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Why is my new ink cartridge not printing? It is possible for this to happen to cartridges with attached print heads such as HP, Lexmark or Dell. All cartridges are weighed and tested before leaving the factory so lack of ink isn't the problem. It usually has to do with the print head of the cartridge not having any ink to feed it. This happens because cartridges are kept flat or upside down for weeks or months before being used and the ink settles away from the print head. The easiest remedy is to open the box and stand the cartridge upright for a few minutes before using. Then get a damp paper towel, fold it into quarters and sit the cartridge print head down onto it. Hold the cartridge down to the damp paper towel for three minutes. This will help pull the ink out of the print heads, priming them and getting them ready to print. Finally, install the cartridge into your printer and print a few test pages.

Why was the yield lower than what was quoted online / Why didn't my cartridge print the full amount of pages? It is common for customers to worry about the yield of their cartridges, and They often mistakenly try to track yield by time. The cited yield for ink and toner cartridges is given at 5% coverage (the amount of time it takes for a cartridge to go empty is a bad indicator of yield). This is usually not a lot of print on a page. Typically only a short memo is at 5% coverage. If you are printing letters, using legal size paper, printing photos, web pages or doing any kind of graphics your coverage will vary greatly. This will cause the yield to drop greatly.

There are two ways to properly check for yield. First is to utilize any page count your printer has. Refer the user's manual for instructions. The other way is to count reams or boxes of paper you have used with each cartridge. Both of these methods will tell you how many pages per cartridge you are using.

Both methods give you a raw number. You should also take into account your typical print coverage. If you only do memos then you should reach the manufacturer's stated yield specifications. If you write full page letters or print graphics your yield will be considerably less. When printing text and full page graphics a 4000 page yield cartridge will run out of toner in around 800 pages.

Introduced in June 2004, the ISO/IEC 19752 standard method for testing page yield was introduced. It created a comprehensive process to test page yields. This standard method means that from now on all printer manufacturers and cartridge manufacturers will be quoting ink and toner cartridge yields using the same testing process. On the right you can see the sample page that is used to test yield. If your documents have more page coverage you will get drastically lower page yields from each inkjet or toner cartridge.

Why am I getting an error message after I install my new cartridge? Below are the most common error messages, as well as trouble shooting techniques to help eliminate any type of error message. If you are still unable to get rid of the error message please call our customer service department at 800-871-9095.

  • A message asking you to replace your black/color inkjet cartridge
  • The cartridge light blinks on the printer.
  • A message that ask you to check your black/color inkjet cartridge.
  • A message that indicates the cartridge is not seated properly.
  • A message that indicates there is no cartridge installed
  • How you can fix the problem:

    Cartridges that do not have an internal print head (Epson, Brother, Canon,)
    Many times this is caused by the chip on the cartridge not making direct contact with the printer sensors. All you need to do is open the area of the printer where your cartridges are installed. Remove the problematic cartridge from its designated port and reinstall the cartridge to ensure it is properly seated, secured, and that the chip is lined up with the printer censor. Close the printer cover and proceed to turn off the printer. Wait a few a few seconds and restart your printer. Proceed to print a test page and you should be good to go. If this problem still occurs please call our customer service department at 800-871-9095.

    Cartridges that have an internal print head (HP, Lexmark and some Canon)
    This is caused by the cartridge not making proper contact with the printer. This may also be caused by unclean contact points on the cartridge. Open the area where your cartridges are installed and remove the problematic cartridge. Then completely power down your printer for 2-3 minutes by unplugging the printer from its power source. As you wait you can clean the contacts on the bottom of the cartridge with a lint free cloth or coffee filter. Then power your printer back up, reinstall your cartridge making sure it is seated correctly, and that it’s in its designated slot. Your cartridge should be recognized and ready to print. If this problem still occurs please call our customer service department at 800-871-9095.

    Why does it say my cartridge is empty when I install it? We inspect all of our cartridges before packaging to ensure that the cartridge was filled with the correct amount of ink. The chances of actually receiving an empty inkjet are incredibly rare. A lot of times this reading is caused by the cartridge not being properly seated in its designated slot. We suggest that you remove the cartridge and reinstall it, make sure that it snaps into place and that it is seated correctly and securely. Please take into consideration that your printer doesn’t actually read the ink level of the cartridge. In fact the printer software determines the level of ink by remembering the number of pages that were printed when the previous cartridge was installed, which then estimates how much ink is remaining and when it should be replaced. If you install your new cartridge before you let the printer driver reset there is a chance that the printer may think you are still using the old empty cartridge. One way of fixing this issue is to reinstall your cartridge and click on the install new cartridge option; you may have to refer to your printer’s manual for further instructions. This will indicate to your printer that a new cartridge has been installed which will then prompt it to reset the internal page counter. This should eliminate that message, if further assistance is needed please call our customer service department at 800-871-9095.

