OEM vs Compatible vs Remanufactured Laser Toner Cartridges

There are several options available when it comes to purchasing a new toner cartridge for your laser printer. You have to look at quality, price, and how long the product will last. With all of this to consider it may seem risky and overwhelming to select the right toner to fit and meet your businesses needs. For this reason we are going to explain the difference between the three.

OEM Cartridge – An OEM Cartridge – Original Equipment Manufacturer – The most expensive option on the market. This is where he printer and the toner cartridge are both manufactured by the same company. For example: If you have a HP laserjet printer, the HP brand toner is the OEM cartridge option that you can get for that printer.


Remanufactured Toner Cartridge – A remanufactured toner cartridge is made when a manufacturer takes an “OEM” toner cartridge disassembles it, tests it, and replaces all worn parts. After this the toner cartridge is filled with toner and reassembled. Finally, the cartridge is tested for quality and accuracy.

Compatible Toner Cartridge – A compatible toner cartridge is made by a third party manufacturer. Everything is new on the cartridge including all parts and shell. It is similar to the quality and build of the OEM toner cartridge.


When it comes to the decision of purchasing remanufactured or compatible toner cartridges there are several options and many different levels of quality. The quality of todays manufactures range from very high to very low with every level in between. Some manufactures replace only parts that are worn at the time of building and some simply will drill a hole in the side of the cartridge and fill it with toner and call it remanufactured. The reputable manufactures will be ISO 9001 certified and follow strict quality control measures to ensure that print quality and page yields are the same as the OEM Specifications. Here at Quality all of our manufacturing partners are ISO 9001 Certified and we will never work with any manufacturer who isn’t. Buy your toner cartridges from us to insure the highest quality possible and our superior during and after the sale service.


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