How Important it is to Recycle Your Ink & Toner Cartridges

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Did you know that 375 million ink and toner cartridges are binned every year and more then 70% of them aren’t recycled, that’s approximately 262,500,000 ink cartridges and to be even more precise that’s 5 ink cartridges per second being dumped in landfills which is crazy to think about. However there is something you can do to help this problem and that’s taking them into your local ink shop for them to refill them and resell them or you could recycle them yourself.

Ink cartridges if not recycled could effect our planet quite a bit because of the ingredients they contain, for example cyclohexanone, sulphur and even ethoxylated acetylenic diols, which are incredibly harmful to us humans, and our planet. That’s why recycling cartridges is so important.

Luckily, there are now laser cartridges, which are more eco-friendly then others and could help reduce the waste produced from cartridges. Laser cartridges also don’t dry up even if left for a very long time, this makes it an even better option when buying toner cartridges for your printer.

Talking about laser toner cartridges you can get yours here at https://www.premiumcompatibles.co.uk/ and claim 10% off your first order.

Print Your Own T-shirt Designs!

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Create a personalised T-shirt revolution this summer and print your own!

There are many surprising ways to make use of your printer, which might just be sitting there waiting to be utilised. Why not get creative and make your own t-shirt this summer and set a trend?

Firstly, when you create a T-shirt design, you need to consider what your design is going to represent. If you are an illustrator or artist, maybe you can include your work in the design, but you need to think about how it is going to look on a T-shirt. Consider using a photo in your design; it could be yours or a stock photo.

Pick a colour palette taking into consideration the colour of the T-shirt that you are printing on. Avoid pastel colours on lighter T-Shirts as they may have visibility issues once printed. If you do use pastel colours maybe outline it in a darker colour. You are creating your own brand in effect so think about the colours that convey your identity. If you use adobe illustrator, the global colours settings can help with picking the right colour schemes.

Think about the right placement for your design on the T-shirt. Once you’ve created a digital mock up, create your T-shirt by transferring a printout onto a plain shirt using an iron-on transfer paper or a heat transfer paper and an iron. Make sure you iron across the whole image evenly. Peel off the paper and you’ll be left with the transferred image. The last crucial step is to place the silicon paper, usually supplied with the transfer paper, over your design and iron over it again to fix the image and help it last over.

print your own t-shirt transfer designs

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The Top 7 Printer Brands & Their Best Printers for Home & Office Use

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Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD printer cartridge at PremiumCompatibles

The following ranking is based on two qualifications. Firstly, the company’s success as a brand and secondly the quality of printers and cartridges. However, when evaluating printers it is best to consider your requirements and pick accordingly as you don’t want to be comparing apples to oranges! The following rankings have overall rankings for home and office use. But, a machine lower on the ranking may suit your needs better than one higher up! All the printers listed are great machines!

  1. Hewlett-Packard (HP)
    1. For home – HP LaserJet Pro M15w
    2. For office – HP PageWide Pro 477dw
  2. Canon
    1. For home – Canon Maxify MB2750
    2. For office (professional photography use) – Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  3. Brother
    1. For home – Brother DCP-J774DW
    2. For office – Brother HL-L8360CDW
  4. Epson
    1. For home – Epson ECOTANK ET-2750
    2. For office – Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD
  5. Ricoh
    1. For home – Ricoh SPC-240DN
    2. For office – Ricoh SPC842DN
  6. Samsung
    1. For home – Samsung Xpress C1810W
    2. For office – Samsung Xpress C480W All-in-One Wireless Laser Printer
  7. Xerox 
    1. Xerox VersaLink C405DN for office use, Xerox tends to be more suitable for office use.

HP PageWide Pro M15w Printer

Print & Make Your Own Working Pinhole Camera!

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Did you know that it’s absolutely possible to make your own camera? Here are the instructions! Get creative and dive right in!

