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How Print Quality Is Affected By A Remanufactured Ink Cartridge

2012-02-02

Although quality differences between brand name printer ink and remanufactured printer ink is still a debated topic, consumers can typically trust a remanufactured ink cartridge to be very high quality for most applications and should look for a company that backs up its high quality claims with warranties and refund policies.

A remanufactured printer ink cartridge uses parts from old ink cartridges that have been assembled and refilled to provide printer ink at low cost to consumers. The competitive cost of remanufactured cartridges can be up to 65 percent less expensive than original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) ink cartridges like HP or Epson. In addition, environmental efficiency advocates promote using remanufactured ink cartridges because they keep old parts out of the landfills. Another benefit of this type of ink cartridge is that it is typically completely filled when sold, whereas OEM ink cartridges often are not.

Therefore, many people choose remanufactured printer ink because of its low cost, environmental efficiency and increased output; however, some claim that print quality is negatively affected by remanufactured ink cartridges. Because remanufactured printer ink is made by independent companies that are smaller than the OEM companies, opponents argue that they do not spend as much money on research and development for ink; many of the proprietary additives and dye ingredients that improve quality are missing. Consumers who may choose OEM printer ink for these reasons often are printing high-quality, color photographs and require very exacting print details.

Proponents of remanufactured ink cartridges, however, argue that print quality from remanufactured cartridges can be just as good as OEM cartridges, and many OEM printing companies simply make claims about poor quality from remanufacturers to dissuade customers from buying remanufactured goods. These proponents argue that the reason OEM printer companies would cast doubt on the quality of remanufactured ink cartridges is that they make the majority of their money on printer ink sold to fit their own printers, which is why they often sell the printers at a loss or give them away for free. Those who favor remanufactured ink cartridges also assert that the remanufacturing industry has been around for 20 years and has developed and proven itself over that time.

Generally, consumers can expect excellent quality from remanufactured ink for most applications. However, if a customer is worried about the quality of printing due to remanufactured ink, he or she should avoid intensely detailed jobs like color photograph printing and extremely high resolution printing. Most black and white, routine printing assignments will show no difference in print quality. Additionally, a customer should look for a remanufactured ink cartridge supplier that guarantees the product with a generous refund policy if any problems arise

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