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Should You Buy a New Inkjet Printer?
Posted by Ink Oasis on 12/2/2011 to Printer Reviews
Did you know that buying a new inkjet printer can be a fairly complicated process? Aside from choosing the best brand and model, there are some other options that you may want to consider. In fact, if you do not keep three basic details in mind, you may find that buying an inkjet printer will cause far more problems than simply going to a local store and asking for print on demand services.

Your New Inkjet Printer and Replacement Cartridges

As you may be aware, replacement cartridges for just about any inkjet printer will be fairly expensive. Typically, you can expect to pay more for cartridges used in new printers simply because the manufacturer already knows that no generics are available. When it comes to buying a new inkjet printer and cartridge assessment, you should consider:

    How long the printer has been on the market, and if generic cartridges are available
    How much ink each cartridge holds
    If there are separate tanks for each color and also a tank for black ink
    If there are other printer models that use the same cartridge. If so, which one has better quality printing?

Service Details for a New Inkjet Printer

Even if you are planning to use refillable ink cartridges, you should always be aware of warranty and service information on the printer itself. Unfortunately, many manufacturers may not be willing to honor the warranty if you do not use brand new cartridges. You may also find that some companies do not have very good technical support when it comes to obtaining the correct software drivers for your system.  In many cases, asking a few questions about these issues can be of immense benefit.

Is it Better to Buy an Old Inkjet Printer?

Have you ever heard people say that they would rather own a car from the 1980's than a modern car?  No matter whether they are fed up with the cost of fuel pump replacement, or the flimsy bodies of new vehicles, you can rest assured that saving money and improved performance are main justifications for buying an older vehicle. In a similar way, you are bound to find people that feel it is better to buy a used inkjet printer. This includes ones that are at least 10 years old and do not require the usage of a chip resetter during the refill process.

When you are planning to buy an inkjet printer the cost of print cartridges is always going to be an issue. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect solution when it comes to ink for printers.  Among other things, you will always have to make some type of a trade between cost, quality, and convenience. That said, if you consider buying an older printer, or make sure that you understand the service agreements associated with buying a new inkjet printer, you will stand a better chance of making a good decision from a financial perspective.
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