According to tests, cartridges sold by online retailer Carrot Ink produce very good photo and text quality, especially on Epson printers, and some reviewers say Carrot Ink cartridges also work well with HP printers. Generally, Carrot Ink cartridges produce acceptable results in all printing tests, and this company earns a respectable level of customer satisfaction. Carrot Ink offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and a "no-questions-asked" return policy; even better, one study cites cost savings of 10 to 15 percent with Carrot Ink cartridges compared to printer manufacturers' OEM cartridges.
Online ink-cartridge retailer CarrotInk.com is included in comparative tests by ConsumerReports.org, PC World and TechSupportAlert.com. We also found helpful data comparing OEM and aftermarket cartridges at Wilhelm Imaging Research.
ConsumerReports.org tests hundreds of store-brand, third-party and generic replacement ink cartridges for this report, including cartridges from CarrotInk.com.
Review: Printer Inks, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, July 2006
2. Wilhelm Imaging Research
Wilhelm Imaging Research "conducts accelerated light exposure and dark aging tests to determine the comparative life expectancy of inkjet and other digitally printed photographs, as well as that of traditional black-and-white and color photographs." The data here show differences in permanence between cartridges and brands.
Review: Test Results from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Henry Wilhelm and Editors
3. PC World
PC World purchases inks for printers from three aftermarket sources and compares them with the manufacturers' inks. Carrot Ink is found to produce comparable-quality output with an HP printer.
Review: Cheap Ink Probed, Dan Littman, Aug. 6, 2003
This newsletter reviews and rates Internet sellers of inkjet cartridges, including CarrotInk.com. Reviewer Ian Richards compares prices, describes the relative ease of finding and ordering what you need, and addresses customer-service issues such as returns.
Review: Review: The Cheapest Inkjet Cartridges Sites, Editors of TechSupportAlert.com, Updated April 5, 2011