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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.

Refilling Ink

Is refilling ink cartridges the right choice for you? Refilling cartridges has its advantages and disadvantages depending on where and how it is done. There are several options to consider before making the decision to refill cartridges. The point is, of course, to obtain the best deal, without having to spend so much time on the project as to negate the savings through your own manual labor. That is the tricky part, but knowing what type of kit to buy and how to fill your cartridges can make all the difference.

There are two main types of ink compositions from long-lasting pigmented inks like ChromaLife 100+, DURABrite Ultra pigments, Vivera Inks, and UltraChrome inks, to bolder dye-based concoctions found in most inkjet printers today. The pigmented inks are made up to tiny encapsulated particles that sit on top of a substrate instead of absorbing or sinking into the page like dye-based inks. This helps with placement and overall resistance for printouts that have finer line detail and last longer without fading. However, due to the rather complex chemical formulation, pigment based inks are not refillable (for the time being). So inevitably, ink refill kits are going to be dye-based mixtures in three colors and one shade.

Luckily most refill kits are sold specifically for certain printer models or by the number found on the original cartridge. The color refill kits contain a cyan (blue), magenta (red / pink), and yellow ink bottle each with an accompanying syringe or plunger to transport the liquid from the bottle to the cartridge. The black ink refill kits also contain a bottle or two with accompanying syringes and / or plungers to help streamline the process. When filling a cartridge at home or by yourself, make sure to watch instructional videos or thoroughly read the instructions provided with the purchased refill kit.

Each kit has some similar steps such as working over paper towels and placing or peeling back a guide sticker to direct the insertion of the syringe or plunger, but they all vary slightly. The instructions will provide helpful tips to prevent the cartridges from overflowing or being pierced in an incorrect spot which can lead to leaking. Once a cartridge has been filled, the instructions will most likely suggest letting the cartridge sit for a moment, before doing a final wipe clean and inserting the piece into your machine, to allow any excess ink to drip out.

Taking a cartridge to major store chains such as Costco, Walgreens, and Office Max to be refilled may seem like an easy alternative to refilling the cartridge yourself but beware. The employees have no formal training in office supplies or how ink cartridges work. They are simply minimum wage workers with no prior experience refilling ink or toner. And frequently, customers end up with messy components that leak after taking them to be refilled at the chain corporations.  

Before ordering a refill kit, be sure to check out the directions or steps associated with the particular kit. This will help you get an approximate understanding of how much time the entire process will take. If the steps are only going to save you a couple dollars but take an hour to complete, the refill kit may not be the way to go. However, if you have a chance to save tens of dollars and the steps do not seem cumbersome or time consuming, the Refill Kit can be the most advantageous. The Refill Kits provide enough liquid to fill the cartridges multiple times (around 4 to 8 times each) which can significantly reduce the cost to operate your printing machine.

The Final, and perhaps easiest way to obtain a refilled cartridge is to simply buy a Remanufactured ink cartridge. Remanufactured Ink Cartridges are simply refilled cartridges that have been returned or recycled to the vendor. The difference between filling an ink cartridge yourself and having the factory do it, is the testing steps. At the factory, all the cartridges have been cleaned and inspected before and after being refilled to ensure defective products do not get shipped out. They also have the volume to simply throw out or disregard any cartridges that can lead to potential issues. 

Sharp AL-800 Printer Review

Sharp AL-800 All-In-One Monochrome Printer

Sharp AL-800 All-In-One Monochrome Printer

The Sharp AL-800 is an all-in-one monochrome printer ideal for the home office or small business.  The machine can produce printouts with speeds up to 8 pages per minute. And with one individual Sharp toner cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has a compact, space-saving design and can create professional quality copies.  The printer also features a USB interface for simple setup and use. With the ability to scan, copy, and print allows users to complete any project from home.

The Sharp AL-800 toner cartridge will create high-quality documents with bold and crisp text.  This device will be able to print in resolutions up to 600 dpi. 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 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 cartridges.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured Sharp AL80DR Black Drum Unit cartridge and the Remanufactured Sharp AL-80TD Black Laser Toner cartridge. The drum unit will produce up to 20,000 printouts and the toner cartridge should yield approximately 3,000 printouts.

Samsung SCX-4725FN Printer Review

Samsung SCX-4725FN All-In-One Monochrome Printer

Samsung SCX-4725FN All-In-One Monochrome Printer

The Samsung SCX-4725FN is a multifunction, monochrome printer ideal for the home office or small business.  The machine can produce printouts with impressive speeds up to 24 pages per minute. And with one individual Samsung toner cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has a 30 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 and fast Ethernet capabilities enabling users to connect, share, and print projects quickly. With the ability to scan, copy, fax, and print allows users to complete any project from home.

The Samsung SCX-4725FN 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 cartridges are available in Remanufactured form.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured Samsung SCX-D4725A Black Laser Toner cartridge and the Remanufactured Samsung SCX-D4725A Black MICR Toner cartridge.  Each cartridge will yield approximately 3,000 printouts.

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 SCX-3200 Printer Review

Samsung SCX-3200 All-In-One Monochrome Printer

Samsung SCX-3200 All-In-One Monochrome Printer

The Samsung SCX-3200 is an all-in-one monochrome printer ideal for the home office or small business.  The machine can produce printouts with good speeds up to 17 pages per minute. And with one individual Samsung toner cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has simple functions including one-touch screen printing, making it extremely user friendly.  The printer also features a USB interface for simple setup and use. With the ability to scan, copy, and print allows users to complete any project from home.

The Samsung SCX-3200 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 cartridges are available in Remanufactured form.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured Samsung MLTD104S Black Laser Toner cartridge.  Each cartridge will yield approximately 1,500 printouts.

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 ML-1665 Printer Review

Samsung ML-1665 Monochrome Laser Printer

Samsung ML-1665 Monochrome Laser Printer

The compact Samsung ML-1665 is the smallest monochrome laser printer available 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 600 dpi.  It can also print with good speeds up to 17 pages per minute.  Being a monochrome printer, this machine only has one individual Samsung toner cartridge for quick and easy replacement and setup.  The printer also features a USB interface for simple setup and use.

The Samsung ML-1665 ink 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 5,000 printouts per month.  This is a great printer for those printing black and white documents on a regular basis.

To help lower operating costs, cheap toner cartridges are available in Remanufactured form.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured Samsung MLTD104S Black toner cartridge. Each cartridge will yield up to 1,500 printouts.


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