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How To Select A Remanufactured Printer Ink Cartridge


Buying remanufactured printer ink cartridges is a great way to save money, and improvements have driven the quality of the printer ink cartridges to standards equal to or surpassing brand name equivalents. However, because there are thousands of remanufacturing companies out there, many of which are small businesses, variations in quality can occur. Therefore, it is important to keep a few key points in mind such as standards and certifications, guarantees, recycling system and prices when selecting a remanufactured printer ink cartridge.

Quality Standards

While most companies adhere to excellent quality standards and process diagnostics to assure quality control, if a product is labeled Standardized Test Methods Committee (STMC) that means the company's quality control process has been independently verified. It can also help to ask the remanufacturing company directly whether it meets or exceeds original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. These points help assure a customer the ink cartridge is not a "drill and fill" job where the company has simply drilled a hole in the cartridge, refilled the ink and plugged it, but rather it has inspected the cartridge and replaced or fixed worn and broken parts.


Having a replacement or refund guarantee in place is an important stamp of confidence by the company that it believes in the quality of its product and that it is confident it will work problem-free in the machines, as the company says it will. A remanufactured printer ink cartridge company should have a robust guarantee offered for defective cartridges as well as damage to printers caused by defective cartridges.

Recycling System

Companies that have a recycling system in place that allows them to take back its used remanufactured ink cartridges is another indicator of a business that is committed to its products and confident that they are of high enough quality to continue to reuse again. If the customer is a larger business that goes through high volumes of printer ink and printer ink cartridges, it is especially important for the supplier to have a recycling system to minimize waste and make returning cartridges easier.

Competitive Prices

Of course, as customers it is always important to consider the price when selecting a remanufactured printer ink cartridge. In addition to reducing waste and being environmentally responsible, the inexpensiveness of printer ink cartridges compared to brand names is certainly one of their key selling points. Remanufactured ink can be as much as 65 percent less than a new cartridge but prices still vary, and a quality remanufactured cartridge can still cost somewhat more than a "drill and fill" cartridge. By comparing prices, availability of recycling, guarantees and quality assurance, a consumer can make an informed choice on high quality remanufactured printer ink without trouble.

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