What’s Better: Remanufactured Or Genuine Ink/ Toner Cartridges?

February 13th, 2012 No comments

Understanding The Difference Is The Key!
To know which is better for your particular needs begins with understanding the differences. Each type of cartridges has it’s pros and cons. Understanding these options will help you make an informed decision based upon your personal or business needs.

Genuine/ OEM Ink/ Toner Cartridges
These are brand new cartridges straight from the factory of the original maker of your printer such as HP, Brother, Canon and Lexmark. These come with a warranty from the original manufacturer and will deliver prints concurrent with the original OEM specifications.

Remanufactured Ink/ Toner Cartridges
These cartridges are used cartridges that have been collected and sent to a remanufacturer that is not the original maker. Unlike many retailers, we use only 1 time used or “virgin” cores for all of our products. Our remanufacturing process includes the following steps:

  1. Carefully open up the cartridge and ensure no damage is done.
  2. Thorough cleaning of the inside of the cartridge.
  3. Inspection of all critical and non-critical parts.
  4. Replacement of any and all parts that fail quality control.
  5. Precision color matching of a compatible ink or toner. (OEM ink/ toner is patented)
  6. Advanced filling and re-sealing techniques to ensure freshness.

True Compatible Ink/ Toner Cartridges
These cartridges are what we call “new mold” or cartridges that are newly made by a manufacturer other than the original maker. Although there are some non-patented cartridges the vast majority of them are under patent. Many cartridges on the market, especially the extremely cheap ones are illegal “new mold” cartridges. Express-Inks absolutely does not sell illegal cartridges and any “new mold” cartridges we do offer are on non-patented cartridges.


So Which Is Truly Better? Pros And Cons, Quality Vs. Cost
To decide which is right for you, here is a list of pros and cons of each type of cartridge. Depending on what type of printing you are doing will be the biggest factor in what will work best. In many circumstances the cost may override the quality since the quality is negligible or unnoticeable for many users.

Remanufactured/ Compatible Cartridges
  1. Pros:
    • Pricing, save up to 90% compared to OEM.
    • Price increase are rare and typically prices decrease rather then increase.
    • Certain models print better, lasts longer or have additional options (jumbo size).
    • MICR toners available in models not offered by the original manufacturer.
    • Can be available long after the OEM manufacturer stops making a cartridge.

  2. Cons:
    • Higher defect rate compared to OEM. Sometimes cartridges are not recognized by the printer, may leak or produce smudgy prints.
    • Colors may by slightly off. Good compatibles should be virtually unnoticeable.

Genuine/OEM Cartridges
  1. Pros:
    • Low defect rate and printer chip errors, leaks virtually never happen.
    • Color matching is precise and are exact to OEM specifications.

  2. Cons:
    • Pricing can be double, triple or more.
    • Price increases are much more frequent and can be substantial. Typical about once a year around 3-5% but can be as high as 15-20%.
    • Lack of options like MICR or Higher Yield Jumbo sizes.
    • Sometimes unavailable or constrained due to manufacturer errors, global supplies or other factors (sever weather).
    • Models may be discontinued by the manufacturer, this has been known to happen to models that are only 1-2 years old.

Breaking It Down: Price Comparisons
Lets compare compatible/ remanufactured cartridges to the OEM/ original cartridges. The savings can be massive and should always be a factor in deciding what is best for your needs.

HP #940XL Black Ink C4906AN: Compatible = $15.99 | Genuine HP C4906AN = $36.99
Brother TN350 Toner Cartridge: Compatible = $33.99 | Genuine Brother TN350 = $58.99
HP CE505X (05X) Toner Cartridge: Compatible = $61.99 | Genuine Brother TN350 = $158.99
Lexmark 64015HA Toner Cartridge: Compatible = $136.99 | Genuine 64015HA = $356.99

Tags: OEM, Toner, Ink, Cartridge, Compatible, Remanufactured, MICR.

Lexmark Firmware Update Kills Aftermarket Toners!

March 17th, 2011 No comments

Say No To Lexmark’s Firmware Updates!
Lexmark has released new firmware updates that promise end users improved prints. Many of these consumers choose aftermarket supplies because of the extreme price tags Lexmark has for it’s consumables. Unknowingly consumers have installed the new software that prevents any aftermarket cartridge from working in these printers. The consumer must install all OEM cartridges in order for the printer to print. This firmware upgrade is irreversible according to Lexmark.

