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Cheap Canon Ink Cartridges

Why pay more?

So what's the secret to buying a cheap Canon ink cartridge? Let me get straight to the point:


In the high street you can easily pay £29 ($55) for 1 black and 1 color cartridge!

On eBay, it's easy to pay £17 ($32) or less for the pair!!!

A Preview

Take a look at these items. These are taken live from the eBay site, and are actually up for sale at the moment. The top table shows US items, and the one below shows UK items.

US Items

UK Items

Those are just a few of the items available. There's more to come at the bottom of the page, but first read a little about how to get the most out of eBay!

Essential Advice

Buying cheap Canon ink cartridges on eBay can be a great cash saver, but you need to know how to do it. Here are a few quick guidelines to follow to try and ensure you have a great time at eBay.

Searching for a Good Item

First thing's first, you need to find a good item. This means knowing how to look.

1. Try and enter a specific search term. That means 'canon ink' instead of 'ink'. Or even better 'genuine canon ink'.

2. Find out what cartridges your printer takes. This should be on the side of the cartridge, on the cartridge box, or in your printer manual. Canon have many different cartridge numbers, so make sure you're looking for the right type. You might search for 'genuine canon BCI-6' for example.

3. Look down a good number of the results. Sometimes the best bargains will be lurking near the bottom of the page.

Selecting the Best Item

Once we've brought up a good list of results, we need to pick the best one.

1. Why do we search using the word 'genuine'? We want to avoid items which aren't quality cartridges manufactured by Canon.

2. This means that you avoid items which have words in their title like 'Refurbished', 'Remanufactured', 'Canon Compatible', 'Canon Refill Kit' and so on.

3. Look for items which have 'Genuine', 'Original', or other similar words in their title.

4. Look for items which have a picture. Be careful though, eBay does have some 'Stock Pictures' which sellers can use. Unless the item description acknowledges that it is a stock photo however, the photo should be of the actual item you are buying.

5. A good example item description might be 'BRAND NEW UNOPENED GENUINE CANON BCI-6 INK CARTRIDGES (Blk/C/Y/M)'.

Checking Out the Seller

Once you've picked an item, you need to investigate the seller. There are some simple ways to do this:

1. Look at the 'Meet the Seller' box in the top right hand corner.

2. Check the seller has a good feedback rating. You're looking for both a high number of transactions (shown by the number in brackets), and a high percentage of positive feedback (shown by the percentage score below).

3. Look for the 'Power Seller' logo, just next to the feedback score. The Power Seller status is a commendation by eBay given to high performing sellers who have good feedback ratings.

4. Check how long the seller has been a member of eBay. This is shown just below the feedback score, and generally the longer the person has been a member, the more trustworthy they are.

5. Read some of the sellers feedback. By clicking on the number in brackets, you can read the feedback people have left about their experience with this seller. Do people sound positive? Take advantage of the experience of others.

6. Look at the item description. Does it look professional? Clear? This is usually a good indication in itself of a trustworthy seller.

Reading the Small Print

Once you've decided the seller seems genuine, and the item looks good, there is a last short-list of things to check:

1. Make sure the item is from your country. Even if you use the eBay site for your country, you can find items which are from elsewhere, and these often have large delivery costs. You can ask to search for only items located in your country using the Advanced Search feature.

2. Make sure you can pay for the item. Some sellers allow payment using PayPal. Some prefer payment by Postal Order / Money Order. Others let you pay by personal check. Check the payment details at the bottom to make sure that you can pay for the item, and never buy an item if you are not comfortable with the method of payment.

3. Read the listing carefully. Make sure you know what you're buying, and if there is any ambiguity, use the 'Ask Seller a Question' link to clarify the matter.

4. If you feel it's appropriate, ask the seller about the Use-By date on the cartridge. Mostly these are fine, but it can't hurt to clarify how long the cartridge can be safely stored before use. This is especially important if you ever decide to buy in bulk.

5. Be sure you're happy in ALL respects. If you have any worries, leave it. Look for another item. Wait a day or two and see what appears. Never buy anything you're not completely satisfied with.

Your Next Step

If you follow those guidelines, you should have no problem at all buying cheap Canon ink cartridges from eBay! The chances are, once you've tried it, you'll never turn back.

And that is genuinely my advice. Try it! Signing up to eBay is free, and if you buy one cartridge and then decide you don't like the idea, what have you lost?

Here are some more current listings from the eBay US and UK sites. Have a look. Explore the site. Give it a go!

US Items

UK Items

A Disclaimer of My Own

I should say, I suppose, that I can't guarantee anything about your eBay experience.

I can only give you my opinion, which I've done, and my best advice, which I've done. For obvious reasons, I can't ensure that you'll find cheap cartridges, or that you'll like the eBay system.

There are bad sellers, and there are people who abuse the eBay system, just like there are with every system. As long as you're careful, the likelihood is that you won't encounter these people, but I take no responsibility if you do.

I sincerely hope you enjoy using the eBay system. If you do have any concerns, please contact the eBay support team using the relevant link on your national eBay website.

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Happy Hunting!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my advice on buying cheap Canon ink cartridges. I wish you many happy purchases, and hope you save a lot of money.

Kind Regards

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