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Remanufactured Cartridges and Compatible: What's the Difference?

Once you have decided to buy inkjet cartridges and laser toner cartridges from a third party, avoiding the high cost of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) prices, you have to find a quality source for you inkjet cartridges. Most discount cartridge sites offer two kinds of cartridges: remanufactured compatible and compatible cartridges. The fact that they differentiate should tell you that there is some sort of difference, but what is it? While both claim to offer the same quality as OEM cartridges, remanufactured and compatible differ in the way that they are produced.

Compatible Inkjet cartridges and laser toner cartridges are new cartridges made to the specifications that the OEM makes when making their cartridges. Cartridges are complicated to produce because they have small intricate parts that must be functioning properly in order to maintain the same print quality. Compatible cartridges are brand new and are often filled with the same quality ink. In quality comparisons, they rank right up there with the OEM cartridges and the price is no comparison; compatible cartridges cost a fraction of the OEM price.

Remanufactured compatible inkjet and laser toner cartridges, however, are a little different. Remanufactured means that they are previously used cartridges that have been recycled so that they can be used again. Remanufactured cartridges are often lower than the price of a compatible cartridge. Quality, however, can be an issue. Reputable companies make sure that the cartridge is in perfect working order, but make sure that you do your homework. There are quality comparisons between many companies and there are plenty of people looking to make a quick buck. Make sure that for any third party company you are buying from a reputable company.

The best part about buying a remanufactured inkjet or laser toner cartridge isn't the price, it's the part you are doing for the environment. It takes a lot of resources to make one cartridge and they take many years to biodegrade. By buying a remanufactured cartridge, you are helping out the environment saving many resources and sparing a cartridge from going into a landfill. It may not seem like a lot, but tens of thousands of cartridges get thrown away every year.

The key in deciding between a compatible and remanufactured cartridge is in doing a little research, and using a little common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure you are buying any third party cartridge from a reputable company. In doing so, you may be saving money and helping out the environment. That's a benefit everyone can enjoy.