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Remanufactured cartridges at great prices

Buying remanufactured cartridges are always a great cost saver compared to buying original cartridges. InkGuides let's you compare prices on cartridges for your printer model with the option of filtering out only remanufactured cartridge alternatives.

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Remanufactured printer cartridges are made of reused printer cartridge parts. Not only will you save money by buying a remanufactured cartridge. You will also feel good since you help reducing the amount of waste  ending up on waste disposal sites.

Remanufactured Cartridges FAQ:

1. What is a Remanufactured Cartridge and Why Buy it?
2. How much can I save buying remanufactured cartridges?
3. Are you allowed to use remanufactured cartridges in your printer?
4. What about the quality of remanufactured cartridges?
5. For what type of printing is remanufactured cartridges recommended?
6. Are remanufactured cartridges available for my printer?

What is a Remanufactured Cartridge and Why Buy it?

A remanufactured cartridge (also referred to as refurbished or reman cartridges) is made of used  parts from empty printer cartridges. During the remanufacturing process the cartridge will be refilled with inkjet ink or laser toner after being examined, cleaned and individually tested by the remanufacturer.

Why buy remanufactured cartridges?
» Remanufactured cartridges are together with compatible cartridges the cheapest alternative to go with. The cost of buying OEM cartridges are often twice as high.

» When buying remanufactured cartridges you support the reuse of cartridge parts saving enormous amounts of plastics, metal and oil from ending up on already overfull waste disposal sites. Food for thought: Decomposing the plastics that normally are used in ink and toner cartridges can take up to 1000 years!

According to statistics, for every 100 000 used cartridges that are manufactured of recycled materials we save:

  • 10.6 tons of aluminium
  • 44 tons of plastic
  • 264172 gallons of oil

Tip: If you are interested in reading more about the environmental benefits of using recycled printer cartridges and how you can start recycling yours - read our guide on cartridge recycling!

How much can I save buying remanufactured cartridges?

Huge savings can be done on printer cartridge costs by buying remanufactured or compatible cartridges instead of OEM cartridges. Compatible cartridge alternatives are normally around 10% cheaper than remanufactured cartridges.

InkGuides indexes well over 10.000 ink and toner cartridges from over 10 well known online ink stores. By segmenting cartridges into OEM/Remanufactured cartridges and printer brands we get the following individual results per printer brand. Note that only the largest brands in terms of number of offered cartridges are listed.

Ink Cartridges
Printer Brand Cost Savings Remanufactured over OEM
HP 66 %
Epson 65 %
Lexmark 55 %
Brother 51 %
Canon 33 %

Toner Cartridges
Printer Brand Cost Savings Remanufactured over OEM
Lexmark 60 %
Canon 60 %
Xerox 41 %
HP 36 %
Konica Minolta 12 %

Source: InkGuides (Aug 2009)

Are you allowed to use remanufactured cartridge in your printer?

Yes you are allowed to use remanufactured cartridges in your printer and will not void the printer warranty.

This is clearly stated in the Magnusson-Moss Warranty act issued by the Federal Trade Commission. The printer manufacturer cannot force you into only buying their cartridges. It’s up to you as a consumer to make the choice on what you want to buy.

What about the quality of remanufactured cartridges?

They should be similar to the quality of compatible cartridges. Read more about this in our compatible cartridge article.

For what type of printing is remanufactured cartridges recommended?

We recommend you to follow the same guidelines as for compatible cartridges. Read more about this in our compatible cartridge article.

Are remanufactured cartridges available for my printer?

Finding a remanufactured cartridge alternative is possible for most printer models in today’s market.

InkGuides indexes well over 10.000 ink and toner cartridges from over 10 well known online ink stores. Below table shows how many of those cartridges are of remanufactured origin relative to the total number of cartridges (which also includes OEM and compatible cartridges). Only the printer brands with the highest volume of sold cartridges are listed in the table.

Brand Toner Cartridges Ink Cartridges  
Dell 49 % 82 %  
HP 36 % 48 %  
Epson 32 % 30 %  
Samsung 26 % N/A  
Brother 26 % 3 %  
Lexmark 25 % 58 %  
Xerox 22 % 18 %  
Canon 14 % 11 %  
Konica Minolta 12 % N/A  

Source: InkGuides (Aug 2009)

Top two in terms of good availability of remanufactured cartridges are marked in green and while bottom two are marked in red.

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