Some printer consumables claim to be as good as the manufacturer’s genuine cartridges. But often they do not offer the same consistency, reliability or longevity. The questions many end users have is - "is it safe to use compatible ink cartridges?".
An original or genuine cartridge is one made by the printer manufacturer. However, color label printer manufactures make their money from selling ink cartridges and printer accessories. All of the printer manufactures know that there is not much money to be made in selling a label printer cheap to small businesses. The way they make money is by selling ink cartridges and maintenance accessories for your printer. As you know an ink cartridge run out of ink quickly and buying a new one is in most cases very expensive.
To make sure that the label printer manufactures can make a profit they warn users against using other ink cartridges than original ink cartridges. This can be in form of stickers or labels on the printer, in the manual and on their website. Sometimes they even write that your color label printer warranty is no longer valid if you use compatible ink cartridges.
Most of the Compatible ink cartridges are produced by third part manufactures but made after the same standards so that they work perfect with your printer. The main difference is that you don’t pay for the brand name. Although some color label printers will have to read a chip built into the ink cartridges to ensure it's using the OEM inks. If your printer has this restriction then you will have to buy original Inks and won't be able to use compatible ink cartridges.
Compatible ink cartridges are a great alternative and if you buy the right ones they will in no way damage your printer or void your warranty. Buy high quality compatible ink cartridges from trusted sellers and you will be surprised of how much you save. However, if you don't want to deal with the headache of finding a trusted supplier you can always settle for the original inks offered by the manufactures.
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