Everything you need to know about Remanufactured ink cat ridges before Buying them

Original Brand Name Ink Cartridges VS. Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges!

Kimia Aghaee

The major question that arises is whether you should buy remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges? When it comes to replacing your printer ink or toner, you may be confused by all the options available to you. By far, the most familiar are name-brand cartridges, also known as original (OEM) cartridges. While ink cartridges and toners are an essential part of your printing process, the negative aspect of buying them from the manufacturer is that they charge so much for them. Compared to the prices of OEM (genuine) ink cartridges, remanufactured ink products offer a lower price for more prints but keep in mind that not all the remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are remanufactured to the standards and quality. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find out if a remanufactured ink cartridge is right for you. You should know the pros and cons of buying OEM vs like-brand remanufactured cartridges, and how print quality differences there are among them.

DoorStepInk is a company that has sold remanufactured printer cartridges for over twenty-two years. After all this time, we still have customers regularly asking us about the differences between our products and the name brand. This article answers some of the most common cartridge-type questions, including:

  • Name-brand and remanufactured printer cartridges are all the same?
  • How reliable are remanufactured ink cartridges? Is it worth buying remanufactured ink cartridges?
  • Does Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges have the same quality and page yield?
  • Is It Easy to Install Remanufactured Cartridges?
  • If I use a remanufactured or compatible printer cartridge, will it void my warranty?



Let’s start with the difference between remanufactured ink cartridges with OEM


Name Brand Original Ink Cartridges (OEM)

These are cartridges that are made by your printer manufacturer. Each cartridge is specifically designed for a particular group of printers. The extensive research and development that goes into making these printers and cartridges adds to the cost of the cartridges themselves. If you're looking for dependability, you'll usually have to pay more for name brand cartridges. Though they may be more expensive than aftermarket cartridges, they're often the only option for newer or less common printers.

Remanufactured Printer Cartridges

 A remanufactured cartridge is a name-brand cartridge that has undergone one cycle of use. After a cartridge is used, it is recycled and picked up by a remanufacturing facility where it is professionally remanufactured. These cartridges often look very similar to OEM products because they use the same shell. The remanufacturing process involves disassembling the cartridge, cleaning it, testing it for quality, replacing any worn or damaged internal components, and then reassembling it. The cartridge is refilled with ink or toner to the same yield as a name-brand cartridge and tested again before it is brought back to life. Remanufactured printer cartridges typically cost less than the name brand because they do not require as many new components to create a finished, working product. Remanufactured cartridges are better for the environment and your wallet. Using the original shell and most of the original internal parts helps keep costs down which are then passed on to you, the consumer. Newer printers may not have a remanufactured option yet as they have just hit the market, however, this option should become available soon."



How reliable are remanufactured ink cartridges? Is it worth buying remanufactured ink cartridges?

  Most aftermarket cartridges are just as reliable but do your research before settling on a particular cartridge provider. Many are made overseas (mainly in China) and a handful has been produced in the U.S.A. With any secondary market, there is a lot of competition and varying degrees of quality. Search for “compatible printer cartridges” on Google® and you’ll find dozens of competing brands and price points. To find a reputable supplier, look for a high number of positive reviews and a strong product guarantee. DoorStepInk is one of the most popular suppliers on the market, with an industry-best lifetime guarantee. Our DoorStepInk line of aftermarket printer cartridges has been selling for over 22 years and comes highly reviewed by consumers. Thousands of remanufactured DoorStepInk cartridges are available on DoorStepInk.com. To find the right cartridge for your printer, check the product description of the related DoorStepInk cartridge on our website. Whether all our DoorStepInk cartridges will work seamlessly with your machine and produce high-quality prints.



Does Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges have the same quality and page yield?

Yes, an aftermarket cartridge from a reputable supplier will print the same number of pages and offer a similar print quality as a brand-name cartridge. Our DoorStepInk Products brand cartridges are filled to the factory recommended ink levels to match the manufacturer’s quoted page yield, as based on ISO/IEC 24711 specifications, to ensure you receive the absolute best printing results but keep in mind All printer cartridges are not created equal. Some do not function as well as others, even if they come from a reputable manufacturer. DoorStepInk takes pride in providing customers with quality ink and toner cartridges that will last longer than most other brands. We work hard to make sure that our products meet your needs, and we stand behind them with a guarantee.


Is It Easy to Install Remanufactured Cartridges?


Aftermarket and remanufactured cartridges will install smoothly in your printer, just as a name-brand cartridge does. The installation process for both types of cartridges is identical to installing a name-brand cartridge because they use the same shell. The only difference is that compatible cartridges have slightly different designs than their name-brand counterparts.



If I use a remanufactured or compatible printer cartridge, will it void my printer’s warranty?


No! You cannot be denied service or a refund based on using aftermarket parts. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act prevents manufacturers from voiding your warranty or refusing to repair your machine simply because you use aftermarket parts. You have the right to choose what product you put in your printer.



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