Pinhole camera

You will need:

  • A3 Card
  • Photo paper
  • Thin piece of metal
  • Tape
  • Xacto Knife
  • Needle
  • Sand paper
  • This Template
  • Scissors
  • New film roll
  • Developer
  • Fixer
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • Towels
  • Dark room
  • Safe light

Step 1: Making the Pinhole

  • Poke a very small hole using the needle in the metal sheet and sand it until it is smooth.
  • Trim the metal sheet so that it is a 10cm square with the hole in the centre,

Step 2: Making the Camera Box

  • To be honest you can use any box that does not allow light in, but here is a template for you to print on quite thick A3 card, cut out, and make your own box:

pinhole camera template

(If you can’t print on card then print on A3 paper and stick the template on card and cut out the parts.)

  • Here are instructions to make the box and add the film:

Step 3: Placing the Pinhole

  • Securely place the metal sheet with the pinhole so that the hole in at the center of the front opening of the box, and stick it in place.

Step 4: Shooting the Picture

  • This only works when it is bright and sunny. Depending on lighting, hold the shutter open and point at what you want to shoot keeping the camera as still as possible for length of time as indicated on the template. This should be between 1 second and 2.5 minutes.

Step 5: Developing

  • Make sure the dark room is pitch black and you use a safe light like an orange LED or a red darkroom light bulb.
  • The film will be negative so make it positive by putting photo paper under the developed negative face to face, with the negative on top.
  • Use the piece of glass to press them together and turn the lights on for a few seconds. Now develop the positive (using the developer, then water, then fixer and then air dry.)

Step 6: Decorating your camera

  • Don’t forget to decorate your epic pinhole camera, you can paint it black or stick printed designs or faux leather on it.

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Pocket Printers and Other Novelties

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With the increasingly busy lifestyles of the modern man and woman, comes the need to have easy fix solutions to problems. The print industry has seen many such problems as times change forcing the industry to evolve. The need to print on the move has caused a growing market for portable printing consumables and hence the advent of pocket printers. A Kickstarter campaign was launched which would revolutionise the print industry. Zuta Labs’ innovative pocket printer was invented as a result. This small robot moves across your page printing out your requirements as it goes. Due to its design, it can print on any size paper; wheels move across the paper with the omni-wheel system allowing the printer to turn and drive accurately in any direction. Print requests are sent via Bluetooth.

Zuta Labs Pocket Printer that runs on wheels

The device is only 10cm high and 11.5cm in diameter and weights only 300g, making it perfect for carrying with you. However, it currently only prints using black ink.

There is, however, a range of other pocket printers on the market. The Huawei Pocket Photo Printer can print colour photos in 313 x 490 dpi resolution, and uses Zink – an inkless printing technology, which is used in instant photo printers. huawei pocket photo printerYou can print, peel and stick social media posts for example, when you print with the Zink stick-backed photo papers. Weighting only 195g, it is your ideal portable printing companion. Not only this, but it also makes use of Augmented Reality (AR) printing whereby you can link a video to your photo, which will play automatically when you scan the printed photo!

Augmented Reality Huawei Pocket Printer

In fact, platforms such as PhotoBloom AR take a modern twist on tradition online photo printing. The magic of moving portraits is no longer a novelty confined to the realms of films like Harry Potter! And it used to be that this technology was only accessible with AR images in magazines and billboard posters, but now as you can make your own photos come to life using a new pocket sized printer and accompanying AR app, you can hold up the finished print and watch it animate on your phone! Lifeprint is another printer that has this technology in-built, and is priced at £134.95. It works with the ZINK Zero Ink Technology, which has invisible code that works with the accompanying app!

However, if you are happy to stick to traditional printer, but still want that innovative sparkle, why not experiment with metallic inks? For printing businesses, in this age of evolve or die, this simple twist can give you that extra help to survive as a print company.

If you want premium quality compatible ink cartridges and toner cartridges, check us out! At PremiumCompatibles, we sell inks and toners at a fraction of the cost of originals!

