Ink Cartridge Refills: Should You “Do It Yourself” Or Go Pro?

Ink Cartridge Refills: Should You “Do It Yourself” Or Go Pro?

Printer Ink Cartridge Refills: Should You “Do It Yourself” Or Go Pro?

If you’re familiar with our mission here at Boomerang TCR, you know why printer ink cartridge refill is important: Cartridge refilling is essential to reducing landfill waste, water pollution, and carbon consumption. Likewise, choosing a reliable, professional printer ink refill and toner refill service is one of the best ways for business owners (and casual users) to reduce printing overhead costs.

When learning about replacement ink cartridges, however, you’re likely to encounter a major dilemma: Is it better to hire a professional service to refill printer cartridges for you (and/or supply recycled cartridges), or should you purchase printer ink refill kits and toner refill kits and simply recycle your own printer cartridges?

The Pros And Cons Of DIY Printer Ink Cartridge Refills

If you’re thinking of performing printer cartridge refill operations yourself, consider the following pros and cons of the DIY approach first:


:”: Trying to refill ink cartridges by hand usually results in a mess. Ink has a way of ending up everywhere you don’t want it to—on your carpet, on your clothing, on your skin, etc. Printer ink is incredibly pigmented, so it has a high potential to leave semi-permanent or even permanent stains on these surfaces. Of course, the last thing you want is to have to spend the money you saved by choosing to refill ink yourself on professional cleaning services, so it’s generally better to let the pros handle this messy task.

:”: Toner cartridge refill is complicated and time-consuming. While refilling the ink cartridges used in inkjet printers is a fairly straightforward (albeit messy) job, laser printer toner refill is another story altogether: The toner cartridges used in laser printers have many small moving parts and disassembling them and putting them back together can therefore take hours—and that’s without checking each of those parts for wear and tear as we do here at Boomerang TCR. For the sake of both efficiency and toner cartridge longevity, choose professional refill toner cartridge services rather than experimenting with a toner refill kit.


:”: You can verify the quality of your laser toner refill job. Here at Boomerang TCR, we conduct each of our inkjet toner refills thoroughly, checking every individual cartridge for print quality and doing everything we can to ensure the durability of our printer refill cartridges. Alas, the same cannot be said for all toner refill services. Some unscrupulous vendors simply drill a hole in used toner cartridges and refill them with cheap toner without doing any quality testing, resulting in a high cartridge failure rate. As such, if you lack access to a reputable refill cartridge vendor like Boomerang TCR, you may wish to purchase toner refill kits and try doing the job yourself.

:”: Refilling printer cartridges can be a good learning experience. If you’re willing to put on protective gear and dedicate an hour or two to the task, refilling ink cartridges can be an interesting way to learn more about how inkjet printers work. However, this activity is better suited to home users—business owners usually need to dedicate their time to more profitable aims.

If you have any questions about how we perform printer ink cartridge refill and toner refill operations here at Boomerang, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be happy to provide you with whatever quality assurances you need and connect you with fully serviceable refill cartridges—at a fraction of the cost of buying brand new.

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