Differences Between OEM and Compatible Cartridges
When you buy a laser printer, you also have the option of purchasing cartridges from the same manufacturer. The manufacturer often strongly recommends using only OEM cartridges because it stands to make more money as a result. When you buy Canon, HP, or Brother toner cartridges, what you're really paying for is the brand name. The claims that OEM cartridges are superior to other compatible cartridges are exaggerated at best, and sometimes inaccurate.
The main difference between an OEM cartridge and a compatible cartridge is that the latter is built by a third party from all-new materials according to similar specifications as OEM models. Much like generic medications and groceries, you get the same or similar quality and performance from a generic cartridge made by a reputable manufacturer. Usually all that's different are outer appearances and packaging, although compatible cartridges may also be made from biodegradable materials, making them more environmentally friendly than OEM cartridges.
Myths About OEM Cartridges
As long as you buy a generic cartridge from a reputable company, there is no need to worry about them harming your printer or clogging your print heads, nor will it void your warranty. That being the case, why are manufacturers so insistent that you only use OEM cartridges in your printer?
The answer is that they stand to make more money when you do. Repeat toner sales are where printer manufacturers make most of their money. It makes sense when you think about it; once you buy a printer, you probably won't have to buy another one for a long time, but you have to buy toner cartridges more often. That's the reason why printer manufacturers price printers relatively low and then sell toner cartridges at inflated prices that are sometimes more than the cost of the printer itself.
Hazards of Buying Compatible Cartridges From Disreputable Companies
You do need to be careful about where you buy generic cartridges. Some disreputable manufacturers are just out to make a quick buck and don't care about quality. Even if the price is right, these cartridges are not a good value. They may leak, leave unwanted marks on printed pages, or fail to work at all.
How can you tell if you are getting your cartridges from a reputable company? There are two marks of quality to look for. One is a guarantee that the cartridges will meet or exceed OEM performance specifications. The other is manufacture in an ISO 9001-certified facility. It also never hurts to do your due diligence by conducting on online search and reading reviews and testimonials from past customers.
Ways Compatible Cartridges Save You Money
In addition to initial cost savings, usually ranging from 50 to 150 percent, you often get more for your money from a generic cartridge because they usually come with more toner powder than their OEM counterparts. This means that you will need to buy toner less often due to the greater yield of printed pages you get from a compatible cartridge.
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