HP Says Don’t Use Remanufactured Toner Cartridges – We Say You Should

14-08-2014 by

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In its latest IT business eNewsletter, HP outlined a variety of reasons why business owners in Australia should not use remanufactured toner cartridges. The printer manufacturers goes on to outline reasons why it believes that remanufactured toner might be harming instead of helping.

The list includes damage to the printer, hidden costs, environmental concerns, low quality print outs and lower page yields.

Citing a study by Lyra Research, HP stated that nearly 1 in 10 LaserJet customers that were using remanufactured HP toner cartridges ended up with damaged printers and that 26% experienced downtime as a result of printer cartridge problems.

HP also claimed that using remanufactured toner had hidden costs in the form of support calls, reprints and wasted supplies. HP claims that due to this remanufactured toner can cost up to 10% more than original HP toner.

High quality remanufactured toner cartridges are tested thoroughly before they leave the factory using the same quality controls that the original manufacturers use. If any defects are found in the testing stages, the cartridges are not shipped to customers. Most compatible toner cartridges have the same failure rates as the original cartridges.

HP also stated that it may not be better for the environment to use remanufactured toner. HP cited a 2014 study that allegedly found that nearly 90% of the remanufactured toner cartridges sold will ultimately be thrown away.

While most printer and printer cartridge manufacturers have return or recycling programmes in place, not every person that uses original printer cartridges will use those programmes. In fact, 11 million original and compatible toner and ink cartridges are bought each year in South Africa and only 10% are recycled.

Remanufacturing a toner cartridge uses less energy than making a new one and can reduce 6 000 kilograms of CO2 emissions every year.

According to HP, remanufactured products will guarantee that you are not getting the same quality prints that your printer is capable of when using HP toner cartridges. This is due to remanufacturers not having access to HP printing technology and the type of toner powder used in remanufactured cartridges.

Most cartridge remanufacturers use the same quality toner powder that the original cartridge manufacturers use. This ensures that there is no visible difference in the quality of prints, whether you’re using a remanufactured toner cartridge or an original.

All of the remanufactured components in a toner cartridge are tested to make sure that they conform to international quality standards.

Finally, HP states that the page yields of remanufactured cartridges do not equal the page yields of HP toner as remanufacturers do not use the same ISO standards that HP does to measure page yield.

Remanufacturers use the same ISO standards to measure page yield that the original manufacturers use. Compatible or remanufactured printer cartridges are designed to give you the same performance and page yield as the original. Some customers do report getting higher page yields when using compatible printer cartridges in some cases.

At Inksaver, we strive to make sure that our remanufactured toner and ink cartridges are properly tested and quality checked before we sell them to our customers. You can rest assured that all of our compatible printer cartridges will give you the same quality prints and page yields as the original cartridges. Remanufactured printer cartridges are the best option if you want to keep your printing costs down while still getting the same high quality prints and performance as an original cartridge.

If you have any questions about remanufactured printer cartridges, please feel free to contact us.

Nic Venter

About the author

Nic Venter+

 is the founder and director of He started the business in 2009 with the idea to sell ink and toner cartridges online and to provide you with a quality product, value for money and convenience. He regularly blogs on about printing and technology. Part of his philosophy is having fun and making sure that he and his team think everything ink, so you don't have to.

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