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Counterfeit printer cartridges - If it's a steal, it's not the real deal!

By Simon Williams
December 26, 2019

Having a high-functioning printing unit is critical to any successful operation, although it is the printer cartridge which is the ultimate linchpin that will get you where you need to go. If all printer cartridges were engineered to the same high standard so that they can produce quality prints for the Brother, HP or Canon printer you had, then there would be little consideration made to where you bought them from. This is unfortunately not so, with a staggering number of companies and individuals continuing to buy, and use, counterfeit cartridges. You might be asking why you should care, and why genuine cartridges, the real deal, are worth the trouble. Let’s get into it. 

Why and how should genuine cartridges be purchased?

Genuine cartridges should be the only option you deploy for your printer, as they are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with your manufacturer of choice. A Brother printer will perform best when using Genuine Brother cartridges, as opposed to poorly-made counterfeits. The same is true of HP, Samsung and all printing units. Counterfeit cartridges will cause irreparable damage to your printer over time (and sometimes on the first go), producing dismal results that don’t leverage the power and quality of your printer. The counterfeit cartridge business survives due to the inexpensive products they can offer the market. A saving today might eventuate in a larger spend down the track when you need to replace all of your printing technology and the costs associated with that sort of disruption to your business. 

Where do counterfeit cartridges come from?

Counterfeit cartridges are created using inferior materials that are not designed to work specifically with your printer make and model. They will appear to look the same as a genuine product, but no part of this cartridge will deliver the quality you expect. Counterfeit technology is rife, spanning all industries from office products to telecommunications and entertainment. Fortunately, Australia isn’t the biggest consumer of counterfeit cartridges, but they are available for purchase through many channels. eBay and Amazon have known to be big suppliers of these products, with the origin and quality assurance often not known when consumers buy them. Ordering through CartridgesDirect gives you access to genuine cartridges across all brand manufacturers, with immediate shipping and convenient payment options available with online orders. 

What is being done about counterfeit cartridges?

Counterfeit cartridges are by no means a passive issue, with authorities and major printing manufacturers committed to stopping this illegal activity. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of raids and policing of this activity with consequences ranging from huge fines to jail time. As is often the case with unethical behaviour, there is a responsibility for the education of this matter. Individuals who order cartridges should only be using reliable channels, and understand what signs to look for and what to do if they continue to use the incorrect channels. CartridgesDirect is the first point of call for printing technology and product information and can assist if you believe you have purchased a counterfeit cartridge. 

At CartridgesDirect, we’re committed to ensuring that you receive the highest level of service and products that will produce quality results. CartridgesDirect only offers genuine printer cartridges from reputable printing manufacturers, so buy with confidence every time. If you’d like to learn more about genuine printer cartridges and which one will be best for your printer, contact us today