OEM Print Ink Cartridges Vs Remanufactured

Choosing the right toner cartridge for your printer or copier can be quite a 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 our most recent blog, the professionals at Braden Business Systems discuss the types of cartridges available so you can make the right decision for your company. For all of your company’s printing and copier needs, contact Braden Business Systems today.

What Are the Different Types of Print Cartridges?

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.

Remanufactured 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 remanufactured cartridge goes through a thorough quality check. The biggest advantage to remanufactured toner cartridges is their reduced prices. But, if the remanufacturer has not done a good job, print 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.

Contact Braden Business Systems for Your Printer and Copying Needs

While most people are caught between original and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, generic/compatible 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 and compatible cartridges, they are definitely worth a shot.

Contact Braden Business Systems today to get the best prices on reliable toner cartridges!