Inkjet cartridges are very expensive. In fact, DailyeDeals.com sometimes lists deals for entire new printers for less than the retail cost of one inkjet cartridge.
The truth of the matter is that most printer companies do not make money on selling printers -- they sell typically sell them at cost. Instead they make their profits on selling replacement inkjet cartridges. They are following the model of Gilette, which has done the same thing with razors and razor blades for a long time.
The solution for many has been to use inkjet refill kits. While these work OK and save a lot of money, they can also be a pain since they can be messy and hard to use. However, they were worth the effort because they saved a lot of money with how expensive inkjet cartridges were.
Now you can get brand-new compatible inkjet cartridges for 40-80% off retail prices. These are brand-new cartridges and they don't require any extra effort. You just take it out of the package and install just like with the OEM cartridges.
Compatible cartridges are mainly available for printers that use simple reservoirs as ink cartridges (such as Canon and Epson) because they are easy to copy. Hewlett Packard (HP) and Lexmark integrate the print head into the inkjet cartridge and protect it by patents, making it difficult for companies to make generic version of these ink cartridges. In these cases companies usually remanufacture the existing cartridges, refilling it with ink and testing to make sure it works like a new ink cartridge, rather than building a brand-new generic version.
The following stores sell discount inkjet cartridges or refill kits for printers from Lexmark, Hewlett Packard (HP), Canon, Epson, Xerox, Okidata, Compaq, Brother, Apple more.
Use the chart below to find stores that carry discount inkjet cartridges for your printer. Many of these stores also carry discount inkjet refill kits, laser toner, paper and similar products as well. They generally offer reasonable flat-rate shipping, with some providing free shipping with a minimum purchase.