Brand Name vs. Non-Brand Name

Posted by on 1/16/2020 to Blog

Years ago, the notion used to be that higher prices meant better quality. But today, this just simply is not the truth.


The priciest expense related to having a printer is the ink and toner cartridges. All printers are different. Some printers have more expensive ink than others. Some printers have such expensive ink that the cheaper route is buying a new printer. However, this is a concern for our environment. It should be everybody’s goal to make a printer go a long way. Because of the cost of ink in the present day, you might be leaning more toward non-brand name ink cartridges to save yourself some cash.


What Is the Difference Between Name Brand and Non-Name Brand?

Name brand cartridges are also known as original equipment manufacturer cartridges (OEM). These are cartridges that have been made by the same maker as the printer.


Non-name brand is also known as remanufactured or compatible cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges are made from used and disposed of toner from an OEM cartridge. The producer of the remanufactured cartridges will inspect the used ones to identify any faulty parts and replaces them. It is then repaired and refilled with the same quality of ink. Compatible cartridges are brand new cartridges that are made by third party manufacturers rather than the original printer manufacturer. Both Remanufactured and Compatible cartridges are a lot cheaper than buying the name brand ones.


The Cost Difference

Using non-name brand (remanufactured or compatible) toners are far less expensive than using the name brand ones. As we previously stated, the price does not determine the quality. Contrary to popular belief, remanufactured and compatible toners provide the same quality printing as OEM toners do.


Not only is the upfront cost much lower when buying non-name brand cartridges, but the cost per page works out to be cheaper. PC World Magazine executed a test where results showed that non-name brand cartridges end up producing more printed pages than name brand cartridges do.


Quality of Ink

While price does not determine the quality, there are some differences between name-brand and non-name brand ink and toner. A lot of people have argued that non-name brand cartridges are less reliable due to the chance that some of the unchanged parts could fail while printing. Remanufactured and compatible ink and toner cartridges may not be the best option if you are doing a lot of photo printing. Even still, it is worth it to have remanufactured cartridges or compatible cartridges for standard printing and name brand (OEM) cartridges for photo printing. This way you are still saving money as the cartridges will last you a lot longer.


Effects on the Environment

The most efficient for the environment is using the remanufactured cartridges. This reduces the number of printer cartridges that are disposed of and sent to the landfill.


Name-Brand vs Non-Name Brand: A Comparison


Name-Brand Ink (OEM)

Non-Name Brand Ink (Remanufactured / Compatible)

·      Costs more

·      Costs less

·      Print quality is seamless

·      Print quality is seamless (photos may be an issue)

·      Comes with a warranty

·      Comes with a warranty

·      Less environmentally friendly

·      Better for the environment


Our Final Thoughts

In conclusion, we determine that non-name brand ink (remanufactured and/or compatible) would be most people’s best option. If you are only printing photos, name brand ink would probably be your best option however, that’s not to say it isn’t worth trying non-name brand first to see how it does. After all, using non-name brands could take some trial and error before finding one that you like best. Here at Superior Ink & Toner, we make sure that all of our remanufactured and compatible inks and toners work seamlessly. We put each cartridge through a rigorous, multi-step testing process to ensure the highest quality that meets or exceeds OEM performance. We are so confident in the quality of the products we sell that we even offer a 100% Money Back Performance Guarantee.


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