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Remanufactured VS Compatible Ink Cartridges: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve shopped for ink and toner before, you’ve no doubt heard the terms “remanufactured” and “compatible.” However, there is some misunderstanding about what this actually means. Contrary to what some OEM advertising might suggest, compatible or remanufactured products are in no way inferior to the original manufacturer’s toner and ink cartridges. While there is no difference in print quality based on the type of manufacturing (compatible, remanufactured, OEM), there are differences between brands and manufacturers due to manufacturing conditions and post-manufacturing evaluation processes. Read on to learn more about what to put in your printer!

From the Original

When you buy an ink cartridge that is manufactured by a specific printer brand and partnered with that brand, it is called an original equipment manufacturer product, or “OEM” for short. Whether you are purchasing compatible replacement ink cartridges or remanufactured replacement ink cartridges, it all starts with OEM product design and functionality.

Printer companies realized early on that profits are most profitable when the printing industry operates like a razor industry. Razor manufacturers sell razor handles for a very low price or give them away for free, then charge a premium for the razor blades. The same goes for printers – the ink or toner is usually more expensive than the printer! You can spend about $100 on a high quality printer, but if you pay OEM prices, you could end up paying over $100 per ink cartridge!

OEM ink and toner products set the standard for quality and performance. They are extremely reliable, produce incredible prints, and are designed to work with OEM printers. However, compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges offer consumers more affordable options. Our ink cartridges match the print quality, page yield and shelf life of OEM products, but you end up paying a fraction of the OEM cost! So, what is the difference between compatible ink cartridges and remanufactured ink cartridges?

Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

The easiest way is to start with remanufactured cartridges. When you purchase an OEM ink cartridge and use up all the ink or toner in it, you have the option to recycle the empty cartridge. Many office supply stores collect these empty ink cartridges for recycling, as do many online businesses. Remanufactured replacement cartridges are essentially recycled OEM cartridges that have been cleaned, refilled with ink or toner, and inspected for quality. However, the business from which you buy the cartridge will determine the quality and performance of that cartridge.

remanufactured ink cartridge

At weemay.com we never take shortcuts or take shortcuts. Our remanufactured replacement cartridges are inspected for failure at every stage of the remanufacturing process. Every ink cartridge that passes our initial inspection goes through a rigorous factory cleaning and drying process to remove any residual ink/toner as well as dust or dirt particles that may have accumulated. Next, we reinstall each cartridge with brand new components, which may include a new smart chip to measure the amount of ink remaining, a new sponge (in the cartridge), or a new drum unit and wiper blade (in the toner cartridge) . Our engineers refill each cartridge with premium ink or toner to the OEM factory recommended fill level, which is why you can get OEM page yields from remanufactured products. Afterwards, our technicians perform the same post-remanufacturing print tests as OEM toner, so you always know you’re getting a quality product that performs as well as OEM cartridges.

In addition to our excellent quality control initiatives, many weemay.com customers take comfort in knowing that our remanufactured ink cartridges are re-engineered in the USA. In fact, many of our reman cartridges are processed locally in the Los Angeles area! Buying remanufactured ink/toner cartridges can also help reduce your carbon footprint. Rather than end up in the landfill after a single use, remanufactured cartridges get a second chance! After our factory cleaning and redesign process, you won’t be able to tell the difference between photos printed with weemay.com remanufactured ink cartridges and those printed with OEM ink or toner!

Compatible ink cartridges

Compatible replacement ink cartridges are slightly different from remanufactured ink cartridges. Remanufactured products are recycled OEM cartridge housings that have been cleaned and rebuilt, while compatible cartridges are built from the ground up to fit your printer just like the OEM versions. It will still give you the same performance and quality as an OEM or remanufactured product, but it will be manufactured slightly differently.

You might think of a compatible cartridge as the ink/toner version of the regular cereal in the supermarket: it looks, smells and tastes like the branded cereal, but it’s made by a different manufacturer and sold in slightly different packaging. Other than that, they are essentially indistinguishable. Here at weemay.com we create this high quality, low cost ink cartridge using brand new components from reputable, top manufacturers. Every ink cartridge goes through an in-depth review process, including quality checks and post-manufacturing print tests.

So why are some cartridges on our website remanufactured while others are compatible? It’s all about licensing. Some OEM brand ink cartridges have patents which prevent third party manufacturers from making compatible (universal) versions. We will provide our customers with compatible ink cartridges whenever we are able to. However, when patents prevent us from manufacturing compatible replacement versions of OEM products, we still offer remanufactured versions to meet customer needs.

How are they performing?

You might be wondering how OEM, remanufactured, and compatible ink cartridges compare. Just like OEM products, our compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges are carefully manufactured to be of the highest quality. Our engineers understand the needs of small business owners and home workers, and we consider all of these needs — including your financial needs — when creating replacement ink and toner cartridges.

There are many “rumours” that the OEM product is formulated differently. They claim that using compatible or remanufactured ink cartridges clogs printheads and produces poor-quality prints, among other “horror stories” about the supposed risks of using aftermarket products. However, these claims lack any substance. Using compatible and replacement ink cartridges will not void your printer’s warranty, clog the printheads, or damage your printer in any way, and you will still get OEM print quality and product specifications from compatible or remanufactured replacement ink cartridges. As a concrete example, consider the Canon 120 black toner cartridge. OEM versions cost approximately $175.99 each, while our remanufactured versions of this cartridge can cut your costs by over 75%! For only $36.99 you can buy a remanufactured replacement that will perform just as well as the OEM version and produce the same perfect print quality!

The bottom line question you need to ask yourself is: “How do you want to spend your hard-earned money?” Our compatible and remanufactured replacement ink/toner cartridges give you the same superior print quality, Same page yield and shelf life with the same basic performance, but you can save up to 85% on OEM charges Reduce retail prices by switching to compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges from weemay.com. We’ve been selling affordable ink and toner cartridges for nearly 20 years! If you’re ready to stop paying OEM prices, switch to compatible recycled toner from weemay.com today!





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