The Difference between OEM and Remanufactured Cartridges

Looking at the variety of cartridges available in the market these days that you might be considering to purchase in the name of your printers; you are definitely going to get a little chaotic and maybe overwhelmed, as well. It is not a matter of the best cartridge you want for your printer; it is much more than that now. You will have to pick amongst the many types of toner cartridges various companies offer. So are you looking for an OEM cartridge or a remanufactured cartridge?

A lot of people don’t know the difference between these two and that is understandable. You may have heard of the terms but it does get a little tough to differentiate the two. But here, we will be clarifying the difference between OEM and remanufactured cartridges.

What is an OEM Cartridge?

OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. OEM cartridges are meant for high quality printers because they are manufactured according to them – they are the genuine, branded types of cartridges. Given that they are manufactured from the original printer company, you can count on durability. OEM cartridges promise you an incredible quality of prints, but unfortunately, at a higher cost. That, in effect, becomes the downside of these cartridges.

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It is also said that with OEM cartridges, your printers start showing the “low ink” signal, when almost 40% of the expensive ink is still left in the cartridge. This makes you rush off to buy another cartridge sooner than needed and the companies are, of course, happier with that (if you know what I mean).

What is a Remanufactured Cartridge?

Remanufactured cartridges are known to be the OEM cartridges which are refurbished perfectly for further use or reuse. These remanufacturing companies don’t throw the genuine OEM cartridges away which are actually capable of being used all over again. They prefer using that durable cartridge to remake it and thus called “remanufactured” cartridges.

However, you need to be really careful when you decide to opt for a remanufactured cartridge. If the company is reliable, they will clean and examine the cartridge completely before they dismantle it, fill it, and test it for your use. Therefore, it is best if you purchase remanufactured cartridges from a well-grounded and trustworthy manufacturer.

At the same time, look out for companies that are selling extremely cheap and low quality cartridges. If it’s too cheap, it’s too good to be true. Research on remanufacturers that have positive reviews that mention print quality, and don’t be afraid to try them out.


High costs has made OEM cartridges a little behind in the race of toner cartridges. People prefer to buy remanufactured toner cartridges as they last just as long (or even longer) and give high print quality as well. Some remanufactured cartridges perform just as well as genuine cartridges. Above all, they are on sale in the market at a reasonable cost, putting them much ahead of OEM cartridges.

Post Author: Heather Moors'