Debunking Ink/Toner Myths


Inks and Toners can be a tricky thing to solve before buying them, there is a lot of misleading information on the internet about what works with what. Regardless, there are many myths that have been debunked. The most common myth examples asked are ‘What is cheaper?’ ‘What’s better quality?’ ‘What will fit in my printer?’ I am hoping that deflating these myths about Inks/Toners and elaborating on them make it much clearer for you.

Ink Cartridges
  1. ‘Compatibles are cheap; they will not work as well.’

Compatibles or ‘remanufactured’ Inks are the most questioned in this Industry. They are also misinterpreted. Compatibles have a long shelf life and have similar- if not the same quality as an original. Yes, the best quality in the industry are Genuine Originals however, remanufactured cartridges do not create poor quality prints. The only difference between the two is the price. They work just as good and you would not need to break into your wallet for them.

2. ‘Cartridges are not worth buying, they run out so fast.’

Ink and Toner Cartridges only run out so fast because many people avoid searching for the ‘page yield’ when buying their Inks. They assume that buying the Inks or their toners blindly will result in them just being able to print however many pages they want. This is a very common issue and can be frustrating. Ink Cartridges only run out so fast when you print a lot of images and text that do not have enough spaces in between. The most efficient way to save your Ink is to check the page yield before you buy your inks, make sure you are not printing out unnecessary copies and always make sure to print in low resolution or in black and white if you are only printing text. If you decide to print some text out, make sure that the text font is small too.

Top Tip: Buy multipacks, twin packs or XL’S if you want to save more money!

3. ‘My cartridges always need replacing’

Most of the time the only thing your cartridge is in need for is care. It is so easy to not know the best method to print. The best method is to have your cartridges cleaned if they are leaking. Another method to prevent yourself from always needing to replace your cartridge is; instead of recycling your cartridges, try to get them refilled more often as this will save you time and money.

4. ‘My Inks or Toners will mess up my printers warranty’

Your Inks are most definitely not the reason why your printers might break and affect your printers’ warranty, especially Non OEM cartridges. If you have the right printer and the right Inks or Toners for your printer, than you should be fine with warranty. If you are unsure than it is always best to ask. Our phone number and live chat is available to use on our website if you need any assistance with this.

Inks Used in Newspapers


One of the many issues with the Ink industry is the amount of waste and paper that accumulates and as a result ends with them being wasted however, in recent years the main objective for many suppliers and companies were to help reduce this. As mentioned in the other blog posts, paper that is wasted is one of the greatest issues we face today. The rise in global warming since 1981 has been greater today so as a community we need to care more about these issues by recycling and reusing more. Just like paper, many people forget that they can recycle Ink too. With the waste of Ink on the rise, Ink Suppliers and Print companies have made it a number one priority to include more environmentally friendly and sustainable Ink types such as Soy Ink.

What is Soy Ink?

Soy Ink is an Ink is an Ink produced from Soy Beans. This kind of Ink is supposedly a better alternative than the Petroleum-based Ink that is used much more often. The reason for Soy Ink being a better alternative to Petroleum based Ink is that it not only is more environmentally friendly but it can also provide precise and accurate colours. It is also easier to recycle even though it is slower to dry. If you’re looking for Soy based Inks or toners, HP is a company that sells Soy toners and Inks for their printers now.


Soy Ink became highly popular with agencies due to the higher demands of petroleum; there was also an increase in price with petroleum, therefore after 2000 different Vegetable oil formulations, Soy beans were the most successful of them all. Some people have reported that when they use Soy Inks for their printers they needed less Ink compared to Petroleum based inks. This could be evolutionary for those who are in need for more Ink but want better clean-up costs.

We have learnt about how Soy Ink can be beneficial to you but let us discuss the negatives and how it can affect you.

One of the main issues that sets Soy Ink low is that the Ink takes quite a long time to dry. Due to its evaporative solvents, this can make things more difficult for coated papers rather than uncoated papers that’s used in newspapers.

Another important factor to keep in mind is that many people tend to only need black inks. However, with Soy based black Inks costs 25% more that Petroleum based Ink. The reason why Soy based Inks tend to be pricier due to its pigment to oil ratio. Soy based Inks uses more pigment than oil.

Overall, if you are unsure of the Ink and toner types that you are looking for then try to base it off your printer’s compatibility first. If you have a printer that accepts Soy based printers and would like anything that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly then go for the Soy based Ink.

