What is a Compatible Ink Cartridge?


Updated 10/18/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff
Whether you are shopping here at SuperMediaStore.com or one of the many online retailers for Ink cartridges, one of the terms you may have come across quite frequently is "compatible Ink cartridges". What are compatible Ink cartridges exactly?
Compatible Ink cartridges (also known as aftermarket Ink cartridges) refer to cartridges that were produced by a 3rd party and not the printer's original manufacturer. Compatible Ink cartridges however, are designed to meet the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) specifications, so quality can be rest assured.

What are the benefits of going with Compatible Ink Cartridges?

Save money...even more money. Compatible Ink cartridges generally are not only cheaper than their original OEM counterparts, but also their remanufactured counterparts as well. The compatible version of the popular Canon Ink cartridge PGI-220BK for example, is more than 60% cheaper (save money) when compared to the original OEM version of the same cartridge. In comparison to its remanufactured counterpart, the PGI-220BK is still 30% cheaper (even more money).

In another example, the Brother LC61BK compatible version is almost 60% cheaper versus the OEM version and 20% cheaper in comparison to the remanufactured version.

Will purchasing and using a compatible Ink cartridge void my printer's warranty?

No. The use of a compatible Ink cartridge will not void your printer's warranty. This is due to antitrust legislation passed by U.S. Congress in 1975 titled the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

What is SuperMediaStore.com's return policy for compatible Ink cartridges?

30 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
SuperMediaStore.com stands behind their products and offers 30 Days 100% satisfaction guarantee on all compatible Ink cartridges. For a complete details, please visit our Return Policy.

How many pages can I print with my compatible Ink cartridge?

The number of pages you can print entirely depends on the compatible Ink cartridge itself, as some cartridges state a higher yield than others. Current printing industry standards provide a yield (estimated number of printed pages) based on a 5% page coverage (5% of a page is printed on). For example: a 5,000 yield compatible Ink cartridge will provide ~5,000 printed pages at 5% coverage per page.

Your compatible Ink prices are still too expensive. What are some other ways I can save money?

Follow any of the tips below to save additional money on already low everyday prices at SuperMediaStore.com:
  • Buy more than one: Many of our Ink cartridges offer a quantity discount when you purchase more. For example: when purchasing at least 3 compatible Canon CLI-221M Ink cartridges, you save 8% on each cartridge, 20% on 6 or more.
  • Buy Ink cartridge sets: For color laser printers that require multiple Ink cartridges (such as Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow for the Canon CLI 221), consider buying Ink cartridge sets as they are generally cheaper compared to buying each cartridge separately.
  • Sign up for our email promotions: Receive email alerts delivered right to your inbox with our latest and greatest offers on compatible Ink cartridges.
  • Print in draft mode: For documents where print quality is not a concern (e.g. online receipts, directions, etc.), consider printing in draft mode (usually under printer settings under "Preferences") to save Ink that ultimately saves you money.

Does SuperMediaStore.com take back empty ink cartridges?

Yes, the LINKYO ink and Ink recycling program gives you a way to recycle all brands of ink and Ink cartridges. They will be reused as remanufactured cartridges or as other products. It's FREE! It's Easy! Just fill up the form in this page!

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