Cartridge advice

July 30 2019

What are the criteria to watch when shopping for your multifunctional printer?


Out of the box, your new multifunctional printer comes with an authentic manufacturer’s cartridge, but, if you are not enrolled in an automated cartridge renewal service, you may need to purchase future cartridges yourself.

Do you know the differences between cartridge categories? Do you use the right cartridges to maximize the needs of your business?

Here are the three main types:

OEM: A new cartridge manufactured by the same manufacturer as the device. It is the most reliable product available with optimized yield and the highest possible quality, providing exceptional output and reducing possible irritants to a minimum.

Remanufactured: A recycled OEM cartridge, remanufactured by a third party. The quality of remanufactured cartridges has improved significantly in recent years but remains variable, particularly from one brand to another. All remanufactured cartridges are not equal! Therefore, it is essential to choose your supplier carefully, since quality brands can have excellent value whereas lower quality brands can lead to nothing but headaches.

Compatible: A new cartridge manufactured by a third party. In most cases, this category of cartridge is manufactured in China and the quality of the products in the market vary a great deal. Issues can range from the build quality of the cartridge, i.e. leaks and squeaks, to the actual quantity of toner in the box vs the amount of toner claimed on the box. On the other hand, compatible cartridges from manufacturers with controlled quality standards can meet many office requirements at a significantly lower cost than their OEM counterparts.

The important thing to understand is that all cartridges have their benefits and can respond effectively to your needs if they are well chosen!

Regardless of category, look for cartridges from suppliers who stand by their products and offer exceptional service in the event of an issue.


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