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What’s the Difference between Genuine, Remanufactured, and Compatible Ink Cartridges?

With the elevated prices of inks and toners these days, Remanufactured and Compatible cartridges are becoming the more popular choice to replace old or used ink and toner cartridges with. Both Remanufactured and Compatible cartridges are offered at only a fraction of the price the OEM or Genuine ink and toner cartridges are available for and they all contain identical printer compatibility and page yield specifications. So why are there three different choices of cartridges to choose from and what’s the difference between them?

OEM / Genuine Cartridges

OEM ink cartridges and OEM toner cartridges are also known as Genuine ink and Genuine toner cartridges.

OEM is an abbreviation for Original Equipment Manufacturer which means the item comes from the company that built the main equipment or printer in this case. OEM cartridges are created completely from scratch and require a lot of oil to manufacture. Companies such as Brother, HP, Canon, Xerox, Kodak, Dell, and so forth are all OEM or brand name companies that offer Genuine ink and toner cartridges to replace the cartridges that came with the printer during the purchase.

Since each component of the cartridge is created from scratch at the brand name manufacturer’s facility, Genuine cartridges tend to be the least environmentally friendly replacement. Several ounces of oil are used to produce an average sized ink cartridge and toner cartridges, being much bigger components, use nearly a gallon of oil to be created. These replacement cartridges also need new rubber, plastic, foam, metal, paper, and inks or toner powder to complete the component.

These companies make the necessary arrangements for their printers and cartridges to work well together and spare no expense in doing so. OEM companies try to use the best quality parts and fill their cartridges with the best quality inks and pigments to give their customers a high quality consumable product. Unfortunately this makes the components significantly more expensive, ranging from 2 to 5 times higher than their Remanufactured and Compatible counterparts.

Compatible Cartridges

Much like the OEM cartridges, Compatible cartridges are made from scratch and are completely new components. A compatible cartridge is made from a third party manufacturer or company with the intension of bringing consumers a cheaper or more affordable alternative when it comes to replacing ink and toner. These cartridges are not made from the Original Equipment Manufacturer or brand-name Company but are intended to function and work the same way that an OEM cartridge would.

Many of these third party manufacturers use the same elements, steps, and regulations as the OEM companies to create their compatible cartridges for a product that matches or replicates the overall functionality and quality of the genuine cartridge. The quality of a Compatible cartridge will depend on the quality of company making the cartridge and distributing the cartridge.

If an extremely cheap price is available, way below what their competition is offering the same Compatible cartridges for, chances are these replacements are simply garbage and will not print with any consistency or quality if they print at all. Make sure the distributor ensures that all their products have been ISO certified and try to deal only with companies that are accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), as these companies follow stricter guidelines and bring comparable products to the scene.

Chances are that an LC 103 ink cartridge you found for a Brother DCP and MFC printer being sold at $1.99 per cartridge is too good to be true.

Remanufactured Cartridges

Remanufactured Cartridges are the absolute best replacement alternative for the environment. Remanufacturers refill depleted ink and toner cartridges, keeping tens of thousands of pounds of industrial-grade metals and plastics out of landfills each year. Remanufacturers start with recycled cartridges and components and use them to recreate and redistribute cartridges back to the consumers.

Recycled cartridges are delivered to these remanufacturers to start the process of bringing consumers a cheaper alternative component to replace ink and toner with. These remanufacturers will first Inspect, Sort, and Grade all the recycled components and keep only the most premium pieces to ensure optimal output quality. The remaining pieces or non-conforming components are dissembled and recycled appropriately.

Once the pieces have been sorted and graded, they are split open and thoroughly cleaned before being refilled and resealed. After being sealed, factory trained technicians will assemble all cartridges with OEM grade components then send them off to be tested and packaged for quality control.

Quick Overview

In a nut shell, OEM cartridges are from the product manufacturer, Compatible cartridges are from a third party looking to provide a cheaper replacement, and Remanufactured cartridges are simply cleaned and refilled OEM cartridges. At Inkgrabber, we always recommend the less expensive Compatible and Remanufactured cartridges from Inkgrabber.com, as they significantly lower the cost to operate each printer and are tested thoroughly to ensure top quality printing results. We also offer Inkgrabber coupons that will help lower the cost of our Remanufactured and Compatible inks and toners.

