Printer ink can be pricier than champagne – here are some cheaper options

Who knew that printing was such a luxury?

If you have ever held a copy of the latest office memo in your hands, you may well be as classy as someone who enjoys a glass of champagne in the evenings.

Well, at least if you got it from one of the big inkjet printer manufacturers, according to a study by consumer watchdog Which?.

The organisation interviewed more than 10,000 people, in a bid to find out about the differences between original branded and third party inks.

According to Which?, a multipack of colour ink (cyan, magenta, yellow) for the Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW printer costs £75.49 from Epson – which works out at an eye-watering £2,410 a litre or £1,369 for a pint.

Like most printers, the model needs a separate black cartridge which they found cost £31.99. In total, the original branded ink refill would cost £107.48.

Adam French, Senior Consumer Rights Editor at Which? said: ‘Printer ink shouldn’t cost more than a bottle of high-end champagne or Chanel No5.

‘We’ve found that there are lots of third-party products that are outperforming their branded counterparts at a fraction of the cost.’

So with all that in mind, we had a look to find more affordable options for your next printer refill. Of course, you’ve got to be careful and make sure you buy the right size for your printer.

We also know that some printer companies discourage the use of third party printer ink, and warn that use can invalidate your warranty.

So you’ll have to think carefully about what’s right for you.

However, some companies on our list will help you out if the cartridges cause any damage to your printer.

  • Stinkyinkshop.co.uk has an excellent customer rating on Trustpilot. The company says that if you’re unhappy with a project they can offer you a replacement or a refund within 12 months. According to Which?, Stinkyink also promises to repair or replace your printer if their products cause an issue.
  • Cartridgeworld.co.uk claims that they regularly test their print cartridges against branded ones, so you can be sure you’re getting high-quality goods. They have a 100% moneyback guarantee for customers who aren’t satisfied.
  • Cartridgesave.co.uk has an impressive excellent rating on Trustpilot. It guarantees to offer the lowest prices online and offers free next day delivery on everything.
  • Refresh Cartridges also offers a 100% no quibble guarantee like many of its competitors. The company offers to pick up any cartridges you may not have used if you buy a new printer and make the difference up to you. They are also rated as excellent on Truspilot.

Don’t forget to support local businesses where you can. There might be an independent shop in your area that has good options.

After you’ve ordered your low-cost cartridges, be sure to buy yourself a bottle or bubbly (or something else refreshing). It’s what you deserve.

In response to a request for comment, Epson said: ‘Epson firmly believes that customers should be offered choice when buying printer ink and offers customers a wide variety of printing options to meet their printing needs, the traditional ink cartridge purchase, mentioned by Which? is just one of these.

‘As non-genuine inks are not designed or tested by Epson we cannot guarantee that these inks will not damage the printer. Whilst Epson does not prevent the use of non-Epson inks, we believe that it is reasonable, indeed responsible, that a warning is displayed as any damage caused by the use of the inks may invalidate the warranty.’

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