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OEM OR Compatible Toner

The Difference between OEM, Compatible and Remanufactured Toner Cartridges

In this blog, I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each of the types of toner cartridges available on the market and provide you with the information you need to make a more informed buying decision for your laser printer, your printing needs and budget.

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OEM Cartridge: Cartridge made or branded by the Original Equipment Manufacturer. If you have an HP LaserJet printer, the HP brand is the OEM cartridge.

Compatible Cartridge: Cartridge made by a third party manufacturer using all new compatible parts. It has similar quality and similar or higher page yield than the OEM cartridge.

Remanufactured Toner Cartridge: Cartridge made by a manufacturer using a spent OEM cartridge that he disassembled, replaced any worn parts, filled with toner and re-assembled. 

Advantages of Buying OEM Toner Cartridges

OEM Toner Cartridges are designed to provide the best print quality. If your work demands the absolute highest quality prints, you face the situation and pay for the OEM brand toner cartridges.

Disadvantages of Buying OEM Toner

The main disadvantage of buying OEM branded toner cartridges is the relatively high cost. Due to severe competition, the initial cost of laser printers is now very low. Printer manufacturers are installing start-up toner cartridges in their less expensive models and have raised their prices on the replacement cartridges to make up their low initial profit on the sale of consumables. It is the old Gillette Safety Razor Company concept "Give 'em the razor; sell 'em the blades".

Advantages of buying Compatible or Remanufactured Toner Cartridges

The biggest advantage of using compatible or remanufactured toner cartridges is their lower cost, while giving  similar quality printing and page yield as the OEM cartridges – sometimes even as much as half the cost of the branded cartridge.

Disadvantages of buying Compatible or Remanufactured Toner Cartridges

One of the major disadvantages of compatible or remanufactured toner cartridges is quality control during their manufacturing processes. When buying them online from an auction site or a less than reputable dealer, you never really know what quality and functionality you are going to get. You can overcome this disadvantage by buying from Ameri-Tech Concepts, Inc. in business since 1992, who provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee.