Firstly there are three types of cartridges available.
1) Original cartridges OEM (original equipment manufacturer)
2) Remanufactured cartridges
3) Compatible cartridges
Original OEM cartridges are made by the original manufacturer e.g. Canon. Epson, Lexmark etc. These cartridges have never been used before.
With Original cartridges there is no problems with these they are what they say they are Brand New cartridges.
The cartridges will show the ink level in your printer but when it is running low it advises you to replace them. If you can ignore or override this message you can usually print more pages.
The disadvantage would be the price. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a new printer as some of the older cartridges can cost a lot or try another choice of cartridge.
The remanufactured cartridge is the original cartridge but recycled and manufactured to a high standard. It has usually been checked by highly trained technicians any parts that are damaged are replaced, then the cartridge is cleaned and then filled with ink and after that it gets sealed and is then tested again.
The main advantages for consumers to buy Remanufactured cartridges is that Compared to Original cartridges remanufactured cartridges cost considerably less between 30-70 percent less. The reason for this is because the cost of remanufacturing is cheaper we do not have to buy in the raw materials, so the savings are passed on to the customer.
Remanufactured cartridges are also normally filled up to the top so they usually last longer than the original cartridges as they are only filled up to a certain level so there is the advantage of the remanufactured cartridge lasting longer then the OEM counterparts.
There is also the advantage that there will be less waste sent to landfill so using the remanufactured cartridges will help save the planet.
The quality of the printing with remanufactured cartridges can be just as good as the original OEM products. This is if the cartridges have been manufactured to a high standard by professionals. Most remanufacturing companies have strict controls. The best thing to do would be to compare companies and check if they have a good return policy for the cartridges
The only disadvantages for using remanufacturing cartridges could be that the ink levels on your printer will show either low or empty as the ink levels cannot be reset because remanufactured cartridges have been used already the chip cannot be reset so with most remanufactured cartridges the only way you will know if the print is running out is if the ink is faint or missing lines on the page.
Demand can also be high for remanufactured cartridge so supply can be sometimes limited. As remanufacturing companies can rely on consumers returning spent cartridges for recycling
Compatible cartridges are new cartridges that will work exactly the same as the original OEM cartridges. They are not made by the original manufactures. They are produced by independent manufacturers. Because the original manufacturers have a copyright for the designs of the cartridges they cannot be copied so although the cartridges will be compatible cartridges they will look different to the original cartridges but they will fit in the printer models and work as normal.
These cartridges are new and they produce a good quality print at a much lower cost much less than the Original OEM counterparts.
The only disadvantage is that the cartridges do look different and consumers may think that they do not fit or work in their printer.
The choice is up to you.
If you as the consumer don’t mind the cost, go for the original cartridges you get 100% quality
Or if you are out for a bargain and you are more environmentally conscience choose the remanufactured cartridges they are just as good a quality than the original OEM products.
If your printer takes compatible cartridges there is nothing to worry about, you are saving money each time.