Printer Cartridges

Cartridges are indispensable consumables that you buy and replace regularly for your inkjet or laser printer. With so many types of cartridges offered by different brands and innovative technology involved, it is important to choose cartridges for your laser or ink printer based on your needs. Browse through genuine and compatible printer cartridges for your printer. Choose from regular and high yield, single and multipacks.

Ink and toner cartridges

Ink cartridges are filled with colour pigments dissolved in water or glycol. Microchips affixed inside the cartridges help to spray the ink in controlled motions. The printer inks used in a specific inkjet printer can be pigment-based or dye-based and are almost never interchangeably used to prevent clogging or printer damage.

Toner cartridges are filled with dry dye powder that is printed onto the paper by the application of electric charge, heat and pressure through components working inside a laser printer. Toner is generally cheaper during the long run and less susceptible to damage than inks for ink printers.

Types of printer cartridges

Regular vs high-yield: Regular cartridges are typical ink or toner cartridges with a standard quantity of printer ink or toner filled inside and the amount of pages it can print is mentioned on the package. A high-yield cartridge is the same size as a regular cartridge but has more toner or ink filled inside. It is more expensive but offers more prints per cartridge and a lower cost per page over the long run.

Genuine vs compatible and remanufactured: Genuine cartridges, also called OEM cartridges (original equipment manufacturer) are the ones manufactured by the printer company for use with their line of printers. Compatible and remanufactured cartridges from reputed sellers are often priced much lower than the original cartridges while offering similar print quality. In terms of value for money, most compatible/remanufactured cartridges often contain more ink or toner per cartridge than a typical genuine cartridge.

Single vs multipacks: Single cartridges are sufficient for occasional printing/low print volume. Multi packs of cartridges are handy in busy workplaces that print large volumes every day and would like to have cartridges ready to replace whenever needed.

Pigment vs dye inks: Printer ink is not just ink - there is more to it. The two types of inks are: pigment-based and dye-based. Dye ink is prepared by dissolving a colour dye in liquid, while pigment ink consists of microscopic particles of solid colours suspended in liquid.

Dye inks are more vibrant, offer a wider colour range and cost less. But they can also smudge when the printed material comes in contact with water. Pigment inks are more water-resistant but have less colour depth and are slightly more expensive.

Cartridge storage and expiry

Generally, cartridge expiry date is determined by its shelf life when stored in its sealed package. It can vary from 24 to 36 months from the time of manufacture. When you print rarely or occasionally, it is better to buy cartridges on a per-need basis. Only companies regularly printing out large volumes benefit from stocking up cartridges.

Remember to store them in an upright position in their sealed packages until you use them. Cartridges are best stored in a cool, dark and dry place away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.

Cartridge recycling program

Depending on the manufacturer brand, the expended cartridges can be sent to a collection centre. Some or most of the materials and components of the cartridges are recycled to make new cartridges or other printer components.

Browse through our store for the cheapest printer ink and toner products. Buy printer ink and toner from brands like Canon, HP, Brother and more. We also stock compatible/remanufactured cartridges.

General FAQ

While dye inks generally offer better colour range and vibrancy, photographers choose pigment inks for black-and-white prints as they offer a better monochrome shade range and give consistent results in a variety of media and textures.
Even before its expiry date, ink cartridges for printers can get damaged when a printer remains inactive for too long. This is because air can seep into the device and dry up the cartridge making it unusable. For best results, use your printer at least occasionally to keep the cartridges in good shape.
It is true that the toner in the cartridge is not affected in the same way as ink, and even if you do not use the printer for a long period, the toner particles may remain unaffected. However, over time, the inner components of the cartridge itself can get damaged and toner powder can also be affected by heat or moisture, causing it to melt or clump together. So, toner cartridges also have a limited period of usage.
A compatible cartridge is made out of new components and are slightly different from the genuine cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges are previously used cartridges which have been refilled with ink or toner powder and can sometimes look identical to the original brand cartridge.
In Australia, according to the Trade Practices Act, it is illegal for a printer manufacturing company to require their customers to buy and use only a particular cartridge brand (in this case, original cartridge). So, while the manufacturers may persuade you to use their own printer consumables, the printer warranty should not be affected by the use of compatible or remanufactured cartridges.
Search for cartridges against the printer name. Another way is to open the cover of the printer to reveal the printer cartridge tray. Wait for the carriage cartridge to stop. Most cartridges have the name/code printed right on the top. Otherwise, you can lift up a cartridge to find the label printed on the side.
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