“Compatible cartridges produce really poor results.”
“Compatible cartridges will crush all of your hopes and dreams for the future and will consequently ruin your life.”
Fair enough, we might be exaggerating a bit with that last statement. But there’s no getting away from the fact that compatible/remanufactured printer cartridges have a stigma attached to them.
Go on admit it, you’ve got (or once had) a poor perception about them? Maybe you bought some once from a dodgy supplier and they ruined your printer and now you’ll never, ever trust them again? Perhaps, though, you’re not keen on them because of things and supposed horror stories you’ve heard about them?
Whatever you believe to be true about compatibles, we reckon you’re wrong!
The truth is many of things that are said about compatibles are just plain incorrect.
1.) “Compatible/remanufactured cartridges are inferior in quality.”
Most cartridges that are sold by a respected company will have been built to ISO standards, i.e. the highest possible standards. Each cartridge should have also been made using the exact same specification as the originals that they are meant to replicate. Compatible technology has come a long way and the kind of print quality that these cartridges produce really is top notch.
What’s more, these suppliers will also provide warranties and guarantees with their compatibles for complete peace of mind. Let’s face it, they don’t want to have unhappy customers and so they won’t sell you something that is an inferior product. In fact, if something does go wrong, the chances are that they will want to know exactly what has happened so that they can make changes to the manufacturing process, ensuring that it doesn’t happen again.
2.) “A compatible cartridge won’t work in my printer.”
You can get compatibles for pretty much every major model of printer available, both old and new.
And as we highlighted next to statement number one, most of those sold by reputable suppliers are made to the highest standards and built to the same specifications as their original equivalents. So yes, a compatible cartridge will work in your printer! Simple.
3.) “Compatibles can’t be as good as originals- they’re just too cheap!”
It’s important not to tar all compatibles with the same brush.
It’s like anything. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. However, the best compatibles will cost a little more than say a tenner for a multipack!
4.) “Compatible cartridges are just used original cartridges that have been refilled with ink and toner.”
Compatibles/remanufactured cartridges are new cartridges. Some may use recycled components, but they are freshly made products that have been filled with new, previously unused ink and toner. Manufacturers will also rigorously test the compatibles to ensure that they will stand the test of time.
Refilled cartridges are old cartridges that have a hole drilled into them and are then filled with more ink and toner.
5) “A compatible cartridge won’t be able to print as many pages as an original cartridge.”
Not necessarily true.
All cartridges, regardless of whether they’re original or compatible, should come with a defined page yield clearly displayed at the point of sale.
So there you have it…
We hope we’ve made things just that little bit clearer. You can now go forth into the world with a more positive, compatible-friendly outlook on life!
Compatible cartridges are:
A great cost effective alternative to original cartridges
Just as reliable and produce great printing results
Covered by warranties and guarantees from reputable suppliers
Source: Toner Giant