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Counterfeit Cartridges – What You Should Know

rod-eslinger_with-title_smEveryone wants to get the best value for money while still getting great quality and ensuring printer reliability. In the world of inkjet printer cartridges the higher prices typically cause to people to search around for the best deal. But this can have negative effects for both you (the consumer) and the supplier. The supplier is losing out on money and the consumer is risking printer performance and long term printer reliability.

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As such, buying or reusing genuine ink products will always be the best solution, whether they are purchasing genuine OEMs from the brand themselves, refilling genuine cartridges (i.e. getting them refilled at Costco, Fry’s Electronics, etc.) or  purchasing remanufactured ink products (like those offered from Inkplicity).

So, what’s the big deal with using counterfeit cartridges and why look out for them?

 

What Are They?

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Counterfeit cartridges are made to look incredibly similar to OEM cartridges, fooling you into thinking you are getting a great value product and getting the same quality as a genuine cartridge. These manufacturers are illegally copying the design, parts and even the patents of the original manufacturer – clear violations of manufacturer’s intellectual property (IP) rights. In the industry these types of products are commonly referred to as ‘infringing compatibles’. US Customs and Border Protection officers, via official GEO (general exclusion orders) issued by US district courts, routinely stop these shipments at port of entry or within Amazon warehouses where they are commonly transferred and/or stored. The frequency of these illegal product raids currently occurs two to three times a month.

You may find it hard to tell the difference as some counterfeit cartridges can be made to look incredibly similar to the real deal. The other downside is that these cartridges are illegal to sell and produce, which no one wants to get involved with ideally.

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How To Spot A Counterfeit?

0_OEMvsClone_sm-for-webWe’ve just pointed out that it can be incredibly hard to tell the difference between counterfeit cartridges and genuine cartridges. It is possible to tell the difference by taking a good hard look at these cartridges.

Manufacturers will typically display their trademark logo on the top/side label. They may also use a variety of other methods to illustrate it is a genuine ink supply. For example, a security label that will change color from clear to cyan when tilted (i.e. Samsung). The embossed character should also change color when viewed from different angles.

Be on the lookout for counterfeit products

HP has a handy QR code on their security seals that can be scanned to prove whether the item is valid or not. There are also quick ways to manually inspect the safety label to ensure that you have purchased a genuine product or a counterfeit. Other manufacturers have a security label that contains a unique serial number and barcode along with a background that will change depending on how you view it.Amazon logo

A big clue to figuring out if a cartridge is counterfeit is where you are buying it. If it is from a third party website and is at a remarkably lower price than you might expect, then chances are it’s not a genuine cartridge, and in many cases particularly with Amazon cartridges there’s a VERY HIGH chance it’s an infringing compatible (or clone) cartridge. Of course there is a chance that it is real and just happens to be severely discounted, but it may be safer to err on the side of caution and only purchase from a reputable source that specializes in remanufactured original ink cartridges (like Inkplicity.com).

 

Why Should You Care?

Invisible-InksYou may be wondering why on earth you should care if your cartridge is genuine or not, after all you got it cheaply right? Well that may be the only positive experience you will have with a counterfeit cartridge. Due to the cartridge not being genuine, it also means that it is not filled with genuine ink or an ink which is compatible with the printer’s built-in printhead. Some overseas printer ink contains trace levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which will damage the built-in printhead over time.

In addition, you are far more likely to have very poor printouts that include streaks, splotches over your work, substandard colors and much more. This is obviously unacceptable for most people as it will result in you inadvertently spending more money just trying to fix the problem.Printhead

Even worse for you, using counterfeit products can significantly reduce the life of your printer (i.e. damage to built-in printhead which is the heart of the printer). Overseas manufacturers who make counterfeit cartridges are probably unlikely to care about quality standards, so you can expect substandard quality in the design of the cartridge itself. This can cause the cartridge to not fit properly into your printer, causing leakages and electrical damage that could result in you having to buy a new printer entirely.

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Be On The Lookout!

To conclude from this, it’s always worth it to pay a little extra more to get optimal print quality. You are guaranteed to get high quality prints when using genuine cartridges (either manufacturer new or remanufactured cartridges which have been refilled from a reputable source), with the added benefit of being able to return cartridges that are malfunctioning.

