Save BIG Money With Cheap Printer Ink!

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Canon Ink
I definitely believe the old saying “You get what you pay for” – that said, paying full price for printer ink always makes me feel like I was robbed. Refills are a good route – we’ve had good experiences with Costco, but it’s still pricey at $8 and up per cartridge. So I recently decided to try out some super cheap ink we found on Amazon. For FOUR brand name ink cartridges, it would cost me $43 on Amazon, but I found a knock-off of FIVE cartridges for $5.48 with FREE shipping on Amazon.

Yes, you read that right – I saved over $37 AND got an extra black ink cartridge! I’ll be honest – I was skeptical. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is – right? Apparently not in this case. Sure, the ink spills out a little when you remove the cap, but I had read the reviews and was ready for that, so I opened them over the garbage can. I don’t mind a little black on my hands to save a bundle on my ink.

Be sure to read the reviews! I picked a knock-off ink that gets 4.4/5 stars – the BRAND NAME only gets 4.2/5. I’m not interested in being a guinea pig, but if it’s worked for other people I have no problem giving it a shot. Just make sure you’re getting something WORTH trying.

Spend a little time searching, your wallet will thank you! Here are a few deals I found just looking around for a few minutes:

Cartridge Brand Name Cost Knock-Off Cost
HP 92 2-Pack $27.46 $7.14
Canon PIG-225/CLI-226 $43.19 $5.48
Epson Ultra 69 $30.11 $8.75
Lexmark 100XL $48.91 $14.75

Many of these knock-offs come with MORE cartridges than their brand-name counterparts, none of them come with less.

Have you had a good or bad experience with refills or cheap ink? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I’ve used refurbished ink cartridges in the past but found them to leak.

  2. Rose clark says:

    Love your website. If you use the cheap ink could it ruin your printer.? Ps I get the rebate items at office max, staples office depot then use the money on ink and use a coupon then turn in the cartridges at three times reward which is six dollars. So I am saving on ink. I know my husband would not buy the copycats.

  3. THIS is amazing! THANK you so, so much! I use this exact type of ink for my canon printer. Between my home business, coupons and printing for my daughters girl scout troop weekly, I print A LOT!! Best link I’ve seen all day. Thanks again Frugal Find!

  4. I used something similar and it ruined my $200 printer. I would suggest running the cleaning cycle A LOT more. The cartridges leak and clog the printhead, ruining the printer.
    I had to buy a new printer (luckily I found one on clearance for $60 Staples with the help from an associate).
    I use my rewards and ink cartridge credits to purchase brand name ink from Staples, or buy them at the lowest price I can find on
    For me, it wasn’t worth it and it cost MUCH more in the long run.

  5. I have ruined two inkjet printers with cheap ink. To me it’s just not worth the risk. For some reason I don’t have any trouble with cheap toner in my laser printer.

  6. I am a graphic designer and go through A LOT of ink and I’ve bought re-manufactured ink too. The downside of buying this ink is it will VOID your printer warranty! If you’re out of warranty then it doesn’t matter.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I have ordered similar ink on ebay with good results. I always look for a seller with good reviews.

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