Remanufactured or Compatible Ink Cartridges Good, Bad or Ugly?

Remanufactured or Compatible printer ink cartridges are simply a lot cheaper than the manufacturers own cartridges. But are remanufactured, refilled, recycled, compatible or refurbished ink cartridges good, bad or ugly? In short, do they really work?

You may have heard horror stories about Remanufactured or Compatible printer ink cartridges, like, they don’t work, will ruin your printer, or will void your printers warranty, and of course they might cost a lot less than manufacturers own brand, but what’s the point if the cartridge won’t print?

So can you trust Remanufactured or Compatible printer ink cartridges to work? The fact is, that every printer cartridge, whether manufactured by HP, Canon, Brother or remanufactured, may malfunction when fitted into your printer. Social media sites and forums are full of just as many complaints about branded cartridges as non-branded. At Westbury Inks what we hear back from our customers (if we do here back from them) is that they very seldom get problems with Remanufactured or Compatible cartridges.

Most ink cartridges come with a chip embedded into them and sometimes these chips becomes damaged during the remanufacturing process. Some printer manufacturers go out of their way to make sure their cartridges can’t be refilled or reused, but most, including Hp, Dell, Brother and Canon cartridges, don’t have an issue being refilled and can be recycled again and again.

So, no matter what you have heard about Remanufactured or Compatible printer ink cartridges the inescapable fact is that they are much much cheaper than manufacturers own cartridges. Give Remanufactured or Compatible printer ink cartridges a chance and you will see the saving. They are also more eco friendly, better for the environment and if you’re not sure what to do with your old cartridges, Westbury Inks offer to take your unwanted cartridges away for recycling.

Refilling your old cartridges can save you up to 60 percent of the cost of new ink, and you are doing your bit to help reduce landfill – what could be better!


A guide to ISO paper sizes

Standardised A series paper sizes like A4 or A5 are widely used around the World. They are set out in the international standards ISO 216 and the British standard BS EN ISO 216:2007 which sets out the paper size system and the ethos behind it.

The ISO paper size system basically governs the height-to-width ratio of paper sizes. This system is unbelievably clever when applied to paper sizes, as when cut in half, or doubled along the short edge the resulting sheet size retains the same width/height aspect ratio.

BS EN ISO 216:2007 defines the A series of paper sizes with the following rules.

  • The height divided by the width of all A paper sizes is 1.4142 which is the square root of two .
  • The A0 size has an area of exactly one square meter.
  • A1 is A0 cut into two equal sheets, so the length of A1 is the width of A0 and the width of A1 is half of the length of A0.
  • All smaller A series sizes follow the same rules, so the length of A5 is the width of A4 etc.
  • The standardised height and width of the A paper sizes are millimetres.

For applications where the ISO A series does not provide an adequate size, ISO have developed the B series of paper sizes and the C series which is mainly used for envelopes.

To find out more information or to get a free large format PDF of the ISO 216 A series paper sizes contact your local Westbury Inks Store.

Back from Holiday


Fresh back from holiday from Madrid – a very nice city too – got plenty of news from the world of Westbury Inks.

We have decided to relocate our Gloucester Road branch to a larger premises at 68 Northumbria Drive, Henleaze because of expansion and demand in that area.

We will be closing the doors at 342 Gloucester Road on the 7th June 2014 for the last time.

If you require anything in the meantime please contact either myself or one of my colleagues at the Westbury On Trym branch on 0117 9507050 or email

I would like to thank all the traders and customers from Gloucester Road for their support, we hope to see you again soon!


Manager – Westbury On Trym


Welcome to this, our first blog by Westbury Inks.

We hope to bring you up to date news of new printing products on the market and also any special offer we have running in our branches throughout Bristol.

If you haven’t already – please visit our facebook page and give us a ‘like’ to receive vouchers to use against your in store purchases.

We also have a you tube channel with some helpful clips on printer repairs etc.

Back soon

Stuart – Manager (W-O-T)