10 Tips for Ordering Ink Cartridges Online

by : Adrian Breslow

Smart shopping means buying at great discounts and competitive prices on the World Wide Web. The internet is a thriving marketplace and the choices are mind boggling. E-commerce covers every thing from gadgets and gizmos to flowers and computer stationary and peripherals.

When shopping for printer supplies online you will find supplies listed by brand names and OEM ink cartridges, compatible and generic ink cartridges, remanufactured cartridges, and ink refill kits with which cartridges can be refilled with ink.

So, you can either decide to stick to branded cartridges or weigh the pros and cons and go in for other options. In general, the cheapest as the compatible ink cartridges manufactured to be used on branded computer printers. The risk of ruining the printer is of course yours.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when ordering printer ink cartridges online:

1.First no down which kind of cartridge your printer uses. Model number and whether black and white or color. Also determine the "brand name" of he ink cartridge used by the printer manufacturers.

2.Make the effort to log on to the internet and read the articles, reviews and tips on buying ink cartridges and get to know what is recommended.

3.Choose to buy printer supplies and ink cartridges from an online store that is reputed. Always make the effort to do a background check.

4.Make sure the online store is reliable by establishing that they provide a valid contact address and phone number. Most established online stores for printer supplies will also have a BBB banner on the site.

5.It is advisable to undertake "comparison shopping," find out the costs of ink cartridges from different online stores and manufacturers. Many online stores have in built comparison tools that will get you quotes from at least three manufacturers.

6.Look for special offers and discounts. Often if you make multiple purchases the "shipping" costs may be waived. So, purchase all you need at one time and save more.

7.Ask for a money back guarantee on the cartridges. This will protect you from damaged or fault goods.

8.When making payment ensure that they accept credit cards and that the payment gateway is secure and has SSL. Look for the VeriSign or epublic eye emblems or authentication. Stores that request for money orders or check are suspect.

9.Avoid shopping at any place that asks for your bank details and so on. Remember online frauds are very common and you must always follow security rules when buying ink cartridges or other stationary online.

10.Shop at websites that make the effort to authenticate the reliability of merchants associated with them. This way half the security checking will have already been done by the website.

Shopping online is no danger if you are careful. Buy only as many ink cartridges as you need for immediate use. Ink cartridges can clog or dry up and so should never be bought in bulk or whole sale.