    Some cartridges come in sets of multiples, for example: 4 black and 2 of each color. Can the cartridges be swapped out within the set so that we can get more of one color than others? No - the cartridge sets can not be mixed. We do offer price breaks on the individual colors so you can order them individually to get better prices on them.

    Why does the cartridge I received looks larger than the one that's already in my printer? The majority of our remanufactured cartridges come equipped with a protective clip that must be removed before installation. This "L" shaped clip that runs along the side of the cartridge. This is provided to protect the cartridge from any possible damage. This will make your cartridge seem a lot larger than the cartridge in your printer. Please open the package and carefully remove the protective clip as well as any protective tape that is covering the print head of the cartridge. If you still need further assistance please call our customer service at 800-871-9095.

    How can I get dried ink out of my inkjet print head so I can print again? You can get dried ink out of your inkjet by placing the clogged cartridge in about 1/4 - 1/2 inch of warm water for a few minutes. When the ink starts to slowly leak out take the cartridge out of the water and dry it using a soft cloth to "Q-tip." Then place it back in your printer and run the print head cleaning utility that comes with your printer software. You may have to run this 2-4 times before printing quality is reestablished. If your print head is damaged you will have to buy a new cartridge as the print head cannot be repaired.

    How should my cartridge be handled? You should never touch the electronic print head with any kind of abrasive material. Always use care when setting your cartridges down and do not place the print head in contact with any surface besides the printer.

    What is the best way for my cartridges to be stored? Room temperature is always the ideal for storing your cartridges. It is a good idea to store your cartridges in an upright position, because many times during shipment these units are not sitting in an upright position and ink will tend to settle at the opposite end of the cartridge which may cause printing issues. Ideally before use you want to have your cartridge sit in the upright position for a couple of hours to ensure that the ink moves to the bottom of the cartridge allowing the ink to pass through the sponge, which will allow the cartridge to print properly.

    What do the letters at the end of the HP inkjet cartridge part number mean? For example, if the cartridge is a C6656A will the C6656AN work as well? This letter signifies the volume. Most HP cartridges only have one type such as the #56 which you will also see shown as the C6656, C6656A and C6656AN. HP sometimes shows the cartridge as the 56A or C6656A, but the full part number is C6656AN. All versions are the same product with the same ink volume. Only if the first letter after the numbers was different would it be the same cartridge with a different volume. Other first letters at the end such as 51645G and 51645A are the identical cartridge, but with different volumes. The G is the free starter cartridge that comes with a printer and the A is the regular high volume cartridge that is sold in stores. When our cartridges are manufactured we always fill the cartridges completely. So, regardless of the letter at the end of part number or the letter you are used to order you will always get a high volume cartridge for us.

    Why don't you carry Epson refill kits? Due to the sensitivity of the Epson print head we do not endorse or sell refill kits for Epson printers. Epson printer incorporate a high quality print head onto their printers instead of disposable print heads on their cartridges.

    What is a remanufactured inkjet cartridge? Our remanufactured inkjet cartridges are professionally remanufactured and are original manufacturer's brand inkjet cartridges which have been through one cycle of service and have been recharged. Every inkjet cartridge has been thoroughly cleaned along with the printhead nozzles. Then the cartridge is filled with the same ink formulation, checked if it has the correct internal atmospheric pressure, inspected for any possible shell leakage, tested the operation of all electrical circuitry and finally ran through an actual print test. If the cartridge passes our rigid standards, it has been remanufactured!

    How can inkjet refill kits save me money? Inkjet cartridge refilling consists of personally recycling your empty inkjet cartridges so they can be used again. Using InkTec refill kits you can refill your cartridge 2-6 times using our tools, high quality ink, patented refill clip, and easy to follow pictured and written instructions. Refilling allows you to save money compared to buying new cartridges and help the environment at the same time.

    Additional information on Universal Refill kits and ink quality information. The print head on your cartridge may get clogged or destroyed by the inks that can not match the OEM's specifications, so Ink quality is the most important part of refilling. InkTec inks are formulated and tested under strict laboratory conditions to ensure the highest output quality at all times as compared with other OEM products.

    How many times can I refill my inkjet cartridge? Depending on the care taken between refilling the inkjet print head you can reful several times. Until this wears out you can keep recycling your empty cartridges. As a rule of thumb you can usually refill your cartridge 4-8 times.

    When is the best time to refill my inkjet cartridges? Ink can dry in the print head between refills, so if possible you should refill your inkjet cartridges before they run out.

    What is the shelf life of compatible brand ink cartridges? Approximately three years.