Buying Inks from other marketplaces.


Before buying anything, we all like to try to branch out to other websites for a cheaper alternative, or even to try to compare prices but just because things may appear cheaper doesn’t mean they are reliable to use. Many around the world very commonly use websites like eBay to buy what they need. Sometimes buying second-hand items such as furniture can be a cheaper alternative and with furniture, things can be re-worked on so that they are made to look brand new. Others may find it suitable to buy second-hand clothes or even brand new clothes that are unwanted. All in which was once owned by someone else. However, this is not necessarily the same with things such as Ink Cartridges or Toner Cartridges.

The issue with buying any type of Ink or Toner from eBay or any market place is that it is as simple as being incredibly unreliable. Trusting a seller to send out Cartridges to you, especially if they have used an image that is not their own on their listing is one of the many swindles and traps in which people fall into. Buying cartridges from a seller on eBay can also ruin your printer and prints as these sellers can fill up cartridges with their own Ink and make you believe that you bought the product as a ‘brand new’ item.

When you tend to buy products like these, they tend to have a negative impact on your print quality as well; your print quality will not be as affective compared to if you were to buy products from our shop. Important thing to remember is that buying anything that is cheaper may disappoint. Many of the time people who buy from eBay have the same issue of the seller not responding to them if problems arise. As frustrating as it may be, buying an Ink Cartridge that is from a different market place like eBay and Facebook Marketplace can be dangerous and come with consequences. What I think is Important to know is that the seller’s or certain vendors do not offer any warranties on the items. It can also be a hassle to be opening up disputes and constantly have to follow it up.

Comparison of Graph

As you can see from this graph, if you buy Ink refills or Cartridges from eBay, than you are more prone to poor quality prints in comparison to the Genuine Originals you buy from a reliable website like our website Ink n Toner UK. Yes, there is a price difference; however, you are paying for reliability and quality prints. Alternatively, if you do not want to pay the price for the Originals, you can opt for the Compatibles, which are much cheaper but come with just as good quality prints. If you are not sure on what the best cartridge to get for your printer, you can always try to speak to our customer service team on our website via Live Chat.

Best Canon Printers in 2021 (Covid-19 Edition)


During Covid-19, we have experienced many hardships, one of them being working remote and needing paper to print with. These issues are essential and for it to be successful, you need a good functioning printer. According to reviews, the best printer to use is the Canon PIXMA TR8550. Nowadays many printers include Bluetooth and touchscreen, but this printer includes both and Wi-Fi connectivity and includes five Ink cartridges to enhance the quality of the printing. ‘Canon’ best known for their cameras also made sure to include an SD card Input. The Canon PIXMA TR8550 offers a 4.5-inch touch screen making it much easier and clearer to read thus making this the best printer to buy.

It does come with some disadvantages though… one being that the duplex printing can be a lot slower than other printers, there are no USB ports at the front of the printer which is odd considering almost all modern printers now include this. The cartridges are pricier if you are in need of replacements. On the other hand, if you are not satisfied with this printer than rest assured that Canon has recently launched two new wireless photo inkjet all in one printers as a part of their PIXMA MG line.


This printer has incredible FINE print technology allowing your prints to have the best print quality. It comes with six ink tanks that can be replaced without disrupting the other tanks. Also comes with apps such as Air print that can connect with the printer making it quick and easy to print. This means no drivers needed, no software and most importantly no cables. This printer cannot get any better right. Wrong. This printer also has cloud printing, so if you own any apple devices, then you can print directly from social media such as Twitter or Facebook or even use Dropbox. It also supports Hi-Speed USB and Ethernet. This is perfect for those who have worked or are working remotely from home and need fast ways to print. If you are trying to print on DVDs or CD is than this printer can offer printing on both.

Canon’s are one of the best in the technology industry but are they better than HP?

Graphically, HP produced better quality Inkjet and Laser printers than Canon. In terms of copying and scanning, the HP printers are the best for this as they produce detailed transitions that are more apparent on plain paper than the Canon printers are. The Canon printers produce more rougher copies but they produce copies that are more detailed.  Both printers produce on Glossy Photo Prints but if you are after more natural looking prints than I recommend going with Canon. Canon produce quality and speed with their printers. They are more reliable and less expensive than HP printers are. HP printers are also harder to use than Canon and less clear.