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Best cheap printer ink

Cheapest places to buy printer ink online

By Andrew Laughlin

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Most people buy printer ink online - see the best online ink retailers that offer excellent value, service and choice. Plus, see the ones that don't.

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Two thirds of people buy their printer ink online, and it's usually the best-value place to find a great deal on your cartridges. 

We've rounded up the best places to buy your ink online, but we also have ratings for high street shops, so you have plenty of options for keeping your printer topped up.

Amazon is the most popular online choice, and Tesco the most popular high street shop, but neither is the highest rated in our survey of more than 7,000 Which? members.

Best places to buy cheap ink online

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Brand Customer service Range of ink Value for money Customer score
7dayshop.com (106)
Amazon.co.uk (1,978)
Cartridgediscount.co.uk (37)
Cartridgepeople.com (273)
Cartridgesave.co.uk (137)
Cartridgeshop.co.uk (55)
Choicestationary.com (245)
Ebay.co.uk (179)
FindMySupplies.co.uk (30)
Firstcallinks.co.uk (175)
HP.com (204)
IJTdirect.co.uk (37)
Justinkandpaper.com (114)
Moreinks.co.uk (93)
Premier-ink.co.uk (64)
Printerinks.com (54)
Refreshcartridges.co.uk (145)
Staples.co.uk (44)
Stinkyinkshop.co.uk (99)
Viking-direct.co.uk (34)


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Table notes: In April 2018, we asked 4,885 Which? members about their experiences of buying printer ink online, and 2,310 members about their experience of buying ink from high street shops. We required at least 30 responses for a brand to be included. The customer score is based on satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending each retailer. n/a means we had too few individual responses to give a rating. 

Best places to buy cheap ink on the high street

Only logged in Which? members can see the ratings behind the printer ink retailers. If you're not yet a member, you can get instant access by joining Which?.

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Printer ink problems: your rights

What if a third-party ink cartridge causes significant damage to your printer, or stops it working entirely? Although the chances of this are small, most printer guarantees specifically state that damage caused by using third-party ink isn’t covered. So what can you do?

First, contact the company that sold you the supposedly compatible ink. It’s important to ensure that you’ve given it a fair chance to try to resolve the problem – be clear about the basis for your claim and the outcome you want.

If you hit a dead end, there’s always the option of the small claims court. If, for example, you're claiming up to £300, it would cost £35 to file a paper claim, or £25 online (in England and Wales). Whether it’s worth taking this course of action, though, really depends on the cost of your printer and how determined you are to get that back.