After attending to the RT Imaging summit in Barcelona I found out something interesting that I like to share with you.
Users have 3 main choices:
- Buy a new original toner from OEM supplier ( aka Canon, HP, Ricoh, Samsung…) When toner is empty send it to a recycling program back to the OEM supplier. OEM’s will recycle them, aka turn them into plastic and powder. End of story.
- OEM try to get as much empties as they can so they don’t go into the remanufacturing business. Remember that consumables is the core business of printer manufacturers.
- OEM also fight against manufacturers of compatible toner supplies defending their intellectual property (aka Canon and HP lawsuits)
- OEM have a 90% of market share of color toner cartridges.
- Buy compatible toner for a much lower price.
- Quality is not an issue in BW printing, color printing is another thing, although is getting better.
- Due to the recent patent infringement prosecution specially by Canon en HP, this is not a 100% safe path, legally talking.
- Some compatible toner manufacturers claim to have bigger page yield although is not clear where some printers recognize it.
- Buy a remanufactured toner cartridge and send the old one to the supplier to re use it again. Keep going on and on….
- The green label is the nicest part of this option. Why throw away when you can reuse it?
- Printing quality may be an issue here.
- Price is obviously a corner stone here.
- Some re-manufacturers will pay end user as much as 5€ for an old toner cartridge.
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