Difference between compatible and original toner cartridges and inks

There are common misconceptions when it comes to knowing the difference between compatible and original toner cartridges and inks. The quality of your printing and your page yield will not be compromised when “settling” on a cartridge alternate. We will learn the main differences between cartridge alternatives and all the technological advances the printing industry has made so you can save money in the process.

We will always refer you to the highest quality of toner and ink for your printer – with more bang for your buck. We carry most toner and ink cartridges compatible for your printer and we aim to make sure you are pleased with the end result. We feel it’s most important to know the main difference between OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, and compatible or refurbished cartridges. Let’s dive in:

 Original Equipment Manufacturer toner and ink cartridges

When it comes to OEM ink and toner cartridges, these are the actual cartridges that have been made by the brand printer you have. We carry all the top brands of printer cartridges like Canon, Brother, Lexmark, Dell, Epson, HP and many more. The OEM cartridges will be the ones manufactured by the company printer you have and we have a full stock of them if so needed.

Compatible toner and ink cartridges

When talking about compatible cartridges, it means that they will match with or be compatible with your printer. The only difference will be that it’s been manufactured by another company – not your printer’s. Often termed as the “generic” brand of printer cartridge, it’s often given a slight for not being the correct cartridge for your printer. This could be further from the truth! Because manufacturers carry such a high quality standard and produce these cartridges under strict code and quality control, they may even exceed the page yield and quality for your prints! And obviously, they will provide more bang for your buck not being of the same brand as your printer – truly a win-win!

Remanufactured toner cartridges

Another area where you can save some money is with a remanufactured toner cartridge. Essentially these are cartridges that have been repurposed to be used as cartridges again. Recycled cartridges if you will.

The process to produce these cartridges includes certified technicians gathering them, cleaning them out, replacing all the bad parts and refilling them with semantic toner. Once that’s done, it’s tested and resold to the public. Not only will this be savings for you and your business, but it will also help the environment! With landfills and garbage dumps filling up with empty toner and ink cartridges, it’s also a nice way to give back.

Interestingly enough, remanufactured cartridges can sometimes have more toner or ink because OEM cartridges aren’t necessarily fully emptied to completion. With compatible cartridges, it’s always emptied to full capacity, thus giving you more page yield – and more bang for your buck!


John Smith - Apr 24, 2017

I have used a Fuji Xerox CT201632. There is a lot of confusion out there around the differences between toner and ink cartridge. But reading your post i have gained more information about toner and ink cartridge. Thank you for sharing this useful information with us.

Leave a comment

Comments have to be approved before showing up