Below is a list of printer manufacturers and their information pages just in case you think you may have a non-genuine or counterfeit cartridge.

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Canon

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Refilled cartridges will typically provide every spectrum of the printer’s color rainbow & are essentially on-par with original manufacturer’s ink quality and performance. Our refilled inks are fully compatible with HP, Canon, Epson & Brother printers.  With a streamlined operator-assisted ink refill process, we provide OEM quality at bargain-basement costs. To find an ink cartridge refill store location please choose from the links below.

 

 

 

Retail Inkjet Solutions, Inc. (RIS) – Professional Ink Refilling Equipment Provider 

 

Find an Ink Cartridge Refill Store Near You (USA, Canada, France, Germany & Romania)

Premium ink refilling services are provided by major retailers in the USA, Canada, France &  Germany.  To find the nearest refill store and ink pricing, refer to links below:

Costco USA 

Costco Canada

Sam’s Club USA 

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Fry’s Electronics USA

Auchan, E.LeClerc, Cora, Boulanger & Intermarche France

Saturn Germany 

Worldwide Ink Refill Store Locator

Retail Inkjet Solutions (Ink Refill Equipment Provider)

 

 

How to Refill Cartridges:

 

 

 

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For questions regarding refilled cartridge usage, printer questions/problems, new cartridge support offerings or ink refill locations please Contact Us. 

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Purchase Refilled Cartridges On-Line

If none of our retail ink refill centers are convenient for you and you would like to try a refilled/remanufactured ink cartridge from our on-line web site, INKPLICITY, our ink cartridges have a high reliability rating, come with a 1-year warranty and provide free shipping for all orders above $30 (available to USA residents only).  These ink cartridges also provide ink level monitoring as the rear flex cable with embedded acumen chip is replaced with a new one. BONUS – you can save an extra 15% by entering code ‘SAVE15’ into the coupon/code field during cart checkout: https://www.inkplicity.com/

 

 

Select HP 60, 61, 62, 63, 901, 932/933, 950/951 and 952 refilled/remanufactured ink cartridges (made in the USA!) are also available directly via Amazon:

 

HP 60 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTC6WH5 
HP 60 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTD6QGT 
HP 60 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY413WH 
HP 60 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTCHMMK 
HP 60 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1KHHQ1 
HP 60 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTT1ZSF 
HP 60 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GV4BVV7 
HP 60 Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPP7S44 
HP 60XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GV53YMY 
HP 60XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVPSKL1 
HP 60XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZM3YR5 
HP 60XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GV5G546 
HP 60XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1MRDRZ 
HP 60XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVRJ4PG
HP 60XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVQ9VFL 
HP 60XL Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPR9ZXF 

HP 61 Black (K)    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDG14MF 
HP 61 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZNF4CY 
HP 61 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GXC9QG3 
HP 61 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDHGKX7 
HP 61 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H15MP6B 
HP 61 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZRGH1M 
HP 61 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZTHXYV 
HP 61 Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPNM1GH
 
HP 61XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YY9SRX 
HP 61XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZMXYPR 
HP 61XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY2GGQJ 
HP 61XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z5XQCC 
HP 61XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1N6PJF 
HP 61XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZP4L2T 
HP 61XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZMHFC2 
HP 61XL Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPR2SZY 

 

HP 62 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZS2X3D 
HP 62 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZRH5VD
HP 62 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY4LXQG 
HP 62 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C79PYPB 
HP 62 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H17HG32 
HP 62 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC)    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J2SL3FG 
HP 62 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZNT1HH 
HP 62 Black/Color 5-Pack (KKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K9NXRY7 
HP 62 Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPR5JBM
 
HP 62XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZLC1RK 
HP 62XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZR32X2 
HP 62XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY1WY3N 
HP 62XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZRVBPW 
HP 62XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1M2KWL 
HP 62XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5DYLY3 
HP 62XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0751191JG 
HP 62XL Black/Color 5-Pack (KKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K9JK95Z 
HP 62XL Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPPCK3N

 

