This article is intended to remove the veil from the common misconceptions that people have about recycled/re-manufactured cartridges.
1. Printer cartridge re-manufacturing companies just replace the toner in the cartridges.
Professional re-manufacturers replace every worn out/damaged component in the cartridges. Imaging drums (OPC drums), which are an essential part of the laser printers are cleaned, tested, or more usually replaced. A costly part of many toner cartridges, but critical for print output. Microchips are also replaced to restore the full functionality and compatibility of the cartridges.
2. Re-manufactured toners are not as good as the OEMs
The quality of both colour and greyscale achieved by re-manufactured toners is equal to the quality of the OEMs, provided the toner cartridge supplier company complies with quality manufacturing standards and uses good quality products during re-manufacturing.
3. Re-manufacturers reuse toners in their cartridges
Had this been the case, none of the cartridges would have worked. Toner becomes contaminated by dust and electrical charges released by paper during the printing process. Re-manufactured printer cartridge suppliers apply different toner formulation for the manufacture.
4. Damaged/defective toner cartridges damage printers
All cartridges deposit some toner inside the printer. Removing these deposits is a part of routine maintenance for the printer. Most modern printers have a waste toner box attached to collect the deposits. Toner cartridges are largely self contained and make restricted contact with the rest of the printers. At worst, a failed cartridge must be removed from the printer.