Online Toner Retailer Reveals Six Printing Cartridge Myths

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Office Supply Outfitters, an online imaging supplies retailer, affirms that several myths have misrepresented remanufactured imaging supplies. There are six (6) myths about compatible toner cartridge supplies that can be debunked by knowing the facts. Generic imaging supplies are a benefit to people and the environment because the industry creates jobs, reduces energy consumption, trims down discards going to landfills and cuts back on manufacturing waste and pollution.

Office Supply Outfitters, an online imaging supplies retailer, has contributed to the growing success and prevalence of compatible brand third party toner and inkjet cartridges in the market place.

"Several prevalent myths regarding the value of remanufactured imaging supplies has discouraged consumers from purchasing and benefiting from the use of these recycled products," says Mike Gardner, the company's president.

Myth number one:

Remanufacturers Just Replace the Toner In Cartridges.
Single reuse remanufacturers are cheating you and the environment. Professional remanufacturers replace every worn or damaged component in their cartridges. Expensive imaging drums must be cleaned, tested and usually replaced. Charge rollers and other major parts are similarly treated. Microchips must be replaced to restore full functioning. Every part must be cleaned, examined and eventually replaced.

Myth number two:

Remanufacturers Reuse Toner In Their Cartridges.

If they did, none of the cartridges would work! Toner becomes contaminated during the printing process by paper dust and electrical charges rendering it unusable. Every cartridge model requires a different toner formulation. Combining contaminated toners would compound problems.

Myth number three:

Defective Toner Cartridges Damage Printers Causing Expensive Repairs.

Toner Cartridges are largely self-contained and make limited contact with the parts of printers. The worst that happens is that toner from a failed cartridge must be removed from the printer. All cartridges deposit some toner inside of their printers. Properly remanufactured cartridges do not damage printers or create more wear than cartridges that are properly assembled by or for printer makers. Removing toner deposits is part of routine maintenance required to maintain printer warranties.

Myth number four:

Empty Cartridges You Return to HP, Lexmark and Others Are Reused.

Only 20% of empty cartridges are ever recovered by anyone. Independent cartridge remanufacturers recover more empty cartridges than all of their original makers combined. Millions of empty cartridges inundate landfills here and litter rural third world villages. HP/Canon grinds them into powders that are then made into pellets for use in making low grade plastic products such as CD cases and cups.

Myth number five:

Remanufactured Cartridges Are Inferior To New Ones.

Government, major corporations and independent testing laboratories certify that properly remanufactured toner cartridges perform as well or better than cartridges made and sold as new by major printer and cartridge makers.
"Try using remanufactured toner cartridges which now have the same quality as new ones at much lower cost". -M.I.T. News.; "Remanufactured toner and ink cartridges will perform as well as or better than new ones." Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board -MN.;
"Remanufactured toner cartridges compare favorably to new ones in terms of print quality and product life - but cost less money." NYC Wastele$$

Myth number six:

Use of Remanufactured Cartridges Will Void Your Printer Warranty.

Fair trade laws absolutely forbid making use of a specific product a condition of a warranty unless the product is provided at no cost to the user! Since HP, Canon, Lexmark and others derive their profits from cartridge, not printer sales, they will never provide free cartridges! Here are the specific Fair Trade Laws - United States: Sherman Anti-Trust Act and Magnusson-Moss
Warranty Improvement Act; United Kingdom: WEEE and RoHS Directives; Australia: Federal Practices Act 1974

About Office Supply Outfitters
Office Supply Outfitters has been an online retailer of compatible brand toner and inkjet cartridges since January 2001 and occupies office and warehouse space in Carlsbad, CA. Sales of their compatible toner are available via their website at and all other imaging supplies from their home page at


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