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Remanufactured Cartridges

Today everybody seems to be selling cartridges. They all have the best deal in town. Although it may seem like you are saving money at the time when you purchase a recycled cartridge from the internet or a local dealer; beware of a few things that not all people know about recycled cartridges.

First off not all recycled cartridges are manufactured in the same way and have the Consumers Seal of approval. Your local retailer may take your empty cartridge out back and within a few moments you have a refilled cartridge. There is nothing wrong with this method, but you need to know that the cartridge has not been tested so there is no guarantee that it will work sufficiently. Make sure that the company doing the refill is willing to exchange or give you your money back if the cartridge fails. Also if the cartridge has been refilled more than a couple of times you may find that the quality of print will not be as good as when you purchase the cartridge new. They do not replace the print heads on the cartridges which burns out after a few refills. Also the chip that indicates whether your cartridge is full or empty cannot be reset, so you may have problems with your printer excepting the refill. Refilled laser cartridges have a drum that is important to your print quality, if they do not replace the drum unit your prints may suffer. Also colour cartridge refills don't have the same ink quality as when you purchased it new. The colour quality may be very poor when printing photos or coloured documents.

When dealing with cartridges ordered on-line, always find out what their return policy is and also what kind of warranty comes with the cartridge. Some companies will cover the cost of replacing a faulty cartridge. They will also go as far as fixing the printer if the cartridge in some way damages the printer. Thoroughly investigate the company before buying any product from them, as you may be stuck with a faulty cartridge and no way to return it or have it exchanged.

Get to know the different products available you can sometimes get a compatible cartridge that has had the drum unit, chip and other components replaced, which will work far better than reusing the same components over and over again. By buying compatibles you are still recycling, but not giving up on quality.

Be aware that by using refilled cartridges in printers that still have warranty, this can cause the manufacturer to not honor the warranty because of not using the OEM cartridges. All distributors and authorized dealers should be aware of this and also make their customers aware.

So buy smart and get to know what is available. The more educated you are about the products you buy, the less chance you are going to waist your money.

The best compatible cartridge I have come across is the Xerox Brand. They make compatibles for Hewlett Packard printers. We sell this product to many of our customers and have had very few returns due to a faulty cartridge. When there has been a problem; Xerox has come through for us and has fixed our customers printer when it has caused damaged. Which has left us with a successful cartridge to sell and happy customers.

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