History of Inkjet Printers & Ink Cartridges

When inkjet printers & printer ink cartridges hit the scene in 1984, printing documents both at the office and in your home, became easier and more reliable. Maintaining your printer and its inkjet cartridges became a simple task compared to the years before when changing ribbon and toner cartridges was a major pain.

The dot matrix method of printing was not nearly as convenient and dependable as the inkjet system that replaced it. Many companies contributed to the development of inkjet technology. Around 1990, inkjet printers and ink cartridges started to become widely accepted by consumers and today sits atop the list of most preferred printing methods.

Many factors made inkjet printers popular, most notably the advent of printer ink cartridges. Every inkjet printer uses a certain type of ink cartridge. Manufacturer's each recommend their own brand of printer ink cartridges, but there are also options beyond original equipment manufacturer (OEM) inkjet cartridges. offers OEM ink cartridges, remanufactured ink cartridges, compatible replacement ink cartridges and ink cartridge refill kits for a wide variety of printers.

To learn more about the printer ink and accessories we offer, view our past article, Inkjet Printers and Printer Ink Cartridges or browse our online printer ink store.

Inkjet printers are used by millions of individuals worldwide in businesses, non-profits, schools, and homes. It doesn't look like the technology will be going anywhere due to its ability to print high-quality documents quickly and affordably. The most important thing to remember when buying printer ink online is "make sure the retailer is reputable". is one of the most respected printer ink providers in the industry and is BizRate Customer Certified with over 25,000 customers contributing to our certification by providing product/service ratings. Our huge printer ink inventory and excellent customer service will keep us on top.

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