Big savings on printer inkGeneric ink cheaper than brand-own

02 February 2006

Consumers can make huge savings by ditching printer companies' ink cartridges in favour of generic ones, Which? research has found.

In our tests, published today, generic cartridges were almost as good as the printer companies' products - but were far cheaper.

Someone who prints out several photos and text pages each week would spend about GBP 252 over three years with Epson cartridges, but the same amount of Print-Rite ink would cost around GBP 78, saving almost GBP 175.

We found that the printer makers' own cartridges produce excellent results on text, graphs and photos, making them all Which? Best Buys, but they're expensive. Generics such as Print-Rite and Ink Again also earned Best Buy status for a fraction of the cost.

And way down the league, some of the Jet Tec cartridges used on a Lexmark printer failed during our test. Their performance gained them Don't Buy status.

Malcolm Coles, Which? Editor, said:'We think it's wrong that own-brand inks continue to be outrageously expensive and we want printer manufacturers to reduce the cost of cartridges.'