3. Time spent fixing problems
    • Leaking cartridges
    • Paper jams
    • Ink cartridge not fitting or not recognised
    • May invalidate printer warranty

Don't just take our word for it!

Epson's recommendations were recently substantiated by comparison tests by Torrey Pines Research, an independent research company. Torrey Pines tested genuine Epson cartridges against various non-genuine cartridges and refills promoted as "compatibles" and found that the performance of genuine Epson cartridges was consistently superior. The printers using genuine Epson ink cartridges had higher yields and performed more reliably.

PC World magazine similarly commissioned the prestigious Wilhelm Imaging Research Centre to conduct durability and image quality tests with Epson and aftermarket cartridges. Genuine Epson ink cartridges offered overall better durability, image quality and reliability:

"...judging from our experience, finding a reasonably priced substitute for brand-name ink can be a risky business... you may have to spend a lot of time cleaning clogged print heads."

You can enjoy great results every time when you buy genuine Epson products directly from us. Epson inks, toners, ribbons and paper are available online so whatever you're looking for, you can purchase it here.

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