Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
When remanufactured toner cartridges first entered the marketplace in the 1990s; it wasn't just the environmental lobby who breathed a deep sigh of relief. One of the most convincing arguments for the remanufacturing process is to put a dent in the staggering 250 million cartridges that are ploughed into landfill sites across the United States every year. However, it's most-likely the fact that remanufactured cartridges offer savings of up to 60% that has seen them skyrocket in popularity.
The first step of the remanufacturing process it to disassemble the cartridge, before carefully cleaning each component and replacing any worn parts. The cartridge is then refilled with toner, the print quality tested and it's finally sent for packaging. It's a relatively straightforward procedure which can increase the lifespan of a cartridge tenfold.
In the past decade remanufacturing companies have acquired 30% of the overall replacement cartridge market-share; much to the chagrin of the Original Equipment Manufacturers. Some OEM's have responded commendably by implementing their own remanufacturing programmes (offering more modest savings), while others have worryingly settled upon the tactic of developing cartridges that simply can't be remanufactured.
Today the United States boasts more than 5,000 toner cartridge remanufacturers, operating at an annual turnover of approximately $15 billion. Quality varies enormously and with such fierce competition the consumer can have difficulty knowing which way to turn.
When it comes to buying remanufactured toner cartridges it's worth paying heed to the time-worn axiom of caveat emptor , or buyer beware. Product claims run the gamut from the sublimely tempting to the ridiculously overblown. And while you'll find plenty of reliable suppliers offering savings (both financial and environmental); you'll find just as many unscrupulous opportunists. If your chosen merchant doesn't offer the following, look elsewhere:
A step by step explanation of the remanufacturing process
Rigorous print-testing of all cartridges prior to dispatch
Product guarantees; to establish the print-life of the cartridge
A no-quibble 'money-back' warranty
Affiliation with a well-known trade associationAlternatively opt for a local company (any town-centre office suppliers should be able to point you in the right direction), where any complaints are much more likely to be listened to.