Is This Anti-Competitive, Restrictive Trade Practice Legal?
Consumers are crying “Foul” and stated they were unaware that they would no longer have a choice of supplies. Many have gone farther to say they feel duped or tricked. Aftermarket manufacturers say this creates a clear Monopoly and is a clear violation of the law. Lexmark is setting a dangerous precedent not only in the imaging aftermarket but the global aftermarket. What’s next, will you be forced to buy dealership car parts and won’t be able to buy aftermarket (Autozone, NAPA) replacements? With big names like IBM, Katun and Static Control heavily invested in the aftermarket, law suits are sure to follow. We will keep you posted with any developments that happen.

What Can I Do To Prevent This Happening To Me?
Turn off automatic updates for all brands of printers. Many updates do not affect the average consumer. Make sure you read all terms and conditions for any software/ firmware update. Have employees sign employee firmware agreements that require manager approval before updating. Apply warning labels/ stickers to all your printers to not update the firmware without approval.

Download Firmware Documents

Say No To Firmware Upgrades
Firmware upgrade information.

Say No To Lexmark Firmware Upgrades
Lexmark firmware upgrade information.

Say No To Firmware Upgrades Printer Labels
Firmware upgrade “Warning” printer labels. Caution employees about firmware upgrades.

Employee Firmware Agreement.
Employee/ technician agreement preventing them from upgrading firmware arbitrarily.

Tags: Lexmark, Firmware, Aftermarket, Toner.

New! Customer Product Reviews

January 28th, 2011 No comments

What’s Hot and What’s Not!:
View our real unedited customer reviews of hot items and products. View recommended products and analyze the information so you can make an informed decision. Find answers to your questions or concerns without contacting customer service.

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View Items With Customer Reviews:
Brother TN210 Toner 4-Pack
HP 88XL Ink Cartridge 3-Pack Combo
Toshiba ZT170F Genuine Toner
Lexmark C734A1YG Genuine Yellow Toner

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HP Releases The Color Laserjet CP5525 Printer Series

November 30th, 2010 No comments

HP CP5525 Overview:
HP’s newest and finest high performance HP CP5525 color laserjet printer series sets the standard high! Quick printing of 30 ppm and a monthly duty cycle of 120,000 with satisfy the needs of even the busiest of offices. Features include mobile device printing, a wide range of printable media including wide format and pre-installed toner cartridges. Upgradeable features like additional paper trays and duplexing make the HP CP5525 enterprise series a great addition to any work space.

HP CP5525 Toner Overview:
Pre-Installed toner cartridges eliminate the need for manuals during initial setup. Long lasting HP toner cartridges with page yields of up to 15,000 each. Produce vivid colors with sharp contrast with the high-gloss toner found in the HP CE270A, CE271A, CE272A and CE273A print cartridges.

HP CP5525 Toner Cartridge Specifications:
HP CE270A Black Toner – Yields Up To 13,500 Pages
HP CE271A Cyan Toner – Yields Up To 15,000 Pages
HP CE272A Yellow Toner – Yields Up To 15,000 Pages
HP CE273A Magenta Toner – Yields Up To 15,000 Pages
HP CP5525 Toner Cartridge Set

Tags: HP CP5525, CE270A, Toner, Cartridge

Express-Inks Is Now VeriSign Secure!

October 21st, 2010 No comments

Express-Inks – VeriSign SSL Certificate
Express-Inks customers can feel 100% secure that all of their confidential information is protected by the industries #1 provider of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates – VeriSign. Daily malware scans, up to 256-bit encryption and full business identity authentication are just a part of the security features employed. Check our site now for the VeriSign Trust Seal.
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Brother Releases The TN310 & TN315 Toner Cartridges

October 8th, 2010 No comments

Brother is leading the way with new high performance low costing color laserjet printers. Their newest line of toner cartridges have now been released. The Brother standard TN310 & high yield TN315 color toner cartridges are now available. Each OEM Brother toner cartridge is ISO/ IEC 19798 certified on letter and A4 paper.

