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Economic Stimulus – Recycle Your Toner Cartridges

Friday, March 20th, 2009 | Toner Cartridge Recycling | No Comments

Times are tight and getting tighter for most people in the USA. One great way to help stimulate the US economy is to buy remanufactured cartridges that are remanufactured in the USA. Most new toner cartridges from HP, Canon, Lexmark and Dell are now manufactured in China. By buying remanufactured cartridges (from us of course!) you not only save money, but you employ manufacturing workers here in Atlanta, Georgia. Whether you are buying standard toner cartridges or MICR toner cartridges, you can save 30-40% by buying remanufactured.

Just because a cartridge is remanufactured that doesn’t mean it’s made in the USA either. More and more companies like Office Depot, Staples, etc are buying their “Replacement” cartridges from China. In addition to being made in another country and further exacerbating the trade deficit, our experience has shown the quality of remanufactured product from China is sub par.

There are a lot of misconceptions about remanufactured toner cartridges. One of the biggest ones is the perception that the quality is not as good as the OEM toner cartridges. In most cases, this is not true. While remanufactured toner cartridges do have a higher return/defect rate than OEM, it is still around 2%. Many businesses tried remanufactured cartridges in the 90’s and got burned. Quality has improved by leaps and bounds. 
While the quality of monochrome (black) toner cartridges is very good, the quality of remanufactured color toner cartridges has yet to reach that of the OEM. There are a lot of reasons, the main reason being, matching the OEM color balance is tricky. With a black toner cartridge, it’s fairly easy to make a cartridge print as dark or darker than the OEM. But with a color toner cartridge it has to be identical to the OEM as color laser printers combine cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create your output. If any one color is off, then your printed page won’t look as it should. So when deciding to buy remanufactured color cartridges,  it really depends on how exact you want your color output to match the OEM. 
No matter who you buy from, the key is to buy from a good company that has great customer support, so in the unlikely event that you get a defective toner cartridge, they take care of you – like we do! 

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