Easter Mandala Cards for Your Children to Colour In

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Happy Easter From PremiumCompatibles

With Easter on the horizon, everything seem to be geared towards making the most of the festival period. From stacks of Easter egg boxes in supermarkets to 3D Easter cards to be purchased online, there are a number of creative ways to celebrate the festival and by gifting your loved ones. And children, who will be on their Easter holiday break, will need something to be inspired by and to be creative with. Why not help them make Easter cards to gift to their friends and family members? Here are some of our favourite designs, including mandalas, which you can print out for your children to colour in. Feel free to download and print them on card. (Make sure to print nearer to one edge of the card as opposed to the center so that you can fold it down the middle into a greeting card.)

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If you are running low on black ink or toner cartridge for printing these designs, why not try out our compatible ink and toner cartridges ideal for this purpose? You can use our search tools to locate the correct compatible products for you printer by entering its make and model. We sell great value compatible ink and toner cartridges at a fraction of the cost of originals! Go to our homepage to do this. Have a wonderful and festive Easter holiday from all of us at PremiumCompatibles!

How to Save Ink when Printing Photos (if you’re not a Photographer)

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Save ink when printing photographs

The amount of ink needed to print even the smallest of photos is too much if you do this on a regular basis. Unless you need great professional quality photographs (in which case this post is not for you) there is no reason why you should keep to the photo settings of the original photograph. And photographs pop up everywhere in this digital age, from ordinary documents, newspaper articles to blogging sites. But Ink doesn’t come cheap, especially if you buy original ink from the manufacturer of your printer, so it goes without saying that you would need tips to edit those photos to make your ink or toner cartridge last a bit longer. Indeed, there are several ways in which you can adjust your photos and the way you print them to reduce your print budget.

Shrink the Print Size of the Photos

Shrinking the photo decreases the area of the paper needed to have ink dispensed on it, thus requiring less ink. You can usually reduce the size of a photo in a word processor or photo editor/viewer. Shrinking can be done to percentages of the original image. If you reduce by 50% you quarter the amount of ink required!

Reducing the Photos’ Saturation Levels

Pretty much all photo editors including the free or basic ones (an even photo viewers) have tools to reduce saturation. Even if you are editing a document in Microsoft Word, you will be able to adjust the saturation levels there too. Saturation is the depth or intensity of colour of your photo; it is the extent to which your photo contrasts with white. It is intuitive to see that if you decrease the saturation level that the amount of ink used can be reduced too. The down side of this is that the lower the saturation level, the lower the vibrancy of the photo your printer would print as less in is needed to be deposited on the paper.

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Black and White Printing

If you don’t require a colour photo and are just using a photo, graphic or illustration for supplementing other material, you would probably be better off with a black and white photo as black ink tends to be less expensive that colour inks. Usually you would be able to change to black and white where you find the toggles to change saturation. In fact a greyscale photograph is just a photo with all its colour saturation reduced to zero. Therefore ,if you don’t have the option of making the photo black and white in the software you are using, just reduce to saturation down to zero, and it should do the trick. However, though this method would work if you printer takes and dispenses black ink separately to colour ink, it doesn’t benefit you if the colour inks are mixed to make the black. In this case you might even be worse off, so check how your printer recreates black first.

Print in Economy Mode

When you go to print, the print settings box will pop up. You can change the setting to the economy mode which sometimes goes by the term ‘Print on Saver Mode’ or ‘Save Toner’ or even ‘Draft Mode’. Selecting this option will often reduce the resolution and the printer will know to dispense less ink. Ideally this setting is used for initial drafts of documents where overall quality is no important.

As ink is expensive and photos tend to consume a lot of it, you need ways in which to reduce your print budget. We hope these tips are helpful!

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DIY Virtual Reality Headset For Kids – Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Make it Using Everyday Objects – You don’t even need to buy the lenses!

