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 user 2005-05-24 at 1:06:00 pm Views: 67
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    Compatible and remanufactured laser cartridges taking up market share.
    Consumers look for economical alternatives to OEM cartridges
    2005-05 – Due to the drop in price, laser printer has gained popularity
    among small offices and home offices in recent years.  The cheapest laser
    printers are now selling at $200 and outperform inkjet printers in both speed
    and printing quality.  However, since most offices have to print a lot of manual
    and brochures, the cost of drum and laser toner cartridges can be prohibitive to
    those who are on a low printing budget. 

    To reduce printing cost,
    consumers are turning to compatible and remanufactured/refurbished laser
    cartridges these days.  Compatible or generic laser cartridges are like the
    generic drugs in pharmaceutical industry.  They meet the same specification of
    name brand cartridges but are offered at half or one-third of the price.  On the
    other hand, remanufactured/refurbished laser cartridges are name brand
    cartridges which have been through one cycle of service.  They are usually
    disassembled, cleaned, repaired and refilled before releasing to the market
    again.  Consumers who buy remanufactured cartridges are not only concerned about
    the price, but the benefit to the environment as well.  One consumer was quoted
    saying “I buy the remanufactured cartridges because it is good for the
    environment, the lower price is just a bonus”. 

    With compatible and
    remanufactured cartridges taking up market share, printer manufacturers are
    working to protect their profits.  Some manufacturers try to ban the sales of
    compatible cartridges in courts, claiming that they have violated patent
    technology.  Others have incorporated smart chips or printer heads in their
    cartridges to prevent consumers from using compatible or remanufactured
    cartridges from third-party manufacturers