Low-cost, high-quality inkjet cartridge refills
BUYING AN INKJET printer is a relatively
inexpensive proposition, at least initially. But
when those ink cartridges begin to run low
and need to be replaced, the real cost of ownership kicks in.
As an inkjet user for years, I’ve been
replacing cartridges with the OEM (original
equipment manufacturer) versions at high
prices out of fear that low-cost replacement
cartridges would be of poor quality and/or
ruin my printer. And early versions of inkjet
cartridge refill services were accompanied by
horror stories of leaks and damage to the
printer, leading to the need to replace the
whole machine. With the assignment to cover
Costco’s inkjet refill service came the brilliant
idea to try it myself.
I brought two depleted cartridges—cyan
and magenta—to my local warehouse Photo
Center and dropped them off, paying for the
service upfront, which is required. Prices
range from $7.99 to $9.99, depending on cartridge and size. If, for some reason, the cartridges are tested and cannot be refilled, the
cost is fully refundable. Refills can be done in
about an hour, so members can drop the car-
tridges off at the beginning of
their shopping expedition and
pick them up at the end. The
process is done on a state-of-
the-art refilling machine, and the
employee handling the operation
assures me it’s foolproof, employing
safeguards that virtually erase the possi-
bility of “pilot error.”
According to Steve Pruitt, Costco’s
1-Hour Photo buyer, “The quality is about
the same as the OEM cartridges, with regard
to image quality and overall cleanliness. You
might even get a few more printed pages out
of the refilled cartridges.”
But the proof is in the printing. I popped
the cartridges in my home printer and ran a
test, comparing it side-by-side with a test I
ran prior to filling the cartridges. The colors
were vivid, the lines clean and the images
were sharper than the first test. Wait! I think
my yellow cartridge needs to be refilled.
Go to www.costcoinkjetrefill.com for more
information, including FAQs, cartridge information, printer messages and more, and to
find a warehouse near you.—Steve Fisher
refills these cartridges:
• Canon • Dell • Epson
• HP • Lexmark
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