For many people the option to save money on your printer ink and toner is an obvious choice, but for businesses who consume vast amounts of printing resources, reliability is the deciding factor.
If you’re not familiar with printing terminology… an original cartridge is one made by the manufacturer of the printer for example Epson Toner going in a Epson printer. A compatible cartridge is one that’s been used previously and then remanufactured to be sold again. This can happen up to four times per cartridge before it has to be completely recycled.
Buying compatible obviously saves a lot of time and energy, helping the environment become more sustainable, but why don’t larger business consumers take this route? The reason is that compatible cartridges have some bad press revolving around failure rate and breakages, but the truth is that (like most consumable goods) the quality depends on the manufacturer. If you’re buying compatibles at 10% of the original price from China, then yes it’s very likely it will break. Whereas if you’re buying compatibles from Toner Giant, an established and reliable online supplier then the quality will be greater – also with a warrantee so you can’t go wrong!
But what is the true saving on buying compatible you might ask, yes there is a higher failure rate but there is usually a higher average yield and at a much lower price! So we have to turn to some solid statistics to find this out.
On average the compatible failure rate is 6 times greater than an original, so for every 100 compatibles 6 will fail. But if we take a quick example – the HP CE285A from TonerGiant costs £57.64, the compatible saves £36.89 this is a total of 36% saving. This means that the average saving with the average failure rate would still be 34%, that’s the value saving for a business on a common cartridge.
But what’s the cost to the environment? On average it takes 80% less energy to produce a remanufactured cartridge than it does to produce a new one and with up to 80% of all cartridges being thrown away after first use, it really puts into perspective the sheer volume of wasted savings and energy.
We hope you read this article with an open and responsible mind to cartridge recycling, not only for savings to yourself but the environment too!