One of the biggest concerns for printer manufacturers today, counterfeit ink cartridges has been steadily flooding the market for the past year or so. Unlike certain counterfeit goods where the poor quality is apparent on inspection, counterfeit ink cartridges are much more difficult to spot. Most retailers are now more cautious than they once were, but consumers who are unaware of the counterfeiting issue continue to buy them – and suffer the consequences.
A lack of quality control
Unlike the compatible or refillable cartridges you can buy (the ones made by third-party manufacturers), the counterfeit cartridges can damage your printer. They don’t undergo the same quality control measures as the third-party cartridges – in fact, they don’t undergo any sort of quality testing whatsoever.
So what are some of the problems?
Because very little ink is used, the cartridges tend to run out extremely quickly. So if you’re not getting a good page-per-cartridge rate, you might want to question its authenticity. Made with poor quality materials, they’re also prone to leaking, and can cause permanent internal damage to your printer. Some counterfeit cartridges have even been known to explode.
How to spot a fake
This is where it gets tricky. It’s incredibly difficult to spot a counterfeit ink cartridge unless you really know what you’re looking for.
Big name manufacturers likeHP and Canon have even started putting in place certain measures to help their customers identify the fakes – measures that include the addition of holographic images on the packaging (which are hard to reproduce).
While the ink cartridge itself might give little away, there are precautions you can take to ensure you don’t fall prey to the counterfeit problem.
Always buy from a trusted supplier. If the asking price is extremely low, or if little information about the products are given, that should be a big clue. Also take note of the quality of the packaging, and if the cartridges are already installed, check for colour consistency.
The quick fix?
A good way of avoiding the counterfeit problem altogether is to buy compatible or refillable ink cartridges.
Made from third-party manufacturers these cartridges are all subject to quality testing to ensure their performance and safety – and what’s more, they’re available at a vastly reduced price.
Here at Ink Worldwide we guarantee the authenticity of all our branded cartridges, so you can buy your printer consumables in confidence. We take strict measures to ensure that the cartridges we offer are indeed from the printer manufacturers the packaging claims, and not from an unknown source.
Author Bio:This blog post was written by Rob Henry, a manager from Ink Worldwide, one of the leading supplies of HP, Epson and Brother Ink in the UK.