Why are name brand/genuine toner cartridges more expensive than compatibles?

22. March 2012 04:45 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments

One of the most expensive costs of owning a printer is the ink toner. If you print many pages per month and are constantly buying new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges, you feel the pain. When the opportunity to save some money on ink or toner comes along, it’s only smart to take advantage of the savings.

OEM cartridges for laser or inkjet printers are very costly. There are several reasons for the high price. The brands made a considerable investment in research and development to design a cartridge that fits well, doesn’t leak and will not smudge your prints. These companies also advertise heavily on television and on the Internet. Those costs have to be recouped somehow. That’s why their cartridges can cost you an arm and a leg.

There are two types of cartridges you can buy to defray the cost of ink toner for your laser or ink jet printer. The first type are compatible cartridges, and the second are remanufactured cartridges. Both will provide high-quality printing results for far less than the OEM cartridges.

Compatible cartridges are brand new replacements designed and built to work perfectly with your OEM equipment. Of course, these cartridges can’t violate any copyright or trademark laws, so they may be slightly different from the originals. They will still provide the same quality of printouts you’re used to getting from OEM printers. Compatible cartridges can save you up to 80 percent over the cost of OEM cartridges. When compared to remanufactured cartridges, they are not quite as environmentally friendly. Some people argue that compatible cartridges suffer a higher failure rate than OEM cartridges, but the rate of failure is actually not that much higher than the OEM versions.

Remanufactured toner cartridges are the second alternative to buying brand new OEM ink cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges are basically recycled from used cartridges. Some are made from OEM parts, and some are made from compatible parts. The reused cartridges are fully refurbished and worn parts are replaced. You’ll save a considerable amount of money by switching to remanufactured cartridges. You’ll also do your part to help the environment by recycling the original cartridges. The print quality is the same as OEM versions, and the failure rates are not that much higher. The main difference is the cost and the recycling effect on the planet.

It’s important to check the packaging when you buy either compatible or remanufactured cartridges to make sure they’re the correct parts for your printer. The packaging will not resemble the trade dress of the OEM cartridges, so you may need to look a little harder. The savings are well worth the time spent searching. The remanufactured or compatible cartridges aren’t packaged in fancy boxes. That’s another reason they cost less.

Before you spend any more hard-earned money on printer toner, try a remanufactured or compatible discount toner cartridge. You probably won’t notice any difference, and you’ll find more money in your pocket.

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