InkForCheap offers an extensive array of Toners, MICR Toners, Color Toner Series Cartridges, and Drums that are carefully chosen and monitored for pricing and quality. Over 75% of our products are remanufactured and noted as such in our product descriptions.
What is a remanufactured toner?
During the remanufacturing process, cartridges are disassembled, inspected, and cleaned then received new key components which include the photoreceptive drum, corona wire assembly, wiper blade, and roller. After that, high quality toner is added before the cartridge is resealed, then tested and inspected to assure users that they meet or exceed all original equipment brand standards and specifications.
Some companies, however, simply drill a hole in the side of the cartridge and refill it with toner, failing to clean and repair broken parts. These “drill and fill” operations do not produce quality remanufactured toner cartridges. We assure you that we are not one of those “drill and fill” companies. InkForCheap offers quality remanufactured products, which we make sure to inspect thoroughly before selling them to our end users.
How do remanufactured cartridges hold up to the OEM?
Everyone thinks the same things about remanufactured toner cartridges; they are not a good as the OEM, or they are just a problem waiting to happen. However, many studies by local governments have shown that when remanufactured by reputable companies exercising good quality control, remanufactured toner cartridges will perform as well as or even better than a new OEM cartridge. The best part of using a remanufactured toner cartridge is that antitrust legislation prohibits copier and printer manufacturers from voiding their warranties when remanufactured toner cartridges are used in their machines, so if you did decide to switch to remanufactured toners, it doesn’t mean that your warranty is null and void. And if for some reason our cartridge damages your printer, it is in our policy to replace your machine.
How do remanufactured cartridges help the earth?
Making the switch to remanufactured cartridges helps the environment by reducing waste. More than 350 million recyclable toner cartridges are thrown away each year in North America alone, while only 30 percent of cartridges are recycled. This is equivalent to over 700 million pounds of waste each year. What a lot of people don’t know about toner cartridges is that 97% of them are recyclable. By recycling cartridge materials, we can help cut down on this waste.
Each new toner cartridge requires one gallon of oil to manufacture. For each pound of new material used in remanufacturing, 5 to 9 pounds of virgin materials are conserved. Not only are you conserving 5 to 9 times the amount of materials used to remanufacture the cartridge, but depending on its type and condition, a used cartridge can be remanufactured up to four times, thus potentially saving up to 12 quarts of fuel. The environmental benefits with using remanufactured toners are gargantuan, it’s a no brainer.
Examples of remanufactured cartridges in the workplace
The Internal Service Department along with two other departments of the County of Los Angeles started a pilot project in 2009 to use remanufactured toners over OEMs in all of their desktop printers and copiers in an attempt to save money. They switched out a total of 448 units for this project. If they used OEM cartridges for all of those machines, it would have cost the County $42,491. However, since they used remanufactured toners, by the end of the project it only cost the County $18,644, a total savings of $23,847 or 56% of what they normally spend. Not only has the County saved more than half of the money they would have spent, they also help contribute to the recycling initiative.
The County of Los Angeles is not the only government entity to switch to the use of remanufactured toners. Here are a few examples of other government agencies and institutions that have successfully converted to remanufactured toners: the U.S. Department of State, Commonwealth, of Massachusetts, King County, Washington, University of Georgia, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Ventura County, and Hennepin County of Minnesota.
So remember, when you take environmental attributes into account in your purchasing decisions, you are helping to save money, create a safer and healthier environment and workplace, and close the recycling loop by buying products made from remanufactured materials.