Are generic cartridges much cheaper than genuine?
This is a little more complicated than stating Generic $ verses Genuine $. There are many brands of generic ink cartridges in the market place. There is an enormous amount of suspect quality products out there at very low prices. In most situations we believe it's not worth the savings when buying the cheapest brand of generic ink cartridge. You risk damaging your machine and as always, you get what you pay for. We only stock high quality generic inkjet & toner cartridges that we can depend on.
We believe that our customers vote with their return orders. Customers won't come back if the product we sell lets them down. The cost of genuine cartridges is continually coming down. I believe the genuine manufacturers are trying to compete with the generics. This depends on the Aussie dollar as all these genuine products are imported so if it the dollar drops they will shoot up. We don't stock a generic version of every genuine ink cartridge that we stock. Where the price difference is not significant or we can't guarantee reliability we see no point.
Use your inkjet printer at least once a week, even if it's only for a tiny bit of printing like a test page. Less use than this may result in blocked print heads. You will then loose large amounts of ink doing print head cleaning.
Buy an inkjet printer with individual ink cartridges for each colour. These machines have build in print heads so more care is required as the print head must last the life of the machine but the savings can be tremendous. If you buy ink cartridges that have all colours in one container you may be disposing of unused ink as the printer will stop printing as soon as only one of the ink colours run out.