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What is the Difference Between Remanufactured, Compatible, and OEM Cartridges?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, so an OEM cartridge is manufactured by the same company as your printer. They are typically the more expensive option.

Compatible cartridges are not manufactured by the same company as the printer, but are still brand new and meet the specifications for quality of the original equipment manufacturer. They are often the more economical choice when compared to the price of an OEM cartridge.

Remanufactured cartridges use some recycled parts during the manufacturing process. They're an Earth-friendly option that helps reduce e-waste from cartridges thrown out in the trash. If remanufactured from a trusted source, they will still meet the OEM specifications for quality. Like compatible cartridges, they are also a very budget-friendly option.

In our calculations, remanufactured cartridges are cheaper as much as 64.82% than OEM cartridges. Compatible cartridges are 106.72% cheaper than OEM cartridges.

By understanding each type of cartridge, you can make an informed decision on what type of cartridge best works for you.