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What Is Difference Between Compatible & Remanufactured?

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 Cartridges
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
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.

Tags: Compatible, Remanufactured, Cartridges, Better, Worse

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