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Dear Lifehacker, We all know that ink is ridiculously overpriced. The printer companies always say to stay away from non-genuine ink, but is there really any damage that non-genuine ink cartridges can do to your printers? Thanks, Ink Twice

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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We don't feature printer ink deals often, but this seems notable: from today until February 1, Big W is offering half-price off the second ink cartridge if you buy two at the same time (an effective 25 per cent saving). The deal is also available online and there's no postage charge, so that might be a better bet than seeing if the right cartridge is in store at your local branch.

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Printer companies assure us that original inks are the only way to get quality output. Reinkers and clone ink manufacturers suggest that argument is designed to ensure massive printer company profits. Which side is right? Our favourite tech video producers Byteside decided to investigate using photo printouts.

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Everyone's been there: You just bought an expensive ink cartridge for your printer, you use it for a while, and then suddenly—much sooner than seems reasonable—your printer tells you that you're either low on or out of ink. Suspicious of the amount of ink wasted by adhering to the low ink warnings of popular printers, PC World hit the lab, testing just how much ink is left in "dead" cartridges. The results:

Many manufacturer-branded (OEM) and third-party (aftermarket) vendor cartridges leave a startling amount of ink unused when they read empty. In fact, some inkjet printers force users to replace black ink cartridges when the cartridge is nearly half full.