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Original Vs. Re-Manufactured Toner Cartridges

Choosing the right toner cartridge for your printer or copier can be quite the task. You have to be cautious while making your decision, as you have so many options available to you. In addition to selecting the correct brand, you also have to think about the type of cartridge you would like to purchase. Do you want an original, remanufactured, refilled, recycled, compatible, or a generic cartridge?

In order to pick the right toner cartridge that perfectly suits your needs, you have to first understand the difference between the different types. Here, they are presented in detail.

  • Original cartridge
    Also known as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridge, an original cartridge is usually the preferred choice despite being the most expensive. They are cartridges that have been manufactured by the same company as your printer or copier for a particular model.
  • Re-manufactured cartridge
    Remanufactured cartridges are pre-used cartridges that, as the name suggests, are remanufactured to working condition. They are disassembled, cleaned, and all parts of the cartridge are inspected to see if replacements are needed. Then, after it is reassembled again with all components tended to and toner refilled, each re-manufactured cartridge goes through a thorough quality check. The biggest advantage to re-manufactured toner cartridges is their reduced prices. But, if the remanufacturer has not done a good job, output quality may suffer.
  • Refilled cartridge
    Perhaps the most affordable type of cartridges, refilled cartridges are simply drilled with holes and injected or refilled with new toner. They are the least reliable because a cartridge has many parts that may need attention or replacement in order for it to work like new again. These cartridges are usually resold by small local remanufacturing companies.
  • Recycled cartridge
    A recycled cartridge is one that is produced using assembled parts and materials of multiple used cartridges. Because they are recycled, their price point is lower than an OEM cartridge. Their reliability is determined by the quality produced by each individual recycling company.
  • Compatible/generic cartridge
    A compatible or generic cartridge is one that is manufactured for a specific model of a printer or copier by a company other than the original manufacturer of your office equipment. For example, many Konica Minolta and Kyocera printers have compatible/generic cartridges available through third-party companies. But, remember to vet companies that sell compatible cartridges to ensure the price point is accurate.

Which cartridge type is most desirable?
While most people are caught between original and remanufactured toner cartridges, compatible/generic cartridges are worth considering. Of course, each type has its own benefits, especially when you factor in pricing. OEM cartridges are the most reliable but are usually expensive. If you find reliable and trustworthy third-party companies that sell remanufactured or compatible cartridges, they are definitely worth a shot.

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