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Save Money With Replacement or Re-Manufactured Ink-Jet Cartridges

Updated on July 19, 2014

Low On Ink? Refill With Re-Manufactured!

My HP Deskjet 825C with color (from previous owner) and a remanufactured black ink cartridge from Printronic.
My HP Deskjet 825C with color (from previous owner) and a remanufactured black ink cartridge from Printronic. | Source

Oh No! The Printer Is Out Of Ink AGAIN!

Its crunch time and you need to print that application out to mail in or that research report due for turning in during the next 30 minutes. Ugh!!! Your printer is out of ink AGAIN! If this has ever happened to you, you know how terrible it is to run out of ink at the last minute. Sure, you could run over to the public or campus library to print what you need there, but do you have the time for that? The sensible thing to do would be to keep a spare cartridge on hand for emergencies like this, but they can be expensive anyway so most consumers wait until the cartridge they have is bone dry before getting a new one and at that point, one might not have enough time to run and get a new cartridge and print what they needed printed five minutes ago.

A remanufactured HP 15 Black ink cartridge in protective plastic bag.
A remanufactured HP 15 Black ink cartridge in protective plastic bag. | Source
Same cartridge out of the bag with a plastic ink head cap that secures to the opposite end to grip the print head firmly.
Same cartridge out of the bag with a plastic ink head cap that secures to the opposite end to grip the print head firmly. | Source
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Re-Manufactured Ink-Jet Cartridges To The Rescue

One solution is to buy replacement or re-manufactured ink cartridges for your brand of printer. Re-manufactured cartridges are much cheaper than the original name brand, or OEM, ink cartridges and perform at the same level. For the most part, they are refilled spent ink cartridges using ink that closely matches the blend and performance of name brand ink. Price wise, they are VERY competitive with the price of the manufacturer's new printer ink-jet cartridges as an alternative. For example, for my HP Deskjet 825c (a $5 Craigslist find) I can purchase a brand new HP 15 Black ink cartridge for anywhere from $30-$40 on average from most major retailers while I can buy a two (yes, count them, two!) pack of HP 15 Black ink cartridges on eBay refurbished by Printronic for roughly $10 and free shipping.

I also have another printer in the family, an HP Deskjet D2545 (another Craigslist find (from the that uses HP 60 ink (both black and color, for some reason HP didn't differentiate the cartridges by a different number, but whatever) and I can buy duplicates of either one for roughly the same $30-$40 depending on where I buy the ink from. However, checking back with eBay again, I can buy a color and black ink cartridge combo from the same re-manufacturer for about $10 and free shipping. At this point, I must make it clear that I have NO affiliation with Printronic and am in no way shape or form paid or compensated by them for what I'm writing here...I just happen to be a very happy customer that didn't really want to spend $60 or more at a time (for replacing the color and black ink cartridges in either printer) and am very happy with how well their re-manufactured cartridges work.

The vast majority of re-manufactured ink cartridges, no matter who you buy them from, have just as much if not slightly more ink compared to OEM cartridges new off the shelf. Some retailers/manufacturers online will list an average page yield for their refilled ink cartridges, to give one an idea of how many printed pages a newly re-manufactured cartridge should be able to print on until it runs out of ink. Of course, like anything, your mileage (or pageage?) may vary depending on what or how often you print. Over time, an unwrapped/unsealed cartridge will eventually dry up so its best to leave spares sealed in the packaging until you need them.

Cost Comparison (Prices as of July 2014)

Type of Ink
OEM (as sold by Walmart)
Re-Manufactured (as sold on eBay)
HP 15 Black Ink
$30.42
$6.45
HP 17 Color Ink
$38.27
$8.50
HP 60 Black Ink
$14.37
$6.99
HP 60 Color Ink
$20.98
$9.99
Most current re-manufactured cartridges sold on eBay are from Printronic while some brands/cartridge formats are more commonly supplied by companies from overseas. For the prices listed for OEM ink cartridges, those are from Walmart's website. For

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Stop Wasting Money On Ink!

Ok, so as you can see from above, purchasing re-manufactured ink cartridges off of eBay is a pretty smart move, especially if you purchase from a seller that offers free shipping. And, per cartridge you'll save at least half the regular price for a brand new cartridge, if not more. Plus there is always the option of buying in bulk multiple cartridges at a time if you print ink frequently.

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