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Description OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, meaning the cartridge was made by the same company that made your printer. Original brand cartridges are very reliable and sometimes the only option if your printer is new to market or uncommon. Remanufactured ink is a genuine brand cartridge that has gone through one cycle of use. After use, the cartridge is recycled, acquired by a remanufacturing facility and put through a rigorous professional refurbishing process. During the refurbishing process the cartridge is disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and tested for quality. It's then carefully refilled, tested again and brought back to life. Buying remanufactured prevents one less cartridge from ending up in a landfill. A compatible cartridge is a brand new ink cartridge built by a manufacturer other than your printer. It's like buying the generic version of the genuine brand. Most are uniquely designed to differentiate from genuine cartridges. Despite any structural difference you may notice, the cartridge will still fit in your machine and print a full yield, just like the original brand.
Price Factors Many printer manufacturers follow the razor-and-blades business model which may result in higher priced genuine cartridges. Remanufactured ink is much cheaper than the original brand ink. It's far more cost effective to refurbish a previously used cartridge than create a new OEM from scratch. Compatible ink is much cheaper than the original brand. Compatible suppliers don't have to worry about the additional costs that hinder OEMs like new printers or firmware, which lets them keep prices low.
Quality Original cartridges work extremely well and are covered under a warranty by the printer manufacturer High quality remanufactured ink will match the quality of the original, but not all remanufactured ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results. High quality compatible ink will match the quality of the original, but not all compatible ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results.
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Material Liquid ink Dry powder
How it works Inkjet printers use a series of nozzles that spray tiny drops of ink directly on the print suface Laser toner printers use static electricity and heat to bond dry toner powder to a page
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Number of Pages You Can Print A cartridge's page yield is the estimated number of pages you can print. Page yield is based on 5% page coverage. This means that the quoted page yield is based upon printed pages where only 5% of the page has been imprinted with ink. For example, a short memo has approximately 5% coverage. If you have a cartridge that has a yield of 500 pages, it can print 500 pages of that short memo. If you are printing letters, photos or graphics, your coverage will vary greatly and your page yield will drop significantly.
Cartridge Warranty and Shelf Life Most ink and toner cartridges include a warranty or "best by" date on their box. Remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges can last 12-18 months unopened, and toner cartridges can last up to 3 years.
Cartridge Care and Storage Only open a cartridge when you need it. Opened cartridges will eventually dry out, especially if the protective tape or clip has been removed. If you have an open ink cartridge around and would like to try and prevent it from drying out, place it nozzle side up in a plastic airtight tub. If your cartridge came with protective tape or a clip reapply both before storing. Place a damp cloth or paper towel in the tub, next to the cartridge and keep it stored in a cool, dark place.

Compatible Canon Inkjet Cartridge w/ Smart Chip, PGI9GY Gray Ink for PIXMA Pro9500, Pro9500 Mark II

Reg. Price $15.95

Our Price $4.49

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Canon - PIXMA


InkCartridges.com offers compatible inkjet cartridges to replace the Canon PGI-9GY / PGI-9GR gray ink cartridge exclusively designed for your Canon PIXMA Pro9500 or Pro9500 Mark II printer. Our ink cartridges are built entirely from new parts, and are of the highest caliber. Our LD brand compatible inkjet cartridges are backed by a 2 Year Guarantee and with fast shipping!


Item Code Product Type Printer Brand Model Name Ink Color Cartridge Yield Type Page Yield Cost Per Page Shelf Life
PGI9GY Ink Cartridge Canon 1042B002 Gray Standard 210 2.14 cents 36 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711


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Canon Compatible PGI9GY Gray Ink

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


for Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 MKII

By ted73

from Terre Haute, IN

Site Member

Comments about Compatible PGI9MBK Matte Black Ink for Canon:

These replacement cartridges are compatible only if all the installed cartridges are of this type. A mixture of these replacements and the original Canon cartridges is not compatible. Nozzle check will not print correctly until all the cartridges are the same type . I assume that this is due to the difference in the design where the cartridge meets the print head. I can't say that this is true for all the printers that these cartridges work with , but I know for sure that this is true for the PIXMA Pro 9500 MkII.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Very unhappy with product

By milt22

from Florida

Site Member

Comments about Canon Compatible PGI9GY Gray Ink:

Had purchased a bunch of your cartridges previously.
Ink spilled out of the cartridges all over the place. Didn't work or poor color quality. Ink level indicator was no good. I didn't return them because I had no confidence in them and made no sense to ask for replacements. I wrote it off and decided to stay with Canon's OEM cartridges.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By stephen

from Des Moines, Ia

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Comments about Compatible PGI9MBK Matte Black Ink for Canon:

2 of 3 leak and one clogged the print head...never buy

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Didn't work for me.

By PhotoUser

from Maryland

Site Member

Comments about Canon Compatible PGI9GY Gray Ink:

I have a brand new Canon Pro9500 MarkII printer. I love the quality of the prints this printer makes but it really eats some of the inks. I purchaced this replacement gray ink and unfortunatley it clogged the print head resulting in streaky prints. I cleaned the print head 3 times same results. I tried a second cartridge and still same results. I finally purchased a Cannon cartridge and it is now fine. The customer services is great, I am returning the cartridges for a refund. I recommend try it, but if it doesn't work go back to Cannon.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


doesn't work

By captainphoton

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Compatible PGI9MBK Matte Black Ink for Canon:

it leaked when i took it out of the protected cover.
Printer would not recognize it when I first put it in.
Did a nozzle clean and it said I was out of ink.
I have just put it in!
took it out it still have plenty of ink but it said I was out?

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