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Myths and Facts about using compatible ink and toner

Many have heard about quality and reliability issues associated with compatible printer ink and toner. But has technology now advanced so much that buying compatible ink/toner for a fraction of the price of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) products be an easy way to save you or your business money?

The Myths Unveiled:

Will third party ink void your printer warranty?

There is a widely circulated myth that using remanufactured ink and toner cartridges impacts printer warranties. THIS IS NOT TRUE!  Despite some claims otherwise, using compatible ink cartridges cannot legally void your warranty. Cases have been tried in the US and EU, and in both courts it’s been decided that no manufacturer has the right to use their warranty to compel purchases of any particular replacement or spare part. In the US, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act specifically outlaws these “tie-in sales provisions”.

Will third party ink wreck your printer?

So, if it doesn’t void your warranty will non-OEM ink wreck your printer? Printer manufacturers are very fond in saying that it will, however, in practice it is an extremely rare occurrence. If you use a reputable supplier, their products will be made to ISO9001 manufacturing standards and will be extremely reliable.

Are third party cartridges are of lower quality than originals?

While there are some bad companies out there —as there are in any industry— most third-party compatible and remanufactured cartridge companies adhere to high standards. Compatible inks are usually manufactured to the same product specifications and standards as original manufacturered cartridges.

Are remanufactured cartridges just old, refilled cartridges?

Remanufactured cartridges are more than just old cartridges injected with more ink. The cartridge makers also inspect each cartridge, make repairs and replace old and worn out components. The microchips are replaced and all cartridges are run through a print test to ensure functionality before heading out the door. This is why remanufactured cartridges are a lot more reliable than cartridges customers refill themselves.

Do remanufacturing companies reuse old ink and toner?

This would be impossible – ink and toner is contaminated during the printing process by paper, dust and other contaminants.  Remanufacturers make their own ink using original manufacturers’ specifications. In most cases, the ink from a remanufactured cartridge is tailored to the specific brand and model of printer you’re using. Printer ink from these companies is not one-size-fits-all, and it’s never combined or recycled.

Does third party ink have has a lower page yield than original ink?

Actually, some compatible and remanufactured cartridges have higher page yields than the originals. A majority of OEM cartridges are not filled to their capacity and many compatibles have higher ink levels. Also, there is a wider range of high-yield ink cartridges available than in the original range, ensuring you can get the best value ink for your needs.

Are all third party cartridges the same?

No, there are many different makes and manufactures of remanufactured cartridges and if you have a problem with one brand you should not give up on compatibles altogether. Just find a hiqh quality supplier that will stand behind its products. Many will offer a 1-year warranty.

Making the change from OEM to remanufactured printer cartridges can provide significant savings with no drop-off in quality. For instance an office of 20 employees with two printers can spend $3,260 per year on printer cartridges, and remanufactured cartridges can save that office as much as $950 per year in costs.

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