OEM ink cartridges are advertised as the only option, ‘for best results’ with full page color advertisements in major business magazines and prime time television advertisements. No wonder genuine ink cartridges are so expensive. The problem with these inkjet cartridges is that they can only be used once. Their single use status ranks them in an unfriendly environmental category. But not anymore.
The wasted, tossable inkjet or toner cartridge has developed a value. Quality ‘core’s', or empty cartridges, are now a thriving business, being tested, cleaned and sold to professional remanufacturing companies, many of whom have contracts with OEM companies. These remanufacturing companies use the latest technologies to refill the empty ink and toner cartridges, test them and prepare them for resale. These remanufacturing plants are ISO-9002 certified. Their product is excellent. And they are saving the planet at the same time.
I urge all consumers to be aware of their options. It just turns out that these remanufactured ink cartridges are far less expensive than genuine items – they don’t have all that expensive advertising built into their prices. Know your options, and know that by participating in an environmentally friendly purchasing choice, you can also save a lot of money.