Toner is hugely expensive, isn’t it? So expensive, in fact, that it may seem unaffordable to actually run a printer. But not anymore! You can now get your hand on toner for less. In fairness, toner for less has been around for quite some time, but it is only in the last few years that it has become very good quality. In the past, these toners were simply refilled with new ink and sold on again. That made the quality of the print very poor and it meant customers ran the risk of purchasing items that were broken or on their way towards breaking. Not anymore, however! Toner for less is now not simply refilled, but actually fully reconditioned. This means that the quality of the toner itself is fantastic, as it has been checked for faults, each of the parts inspected, cleaned through and through and then refilled with high quality toner ink. Indeed, there is no more need to worry about your printing budget, since these toners can cost you as little as 40% of an OEM printer. Shop around, you will notice almost straight away that you can get these toners for all the biggest brands. So, no matter which printer you have, whether you are a commercial or a domestic user, you are able to get toner without having to break the bank.
What Is a Refurbished Toner?
Basically, a refurbished or reconditioned toner is a toner that still meets all the OEM standards. OEM, by the way, is Original Equipment Manufacturer. Toner for less, in other words, is a toner that meets all the specifications of a brand new toner. So, they are of equal performance, equal quality, equal page yield (how many pages they can print). However, toner for less is not entirely equal to an OEM cartridge. Many would say that they are in fact better. A toner remanufacturer will work only with the best possible companies to make sure that the cartridges remain of high quality. Usually, they use a “virgin core”. Virgin core cartridges are those that have never been remanufactured before. This means that the quality of the parts themselves is still very high. The amount of toner included is at least the OEM standard, if not more. Each of the internal parts of the toner is checked thoroughly and if there are any problems to the key parts, they are replaced. This includes the drum, by the way. There are a range of tests that the toners have to go through before being remanufactured and after they have been refurbished too. By doing this, the company makes sure that they are definitely of extremely high quality and that the product won’t break down in use. There is no reason not to opt for these types of printers, particularly when you consider that they cost so much less than the OEM branded cartridges.
The Environmental and Community Issues
The next issue you need to think about is the environment. It may seem a bit preachy, but it really is true that we have to think about our environment. If you buy new OEM toner rather than toner for less, what do you think happens to your old toner cartridges? They will end up, in the main, on landfill sites and contaminate our environment. If you purchase toner for less, however, you are purchasing an item that would otherwise have been sitting there on that landfill site. So, by opting to buy toner for less, you are making a positive contribution to not turning our planet into a giant garbage can. But there is more. You are actively encouraged to donate your empty toner cartridges to a charity in your community. They are then able to sell these to the remanufacturing companies and the money they earn is then pumped back into your community. So, not only are you purchasing an item that has protected the environment, you are also helping the local community.
Misconceptions About Reconditioned Toners
Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about reconditioned toners. The first is that using a non OEM item will void the warranty you have on your machine. This is absolutely not true and you can check this simply by reading your warranty agreement, so don’t worry about that. The second major misconception is that toner for less is not only less money but also less quality. Again, totally untrue. We have described above what sort of rigorous testing each of the toners has to go through just to be reconditioned. The standard, as we have discussed, is at least the standard of the OEM, if not more. Then, people feel that because the toners have been refilled, the printing quality will be much less good and that the number of prints you can make is much smaller. Again, none of this is true. The cartridges, drums and all other parts are checked through and through and they have exactly the same quantity of toner as a brand new item. There is no reason whatsoever for your print quality to diminish either. It is believed, in fact, that the rumors about toner for less have been started by the manufacturers of branded toner. They weren’t too happy about the fact that their customers were now suddenly going to remanufacturers and spending their money there. Consumers can’t really be blamed for this though, can they? If they can save as much as 40% on their printing cost, and still have the same quality, the choice seems easy to make. So, if you want to be able to print quality prints for less money, make a contribution towards significantly reducing your carbon footprint and at the same time making a positive difference to the community in which you live or work, it seems clear that you should opt for reconditioned or remanufactured toners.