    Do you buy back empty ink cartridges? We currently do not require customers to send in empty cartridges as an exchange in order to get our low prices as some of our competitors do. We do accept some empty cartridges and pass them on to our recycling partners and suppliers. It helps keeps our costs down and retail prices low as you can see from our advertised prices. If you wish to help recycle cartridges please email [email protected] with your mailing address and if you have inkjet or toner cartridges that we can recycle, we can have a prepaid recycling label mailed out to you.

    We cannot take every type of cartridge back, so please specify what kind of empty cartridge you have, and state the cartridge number, if it is an original empty OEM cartridge or a remanufactured empty cartridge, and the quantity of empties that you have. This will help keep our cost on shipping low. If they are remanufactured empties, please collect around eight to ten cartridges and we can mail out a label right away. Be sure to email us your address so that we can have a label sent out once you have collected enough cartridges. If you have any further questions send us an email or call the toll free number listed below. Your prepaid recycle information should arrive in the mail about a 10 days after we respond to your email.

    Will my printer warranty be voided if I use refilled cartridges? It is a common misconception to think that the use of compatible cartridges in their printer will void their printer's warranty. The answer is NO - it will NOT void your warrenty!

    What follows is a partial quote from the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act, which protects your rights and your warranty.

    United States Code Annotated
    Title 15 Commerce and Trade
    Chapter 50 Consumer Product Warranties
    15 Section 2032

    ... (c) No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer's using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection be waived by the commission if:

    1) The warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and

    2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest.

    More simply put, this means that your printer warranty cannot be voided just because you choose to use compatible products unless the manufacturer can prove that the compatible product caused direct damage to your printer. No company, associate, salesperson, or service technician can deny you service or warranty work that would otherwise be covered under a warranty program simply because you use a compatible product. Your consumer rights are protected by the United States Government.

    If a coupon forces my order to go under $55 will I still get free shipping? No, the order total after any discounts or coupons must be over $55.00 in order to receive free shipping in the contiguous U.S.

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    Does the free shipping apply to Canada orders too? No, we only offer Free Shipping in the contiguous US. Orders shipping to Canada will ship Priority Mail according to the rate chart found here. Due to higher restrictions, safe guards, and customs inspections, orders can take up to 6-12 business days to arrive. Unfortunately, Canadian shipments do not have tracking numbers. Usually light orders take 6-7 days while heavier orders take longer. Customers are responsible for any duties or taxes imposed by Canadian Customs.

    Will I have to pay sales or use tax on my order? Local sales or use tax may apply to your order depending on the order’s “ship to” address. For important information on sales and use tax, please see our sales and use tax page located at

    Do you charge sales tax? We charge sales tax on all orders in California and Tennessee. Our local tax rate is 8.75%.

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    When should I expect my email confirmation? You should receive your email confirmation to the email address that was provided immediately once an order is received online, and then another email is then sent to you once the order is processed. A final email confirmation will be sent once the order is actually shipped out. If you have not received any of these emails it is possible that the email was delivered to your Junk Mail folder or we may have the incorrect email address on file. It is also possible that the order was never received in which case you may call our customer service at 800-871-9095 for assistance.

    What should I do if I have not received my order? Most packages that are shipped within the contiguous US are delivered within 3-5 business days. Orders that are shipped outside of the contiguous US may take longer to be delivered. To view our transit times click here. There is also the rare possibility that one of the items you ordered may be back order. To check the status of your online order please click here or login. You may also call customer service at 800-871-9095.

    Can I track my order? You may track your order by clicking here or by logging in. You may also call our customer service department at 800-871-9095; one of our courteous representatives will be able to assist you in locating your order.

    I am getting a new printer, and don't know what to do with my old one. You can find out how to recycle your old printers by checking out our dedicated page here.

    What is a printer driver and where do I find it? A printer driver is software that should come with your printer. Once they are installed on your computer, these drivers covert the information that different programs make into printable formats for your printer. Without drivers, printers wouldn't know how to resize and reorganize information from webpages to fit onto whatever size of paper that you put into your printer. Printer Drivers are basically there to tell your printer how to make what you end up seeing on the page look as close as possible to what you see on your screen. Select your printer brand below and click "Go" to find your driver.

    How do I find the manual for my printer? Although there is no manual for individual printer cartridges, a manual does come with your printer. If you happen to lose your printer manual, online copies can be found on the webpages of the manufacturer that made it. Select your printer brand below and click "Go" to find your printer manual.

    How do I locate Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)? Each printer manufacturer also releases a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the ink and toner that they produce. These sheets go over the safety implications associated with the contents of their products. For instance, ingesting the liquid ink inside of an ink cartridge is inadvisable; but to figure out specifically what the results of that decision would be, you would refer to a Material Safety Data Sheet.

    For the support page including the drivers, manuals, or material safety data sheets select your printer brand below and click "Go"