Many people opt to buy toner from the same company that made their printer. There is a comfort and trust that big manufacturers provide, leaving consumers with no doubt that quality will be the highest possible. However, most major manufacturers offer low prices for printers in hopes that you will purchase overpriced replacement toner from them. Though most will fall into this trap, the whispers of alternative options have gotten louder and begun to reach more people.
Though compatible toner, for example Brother TN210Y toner, is an option in some cases, testing for these products is not as thorough as OEM versions. Another issue with them is that not all manufacturers allow third parties to make compatible replicas of the name-brand toner. Remanufactured toner cartridges are tested and guaranteed to provide the same quality and capacity as OEM. They are available from various vendors.
The process of remanufacturing a toner cartridge is complicated and has improved over the years. What started as “drill and fill” has become a multiple-step process. First, the cartridge is completely disassembled and all of the parts are separated and inspected before being adequately cleaned. If there are any parts that are worn or broken, they are replaced with new parts. A new drum, blade and roller are added and the container is filled with brand new toner, such as HP Q7583A toner. The cartridge is then put back together and tested. Once testing is complete, it is sealed with a pull-out strip to eliminate leakage.
Remanufactured toner cartridges are made possible by consumers recycling their empty cartridges. There are many companies that offer programs that will pay for the shipment, and some that even offer store credits or monetary compensation. However, the true compensation is the opportunity to buy high-quality remanufactured toner, such as HP C4182X toner, that is less than half the price of the OEM toner yet still is capable of producing the same quality and page yield.