The differences in toner cartridges, whether they be OEM, off-brand or remanufactured, it can be important for your print quality and your printer’s well-being. Understanding these differences between the OEM cartridges and the generic ones will help you decide what is best for your office. You can either save a little money on a remanufactured laser toner cartridge or save your printer’s warranty by buying full-price supplies. Having the knowledge will help you make the right choice.
There are many toner cartridge recycling programs out there from all the major companies. That means you can find a variety of remanufactured cartridges direct from the manufacturer. These toner cartridges are guaranteed to have the same high quality as brand new ones.
But sometimes the remanufactured or generic cartridges just aren’t good enough. In that case, you will need to spring the extra money for OEM. Maybe you have experienced problems before when you tried to buy a generic version of your Oki toner cartridge. Or maybe you have had the experience of getting an off-brand version of your Dell 5100cn toner and then running into a problem, only to realize that you cannot have your repairs covered because you bought an off-brand cartridge. Make sure you understand your warranty and the needs of your printer before you decide to buy off-brand, as it can sometimes be a risk.
In some cases, you don’t have a choice. If you have a Xerox printer that only takes dry ink cartridges, you have to buy originals. The prices don’t vary that much from company to company, so it’s harder to find a deal. The good news is since you are buying ink sticks, you don’t even have to worry about recycling, buying recycled products or managing a cartridge program at work. There is just that much less plastic going into the landfill or being created in the first place.
A few meetings and a bit of research can help make sure that you and your office are on page with buying the right kind of toner or for your printers. It can be easy to just act or purchase without thinking, so having one person take charge and do the research can keep the whole ordering system in order and the ink or toner choices made logically.