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*Est. $8 to $16
September 2011
by ConsumerSearch

  • Good ink quality for Epson and HP
  • 10 to 15 percent savings over OEM cartridges
  • Photo quality not as good as with OEM cartridges
Where to Buy

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 is included in comparative tests by, PC World and We also found helpful data comparing OEM and aftermarket cartridges at Wilhelm Imaging Research.

Where To Buy

Our Sources

1. tests hundreds of store-brand, third-party and generic replacement ink cartridges for this report, including cartridges from

Review: Printer Inks, Editors of, 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 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, Updated April 5, 2011

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