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Compatible & OEM Ink Cartridges

by asianinvasion / July 19, 2004 1:33 PM PDT

Hi, I'd just like to know if using compatible & OEM ink cartridges compromise quality when compared to originals.

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Re: Compatible & OEM Ink Cartridges
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2004 12:25 AM PDT

Unless I use the same sheet of paper from a ream of paper and print from each cartridge, even then I have to place the two pictures side by side to see slight color variences. But change the paper from say 95 bright to 98 bright and its different even with the same ink.

Is that what you mean?

Bob

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Re: Compatible & OEM Ink Cartridges
by Willy / July 20, 2004 10:14 PM PDT

The ink makers(OEM) sue anyone that tries to sell the exact same formula ink as they do. So, in that regard OEM's provide the best solution to thier product but they always mention thier paper(media) as well for absolute best output. Compatible inks do fine though, but for achieval output or photo, that maybe a constant open question as those ink suppliers vary. Warranty issues, I won't go there. For practical purposes compatible or non-OEM inks do fine as long as you trust the vendor. But, if you want the best operation for your printer, OEM ink is the expensive way to go but very possible the least problem prone to ink issues. But, guess what I fixed alot of printers and I strongly recommend do not buy an "EPSON", its really has ink related problems as the printhead isn't replaced like the others when it becomes low. You can easily fix bad print quality when you replace the printhead(ink cartridge).

good luck -----Willy

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