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generic ink cartridges

I am looking to buy replacement ink cartridges for my OfficeJet 6210 printer. I see there are a lot of generic cartridges available for this printer that are much cheaper than the genuine HP cartridges. I am wondering if these cartridges are okay to use or if I should stick with the HP cartridges. Any information that you could offer me would be greatly appreciated.

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Some of them will be every bit as good, some of them will be a waste of money. All depends on where you get them from really.

One thing I will say, is that if they're labeled as refilled, don't bother. They'll probably leak, smear, and clog up.

What I often suggest to people, is to get a cheap laser printer for all their B&W printing, and then keep an inkjet around just for color stuff. Even the half-filled toner carts that come with laser printers should be able to do around 2,000 pages, which is significantly more than you could do with any inkjet. You just can't beat laser printers on a per page printed cost front, or overall quality of the output. Laser printers also tend to last significantly longer. At my last job, there was still an old HP LaserJet II that was still in service after probably over 10 years, and it worked great. If you're going to invest in a printer, I'd invest in a laser. Inkjets are cheaply made toys in comparison.

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A fact. . .

All ink cartridges by all manufacturers contain a small amount of lubricant. Unless the "generic" cartridge has this lubricant, or even the correct viscosity as the original ink. . . It's your money and printer. I don't buy generic.

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Generic Ink

I have been nuseing generic ink for quite a while,& have had very good luck. gmp

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Refurbished cartridge

I have been using a HP refurbished cartridges in black and color for the past 3 years in a deskjet 812c.

I have not had any problems and the price is about 40% less that the originals


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Been refilling cartridges for my Epson Stylus Color 860 my self for most of 7 years with no problems. Seems the cartridges have been good for 5 or 6 refills.

Lately been using G&G brand substitute cartridges from at very low prices with no problems.

I have had trouble with some store bought generics though. Lousy colors, messy print, low ink.

But as others have said here. It's still a crap shoot.

Hope this is helpful.


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