Making the right choice when purchasing ink and toner cartridges can be a daunting task! Should you buy low yield or high yield cartridges? Should you go with name brand toner or a compatible brand toner cartridges? Will compatible brand toner cartridges void my printer’s warranty? Do the same rules apply when purchasing ink cartridges vs. toner cartridges? How about color vs. monochrome? With more than 20 years of experience, The Printer Repair Group has seen it all when it comes to ink and toner cartridges. Use our simple tips below and make your next ink or toner cartridge purchase with confidence. Please contact a Printer Repair Group office near you to learn how we can help you save money on ink and toner cartridges.
Following these tips will help you select ink and toner cartridges that work properly with your printers.
Deciding between low yield or high yield ink and toner cartridges is a simple decision. Divide the cost of the ink or toner cartridge by its page yield to calculate the cost per page. The cost per page is the best way to determine the which cartridge is the best value. As a general rule, purchasing high yield ink or toner cartridges will always be the better value.
While we don’t recommend compatible toner cartridges for all printer types, we highly recommend using them for monochrome laser printers. Compatible monochrome laser toner cartridges have improved drastically in recent years. When purchased from a reputable source compatible toner cartridges are an excellent way to lower your cost by as much as 60%.
We have two recommendations for color laser toner cartridges. Many consumers are not aware that Xerox offers replacement color toner cartridges for many of the major printer manufacturers such as HP and Brother. If Xerox replacements toner cartridges are available for your printer, we highly recommend trying them. Xerox replacement toner cartridges offer excellent quality at a fraction of the cost of OEM toner cartridges. If Xerox replacement toner cartridges are not available for your printer, we suggest using OEM. OEM color toner cartridges may be more expensive, but not as expensive as printer repairs that may result from using inferior products.
We only recommend using OEM ink cartridges. Using cheap refilled or compatible ink cartridges may cause damage to your printer.
No. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, a federal law authored by Sen. Warren Magnuson and Rep. John Moss that set a national standard for product warranties. The Magnuson-Moss law prohibits a manufacturer from putting out a “tie-in” provision–meaning that a manufacturer can’t void an owner’s warranty just because he or she used a properly functioning component made by another company. You can find a thorough explanation of the law here.
As the old saying goes “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” This statement is very true when it comes to low-cost ink and toner cartridges found on the internet. Auction sites and competitive marketplaces are popular for resellers that sell out of date and counterfeit ink and toner cartridges.