While remanufactured toner cartridges provide consumers with an affordable option to keep on printing, they have developed a bit of a questionable reputation over the years. However, is this reputation valid, or merely self-serving negative publicity put out by name brand printer cartridge providers to discourage consumers from buying anything but OEM products?
Remanufactured cartridges are made by taking spent or used OEM cartridges, recycling them, and professionally remanufacturing them. During this process, the cartridge is disassembled and thoroughly cleaned, any worn or damaged components are replaced, and quality testing is conducted. It is then reassembled, filled with toner to match the printer it is intended to be used in, and quality tested again.
Because remanufactured cartridges do not carry the brand name and require fewer new components to create, they cost significantly less than new, OEM products. But does this lower price tag come at the expense of quality, value, or reliability? In most cases, the answer is no, as long as you are purchasing these remanufactured toner cartridges from a reputable office technology provider and there has been sufficient testing done to support the output and reliability of their offerings.