Smart Chips on Printer Cartridges

Many printer manufacturers’ have added a smart chip to some of their ink and laser toner cartridges in an attempt at combating the fiscally beneficial Refill Kit and Compatible or Remanufactured ink and toner cartridge market. The sole purpose of the smart chip is to count the number of droplets dispensed from the device and report that data to the printer to track ink usage until a predetermined amount has been reached. Once that amount has been reached, the printer will display one of several messages, such as “low ink,” “out of ink,” “replace ink,” and other similar messages that prevent the user from continuing to print. These messages can also appear from time to time if a third party cartridge is used that is not recognized by the printer, even though it was just installed and is full of ink or toner. Simply refilling the cartridge will not fix the error message either, as the chip measures dispensed droplets and not the actual amount of substance inside the tanks. To solve the error message issues, there are a few different solutions consumers can try.

Solution 1: has hidden costs and can be messy

One route is by purchasing a refill kit and chip re-setter device, which is a small box-like device with a few metal prongs (or contacts) protruding out in one little section. These are very easy to use and only take a few seconds to operate. To reset the chip, the user simply has to align the chip on the cartridge to the prongs on the re-setter device and hold it there for a certain number of seconds. The re-setter will then “reset” the chip, allowing users to print the predetermined amount once more. There are some dangers involved in refilling your own cartridges and this method is not recommended unless you have a very safe and clean environment to work in. This method is messy and some toners can be toxic when inhaled or rubbed into the skin. Moreover, the device itself is an additional cost that cuts into the savings earned when refilling the ink and toners yourself.

Solution 2: free but can be complicated

There are some software companies out there offering free programs that can help the user take control of the printer’s chip such as the SSC Smart Chip and Printer Service Utility for Epson Printers. The program works with most Epson Desktop printers and was designed to reset the chip or “freeze” the count in cases where resetting is not possible. “Freezing” is a method that suspends the chip from transferring the droplet count data to the printer, which prevents the printer from locking your cartridge when reaching the predetermined amount of droplets. Freezing the chip can only be done with brand new cartridges before the user starts to print but allows the users to refill and reuse the same cartridges. These programs should always be free to use, so do not get fooled into purchasing a plan from another company offering someone else’s free software.

Solution 3: easy and affordable

The recommended option is to simply purchase Remanufactured or Compatible cartridges from a quality third party ink and toner distributor. Compatible cartridges and Remanufactured cartridges are always offered at reduced prices from the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or brand name cartridges, helping users save anywhere from 30 to 82 percent off retail. And when purchasing from quality distributors such as Inkgrabber, you can feel safe knowing that all their products have been tested and ISO9001 certified to ensure pristine functionality. These companies produce their own compatible products or refill OEM cartridges and place brand new smart chips on them for a 100% guarantee of compatibility and performance.

Samsung SCX-4623FW Printer Review

Samsung SCX-4623FW Multifunction Monochrome Printer

Samsung SCX-4623FW Multifunction Monochrome Printer

The Samsung SCX-4623FW is a multifunction, monochrome printer ideal for the home office or small business.  The machine can produce printouts with impressive speeds up to 23 pages per minute. And with one individual Samsung toner cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has a 40 sheet Automatic Document Feeder for unassisted faxing, copying, and scanning allowing you to spend more time on other business.  The printer also features a USB interface, fast Ethernet, and Wireless capabilities enabling multiple users to connect, share, and print from anywhere in the home or office. With the ability to scan, copy, fax, and print allows users to complete any project from home.

The Samsung SCX-4623FW toner cartridge will create high-quality documents with bold and crisp text.  This device will be able to print in resolutions up to 1200 dpi for professional quality projects. In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes and a variety of presentation paper. The printer also has an Optional Manuel Duplex feature to print 2 sided documents, saving paper. This printer contains a 2 line LED display conveniently located on the front for effortless navigation of printer options.  This is a great printer for those printing black and white documents on a regular basis.

To help lower operating costs, cheap toner is available in Remanufactured, Compatible, and High Yield cartridges. For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Samsung MLT-D105L black laser toner cartridge and the Remanufactured Samsung MLT-D105L black MICR toner cartridge for printing onto checks. Also offered are the original cartridges in the Genuine Samsung MLT-D105L High Yield black toner cartridge and the Genuine Samsung MLT-D105S black toner cartridge.

