Do you ever wonder about the difference between compatible toner and ink cartridges vs. those that come from the original manufacturer? I mean, other than price? And what about remanufactured cartridges?
The price issue is certainly significant. And it does make you think… What about reliability and safety for your equipment? Can you really save all that money and still get high quality performance out of your printer?
Read on and find out the differences and similarities, along with the best options for YOUR needs. Which one should you buy? The difference in price between the cartridges from the original manufacturer as compared to the compatible cartridges or the remanufactured ones is quite significant. Does that also reflect a matching difference in quality?
Knowing the answer to that question will help you decide which type of cartridges to get while preserving your peace of mind. After all, you need high quality print output. You don’t want any smears, smudges, or fuzzy print on your document!
What is an Original Cartridge?
The cartridges we generally consider original are brand new, and they have been made by the same manufacturer whose name is also on your printer. Since HP is one of the most common brands for printers, an HP cartridge would be considered an original one, also called an OEM product.
Many people really value the trust factor, and are willing to pay a significant premium for getting an “original” cartridge. However, there are alternatives, as we’ll see below.
Compatible Toner and Ink Cartridges
Compatible Toner and Ink Cartridges are also brand new. They have been freshly manufactured… just not by the manufacturer who made your printer. There are quite a few third party manufacturers who create cartridges that are basically identically to the original ones.
Most of those so-called third party manufacturers create the same high quality products as the original manufacturer.
Unlike compatible toner and ink cartridges, remanufactured cartridges are not brand new. They have been used, generally once. Then, they have been returned to be cleaned and refilled. Of course they are also tested before being sent out to be used again.
Why is there such a big difference in price?
Consider the price you’ve paid for your printer… generally, printers are comparatively inexpensive. Sometimes, they even throw one in for free when you buy a computer! Yes, even (and especially) brand name printers!
The reason for that is that the printers’ manufacturers’ sell their printers at a steep loss, expecting to make their money back on the back end, i.e., by selling the ink and toner cartridges.
But with the increasing popularity of compatible and remanufactured cartridges, the math no longer works as expected.
What about Print Quality?
For quite some time, people placed a lot of trust in brand names and paid a premium to get the “real deal.” But word got out that the print quality was essentially the same. The ink formulation of the compatible cartridge is virtually identical to that of the brand name cartridge.
Whether it’s the colour reproduction, the print quality in general, or the ease of use, there’s really no difference between the two options.
What about failure rates? The failure rate is indeed slightly higher, but it is very insignificant in the grand scheme of printing. Consider that the brand name cartridges have a failure rate of less than 0.5%, and black remanufactured cartridges have a failure rate of 1%. Consider how many cartridges you would have to buy before that difference becomes significant! Just do the math!
Depending on how much you’re printing, this means one or two failed cartridges every five years or so, at most. Chances are that you won’t ever encounter a bad cartridge.
What about the warranty?
You may be wondering whether using compatible toner and ink cartridges can void the warranty of your printer. And you’ll be happy to know that the answer is “No!” Thanks to the Competition Act passed in 1998, there are clear guidelines that protect you as the consumer and give you free choice of where you purchase your cartridges.
Which toner or ink cartridge should you choose?
As you’ve seen, there are three types of options – OEM, compatible, and remanufactured cartridges. And they all are manufactured to the highest standards, and are virtually guaranteed to work for your printer.
Why not purchase a compatible or remanufactured cartridge with your next OEM order and do a comparison test yourself! Both kinds come with a satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t like them, you can return them.
Our customers have been very happy with both our compatible cartridges and the remanufactured ones. And if you aren’t for some reason, we’ll gladly take them back and issue a refund.
We’re so happy with compatible cartridges, that we’re having a special promotion right now. Just call us on July 19 on 0800 007 5566 to ask about our specials and get your compatible cartridges to do your own test! Of course you can also use our Live Chat.
Missed the deadline? Call us anyway, and we’ll be happy to assist you!
We’re looking forward to helping you look good – and crisp, accurate printing is certainly part of that!