People tend to think that they are saving money with refillable ink cartridges. What they don’t realize is that refilling an ink cartridge isn’t like changing oil in a car. Pre-filled cartridges are manufactured in an environment to prevent air, dust particles, and other contaminants from getting into the cartridge. Each of these elements can cause severe damage to print heads, which results in costly repair or having to replace the printer. Decorators who refill cartridges risk running ink that has contaminants in it and air bubbles through their printer, which can cost more money in the long run. Decorators also lose money if they purchase off-brand ink in large quantities and do not use it by the use-by date. The cost-per-liter may be less than that of a cartridge, but if the ink sits on a shelf and doesn’t get used, that money is essentially wasted.
-Jimmy Lamb, Sawgrass
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