Samsung SCX-4623F Printer Review

Samsung SCX-4623F Multifunction Monochrome Printer

Samsung SCX-4623F Multifunction Monochrome Printer

The Samsung SCX-4623F is a multifunction, monochrome printer ideal for the home office or small business.  The machine can produce printouts with impressive speeds up to 23 pages per minute. And with one individual Samsung toner cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has a 40 sheet Automatic Document Feeder for unassisted faxing, copying, and scanning allowing you to spend more time on other business.  The printer also features a USB interface for simple setup and use. With the ability to scan, copy, fax, and print allows users to complete any project from home.

The Samsung SCX-4623F toner cartridge will create high-quality documents with bold and crisp text.  This device will be able to print in resolutions up to 1200 dpi for professional quality projects. In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes and a variety of presentation paper. The printer also has an Optional Manuel Duplex feature to print 2 sided documents, saving paper. This printer contains a 2 line LED display conveniently located on the front for effortless navigation of printer options.  This is a great printer for those printing black and white documents on a regular basis.

To help lower operating costs, discount toner is available in Remanufactured, Compatible, and High Yield cartridges. For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Samsung MLT-D105L black laser toner cartridge and the Remanufactured Samsung MLT-D105L black MICR toner cartridge for printing onto checks. Also offered are the original cartridges in the Genuine Samsung MLT-D105L High Yield black toner cartridge and the Genuine Samsung MLT-D105S black toner cartridge.

Samsung ML-2525W Printer Review

Samsung ML-2525W Monochrome Laser Printer

Samsung ML-2525W Monochrome Laser Printer

The reliable Samsung ML-2525W is a monochrome laser printer ideal for the home office or small workgroup. This extremely compact printer will easily fit and compliment any desktop with its stylish and small design. This machine can produce professional quality documents and graphics with resolutions up to 1200 x 1200 dpi.  It can also print with impressive speeds up to 24 pages per minute.  Being a monochrome printer, this machine only has one individual Samsung ink cartridge for quick and easy replacement and setup.  The printer also features a USB interface, fast Ethernet, and Wireless capabilities enabling multiple users to connect, share, and print from anywhere in the home or office.

The Samsung ML-2525w toner cartridges eject Laser Precision Toner for vibrant and rich text. In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes and a variety of presentation paper. The printer also has an Optional Manuel Duplex feature to print 2 sided documents, saving paper. This workgroup printer will be able to handle about 12,000 printouts per month.  This is a great printer for those printing black and white documents on a regular basis.

To help lower operating costs, discount toner is available in Remanufactured, Compatible, and High Yield cartridges. For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Samsung MLT-D105L black laser toner cartridge and the Remanufactured Samsung MLT-D105L black MICR toner cartridge for printing onto checks. Also offered are the original cartridges in the Genuine Samsung MLT-D105L High Yield black toner cartridge and the Genuine Samsung MLT-D105S black toner cartridge.

Samsung CLX-3160FN Printer Review

Samsung CLX-3160FN All-In-One Printer

Samsung CLX-3160FN All-In-One Printer

The Samsung CLX-3160fn is an all-in-one Laser Toner Printer ideal for the home office or workgroup. This printer has the ability to scan, copy, fax, and print giving the users the capability to complete any project from home or the office. The printer can produce good quality graphics and projects at resolutions up to 1200 dpi.  It can print at speeds up to 17 pages per minute for black and white documents and 4 pages per minute for color projects.  And with individual Samsung toner cartridges, you take control of ink usage, only replacing the color that runs out.  The printer also features a USB interface for simple setup and use as well as Fast Ethernet capabilities.

The Samsung CLX-3160FN ink cartridges eject Laser Precision Toner for vibrant and rich colors and black inks.  In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes, cards, and a variety of photo / presentation paper.  This is a compact printer that will easily be able to fit any desktop or work area. The printer also has a convenient 50 sheet Automatic Document Feeder for unassisted scanning, copying, and faxing of multiple pages.  Additionally, users will be able to print pictures directly from their PictBridge enabled camera without having to use a computer.

To help lower operating costs, cheap ink cartridges are available in Compatible toner cartridges.  The best value being offered is the 5 Pack Combo of Compatible Samsung Toner Cartridges consisting of 2 black cartridges, 1 cyan cartridge, 1 magenta cartridge, and 1 yellow cartridge.  For individual purchase you can get the Compatible Samsung CLP-C300A Cyan toner cartridge, the Compatible Samsung CLP-M300A Magenta toner cartridge, the Compatible Samsung CLP-Y300A Yellow toner cartridge, and the Compatible Samsung CLP-K300A Black toner cartridge.


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