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Not only does PrinterInkRefills.com have the largest selection of ink cartridges, printer ribbon and laser toner on the Internet, we have a growing resources section with all the information you need about printing and copying. We know that to be the best in the business, you have to give your customers products at great prices and also equip them with the information they need to be confident, informed consumers. Here is an overview of printer ribbons, the various types and options available.

Types of Printer Ribbons: Printer ribbons utilize the technology first utilized by typewriters. They use a scrolling ribbon, coated in ink, to print on paper using thermal or dot-matrix technology.

  • Thermal ink printer ribbons: These printer ribbons come in three different types: wax, wax-resin and pure resin. Each will printer on a different medium. Wax will print on regular paper, wax-resin is used for regular paper and coated paper, and pure resin is used to print on plastic and other glossy mediums. Thermal printer ribbons utilize heat to transfer the ink to the medium, and are of better quality than dot matrix ribbons.
  • Dot matrix ribbons: Dot matrix printers were some of the first printers used with personal computers, but are still used today. Dot matrix printers run a print head back and forth punching "dots" against an ink covered printer ribbon which scrolls progressively. Although it is based on typewriter technology, the dots can be put in any format, allowing for a variety of images and fonts.

OEM Printer Ribbon vs. Compatible Printer Ribbon: There is little difference between Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) printer ribbons and compatible or aftermarket printer ribbons. OEM printer ribbons are made by the manufacturer of the printer or fax machine. For example, an Epson printer ribbon is used in an Epson printer. Compatible or aftermarket printer ribbons are made by a third-party, but compatible with name brand machines. Compatible printer ribbon may be referred to as "generic," but it is of the same quality as brand name ribbon and will produce the same results and same amount of pages. PrinterInkRefills.com carries a full line of discount printer ribbon from a variety of trusted manufacturers.

At PrinterInkRefills.com we have the largest selection of discount printer ribbons, ink cartridges, laser toner and more. We carry cheap printer ribbons from companies like: Apple, IBM, Kodak, Konica-Minolta, Lexmark, NEC, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard (HP), Okidata, Panasonic, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Xerox and more.

Browse our online catalog to quickly and easily find the cheap printer ribbon that you need. And remember, we'll pay the shipping within the continental United States for all orders over $50! Contact us today to get the cheap printer ribbons you need!

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