1. Using rebuilt ink cartridges will NOT void your warranty.Thanks to laws like the Magnuson Moss Warranty Improvement Act, it is illegal for printer manufacturers to claim that using rebuilt cartridges will void their warranty. Here is the excerpt that deals with third party suppliers: “No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name.” Buying and using a third party supply cannot invalidate your warranty. That’s the law.
  2. Your printer is ink agnostic. Think about it: it’s like Maytag telling you to only use certain detergents in their washing machine or that only a certain brand of gas can run a Honda. Manufacturers may say they prefer one brand over another, but that is a marketing partnership boondoggle (follow the money) more than an actual reality for customers using their products.
  3. Your paper is as important as your ink for making vibrant copies and output. High pigmentation and saturated colors need a glossy paper that will hold the ink colors and not mute them. The average multi-purpose copy paper that is sold at low prices by the ream will not hold the ink AND will create more paper dust in your printer (which shortens the printer’s life without service calls and cleaning.) When you want great copies and color – buy great paper.
  4. Servicing will extend the life of your printer – and keep you from buying a new one to replace it. Printers need to be cleaned and maintained to run smoothly. Besides downloading firmware from the manufacturer’s website, cleaning a printer whenever it begins making more noise than usual, when paper dust or toner remnants are noticeable.
  5. Rebuilt printers can save you hundreds of dollars over new ones. Your local Rapid Refill store can help “fit” you to the right printer for your needs. For budget-conscious customers, choosing a rebuilt printer can provide the same reliability and print quality as new for hundreds of dollars less.
  6. All-in-one fax/scanner/printer/copies can cost more than separate dedicated machines. Truth is, some all in one machines do everything OK but nothing very well. Print image clarity, cost per printed page and energy costs can be higher than a dedicated B/W printer/copier and a scanner/fax machine, for example.
  7. Flashing lights and error codes CAN be translated by the average user. Rather than using the manufacturer web pages which frequently direct you to “an authorized service provider” consider a site like Fix-kb which lists error codes by manufacturer with simple step-by step instructions for fixing flashing lights.