Is there a difference between Compatible and Remanufactured cartridges?
Many retailers will list their 3rd party cartridges as either compatible or remanufactured. So what exactly is the difference between these two types of cartridges? We will go into detail about the exact differences and if one is better or worse than the other.
Remanufactured means that this was a brand name used cartridge that has been refurbished. Typically the cartridge is inspected and any parts that fail the inspection are replaced. These replacement parts are typically 3rd party or aftermarket compatible parts but can be parts from another similar or same type of cartridge. Compatible replacement parts are new but not made by the original cartridge manufacturer. Here are a couple of examples of remanufactured cartridges.
Brother TN350 Compatible Toner Cartridge = $33.99
HP 940XL High Yield Black Compatible Ink Cartridge C4906AN = $15.99
Compatible cartridges are commonly called new build or new mold cartridges. Unlike remanufactured cartridges, compatible cartridges have a shell or core that has never been used before. The manufacturer will construct the outer shell and use all new 3rd party internal components. With many popular cartridges, the shell and certain internal components may be patented therefore it is illegal to make a copy or clone. The amount of true compatibles on the market are much smaller than remanufactured cartridges. Some overseas companies will blatantly produce illegal new mold cartridges in an effort to save money. Please be aware that Express-Inks does not sell any illegal new mold compatible cartridges. Here are a couple of examples of true compatible cartridges.
Media Sciences MS300K Black Samsung CLP-K300A Toner = $35.99
Xerox 6R1289 Replacement HP Q2670A Black Toner Cartridge 308A = $91.99
So Which One Is Better Or Worse, Compatible Or Remanufactured Cartridges?
Both types of cartridges have their pros and cons. Some customer will prefer to know they are using as many OEM parts as possible. Some customer will prefer the new compatible cartridges because the performance may be better than the OEM version. Both kinds of cartridges come with similar compatibility and performance issues but remanufactured cartridges do tend to be a little cheaper. Their is no clear advantage since their performance can vary so greatly from model to model.
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What Items Are Affected?
Here at Express Inks, we like to keep our customers informed of all the latest developments. HP/ Hewlett Packard has announced effective June 1, 2012, a price increase of 3-5% on certain HP ink cartridges. This is a manufacturer price increase that will affect all lines of distribution. It is important to note that this increase will only affect the following types of inks and only certain SKUs.
- Small Format Inkjet Ink Cartridges
- Large Format Inkjet Ink Cartridges
- Photo Value Ink Cartridge Combo Packs
- Printhead Cartridges
How Can I Keep My Costs Down?
Although the ink value packs are increasing in price, they will still usually be the most cost effective. Make sure you take advantage of any rebates or promotion HP is offering. Also make sure you are purchasing the highest yield cartridge that fits your machine. Another alternative will be to consider remanufactured/ compatible ink cartridges. In most cases, you can save a bundle with alternative replacements. Lets compare pricing between some compatible and brand name cartridges.
HP #10 Inkjet Ink Cartridges
HP #10/ C4844A Genuine Black Inkjet Ink Cartridge = $37.99
HP #10/ C4844A Compatible Black Inkjet Ink Cartridge = $14.99
Looking To The Future?
It seems like every year we have more an more price increases to report. As the price of materials go up, we can assume that we will continue to see prices increase. It is also important to note that Hewlett Packard is not the only manufacturer that has annual price increases. Most other OEM manufacturers like Xerox, Lexmark, Canon and Brother have had similar price increases. We will continue to bring our customers as many cost saving solutions as possible.
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Brother DR420 Imaging Drum Overview:
When purchasing a printer, comparing the cost of the consumables should always be a factor. Lets take a good at the DR420 imaging drum cartridge. The DR420 fits in a number of monochrome (black & white) printers and yields up to 12,000 pages under optimal conditions. Although this may seem like a lot of pages, when compared to other drums, this is just an average to low lifespan. The matching toner (Brother TN450 Toner) yields up to 2,600 pages and will get replaced 4-5 times before the DR420 requires replacing. This is a good toner to drum ratio, especially when compared to some of the bigger machines that are a 1 to 1 ratio.
Brother DR420 Pricing:
This is where the DR420 really shines. Compared to other drum models, the Brother DR420 is rather inexpensive. Some Brother Drum models cost as much as $250, so the $84.99 price is rather reasonable. The low page yield and reasonable price will appeal to the lower to moderate user that do not want to break the bank every time the drum needs replacing. The cost goes down even further if you purchase the compatible drum for only $57.99.
Brother DR420 Genuine Drum (OEM) = $84.99
Brother DR420 Compatible Drum (Remanufactured) = $57.99
Sum It All Up
The Brother DR420 is a low costing drum that will fit the smaller budgets. It has a decent lifespan and a good toner to drum replacement ratio. This drum is a good fit for the average to moderate user that wants to keep a little extra change in their pockets.
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