Are You Using “Fake” Ink Cartridges? There’s An App To Detect Fake Or Not

I know there is a FIERCE debate about using non-brand name ink (or toner) cartridges. Vendors such as Cartridge World believe that their ink and toners are just as good as the brand name ones. Of course HP, Lexmark and other printer vendors feel you should only use their premium ink cartridges for the best use (better quality and better care of your printer and etc).

In any case Lexmark released an appso it’s customers can check if the ink cartridges they are buying are legit or not.

Curious of your ink is legit? Here’s 5 tell tale signs:

1) Price

If you think the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Be familiar with market prices for Genuine Lexmark cartridges before making a purchase.

2) Point of Purchase

Make sure you buy products only from Lexmark or an authorized reseller or distributor. Be wary of international trade and auction web sites offering Lexmark cartridges.

3) Packaging

Packaging that appears to have been tampered with, re-taped, resealed or looks reused may not be a Genuine Lexmark product.

4) Color Shifting Labels

Lexmark uses color shifting security labels on most of its printer supplies packaging to help you identify Genuine Lexmark products.

When viewed straight on:

Color shifting security label appears clear. The raised diamond and L characters appear red and gold. SEE VIDEO

When tilted:

The stripe changes to a brilliant blue. The raised characters turn blue, then silver.

5) Serial Numbers

Lexmark incorporates serial numbers on most of its printer supplies packaging. Serialization is a global track and trace system that provides beginning to end traceability of Lexmark, distributors and resellers and customers.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook

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