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Remanufactured toner cartridges - worth it?

By Tink56 ·
Our LaserJet printers are way past their warranties so I'm looking at going from HP toner cartridges to remanufactured toner. Here's some pricing I found:

Item: C8061X for HP 4100 LaserJet

HP New: 119.95
Rhinoteck Remanufactured: $86.21
Xerox Remanufactured: $79.30
Radian Remanufactured: $72.55
West Pint Remanufactured: $61.05
Verbatim Re-manuf: 57.95

Okay, so why is there a 48% price difference between the Verbatim and the Rhinoteck? Is this going to be one of those "you get what you pay for (or not) things"??

Anyone have recommendations or experience they can provide?

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I was hoping...

by TechExec2 In reply to Here you go again...

I was hoping you guys would take notice and enjoy! :-)

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Even big store like Business Depot sell it too

by vietbooster12 In reply to OK!!! OK!!! OK!!!

I think we should complain too much about remanufactured toner cartridges. There are a big competition in this market and that's why remanufactured toner providers are trying to improve their product quality. Even big store like Business Depot, staple are selling it. For a half price compare to the oem costs, would rather try remanufactured cartridge at least one, and if it works good, i will save alot of money for the whole year. There are many stores in Canada that sell remanufactured cartridges, but the one I know in Toronto is called <a href="http://qua24.ca">Qua24</a> , they carry most of the major brands with very low prices. I heard that this guy only makes 1 or 2 dollars on each compatible cartridge.

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Use Genuine HP

by JPatrickF In reply to No

I manage about 300 HP printers at a Title company. Our users do a LOT of printing to say the least. Save yourself a headache and just stick with genuine HP. We tried the remanufactured cartridges for about two weeks, they just don't have the quality nor can they handle the volume of printing that we do.

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Not worth it

by jeff.doty In reply to No

Gardner did a study and found that the genuine ones work better for HP. Part of this is because HP designs their printers to use the special toner in their cartridges. What ends up happening is that the other cartridges start mucking up the printer and the printer will end up failing, plus I have never gotten a full cycle out of these remanufactured cartridges. Save your printers especally if they are past warrantee. I work for the State and we went through this exercise to "save money" and we ended up having to replace a bunch of printers.

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Yes, but with a warning

by oldbag In reply to Remanufactured toner cart ...

I have been using reman cartridges for my printers for 3 years and I have not had any serious problems. My warning is to not go with the cheapest and do not order based on a sales rep cold calling.

First of all, see if you can get a referral from someone you trust.

Interview all prospective suppliers and see what they offer in guarantees on their products. My supplier will come and service a printer at no charge to me if their cartridges cause problems. They are also my preferred service provider for hardware problems. In three years of a good business relationship, I only had to call them in once due to a bad toner. They cleaned up the printer and replaced the bad product.

Make sure that if they all selling high-yield cartrdges that you are truly getting high-yield. Many suppliers can be misleading on this point.

Use care in selecting your supplier. This will result in the greatest cost saving. Also, make sure that all staff know that you have a preferred supplier and they are not to make any toner orders from anyone. Only you (or your department) should place orders.

I purchase reman toners for HP and Lexmark.

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I agree...

by andrew.lawlor In reply to Yes, but with a warning

Although reluctant to use remanufactured cartridges in my expensive printers, the office manager insisted that I try one. Since he pays the bills, and will end up paying for the new printers, I went along with him.

We tried a few different sources with varying degrees of success and some outright lies from sellers.

I've settled on www.toptoner.com for my HP toner.

Never had a problem and I've been buying from them for over a year now. Quality is good and the price is great.

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Yes and No

by mjd420nova In reply to Remanufactured toner cart ...

Most of the businesses that recycle toner cartridges are non-profit that employ handicapped people that otherwise would overload the already bloated welfare rolls. Careful inspection of the cartridges before sending them off is essential. Inspect the doctor blades, the piece of plastic the scrapes excess toner off of the photo drum as it rotates, also a close look should be taken at the photo drum itself, looking for discolored areas and scratches. A good recycler will recoat the photo drum and refill the unit with fresh, clean toner, clean the doctor blade and place some kind of label to identify the date it was recycled. I have encountered many outfits that will take the contents of the hopper that collects the used toner collected by the doctor blade and mix it with new toner. Others will take a percentage of returned units and mark them as unusable when there are actually in good shape.. This increases their number of units that can be recycled and sold without having to pay for cases provided by you. If the recycler says any number of units are unsuitable, ask for them to be returned, not scrapped by them. If your pre-inspection reveals any defects such as discolored drums, scratches, or gaps on the doctor blade, do not send them to be serviced. This assures that all units sent out are in good shape and can be serviced and not claimed as bad. One hint is to mark each unit with the tip of a soldering iron with a number. Some toner cartridges can yeild a little more life by lightly shaking side to side when characters become fuzzy or lines appear on the edges of the page. This results in a leveling of the excess toner deposited in the hopper by the doctor blade. A little extra life can be yeilded this way.. Taking a unit that is scratched on the drum and dis-assembly will reveal the inside workings and allow you to determine where on the cartridge a hole can be cut to remove the excess toner from the hopper, sometimes tripling the usable life of a cartridge. Half price for rebuilt compared to new is the usual range to be expected.

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Good to know

by Tink! In reply to Remanufactured toner cart ...

The above tips are all good to know. I have not tried reman laser printer cartridges before.

I'm always wary of non OEM cartridges due to my experiences. A certain off brand of black inkjet cartridges was not completely opaque black..kinda trans blue.

An off-brand of Copier cartridge (which was supposedly made by the actual manufacturer of the OEM cartridge but just sold under a different label) did not fit correctly.

You just have to experiment and note which ones not to use ever agai.
Tink :)

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Along similar lines: Extended Life Cartridges? For Real?

by Tink! In reply to Remanufactured toner cart ...

I've never tried any of those so-called longer lasting cartridges that get sold by telemarketers. Has anyone?

Do they really last 2-3 times longer?

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I use genuine HP extended life

by TechExec2 In reply to Along similar lines: Exte ...

I use genuine HP extended life toner cartridges and they really do deliver what they say.

I would be wary of off-brand toner from telemarketers, standard or extended life. I'm wary of ANYTHING sold by telemarketers.

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