13. Should i buy third-party inks?
Choose third-party inks for quality, not economy. Companies that produce inks for fine art purposes and b&w printing are generally reliable. It's very risky to buy an ink set just because it's cheaper than the printer manufacturer's ink. Low-buck inks, especially pigment-based ones, may clog your inkjet nozzles-and don't expect your warranty to cover that.
There's been little independent testing of the longevity of third-party inks, so it's hard to know how quickly colors will fade or shift. However, high-quality monochrome ink sets for b&w (like these seven Piezography inks, above) are made from carbon, which is quite stable, so they're likely to create long-lasting prints.