*NEWS*THE SEARCH FOR CHEAPER INK

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*NEWS*THE SEARCH FOR CHEAPER INK

 user 2005-10-14 at 10:55:00 am Views: 66
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    The Search for Cheaper Ink

    Gripes over high-priced
    ink cartridges have spawned an entire cottage industry of fly-by-night
    refill companies, do-it-yourself cartridge refill kits, and dozens of
    Web sites that sell no-name-brand cartridges.
    More recently, big names like Office Depot and Staples have gotten into
    the act, putting their own discounted brands on store shelves. These
    cartridges generally cost 10 to 15 percent less than printer
    manufacturers’ cartridges. But a retail outlet selling even cheaper
    refilled cartridges may be coming soon to a strip mall near you.
    In contrast to the many Web sites that hock refilled cartridges,
    Caboodle Cartridges operates retail outlets. Thirty-five franchises
    have opened thus far, most of them in the San Francisco Bay Area,
    though stores are operating in at least eight other states.
    In an effort to undersell the big retailers, Caboodle Cartridges sells
    its remanufactured cartridges for roughly half their original cost. You
    can lower the price even more by exchanging spent cartridges for a
    credit of $2 to $4.
    This all sounds great, but I have a few concerns. What if the cartridge
    damages my printer? How good is the ink? Also, I’ll have to run a
    special errand just to get ink cartridges, instead of being able to
    pick them up while I’m shopping at Costco or an electronics store.
    The Lure of the Storefront
    I’ve never entrusted my old inkjet printer to refilled cartridges from
    an online outlet; I’m too afraid of damaging it. When the only recourse
    is sending an e-mail or pinging a Web site for help, I pass. Office
    Depot and Staples are well-known brands, and they earn credibility
    because they have retail outlets. Following that logic, I’m inclined to
    trust Caboodle Cartridges.
    Caboodle Cartridges President Daniel Wencel said that his company’s
    cartridges deliver print quality and page yields comparable to the
    original manufacturers’, and that the company will replace a customer’s
    printer if it’s damaged by a malfunctioning cartridge.
    The company’s ink has not been tested for fade resistance by a third
    party such as Wilhelm Imaging Research, which conducted testing for our
    September 2003 story, “Cheap Ink Probed.” In tests for that story, we
    found that third-party ink cartridges could make high-quality prints on
    glossy photo paper, but that their fade resistance was substandard:
    Photos printed with inks from Amazon Imaging, Carrot Ink, and others
    averaged a dismal 2.2 years of fade resistance. These inks may save you
    some bucks, but they won’t save your memories.
    If you mostly print documents on plain paper, you may not care that
    your glossy photos could fade quickly. But if you do, I’d await
    independent fade test results before buying from Caboodle Cartridges.