VR Google Cardboard Headset

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard (A3)
  • Paper (A3)
  • Stencil Cutter/Knife
  • Glue
  • Quick Dry Epoxy
  • Clear Plastic Bottle made of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Syringe with needle
  • Velcro or Rubber Band
  • Glue Stick and Glue Gun
  • Neodymium Magnet (optional for older iPhones)
  • Smartphone (iOS/Android)
  • Downloaded template

The Steps:

  1. Make the Lenses
  2. Make the Template
  3. Make the Enclosure/ Headset

1. Make the Lenses:

What you need to do to make a pair of Biconvex Lens for the VR Headset is:

  • Firstly, make a circular template (25mm in diameter) on a sheet of paper.
  • Use the template to cut circular pieces from the plastic bottle using scissors. You need 4 of these. Make sure to use the part of the plastic bottle with good curvature.
  • Combine 2 of the circular plastic cut outs to make a biconvex shaped lens and carefully seal the circumference using the quick dry epoxy.
  • Do the same with the remaining pair of plastic cut outs.
  • Now, fill your syringe with clear water and carefully inject it inside the biconvex lenses. (You can gently squeeze the lens to remove any air bubbles and then continue to fill.)
  • Seal the hole made by the syringe and leave to dry.
  • Repeat steps 5 & 6 with the second pair of lenses.

Now that you have your lenses we can make the cardboard enclosure for them.

2. Make the Template

For the template:

VR Cardboard Headset template for Kids

  • Save this jpeg and print it landscape on A3 paper. The dimensions should be just right. You would need colour cartridges to print the red lines. (For everyday printing use such as this, why not try our great value and premium quality range of compatible ink and toner cartridges?)
  • Glue the template on A3 cardboard and once dry, cut out using scissors and a stencil cutter/knife. Take care to cut only along the black outlines.

3. Make the Enclosure/ Headset

Now you are ready to assemble you headset. Follow these instructions:

  • Fold along the red lines.
  • Affix the two biconvex lenses in to the lens part and fold so that there are 3 layers of cardboard to make the lens holder.
  • Attach the flaps of the cardboard lens holder into the boxes of the other cut out.
  • Affix the disk magnet using glue on the dotted circle with mirror image of ”Magnet” written on it.
  • Then, stick the ring magnet with the other on the reverse side.

Your VR Head is ready for use!

Download the Cardboard App from the Google Play Store onto your Smartphone to use it. Place your phone inside the VR Headset and secure with Velcro or a rubber band. Enjoy!

If you are feeling confident and more adventurous, why not use AutoCAD to design a 3D model this VR headset? Check out our range of 3D filaments.

Google Cardboard VR Headset

The Evolution of The Printer

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The evolution of the printer

The continuous innovation of print technology has meant that we are now heading towards 3D printing, which is becoming increasingly capable of recreating everything from circuit boards and automobiles to body parts! However, the invention of inkjet and laser printers has had a profound impact in transforming our personal and professional lives. The current era is seeing printers that create beautiful images ideal for photography printing such as the Canon ImagePROGRAF series.

Facts of the Industry in the Modern Era

The origins of printing in fact dates back millennia and due to the ever-increasing demand for better and better quality prints, printers have evolved to the printing technology we have today. However, as times change and technology evolves at the high rate it is currently advancing in, the old technology quickly goes out of date, meaning printers become cheaper and cheaper more quickly, provided you are not buying the latest technology of course. The need for speed drove the development of new printing technologies and toady high productivity is ensured in the field of industrial printing. High-speed one-pass printing is now the norm. The truth is, we have probably reached a level of printing efficiency that is optimal for everyday use, so we are just innovating for better quality prints for use that is for professional or niche uses. So, if your purpose for printing is for normal everyday use, then you probably would not need the latest invention – that is any decent printer on the market would do. However, as printers become outdated, the prices are driven down, and margins are lowered, so the printing industry can only profit from the sales of supplies, as they are replenish-able and would provide consistent revenue. The result – huge margins on OEM (original equipment manufacturer) products. This therefore means the prices of cartridges are high to say the least. At PremiumCompatibles we sell non-original compatible cartridges of premium quality for a fraction of the cost of original cartridges. Which means that our products are better value.

