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Difference Between Compatible and Remanufactured Ink Cartridges

This video from Castle Ink explores the differences between compatible and remanufactured printer cartridges. Learn which kind of ink cartridge is right for you.



Compatible (sometimes referred to as generic ink cartridges) are newly manufactured to meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications. Containing only new components, they are the economical and sensible alternative to expensive brand name ink cartridges.

Remanufactured ink cartridges also meet or exceed OEM specifications. The remanufacturing process involves disassembling, inspecting, cleaning, replacing worn parts, reassembling, and refilling the toner or ink. Once the remanufacturing process is complete, the ink cartridge is then tested, sealed, and packaged for resale.

About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile