Remanufactured ink cartridges seem like a great deal. They use the cartridges produced by the printer’s original brand (also called the Original Equipment Manufacturer), but they cost much less. In theory, they should work perfectly in a printer, without costing loads.
The truth is, they are as good as all that – and even better. Below, we look at the many reasons you should buy remanufactured ink and toner, and how to do it.
Benefits of remanufactured ink and toner cartridges
One of the first and most obvious benefits of remanufactured ink and toner cartridges is the cost. They don’t require the manufacturing of new printer cartridges, because they simply refurbish and refill existing cartridges. The ink itself tends to be less expensive, too. Altogether, you can save between 15-50% on cost with remanufactured ink cartridges.
Despite the lower price, quality remains high. Remanufacturers will ensure the ink formulas are as close to the original ink as possible to preserve quality. That means you get nearly equivalent ink quality at a fraction of the price.
When discussing remanufactured cartridges, people often bring up the environmental benefits, too. Remanufactured cartridges begin as empty OEM cartridges that have been cleaned and refurbished carefully. They can be reused up to four times each, which saves a lot of oil. The manufacturing of a single ink cartridge can take up to two litres of oil. That means each remanufactured cartridge can save up to 8 litres of oil over the course of its lifetime.
In fact, the whole process prevents lots of materials from being consumed. It’s estimated that for every one pound used in the refurbishment of a cartridge, five to nine pounds of materials are conserved. Again, over the lifetime of a cartridge, that could mean up to 36 pounds of materials are conserved.
Remanufactured cartridges can be filled with more ink than original cartridges. This is especially advantageous because these days, OEM cartridges can contain less than a quarter of the ink they used to. The cartridge size hasn’t shrunk measurably, though, so much of the cartridge is just empty space.
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How to buy remanufactured cartridges
Not all remanufacturers are created equal. Indeed, some unscrupulous companies will cut corners, which can affect the quality and durability of the cartridges. This is what you should look out for before you buy remanufactured ink.
- Look at the customer reviews. No company will have 100% positive reviews, but if the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, you’re on to a good company.
- Look at the company’s reputation and experience. This can be found in the customer reviews, but this sort of information can often be found on the About page on their website, too.
- Check out the returns policies. Reputable companies will stand by their products. They understand that the odd dud will accidentally get out into the market, but they should have a robust returns policy that allows you to get a refund or replacement for any faulty cartridges.
- Ask the manufacturer if their products meet or exceed industry standards. Of course, the most reputable companies will happily advertise the fact they their products meet the standards set out in law, but it’s always worth a query if you’re not sure.
- While you’re in contact with the manufacturer, ask about their testing processes. The best companies have robust testing capacities that test each cartridge in multiple printers to ensure they’re sending out the best possible cartridges.
- Don’t just trust the lowest price. If you do your research and the company you pick does indeed look reputable, then you’ve hit the jackpot. In fact, stock up. But often, the very cheapest ink cartridges will be the ones with the highest fail rates and the worst customer reviews. Make sure you know what you’re buying.
- Add in delivery costs. Many companies offer free shipping on all ink orders, which can lower the total cost of the ink. Others, however, will require you to pay for shipping, which can make a cartridge more expensive than it seems.
If you follow all these tips, you should be able to take advantage of all the benefits of remanufactured ink cartridges, too.