5 Common Printing Myths Debunked

11-06-2014 by

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When it comes to printers, misconceptions abound and many consumers are left confused when looking for the right printer or the right printer cartridges. Luckily, we put together a list of the 5 most common printing myths and set about debunking them.

Myth 1 – You should stop printing as soon as you get a ‘low ink’ warning

Most ink cartridges give a low ink warning after they’ve printed about 75% of their estimated page yield. Often there is still a considerable amount of ink left in the cartridge. Unfortunately, most printers will send a message to your computer telling you your ink is low and will stop working. If this does happen, consult our handy how to guide How To Bypass the Low Ink Warning On Your Inkjet Printer to keep on printing.

Keep an eye on your print quality and when it starts to decline, pop a new cartridge in and carry on printing. Use the low ink warning as a guide to when you should purchase a new ink cartridge to keep around until your current ink cartridge really does run dry.

Myth 2 – The page yield on the box is exactly the number of pages you’ll get

Actual page yield and stated page yield are two very different things. The page yield you see on our website or on the box your cartridge came in is calculated at 5% coverage, which we explain in our post What Does 5% Coverage Mean?.

If you print many images or graphic heavy text, your toner and ink is going to be depleted faster than if you only print text. If you only print text, you can generally divide the stated yield by 3 to get an estimate of your actual page yield.

Myth 3 – Original printer cartridges produce higher page yields than remanufactured printer cartridges

On the topic of page yield, you must have heard this one at some point. This is very much not true. Remanufactured cartridges made by a reputable supplier (like Inksaver’s) are made to the same ISO standards as the originals are. This means that they offer the same page yield and print quality as the originals.

Myth 4 – Poor print quality is always the fault of a defective printer cartridge

While poor print quality is sometimes an indication of a faulty printer cartridge, there are many other factors that go into poor print quality. Before you think that your printer ink or toner cartridge is defective or empty, try running a printhead cleaning cycle or shake your toner cartridge gently from side to side to distribute the toner powder evenly.

If you're not sure how to run a printhead cleaning cycle, read our post Printing With A Clean Head. If you're having issues with your toner cartridge, check out our post How To Clean The Corona Wire In Your Laser Printer.

Myth 5 – Using compatible or remanufactured cartridges will void your warranty

A recent study by Cartridge World UK found that 25% of people believe that using a remanufactured or compatible printer cartridge would invalidate their printer warranty or damage their printer. This is the biggest misconception of them all and it is simply not true.

Good quality remanufactured toner cartridges and ink cartridges will not damage your printer and using them will not void your warranty.

If you still have questions about printers and printing or need any help, please feel free to contact us.

Nic Venter

About the author

Nic Venter+

 is the founder and director of He started the business in 2009 with the idea to sell ink and toner cartridges online and to provide you with a quality product, value for money and convenience. He regularly blogs on about printing and technology. Part of his philosophy is having fun and making sure that he and his team think everything ink, so you don't have to.

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