PCWORLD: HOW TO IDENTIFY COUNTERFEIT INK CARTRIDGES ?

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PCWORLD: HOW TO IDENTIFY COUNTERFEIT INK CARTRIDGES ?

 user 2010-12-06 at 8:04:34 am Views: 45
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    PCWORLD: HOW TO IDENTIFY COUNTERFEIT INK CARTRIDGES ?

    Like
    fake watches, fake sneakers, and fake Picasso drawings, counterfeit ink
    is designed to look like the real thing–in this case, ink sold by
    big-name printer manufacturers such as HP, Canon, or Epson. At best it
    is inferior to the real McCoy, producing lower-quality images. At worst,
    it jams and leaks, damaging your printer.

    Don’t confuse
    counterfeit ink with off-brand or discount ink, which is made to spec by
    honest companies and can be a viable, inexpensive alternative to
    brand-name ink. But whereas discount ink makers are looking for happy,
    long-term customers, counterfeiters are looking for hit-and-run profits.
    Protect your printer and your wallet by following these simple
    precautions.
    Mind the Vendor

    Buy ink only from retailers you
    trust. Anonymous online deals may be enticing, but what can you do if
    some seller you don’t know sends you a fake ink cartridge? Reputable
    retail stores are sometimes duped into selling counterfeits, but at
    least you’ll have some recourse if the ink you receive turns out to be
    fake.
    Examine the Packaging

    For years, printer companies have
    been adding seals–holographic or otherwise–to verify the authenticity
    of the products they sell. Tilt the box and see whether the security
    seal behaves in the way the manufacturer says it should. Many major
    printer sellers, such as HP, offer help on their Websites in identifying
    their genuine packaging.
    Examine the Cartridge

    Original
    vendor products never have ink splashed on the exterior of the cartridge
    or inside the box. There should be no black toner dust or damage to the
    cartridge either. Original products have pull-tab tape seals–sometimes
    several–across the ink ports.
    Watch for Substandard Quality and Quantity

    Fake
    cartridges often leak, clog, and print in inaccurate colors or
    distorted text. Keep an eye on the quality of your printer’s output. If
    it looks bad, especially out of the box, contact the manufacture about
    the potential counterfeit. The printer industry has a major financial
    stake in keeping fake cartridges off the street, so you can expect
    prompt customer service. Also, keep track of the number of pages you
    print per cartridge: Any sharp decline in page count with a new
    cartridge is a sign that something is amiss.

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