The Origins

The origins of printing are hard to trace and come from different source. The Diamond Sutra is recognised as the world’s first printed book dating back to the T’ang Dynasty in China in the 868AD. However, the Sumerians, who are considered to be the first civilisation to invent writing for the purpose of language, invented clay tablets dating back to 3200BCE. Paper, in the form we are familiar with today, spread from China via the Silk Road in 206BCE. It also seems that the history of ink dates back millennia too! The Egyptians and the Chinese both seemed to have used to inks in 2500 BCE.

The Gutenberg Press

Gutenberg came up with the idea of putting each letter of the alphabet in its own block so that printers can then shuffle them around to create words and sentences. The impact of this simple idea was profound – before his invention, there were around 30,000 books in all of Europe, less than 50 years later there were around twelve million.

The Xerograph

Chester Carlson invented a method of printing using dry ink. He used static electricity and flashes of light to help powdered ink to stick to a drum, which is then rolled over paper to produce the image. This method became known as xerography, and printing today uses the same principles.

InkJet and Laser Printers

Laser and inkjet printers were invented at the same time. Thirty years or so after Carlson, Gary Starkweather was experimenting at the Xerox research centre where the combined a laser with a xerographic copier. InkJet printers on the other hand were inspired by a coffee percolator! A researcher named John Vaught working for HP realised that ink could be heated and made to pop and shoot at a page. At PremiumCompatibles we specialise in compatibles of both kinds! Check out our range of HP inks and toners!

So there you have it, the printer has gone through many phases in its evolution to reach where it has today and continues to evolve.

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Printing Tips for Students & Teachers – Choosing the Right Options

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Printing Tips for Students and Teachers

Though the digital age has meant that everything has migrated online including within the education sector, printing is still a compulsory part of school/college/university life. Whether you are a student or a teacher, you will see the impact that printing costs can have on finances. Here are some top tips to reduce costs so that you can save that little bit extra.

Firstly, investing in a printer will mean you would not need to go elsewhere to print that last minute dissertation and you will have the flexibility to print what you need when you need to. You will need a printer that fully integrates with your life – for example, Wi-Fi printing has now become almost mandatory. Choosing a printer that does not have a heavy running cost is a smart idea. However, as printer brands tend to adopt loss leader strategies (that is by selling the printer for less and charging extortionately for OEM cartridges) it would be wise to consider the overall average cost in the long term. Buying a cheaper printer may often lead to buying expensive cartridges, so be smart and have foresight when selecting the printer for your needs. You will aslo save money in the tong term if you print smartly – that is choosing the print double sided for example, which will reduce paper costs.

Compatible cartridges not only save costs but often also guarantee the same page yield and print quality as the originals. There are a wide range of cartridge options available so educate yourself in the best choice for your printer as well as your printing needs. Value cartridges will be best for everyday use for example. At PremiumCompatibles we sell only high quality products. Check the page yield, the capacity, and whether or not the cartridges are longer lasting ones. You could get a variety of descriptions ranging from high capacity and XL to ultra high capacity.

You may only require black and white printing as opposed to colour so keep you requirements in mind when choosing the printer and cartridges. (Also do not forget to do your research; make sure you printer will take compatibles without causing a problem. Some printers have been programmed to disallow non-original cartridges. However, do not panic if yours does this – often it is just a matter of adjusting the settings to make compatible cartridges work!) On our PremiumCompatibles website you can search for compatible ink and toner cartridges by typing the printer make and model or by navigating through the menu categories.

You may be able to lower overall costs in the long term if you invest in twin packs or multi packs. Sign up to our newsletter to get special discounts and offers by opting in to the marketing at the checkout. You can then get offers and discounts via email. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and make use of the discounts advertised there. We have an offer where when your school buys from us for the first time they will get 10% off. All of these tips will help you print smarter!

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The UK Print Industry & Its Sustainability

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The UK Printing industry and its sustainability

The UK is the fifth largest producer of printed products in the world. Printing adds relatively more value than any other manufacturing industry, (it had the largest total Gross Value Added out of all industries in 2016). Most printed products have a significant impact on marketing from newspapers, magazines and brochures to packaging and ticketing. It makes sense; print delivers the greatest return on advertising expenditure. The statistics on the return on advertising spend from 2004 – 2015 show magazines to be even more successful than TV and digital video.

In 2017, though the internet was the top ranked media (with a 41.2% share), printed media was comfortable second at 29.9%. The interesting thing to note is that though the internet is rapidly growing and taking the market share, overall advertising expenditure is increasing year on year, meaning that expenditure on printed media nevertheless increases. So, is the industry looking to grow or decline in the next five years. Well, it seems that we are at crossroads and both options look likely, but it is not likely that it will ever overtake the growth rate of online media.

But, is Print Sustainable?

The print industry has suffered in recent years due to economic concerns, advancements in technology and an unpredictable business environment due to changing market expectations, which have contributed to the industry’s uncertain future. However, it has evolved after bearing through the years of struggle. Not only have printer manufacturers refined their systems to minimise waste and maximise productivity, but the use of renewable resource make print sustainable, and environmentally smart media buyers are beginning to go back to print. Unfortunately, some manufacturers of original printing products do not make their cartridges last long enough which means increased waste due to more needing to be bought. Our ink and toner cartridges are long lasting and tend to have higher page yields. We sell only premium quality compatibles and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, which work just as well as the original for normal everyday use. Our products are also a better value option.

The printing industry can nevertheless affect environmental sustainability. With printers automating and streamlining their processes to reduce waste and emissions and the quality of ink increased, the efficiency of the outcome of improves both commercial and environmental sustainability. Expert printing technology ensures fewer mistakes are made in printing. Also, companies in the packaging industry are adopting greener options such as using biodegradable packaging.

The sustainability of print also depends on other factors such as how good our recycling schemes are. The growth of print management companies have contributed to the conscious print management effort by larger businesses. Print could therefore be sustainable provided conscious choices are made by large individual companies industry wide.

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What’s the Difference? Compatible vs Original Ink/Toner Cartridges

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Man thinking about what the difference is between Compatible vs Original Ink / Toner Cartridges.Original ink cartridges and toners are priced so extortionately that they are almost impossible to afford. The cost of an original could go up to 300% times the price of a compatible. But whilst we remain brainwashed by original cartridge and toner manufacturers that there are no other viable alternatives or options, we end up giving out our credit cards to purchase the the original with sinking hearts.

But, what if I told you we have been misinformed and have become prey to commercialism and consumerism is the way out? That is, putting customers first should come before making a profit, and any company that understands that in the digital age our consumers are becoming more and more informed would be wise to adopt this. Not only on the basis of corporate social responsibility but also human ethics. Why should anyone pay so much more for guaranteed similar print quality?

This is precisely what we at PremiumCompatibles think. This does not mean that we are unaware of the few extra messages the printers pop up when you use compatible ink and the slight differences in the final print to when one uses the original. We are simply saying that the pros far outweigh the cons of using compatible cartridges and toners. If you are a professional designer however, we might recommend the original depending on what you are printing. But on the whole, compatibles not only save money but also sometimes exceed in print quality.

Compatibles also usually contain a lot more ink than the originals and are designed to perform as well as or better that original cartridges. Therefore, they have better overall value than original ink cartridges and toner.

On the internet however there is an abundance of information certifying that originals are far better. This is not only not always true but confirms that originals manufacturers have gone the extra mile to ensure that their brand identity is maintained so that they can continue to charge extortionately. It is alright if you require absolutely require an original but you should also be aware that there are alternative options on the market. Not only low cost options, but also premium remanufactured products are available which are remanufactured original cartridges that have had parts replaced to ensure the utmost reliability. At PremiumCompatibles we check and test our products so that they meet the highest standards. Quality is guaranteed.

