We can break down cartridge toners into three categories: Genuine, Compatible, and Re-manufactured. Below are the three cartridge toner types and their major differences.
Genuine - Also known as "Original Equipment Manufacturer" or "OEM." These are manufactured by printer manufacturers. Manufacturers offer certain guarantees when you use genuine brand toner in your printer. Genuine cartridges are more expensive than refills, compatibles or re-manufactured cartridges, however you can reduce the difference in price dramatically by purchasing cartridges from a specialist retailer such as Limewit.com.
Compatible - Also known as "Generic," "Alternative Brand," and "OEM replacement." These cartridges are manufactured from scratch, they are not used cartridges that have been refilled or re-manufactured. They are produced by a third party company and sold under different brand names. Often, compatible cartridges may vary slightly in look, design and page yield to their genuine counterparts due to certain patents that restrict the exact copying of designs. Although some might say these generic cartridges are less reliable, they are undoubtedly a cost-effective alternative to the genuine toners. Make sure to purchase your OEM replacement toner from a company that offers you a clear and straightforward return policy.
Re-manufactured - A process by which the OEM or OEM replacement cartridge is dismantled after the first use. Any worn or defective parts are replaced and the cartridge is cleaned from dry toner liquid. Next the cartridge is refilled with new toner. Re-manufactured cartridge toners have a higher fail rate than OEM replacements and they are also less expensive.