Online Company Successfully Refills New HP Inkjet Cartridges

  • Comments: 5
  • Written on: April 2nd, 2007

The question is almost as old as ink jet printers themselves… Can I get my old cartridges refilled or should I just buy new ones?

Most people don’t know that printer manufacturers typically make their money on the purchase of ink for their printers. When you buy the actual printer, companies like HP actually LOSE money up front on the hopes of making it back later on down the line.

Their business model was working perfectly too, until the ink cartridge refill stations came along. It all started about 15 years ago when messy home cartridge refill systems first appeared. Soon thereafter the kiosks at the mall had people who would do the messy job for you. Then came the multi-state corporations who pay money for used and empty ink jet cartridges.


In an attempt to get their business model back, over the past 2 years HP has been including microchips in the toner cartridges for some of their printers. If these cartridges were drilled to allow for a refill, they would become inoperable. Although it has taken 2 years, the above company is the only one I know of that can actually refill these chipped cartridges. I have used them myself and they did a GREAT job and saved me about 50% off of what I would have normally paid for a new cartridge.

When you buy your next new printer keep in mind that the cartridges that come with it are only 1/2 full. If you can get it done, most of the time refills are a nice way to save a few bucks. With that in mind I do recommend you buy a new genuine cartridge every few refills, as repeated refilling of the same cartridge is not recommended.

  1. Bill tones
    Bill tones said on April 6th, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    I tried refilling my ink once. Lets just say I always take my empties elsewhere for a refil now!

  2. codaman
    codaman said on April 7th, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    You will also need to check the warranty. From what I understand, if you have an issue with the printer and it was determined that the cause of the problem was the ink, you will void your warranty.

  3. Thor Schrock said on April 7th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Yes, I agree. When people refill their cartridges, they accept all liability. But I can’t imaging that a company who refills cartridges would stay in business very long if they were damaging their customer’s printers.

  4. Sara Reisinger
    Sara Reisinger said on April 7th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    ink is so expensive! I don’t blame people for trying to find a less expensive way to do it.

  5. Shelton
    Shelton said on April 7th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    I refilled mine and have had no problems with print quality or the printer itsself

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