Genuine vs Compatible vs Remanufactured. Whats it all mean?!

Posted on June 23, 2014 | Posted under compatible, genuine, ink, remanufacturered, toner | 1 Comment

We often get questions about what the difference is between genuine, compatible and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. So we though this would be a good opportunity to shed some light on what the differences in these products really mean. 


A good place to start is with some definitions of what each label actually means. Genuine ink and toner cartridges are manufactured by the manufacturer of the printer. So for example if you have an HP printer, genuine toner cartridges are those manufactured by HP. Compatible cartridges, on the other hand are cartridges manufactured by third parties to fit the printers on the market. And finally, remanufactured cartridges use empty genuine cartridges and refurbish these cartridges and then refill them, hence the name remanufactured.


One other term you may come across is OEM. OEM means "Original Equipment Manufacturer", which is basically another way to describe genuine.


So which is best for you? Well each have there benefits.


Genuine cartridges are good because as a customer you know where they are coming from. They are very reliable and have consist page yields. The downside is that the tend to be a lot more expensive. In saying that, we do our best here at TRD to deliver these products at the lowest possible prices.


Compatible and Remanufactured cartridges are great for those looking for cost savings. If you are printing a large amount then the cost savings can really add up. The down side is that because they are not manufactured by the printer brand you can sometimes be uncertain about quality. 


Fortunately for you, we have done the hard work in finding high quality compatible and remanufactured products, so you can rely on our products to deliver consistent results print after print. Due to the large number of cowboys out there looking to make a quick buck the public sometimes gets the wrong view about what a quality compatible product can look like.


If you would like some more information about what product might be best for you feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help.


Happy Shopping!


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