So to conclude, though there is not much difference in quality, switching to compatibles makes a huge difference to your wallet!

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Why buy from PremiumCompatibles.co.uk

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Hey, have you tried Premium Compatibles?

With over fifteen years experience in the printer consumables industry, we decided to set up PremiumCompatibles.co.uk, to make sure you are able to purchase the best quality compatible products, at the most reasonable and competitive prices.

We are committed to being a leader in the printing consumables market, by providing our many customers with thousands of innovative, superior quality laser printer, copier, fax, and inkjet products at a value that exceeds that of all our competitors.

Our owners have developed exceptional long-term relationships with our suppliers, and manufacturers, to ensure we can offer you the very best compatible products, in terms of quality and reliability.

In addition, our price control team monitor the marketplace to guarantee we are able to give you the best prices.

We don’t just sell cartridges. When you buy from PremiumCompatibles, you will benefit from our knowledge and expertise, product sourcing, great customer service, problem solving and everything you could need from your supplier.

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Understanding the difference between Original & Non-Original products.

Original cartridges are made by the printer manufacturers and are a branded product. This is why they are the highest purchase price to you. Major printer manufacturers have huge overheads and production costs, due to constant development of new technology as well as a changing market. These manufacturers use their brand name to maximise their profits, convincing the public that they should buy branded goods.

Compatible cartridges are made by a third party company who do not have such huge overheads, and are able to produce a great quality product, at a much lower cost.

Busting the myths on compatible cartridges!

There’s a great myth surrounding ink cartridges, with the public being led to believe that original products are far superior, the best value and the most reliable products.

Perhaps the biggest concern people have about compatible products is whether they’ll be as reliable as original cartridges and produce good print results. The truth is, if you buy cheap cartridges from a less than reputable supplier, you’ll likely be buying an inferior product. However, if you buy good quality compatible cartridges from a trustworthy retailer, one that can offer you warranties and guarantees, then you’ll be getting a product that will rival an original cartridge and save you a packet into the bargain!

Our compatible cartridges are made to the highest ISO standards, which gives consumers full confidence that our products are safe, reliable and of exceptional quality.

PremiumCompatibles products come with a 6 month quality guarantee because we are completely confident of their quality, reliability and performance.

Let’s answer some of your questions about compatible cartridges.

If I use compatible products, will it invalidate the manufacturers warranty of my printer?

If your printer is under warranty from the manufacturer or retailer and your compatible / remanufactured cartridges are under warranty from us, then you are covered for all eventualities involving manufacturing faults or defects in either the printer or the cartridges.

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What are compatible inks & toners made from?

Compatible ink & toner cartridges are mostly water based, and consist of pigments or dyes and granulated plastic to achieve the individual colours, as well as the black.  Print quality is extremely high, and it is almost impossible to tell any difference between an original or compatible.

Will compatible cartridges work in my printer?

We have compatibles for almost all models of printers, both old and new. If you buy own brand cartridges from us, you will be getting a product of the highest quality, built to the same specifications as the original equivalent, and if we don’t have it in stock, we will source it for you.

Are compatibles just original cartridges that have been drilled and filled with new ink or toner?

No, they are not. PremiumCompatibles products are made from only the best quality recycled components, as well as using new parts, to create a finished compatible cartridge.

Is a compatible cartridge able to print as many pages as an original?

Compatible BCI-10BKWhen you are purchasing a cartridge, you should always check the page yield.  This is displayed in the product description.  Many compatible products will either match or better the page yield of their original equivalents.

Are compatible cartridges ethically better to use?

Did you know that using third party ink will reduce your carbon footprint? With the majority of compatibles being re-manufactured from original products, you are helping the environment and reducing the need for more plastic to be produced.

Are compatibles suitable for an old printer?

As long as you have taken care of your printer, compatibles are perfectly viable. The only consideration is the supply level – are the cartridges still available? We will always try and find you the right product for your machine.