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Self-Ink vs. Pre-Ink

What is the difference between self-inking and pre-inked rubber stamps?

The main difference, without getting technical, is the quality of the impression and how long the stamp lasts between re-inkings.
Both are refillable and come in many colors.  Self-inkers are made of water-based ink & pre-inked stamps are made of oil-based ink.
Pre-inked stamps are the best quality and provide a solid, crisp impression while self-inkers offer a good impression at an economical price.
Both of these styles are not recommended for glossy surfaces because they will smear.

Self-inking stamps have an inner working mechanism where the rubber die retracts back up and stamps the inner pad every time
while pre-inked stamps have the ink impregnated in the rubber die and with a simple press, the impression is done.  
The self-inker is a little more economical, but the pre-inked, while more expensive, offers thousands of more impressions without re-inking,
and the impressions are crisper.  We have two complete lines in both the self-inking and pre-inked stamps. All can be easily customized,
proofed and ordered on our website at the best prices online, Knockout Prices from the Rubber Stamp Champ!

Pre-Inked Stamps - Best Quality - Lasts for 50,000 impressions, oil-based ink, refillable in 11 ink colors
Self-Inking Stamps - Good Quality - Lasts for 10,000 impressions, water-based ink, refillable in 11 ink colors




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