Ink Cartridges - What Are the Differences Between OEM and Compatible? OEM cartridge stands for original equipment manufacturer cartridge. An OEM cartridges are original cartridges manufactured by the original brand manufacturer. An OEM cartridge comes in almost all the brands like HP, Dell, Canon, Lexmark, Epson, Brother, etc. The printing quality of these cartridges is the best as they are the original ones manufactured under their brand names. A compatible cartridge, on the other hand, is the one which is not manufactured by the original manufacturer. These cartridges may be remanufactured ones or new cartridge. They work the same way as original cartridges. Their quality of print is the same or even better than the original cartridge. The special feature of these cartridges is that they are priced at relatively lower prices and that the reason these cartridges have become popular among consumers. Buying compatible cartridge can be very much advantageous than buying Original Equipment Manufacturer cartridge. OEM ink & toner cartridges are priced normally. On the other hand, compatible ink & toner cartridges are priced at almost one-third of half the price of the original cartridge. Purchasing compatible cartridge is much cheaper than purchasing an OEM cartridge. This makes you save money which you can spend on buying an additional compatible ink cartridge. The cartridges that we buy should be well compatible with the printer you have. Almost all the printers are compatible to these cartridges. There are very few printers which are not compatible with these cartridges. If the cartridge is not compatible to the printer, then you may run into loss as the cartridge you purchased will not work with your printer and will go into waste. While, on the other hand, OEM cartridge is also compatible to all the printers. As it is said, recycle and remanufacture in order to make the environment safe. Compatible cartridges are remanufactured cartridges which does not let the used cartridges go into waste and re-uses it thereby, adding to the healthy environment. By purchasing compatible ink or toner cartridge, we help reduce the amount of solid waste getting disposed off into landfills. Compatible ink and toner cartridges print an equal or even more number of pages than OEM cartridges. This happens because most of the time, OEM cartridge is not filled to capacity. Compatible cartridges, therefore, offers the customer a two-fold advantage, both reducing the cost per page and per cartridge. Compatible cartridges do not void the warranty of your printer. Most of the consumers are under the impression that using compatible cartridges would void the warranty of the computer. Although this is not true..... Using compatible cartridges never voids the warranty of your printer. Many of the retailers or superstores offer various discounts and discount coupons on compatible toner & ink cartridges. As this compatible toner & ink cartridges are not manufactured by the original manufacturer, it is offered on a range of discounts by the retailers and other superstores. The original OEM cartridges do not necessarily be on sale for discounts. The Original cartridges are manufactured by the original brand name which is expensive. So, OEM toner & ink cartridges may or may not be with discounts. Original cartridges are manufactured by their original manufacturers. So they would be available readily with their brand manufacturers while compatible cartridges are manufactured by other manufacturers, so they would be available with other retailers and superstores.
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