Why are Compatible Cartridges so Cheap?

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Welcome to the April edition of our 'Computer & Printer Tips'

April 17th is over! It's nice to be finished with tax time isn't it?

Now that it's past, we can feel good about getting back into our other life projects. You know... the ones you WANT to do, versus the ones you HAVE to do.

I always feel better once tax time is over. I don't always enjoy the result, but I do enjoy the fact that I don't have to worry about it for awhile. It also means I can get out of "busy work" mode and back into "creative" mode. "Creative" mode is much more fun, and is where I prefer to spend my time.

With that said... This month's feature article talks about why new compatible cartridges are so much less expensive than other types of cartridges. This is another newsletter article topic that's been spawned directly from some of the email correspondence we receive. I think it's a good read.


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FEATURE ARTICLE: Why are Compatible Cartridges so Cheap?

Many inkjet cartridges currently available for Epson, Brother and many Canon printers (also a handful of Hp printers) are brand new compatibles. These are not original brand name OEM cartridges; they are new cartridges made by a different manufacturer.

These cartridges do not have a printhead built in to each cartridge so it is a much simpler design with less electronics. Most compatible cartridges contain no moving parts other than a simple spring locking clip on the outside of the cartridge that holds it in place inside the printer. This simple design also allows for the replication of the cartridge by other manufacturers with slight variations, while still respecting the original patented design of the OEM. Epson, Brother and many Canon printers have the printhead built into the printer itself so each replaced cartridge only replaces the ink, not the entire printhead.

Because the design is so simple, cost of production is much less and is largely automated. The cartridges are produced in mass by production facilities that utilize machinery, not human hands like much of the remanufacturing process for cartridges that have built-in printheads.

Compatible cartridges typically have no electronics other than possibly a small microchip to identify the cartridge. In simple terms, you can think of a compatible cartridge as simply a plastic reservoir containing an ink filled sponge.

With a simple design, low material cost and a low manufacturing labor; compatible cartridges are a fraction of the cost of their OEM counterparts. Typically, buying compatible cartridges can save you between 50 - 80% over the cost of the originals.

Currently, these compatible cartridges comprise an estimated 17-20% of the printer supplies market share for Epson, Canon and Brother. This number has been growing with each consecutive year and should continue to expand in the near future.

In general, Epson, Canon or Brother compatible cartridges are the most economical way of printing, in comparison to everything else in the inkjet world.

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Bob Stephens writes for ASAP Inkjets. ASAP Inkjets offers ink cartridges & toner at up to 80% off. Signup for their free newsletter for tips & discount coupons at: http://www.asapinkjets.com/ or email: subscribe@asapinkjets.com

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Ok, that's it for this month's issue.

What did you think of the article? Did you find it interesting?

On occasion, people will email us to ask what type of printer they should get. When someone asks for a recommendation, we'll ask a few questions to try and get a feel for their particular situation, but generally we end up recommending printers that are able to use compatible cartridges.

Not only for the reasons talked about above in regards to cost savings, but they're also very dependable and have a low defective rate. No one likes encoutering problems when they print, and we certainly don't like our customers having problems either.

We prefer all of our customers to remain in the blissful "problem-free" state.

I'll see you next month!

Eli Fry
ASAP Inkjets

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