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Some Things to Know About Refurbished Toner Cartridges
Posted by on 8/23/2011 to Laser Printer Toner
If you have a laser printer, photocopier, or multi-function printer, chances are you will want to make use of refurbished toner cartridges as much as possible. Without a question, if you have to spend 100.00 or more on each new cartridge, then paying half price for a refurbished unit will have a good bit of appeal. That said, before you buy the cheapest refurbished toner cartridges that you can find, it will be best to understand what you are buying.

Are Refurbished Toner Cartridges as Good as Original Manufacturer Versions?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question depends on who does the refurbishing. Typically, when toner cartridges are refilled, a powder must be injected into a cylinder. If the refurbishing company injects more air than powder, you will wind up with cartridges that empty very quickly. Under these circumstances, it may actually cost less to buy a new cartridge that will supply the expected number of pages.  Other than that, you will find that refurbished toner cartridges are as good as original versions.

Non-Name Brand Toner Cartridges vs. Refurbished Toner Cartridges

Depending on the age of your laser printer or other device which requires toner, it may be of some use to buy compatible toner cartridges. Contrary to popular belief, using a non-name brand toner cartridge is not likely to ruin your printer or copier. That said, you will still need to take the time to choose a reputable manufacturer.  In most cases, these cartridges will be much cheaper, and should work just as well as a model direct from the manufacturer. On the other hand, you may just as easily wind up with cartridges that leave lines in the page or blurry printing. Overall, you are likely to find that refurbished cartridges have fewer problems.

Finding a Reputable Source of Refurbished Toner Cartridges

When it comes to buying refurbished toner cartridges, you will be well served by looking at reputation more than price. This will eliminate problems with under-filled cartridges as well as ones that are not cleaned correctly. In many cases, you may also be able to find refill centers that will take your old cartridges back and give you a discount on new ones. Some other characteristics of a quality refurbishing station include:

    Company refills a wide range of cartridges from many manufacturers
    Company offers quantities compatible with medium to large size business needs
    You can get a refund on cartridges that don't meet your needs
    Company also offers non-name brand toner cartridges

Individuals and businesses that need high quality and high speed printing usually turn to laser printers and multi-function devices. No matter whether you have a photocopier or laser printer that requires toner, you are likely to find that replacing toner cartridges is fairly expensive. Fortunately, if you know how to find the best refurbished toner cartridges, you can save yourself a good bit of money as well as aggravation associated with poor quality printing from substandard refills.


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