Comparing OEM Toner with Compatible or Generic

Prices being what they are for genuine OEM toner versus compatible or generic cartridges, it is not surprising that many people want to know if they can trust the cheap clones and what the differences are. Some of the questions people have about these low-cost products include: What are compatible toner cartridges and are they the same as generics? There are so many; are they all the same? Will they damage my printer or void its warranty? Do they produce good quality print outs? First of all, compatible toners are manufactured by many third-party companies in many countries. They are all new cartridges (not refills or remanufactured) that are meant to fit into the same printers as the OEM cartridges. Some companies do produce what many people refer to as generic toner cartridges. Those are typically in a plain box and don’t have a brand name associated with them. Since there is no brand name to protect, you might expect that these will be more susceptible to quality issues. That is not always true though. It really depends what company produced them since approaches to generating profit varies. For example, some want to be the cheapest and others want a reputation for quality. But if they are generic, how can a consumer know one from the other?  Well, unless you are in the toner cartridge business, you probably can’t tell. In fact, some generics sold by the some retailers are swapped from one to the other manufacturer based on availability, cost, and other factors. So, no, compatible toner cartridges are not all the same. If getting consistent and reliable results matter to you more than getting the cheapest price, you will want to look to a name brand compatible instead. Brands typically take ownership of the quality level of the product, often down to the level of specifying what components and toner powder are used for their particular models. They do this of course because they are building and protecting a brand image based on some set of values they offer their customers. I posted an article in October 2012, answering the question, “Are compatible toners OK?” I noted there that compatible toner cartridges usually have some differences in their design and manufacturing so as to avoid violating copyrights or patents held by the original printer manufacturer. This accounts for some of the major differences among compatibles, since each must come up with their own way of getting around the legal issues. Concerns about voiding the printer warranty is largely unfounded, as discussed in my post about that question here. Essentially, the U.S. Congress made sure in 1975 that manufacturers of many types of products don’t have a stranglehold on needed supplies. Furthermore, actual damage to printers by generic or compatible toner cartridges is very rare and often caused by the user themselves. I’ve heard from many people who claim they will only use OEM toner because the compatible or generic they tried did not produce quality print-outs. One of three things probably happened in these cases: They actually received a defective product, which happens to every brand – even the big ones They happened to choose a generic that was produced by an inferior manufacturer and can’t differentiate it from the better ones since it is generic They happened to choose a brand of compatible that was designed or manufactured well enough or consistent enough Some generics are in fact good at replicating the quality of the OEM version. Reputable retailers know which ones they are and will stick with those to provide their customers  consistency. Branded compatibles may...

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Can Brother TN450 Compatible Toner Save You Money?

No Banner to display We all want to get more from our printers while paying less. Is there such a thing in the cluttered world of inks and toners? Sure, and the Brother TN450 toner cartridge is a great example…while its identical cousin, the TN420, is…less so. But why? As you can probably tell from the image above, both cartridges are appear to be virtually the same–except that one is a low-yield cartridge, while the other is high-yield. The Brother TN420 and TN450 are interchangeable and compatible with the same Brother laser printers Here’s a chart of those printers: Compatible Brother Printer Models   HL-2130 HL-2132 HL-2220 HL-2230 HL-2240 HL-2240D HL-2242D HL-2250DN HL-2270DW HL-2280DW     Intellifax 2840 Intellifax 2940 DCP-7060D DCP-7065DN MFC-7240 MFC-7360N MFC-7460DN MFC-7860DW The Brother TN420 yields fewer pages than the TN450. The TN420 yields up to 1,200 pages at a price of $44.99 (as currently listed on the OEM’s online store). The TN450, by comparison, yields up to 2,600 pages. at an OEM-listed price of $68.49. If you break down the numbers, the TN420 will cost you 4¢, while the TN450 will run you only 3¢. No matter what way you look at it, the TN450 is the better value. Another way of looking at the TN450’s advantage is through environmental savings. The fewer cartridges you use, the less oil being spent on manufacturing (it takes three quarts to make one cartridge) and the less CO2 being spewed into Earth’s atmosphere. The TN450 is the more efficient solution–plain and simple. LINKYO offers its own brand of TN450 toner cartridges for much less than competitors. Our TN450 retails for only $29.99! That’s less than half of what Brother charges for its brand of TN450!   Brother TN420 Brother TN450 LINKYO TN450 $44.99 $68.49 $19.99 1,200 pgs. 2,600 pgs. 2,600 pgs.   Rest assured that LINKYO’s toner cartridges don’t sacrifice quality for price–our products go through exhaustive testing in order to match or surpass OEM. Check out customer reviews from LINKYO’s website or from those on other pages. With LINKYO’s compatible TN450 toner cartridge, you get the greatest value–for a fraction of the price of OEM! Best of all–LINKYO’s cartridges come with a two-year money-back guarantee! For even better savings, use our coupon code LY13BG for an additional 10% off your purchase! +LINKYO...

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