Why you shouldn’t buy counterfeit printheads

Written by Traci Robinson. Posted in Tech

The day-to-day costs of using commercial grade printers can be quite high and investing in high quality equipment and maintenance is essential if you want to assure top notch products and services. Replacement printheads are one of the things that you cannot compromise on. Although it is a common practice for business owners to cut costs and buy counterfeit items, this is not a good long term solution. Cheap as they might be, print heads that are not original may damage your printer or affect the printing process, causing you to spend even more in the long term. [Not a valid template]

Original print heads are the best

  Not all counterfeit printheads are bad or dangerous, but the original ones work best and if you compare the two options you will definitely notice a difference in quality. If you have to choose between an original Konica KM512 MH 14PL head and a fake one, choose the real deal, even if it’s more expensive. A high quality replacement will last longer, produce better prints and require less maintenance. You can’t really see that much of a difference when printing just text, but if you want to print color photos, then even a non-trained eye can see that compatible printheads don’t do the job very well. They also do not pass the test of time. For example, if you print images on T-shirts using both options, the one printed with manufacturer ink and components will have vibrant, lasting colors for years, whereas the ones printed with compatible components tend to fade or crack in time.  

The risk of causing irreversible printer damage

  Buying a fake printhead is only a short term solution, because such products do not undergo strict quality checks. This means that every time you turn on the printer you risk damaging it and thus paying huge repair costs. Compatible printer components have a bad reputation for a reason. There are many people who wanted to save money and ended up paying even more for repairs, so if you care about the state of your business equipment you are definitely safer with the original.  

Compatible printheads don’t always come with a guarantee

  In theory, compatible printheads shouldn’t be dangerous and you could get your money back if you are not satisfied with their quality, but this doesn’t always happen in practice. Granted, there are several companies that sell compatible printheads that are as good as the original, but most suppliers don’t offer a quality guarantee. As you would imagine, they mostly operate online and don’t have a reliable returns policy. In the end, to buy decent quality fake parts you’ll have to do a lot of research and check the store’s credentials beforehand.  

Traci Robinson

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