Quality of Compatible & Remanufactured Toner Cartridges

Back when recycling toner cartridges started, a lot of people were eager to make a fast buck. If you have tried remanufactured or compatible toner cartridges before and it didn’t work out for you, things have changed. They saw this as an opportunity and used it, but unfortunately, they had little or no technical ability or training and made a poor quality product that caused a lot of problems.

In the past eleven years, companies that were previously restricted from selling remanufactured toner and aftermarket parts now can, and do. In addition, some of those companies even make better aftermarket parts than the OEM and have developed new techniques for making these cartridges better.

The biggest advantage of using compatible toner cartridges is that they save you money. Remanufactured cartridges cost 30% to 60% less on a per copy basis than non-remanufactured cartridges and can save you hundreds and thousands of dollars on ink supplies. So if you haven’t tried remanufactured cartridges lately, or if you have tried poor quality recycled cartridges, you should try an InkCloners.com brand. When it comes to saving money and using a great product there shouldn’t be any reason why you shouldn’t consider using compatible toner or remanufactured toners to save you money.

Are “Cloned” Cartridges Legal?

The simple answer is yes,….. if the cartridges do not infringe on the manufacturer’s patent and design technology.

In a recent case, Chinese and Taiwanese competitors stole patented printer cartridge components from HP’s factory in Singapore by hijacking a truck carrying HP parts.  They then sold more than 300,000 of those counterfeit ink cartridges on Amazon.com and Craigslist.

HP bought some of the cartridges from Amazon.com, and then used their internal tracking database to cross-reference ID numbers on the components.  HP technicians found that the cartridges had a genuine HP printhead that came from HP lots from Malaysia and a non-HP cartridge body that closely resembled a genuine HP cartridge body.  They knew, from the assembly numbers stamped on the cartridges, that HP had never been assembled those cartridges.  The then identified that the printer cartridges were packaged in a clear plastic wrap with a “Mipo” labeled box.  From this, forensic investigation, HP came to the conclusion that the culprits were Microjet Technology (of Taiwan) Mipo Technology (of Hong Kong and mainland China), and their U.S. affiliates, including SinoTime Technologies (of Florida).

Boy, these guys are in big trouble.