Is it better to replace or re-fill printer cartridge

@mutpal74 (314)
India
February 4, 2010 1:54am CST
Hi friends , I have a samsung all in one laser printer.I just want to which one is a better a better option for me Re-feel or replace? Although I guess I should go for the cheaper re-fill option but again I am concerned about my printer's health.So pl suggest the best option.
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19 responses
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
Ink refilled cartridges can damage your printer. For the past two years, two of my personal printers (Epson and HP) got damaged. For personal printing needs, NO to refill! For business printing, like you accept printing jobs, YES! You need ink refills for printing business to lower your printing cost and be competitive. At least if you earn from your printer, when it gets damage, you have money to buy a new one compared to personal use.
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@mutpal74 (314)
• India
4 Feb 10
Hi friend I guess you deserve the best response tag. Thanks a lot for your guidelines.
@tanchyka (213)
• Slovenia
4 Feb 10
I think it's better to replace your cartridge. I have always done that and I never had any problems with it. However, that can be very expensive, so many people refill their cartridges. I wouldn't do that because then your warranty probably wouldn't be valid anymore and you can seriously damage your printer. But it's your choice. I know I would buy the original cartridge because it's the most secure way and I know that by doing that I'll be able to print normally.
@atleya (947)
• Indonesia
4 Feb 10
Hi, here in my environment, we always re-fill the printer cartridge, because it is too expensive to always replace it. And from what I know there is never problem with such printer, they live years. Cheers,
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@nykel88 (1003)
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
I will not refill nor replace but rather use those continuous ink style of cartridge. It is very effective because when you re-fill you only refill it in its container not the cartridge itself. You can ask someone out there in your country who have continuous ink. That is what I use in my Epson printer. I don't know if there is an continuous ink in laser..
@nocturn98 (956)
• Venezuela
4 Feb 10
It is always better to replace a printer cartridge with an original one, but they are very expensive especially if you print a lot. For me, I only refill a cartridge once before I replace it with a new one.
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@Rhazelle (356)
• Canada
4 Feb 10
I usually just refill the ink. Why would I buy a completely new printer whenever I run out of ink? So much hassle and waste of time to set up. But if there's something wrong with the printing head then it's actually cheaper to just buy a new printer than get it fixed. So if something messes up with that, then yeah, get a new one.
• Venezuela
4 Feb 10
What the poster asked is about refilling the ink cartridge, not buying a new printer every time the ink gets depleted. That would be a waste of money. lol.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
13 Mar 10
I have been printing for quite a time. I have noticed that there were times when I printed using refilled cartridges, the output is not so good most especially if you want good quality. In my case, I print ordinary documents as well as colored certificates. So for ordinary ones, I do refill once and replace it with a new one later on. For the certifications with color, I always use original ones. I too have experience finding a new printer due to damage done by refilled cartridge. That is why, I only refill once.
• Indonesia
14 Feb 10
better if you use laser printer its cheaper with refill and have good availability
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
In my own experience I could not refill my own cartridges since i try it before it only damage my printer and it only work when I have my printer bring to the computer shop and the refiller are the one who put the refill ink inside my printer. Since, it could be damaging if the ink slip even with a cover their is a tendency the ink loosen so the cartridges especially the laser types is so sensitive and any smug affect the printer performance, sometimes it result to short circuit and absence of power supply. Since, my first printer become obsolete and constant repair is costly due to mistake of trying to refill my ink, I buy a new 3 in 1 printer, copier and scanner and 1 and which the printer cartridges are built outside the printer so the refilling process is so easy with tubing outside their would be no leakage inside the compartment.
• India
5 Feb 10
As per my experience both are good enough! We have Samsung printer at office and we refill the cartridge two times but not more than that. But for home printing, I use original cartridge mainly coz there’s not much to print at home so one set of original cartridge goes for a long time.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
There will always come a point when you need to do both. Due to recession and financial difficulties, and needless to say, we don't really print for money and mostly on personal stuff anyway, then why not just re-fill the cartridges. They say that it damages the printers, but it doesn't really damage it that much, I have had done my fair share of refilling, and the printers just get into the end of their useful life which is why they need to be replaced - regardless the type of ink I use or if I refilled. On the other hand, there will also come a point in our life when the cartridges won't print as clear as it should when it's time is up or when its refilling days are over. That is when you need to repurchase new cartridges. I find it un-environment friendly to throw those away. I'd wish that companies would repurchase them back or something so that they won't need to manufacture those all the time. All that plastic is bound to damage our environment soon.
• Malaysia
5 Feb 10
I usually refill my printer cartridge, I am being kinda cheapskate here but I think I saved a lot by refilling rather than replacing the cartridge. I could refill 3 times with a packet of refill that cost half of the cartridge, I don't see the benefits of changing the whole cartridge that we are actually paying for the cartridge and ink as well.
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
you can refill the cartridge for 3 times and buy new after.
• Canada
4 Feb 10
If it is possible to refill than you can refill it and can save few dollars but quality will be different. First compare the price for new cartridge with refill one and you can judge yourself. In some cases printer price is equal to cartridge price so it is better to buy new printer so that you will get cartridge and printer in same price.
@benny128 (3622)
4 Feb 10
re-fill every single time, I never buy original cartridges for a number of reasons - A) they end up in landfill and cause pollution and damage to the enviroment B) cost implications to buy a original cartridge I could refill a cartridge about 50 times for the cost of the original. Re-filled cartridges also don't damage your printer as I have had one of my printer's for about 10 years and print photo's off all the time the quality of the re-filled ink is superb and the cost implications are massive. I really don't have any idea why people waste money and keep buying original's.
@erdhee (57)
• Indonesia
4 Feb 10
im usualy re-fill the printer ink.. because i think it can save my own money.. but, you must be carefull when you re-fill the printer ink.. :)
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
4 Feb 10
I know this discussion's been 'resolved', but I'm going to state my opinion anyway. I have heard of ink refilling systems, and I've found they are more costly then replacing the cartages. Quite frankly its not something that I would recommend anybody. Not only do you have a potincial mess, but that can cause more harm then good. Of course I shouldn't talk, I still haven't used the replacment cartage I bought for my printer some time last year.
@sirknight (118)
4 Feb 10
i have a hp printer my friend and it is a printer that does nt use to much ink ,what wan t to ask is how old is the samsung printer ? that is odd because i did not know that samsung make printers i thought that they only made great tvs and cameras,i own a samsung tv and it of very high quality ,my advice is to get a new moden printer the that i brought a few months ago is a hp and it has an option of printing in black and white and does not use to much ink ,also you monitor how much ink is in the cartride
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
4 Feb 10
mutpal74, I just like to add here that I think you can forget about those re-fill option which though is cheap is just messy and cumbersome. I do not know about you, but I just could not stand seeing that mess they generate during their demos. In case you are unaware, there's compatibles and original ink cartridges available in the market today. The only question is if you would want to support the original or compatibles, the quality may differ if you have quite a considerable amount of printing to do especially color. The normal mono tone printing is quite alright and not much of an issue though. So, it will be a matter of personal preference at the end of the day here.