Dean Herr

What To Look for When Buying Ink for Your Office Printer

​There are hundreds of types of printers, copiers, and fax machines, but there are also many different types of inks. This can make shopping for ink for your office printer more difficult. ​


​All ink is not created equal and that is why it is important to know the different types of ink that is available on the market. Certain ink cartridges are better than at specific types of printing and others are perfect for large copy jobs. I have decided to put together a handy list about the types of ink cartridges to help you during the ink buying process.

There are three types of primary ink cartridge types that you should know about when buying ink for your office.

Types of Ink Cartridges

Manufacturer Ink Cartridges:

These are also known as OEM cartridges (original equipment manufacturer). These cartridges are built specifically for the printer you are buying for. OEM ink cartridges can be more expensive than the other types of ink cartridges on the market.  It may be worth the extra money since the manufacturer knows what is best for your printer, copier, or fax machine that will offer the best possible quality printing. Ameritechnology provides Kyocera, Sharp and HP ink cartridges.

Compatible Ink Cartridges:

These cartridges are not made by the original manufacturer, but can work as well as a manufacturer made one would. Compatible cartridges are just that, they are made with the same specifications that an OEM one would be. These types of cartridges are less expensive than the OEM ink cartridges.

Remanufactured Ink Cartridges:

Finally, there are remanufactured ink cartridges. Much like refurbished printers, these ink cartridges are previously used ink cartridges that have been repaired if necessary, and then refilled with ink. Remanufactured ink cartridges are tested to work just as well as an OEM ink cartridge.

Now that you know about the three types of ink cartridges, you should be able to make an educated decision about the type of ink cartridge is best for you. Contact us today to talk to an advisor about your printing needs. At Ameritechnology we provide high quality and high- performance ink and our cost-efficient ink subscription service ensures that your printer never runs out of ink.

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