If you want top notch graphics then the only way to guarantee them is by using top notch inks - those from the printer manufacturer or recommended by him.
Good as compatible inks may appear to be, they are not the genuine thing and you have no guarantee of quality or compatibility with your printer nor any comeback if things go wrong with the printer.
We use inkjet printers on a professional basis and we are alway getting companies contacting use trying to sell compatible this, that and the others. We have never found anything that matches the real thing. there is alway something amiss somewhere and with inks, it is usually the colour rendering.
I have to be honest. I totally agree with you! Up until now, I've always gone the manufacturers' route on inks. Like you, I do thinks they're the best. I need the printing to be good, but my wallet is suffering a bit at the moment, hence the thread.
If someone had come back with a real wow! on inkcycle, I might have tried one run.
As nobody has come back with a suggestion that they would never use anything else, I think I shall take it as read that you can't beat the real thing and stay with it.
Had a look at 7dayshop prices on my cartridges and they come out about the same as I pay from Viking (I have an account there). And Viking have the advantage of next day. Staples also quote about the same price.
Just to pick up on a point made earlier in this thread, about using compatible ink cartridges, and there being "no comeback if things go wrong with the printer".
Most reputable suppliers offer a comprehensive guarantee with their compatible cartridges, which also covers any damage caused to a printer due to the use of their cartridges.
I know in the case of Britink, should a printer be damaged through the use of our compatible cartridges, we will either pay for the printer to be repaired, or replace the printer, as well as paying any carriage costs incurred in the process.
I daresay that the situation is likely to be the same with most suppliers, such as Inkcycle and Choice, as both are reputable companies, and take pride in their customer service.