HP 63 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZSXR4N 
HP 63 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075191MKF 
HP 63 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY3QTRL 
HP 63 Black 4-Pack (KKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLLZNVM
HP 63 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZS3H6G
HP 63 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1KZ2VH 
HP 63 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZZZ924 
HP 63 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C75CYGL
HP 63 Black/Color 4-Pack (KKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NM1Q7KZ 
HP 63 Black/Color 7-Pack (KKKKCCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLFDJKV 
HP 63XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07513VHS7 
HP 63XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZSBRW9 
HP 63XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY5NSGT 
HP 63XL Black 4-Pack (KKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLLHCBH 
HP 63XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07511SR3L 
HP 63XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1NM23J 
HP 63XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC)    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDFCY5Z 
HP 63XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075119T4C 
HP 63XL Black/Color 7-Pack (KKKKCCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLGDW81 

 

HP 901 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWWQXVL 
HP 901 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWYFVDY 
HP 901 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWXL493 
HP 901 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX15LJV 
HP 901 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX1SKW9 
HP 901XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX2JW24 
HP 901XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX7L576 
HP 901 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GYYFRSY 
HP 901XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GYYJNNS 
HP 901 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1K339G 

 

 

 

HP 932XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YYWPD3 
HP 932XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBL4682 
HP 932XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1YFYZ6 
HP 932XL Black 3-Pack (3K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1YFYZ6 
HP 933XL Cyan (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Y56CGB 
HP 933XL Magenta (M) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YX2DCG 
HP 933XL Yellow (Y) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YFH84W 
HP 933XL 3-Pack (CMY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBHCNW6 
HP 932XL-933XL 4-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z11Z5J 
HP 933XL Cyan 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2PS5JB 
HP 933XL Magenta 2-Pack (MM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2P2T6Q 
HP 933XL Yellow 2-Pack (YY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2RF133 
HP 933XL Cyan 3-Pack (CCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9KXSKK 
HP 933XL Magenta 3-Pack (MMM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9L2SNJ 
HP 933XL Yellow 3-Pack (YYY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9JQ5V1 
HP 950XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YX2DGS 
HP 950XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBJNX39 
HP 950XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1W5VSM 
HP 950XL Black 5-Pack (KKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K16W5ZM 
HP 950XL Black 10-Pack (KKKKKKKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1KHD66 
HP 951XL Cyan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z3GHX8 
HP 951XL Cyan 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H36BBM3 
HP 951XL Cyan 3-Pack (CCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB6YHVG 
HP 951XL Magenta https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YYLKX9 
HP 951XL Magenta 2-Pack (MM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H39KGBZ 
HP 951XL Magenta 3-Pack (MMM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB7FQDZ 
HP 951XL Yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YZSVVK 
HP 951XL Yellow 2-Pack (YY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H37BSRD 
HP 951XL Yellow 3-Pack (YYY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB875NK 
HP 951XL 3-Pack (CMY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBKFL2K 
HP 950-951XL 4-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YY459Z 
HP 950-951XL 8-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1LJRLS 
HP 950-951XL 12-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZSG1RN 
HP 950-951XL 16-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1KCYD6 

 

HP 952XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D96DJQ4
HP 952XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D99QZZB 
HP 952XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1ZTR7B 
HP 952XL Black 5-Pack (KKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JNQWVYK 
HP 952XL Black 10-Pack (KKKKKKKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JMG5164 
HP 952XL Cyan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D993RY3 
HP 952XL Cyan 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H38GZ37 
HP 952XL Cyan 3-Pack (CCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB8W5BK 
HP 952XL Magenta https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D97R3CH 
HP 952XL Magenta 2-Pack (MM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H38SFGK 
HP 952XL Magenta 3-Pack (MMM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB9V8M9 
HP 952XL Yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D98KQ9V
HP 952XL Yellow 2-Pack (YY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H39V8G1 
HP 952XL Yellow 3-Pack (YYY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HBBN2HY 
HP 952XL 3-Pack (CMY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D996T6B 
HP 952XL 4-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D98K7KG 
HP 952XL 8-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K4XWVTW 
HP 952XL 12-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K512Y3M 
HP 952XL 16-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K4ZKM1P