The differences between Original toner, OEM toner and remanufactured toner
OEM toner cartridge is basically an original product manufactured by the same company as the printer. Lets take HP for instance, if you are an owner of a Hewlett-Packard printer, then the Hewlett-Packard brand is the OEM cartridge for your printer. Although costing less than genuine alternatives, OEM cartridges are generally fail-proof and provides sheer quality in performance wise.
So, you have bought a third party cartridge, that does not mean that it is not an OEM cartridge. The term OEM cartridge means that no matter the manufacturer, be it HP or another company out there that is selling legal and certified cartridge, they are also labelled as selling original and OEM cartridge of their own brand. However, the above is only applicable when for instance, if you are purchasing from ABC company who manufactures their own cartridge under their own brand, and is a certified and legal cartridge retailer, then they are labelled as OEM genuine cartridges.
Compatible printer cartridge is just like generic car parts. It is manufactured by third party companies that have no connection to the original manufacturer. Every part found in the compatible cartridge are all made up of new compatible parts. As you might expect, some compatible inks are inferior to OEM inks. Even so, the quality of these compatible cartridges are similar to genuine cartridges.
This is why it is important that you take your time identifying compatible ink cartridges that offers high quality and manufactured by trusted sellers. So for those who are looking to save on cost, you should keep an eye on good quality compatible cartridges as it does not only saves you money but compatibles would give you more than what you have paid.
A cheaper alternative to an original cartridge. From what its’ called, I guess you can already guess what kind of cartridge is a re-manufactured cartridge. Re-manufactured cartridge is made when a manufacturer acquires an original and genuine cartridge, disassembles it, tests and & replaces any worn parts, fills it again with ink and it is as good as new. Keep in mind however, the quality of the re-manufactured cartridge depends hugely on the manufacturer, whether good or bad.
Unfortunately, there are companies out there that labels their cartridges as “re-manufactured” when all they did was simply refilling the empty cartridge with toner. Therefore, it is vital for you to buy re-manufactured cartridges from trusted manufacturers.
One other advantage of using a re-manufactured cartridge is that it is sort of a similar practice on using recycled brown paper bags rather than plastic bags when you are shopping. To simplify it, this process is basically recycling old cartridges for better and cheaper use rather than increasing waste to the environment.