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Rundown: How to Buy Ink & Toner

Why is genuine ink and toner more expensive?

Printer manufacturers make very low margin selling new printers. Companies avoid going under by selling so-called genuine ink cartridges for inkjet printers, and toner for laser printers. Just the reality of the printer supplies space.

What is the difference between genuine and aftermarket ink and toner?

Aftermarket Ink and Toner cartridges are designed by someone other than the brand corresponding with the printer model. For example, Xerox 6R958 is an aftermarket toner for HP LaserJet 9050 because it is Xerox toner for an HP printer. Usually aftermarket toner is a cheap alternative compared to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) cartridges. Same idea for aftermarket ink cartridges.

Do aftermarket cartridges void printer warranty?

That’s largely a myth. Many OEMs warn you that installation of aftermarket ink and toner may void the printer’s warranty. The key word here is may and the end user should not be fearful of voiding the warranty because of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act. Unless the aftermarket ink and toner physically damages the printer, the printer will still qualify for warranty.

But, say if an aftermarket ink cartridge derails the printhead then the printer will be void of warranty. However, if an aftermarket ink cartridge simply produces low quality images then the inkjet printer will still qualify for warranty.

Bear in mind the warranty of the aftermarket ink and toner itself. Some aftermarket ink and toner are sold with a warranty that offers coverage under certain unwanted events. These warranties are also suggestive indicator of quality aftermarket ink and toner because of the confidence a brand has in their products.

What are recycled ink & toner cartridges?

Government agencies in certain states are required to attribute a certain percentage of items that are recycled content products. Purchasing of refilled cartridges is incentivized by contracts that offset costs for materials that meet green initiatives. OEMs participate in cartridge take back programs, whether mandated or voluntary in their states, because government contracts are good revenue.

Is it worth buying aftermarket ink and toner for your company?

Usually the price of aftermarket ink and toner is lower than their OEM counterparts, even after counting alternative factors such as page yield and shelf life. This, when considered with other deciding factors such as quality, potential damage to machines, and warranty considerations, determine whether aftermarket ink and toner is worth it.

How much better is the print quality with OEM cartridges?

OEM ink and toner will almost always have superior quality compared to their aftermarket counterparts. Manufacturers invest large amounts of resources developing and patenting technologies for their printers. To illustrate, OEM ink may be vaporized into fine droplets with an electric current for improved printing precision, or incorporating certain compounds to make a printed image UV resistant to sun damage, or even have a specific viscosity to prevent damage to the printer. OEM toner may even be developed with certain particle sizes and shape to ensure high quality prints and minimize printer wear.

Is aftermarket print quality terrible?

Aftermarket ink and toner have a wildly varying range of quality, depending on the innumerable brands out there. They can range from completely terrible to superb printing. This is a space where brand does matter.

Which brands make the best ink and toner?

Established brands have higher quality because of their experience in developing these products. The ink and toner space has many long-time market players that produce different types of printers. HP invented print cartridges for inkjets, Epson invented tanks for print heads. In laser, Xerox and Rosewill are industry mainstays with years making toner cartridges. Aftermarket ink development process can be divided into ink refills and remanufactured cartridges. Aftermarket toner’s development process only has remanufactured cartridges.

How do you refill ink cartridges yourself?

Ink refills are kits that help you manually inject ink into a used cartridge. This can be done either by a company or by the end user themselves via refill kits. As a result of manual injection, the cartridge will slowly deteriorate over time and impact the quality of the prints. The more it has been refilled, the lower the quality.

Why do ink refills damage printers from time to time?

Sometimes ink refills require a “re-chip” of the cartridge and may potentially damage the printer. Despite the negatives, this type of aftermarket ink is often the cheapest. Alternatively, remanufactured cartridges underwent a cleaning or dismantling process and reassembled to provide higher quality. The level of quality depends on the manufacturer’s process and refilled material. The longest established are the best printer brands, because they tend to have a more rigorous process to ensure quality.

How bad is aftermarket ink for your printer?

There is inherent risk of damaging the machine which may result in costly repairs or replacements, cartridge leaking, printhead clogs, and chip damage. In rare cases, damage to the printer drum due to poor toner quality that results in irregular particle shapes. Consider damages to an expensive printer. What would the cost be to repair the machine? Is it worth the risk for a cheap inkjet printer? Understand these risks with business sensibility. Keep in mind the warranty of ink, toner, and printer because it will help the potential damage costs to printers.

What should decide whether to use genuine vs. aftermarket supplies?

The first question to ask is: “What quality do I need for my projects?” If the project demands sharp images and perfect coloring, then OEM ink and toner is a must. If the project is simply printing black and white text reports then aftermarket is a strong potential candidate.

Next, consider costs and potential risk costs. If the cost of OEM ink and toner is beyond the budget, then aftermarket is a preferred candidate. If the company cannot afford to lose their printer and must have reliability, then it is best to stick with OEM ink and toner.

Finally, consider differences between brands and warranty. The more reputable brands that offer great warranty coverage would be a preferred pick.

Selecting the correct reputable aftermarket ink and toner that fits the need of the company is definitely worth it. It can save big bucks on a tight budget.