Brother TN310 Toner Cartridge Specifications:
TN310BK Black Toner – Yields Up To 2,500 Pages
TN310C Cyan Toner – Yields Up To 1,500 Pages
TN310M Magenta Toner – Yields Up To 1,500 Pages
TN310Y Yellow Toner – Yields Up To 1,500 Pages

Brother TN315 High Yield Toner Cartridge Specifications:
TN315BK Black Toner Cartridge – Yields Up To 6,000 Pages
TN315C Cyan Toner Cartridge – Yields Up To 3,500 Pages
TN315M Magenta Toner Cartridge – Yields Up To 3,500 Pages
TN315Y Yellow Toner Cartridge – Yields Up To 3,500 Pages

Express-Inks Brother Toner Cartridge Combos:
Brother TN310 4-Pack Toner Combo – With Free Shipping!
Brother TN315 4-Pack Toner Combo – With Free Shipping!

These Brother TN310 & TN315 Toner Cartridges Fit The Following Printers:
Brother Color LaserJet HL-4150CDN
Brother Color LaserJet HL-4570CDW
Brother Color LaserJet HL-4570CDWT
Brother Color LaserJet MFC-9460CDN
Brother Color LaserJet MFC-9560CDW

Tags: Brother, TN310, TN315, Toner, Cartridge

Express-Inks Is On Facebook

September 27th, 2010 No comments

We now have our very own Express-Inks business page on Facebook. Please join this page to view new products, special Facebook only deals and updates on current promotions and free giveaways. We post troubleshooting tips and industry news for the savvy shopper. Join us and post your comments or questions. Click here to view our Facebook Page!

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Why Are Ink Cartridges So Expensive?

August 10th, 2010 No comments

Hook Line And Sinker? Or Sucker?
Have you ever wondered why printer ink cost so much? Do you wonder why your replacement ink cartridges cost more than the printer? Why does your printer ink cost more than 1,000 times as much as gas for your car?

1 Ounce of gas = $.023  |  1 Ounce of printer ink = $30.00
1 Gallon of gas = $3.00  |  1 Gallon of printer ink = $3840.00

There is one simple reason for this.

The Reason:
Most OEM manufacturers like HP, Canon and Epson take a loss or break even when selling their printers so they need to make their money elsewhere. Manufacturers spend millions each year in research and development on new printer technology. Their solution is to build their profits into the cost of the replacement cartridges. Many manufacturers include small starter cartridges with the anticipation that you will need to replace your ink cartridges quickly and many more times.

So What Can You Do To Avoid These High Costs?

  1. Do some research and compare the replacement ink cartridge prices before buying a new printer.
  2. Consider switching to remanufactured/ recycled ink cartridges that can save you up to 70% off the name brand cartridges.
  3. Recycle your old cartridges. Many stores will give you store credit and you will help save the environment at the same time!
  4. Make sure you have the right printer for the right job. The wrong printer will cost you dearly in the long run.

Price Comparison:

Let’s compare the prices of a couple of different ink cartridge models:

HP 88XL Black Ink = $36.99 | HP Compatible 88XL Black Ink = $13.99
You save = $23.00 or 63%!

Brother LC51BK Ink = $21.99 | Brother Compatible LC51BK Ink = $7.99
You save = $14.00 or 64%!

Canon CLI-221 Ink = $15.99 | Canon Compatible CLI-221 Ink = $7.99
You save = $8.00 or 50%!


The numbers used are approximate and are based on the average costs of HP ink cartridges with an average fill level of 15-20 milliliters. If you have any questions please contact us.

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Lexmark Government TAA Compliant Toner Cartridges

June 28th, 2010 No comments

New at Express-Inks – Genuine Lexmark Government TAA Compliant Toner Cartridges. These TAA compliant printer supplies can be purchased by government and affiliated entities while adhering to the Trade Agreement Act.

Lexmark specifically makes toners like the C736H4KG black print cartridge for the C736 printer series for use in federal contracts. We have also added the T650H41G for the T650, T652, T654 printers. We are adding more every day and you if you need a TAA Compliant toner that isn’t listed, you may Contact Us at anytime.

Free HP $15 Gas Card On Ink Cartridge Purchases Over $75

April 5th, 2010 No comments

Hewlett Packard is offering the end users a $15 gas gift card with the purchase of $75 in eligible Original HP inkjet ink cartridges. Purchases be on original HP ink cartridges models and must be at the same time, on the same invoice. View Offer

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