Picking the Right Printer Ink Cartridge

Now that we have stumbled our way into the age of computers, the age of printers has come with it. And to use a printer, we need to make sure that we have the right kind of ink cartridges to go with it. We all know from past horrors that the printers smell fear, and when you need them most, that is when the ink runs out. As such, it is going to be important for you to keep the information that you need close to where you need it such as the printer type, model, etc. Also, you want to keep a spare ink cartridge on hand to combat the fear smelling printers.

So, how do you know which is the right type of ink cartridge to buy? Let’s take a look.

Buying The Right One

Before you even get to the shopping stage, you need to know what kind of cartridge you need. Do you need an ink cartridge or a toner cartridge and this will all depend on the type of printer you have. Some printers use more than one cartridge, where others don’t. But, replacing all of these can be expensive, so you want to try and get the right one first time round.

You might be fooled into thinking that because something says HP cartridge on it, that it will work with all HP printers. You, like so many others, would be wrong here. You can buy all these cartridges online or in a store, and the number of options that you are going to be presented with can be quite daunting. As we mentioned above, just because it says HP on it, it doesn’t mean that this is going to work with all the HP printers.

So, you have to be savvy here and read the small print. Make sure you check the models that the particular cartridge supports so you can be sure you have the right kind. A lot of stores will not accept returns once the package has been opened, and this is a trap that many people fall into.

What Type Should You Purchase?

There are cartridges that are offered by the manufacturers of the printers, or there are third-party sellers who sell at a far lower price. It is often the case that the cartridges from the third party sellers are going to work just as well as the official ones, as long as you have ensured that you have the right cartridge.

Make sure that you don’t shake these before you put them in and make sure you have followed the instructions to avoid any issues. If you do shake them, you might find that you are experiencing some problems the first few times that you use these cartridges because you have splattered the ink.


We hope that you have found this article useful and that you feel as though you know more about how to pick the right printer ink cartridge for you. Remember, it can seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it, it is easy as ABC to find the right cartridge for you.