The Benefits of Switching to Remanufactured Cartridges from OEM

February 3, 2020 | Guy Brown

Topics: Digital Office, Printer Cartridges, recycle

Today’s highly competitive markets mean businesses of all sizes are focused on keeping their budgets trim and their bottom lines in good health. That can be a difficult task if, as with most businesses, you — or your customers — rely on a print-heavy environment.

While printing and copying equipment itself requires a modest investment, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) companies are making their real money on supplying your business with a lifetime of costly ink cartridges and toners.

For businesses struggling with ways to manage the cost of office supplies, switching your purchasing focus from OEM cartridges to high-quality remanufactured cartridges is a tool that can provide increased cost savings, assist sustainability practices, and provide enough flexibility in your budget to manage unforeseen setbacks.

Still Unsure? Here Are 3 Solid Reasons to Make the Switch to Remanufactured Cartridges


You may be shy of the warnings issued in many printer and copier owner’s manuals regarding the use of remanufactured cartridges. However, remember that the OEMs have a fixed interest in selling you the higher cost item — to pad their bottom lines.

What these manuals don’t mention is that switching from OEM to remanufactured cartridges can provide significant benefits for office environments that rely on printing, including:

1. Overall Cost Savings

Here’s a substantial piece of data regarding printer ownership: Most of the cost — about 80% to 90% — is rolled up in the purchase of ink cartridges. A laser printer may use about $8,000 in cartridges over its life — if you’re using OEM.

However, businesses have the opportunity to increase their margins and reap significant cost savings by choosing remanufactured cartridges over the standard OEM offerings — resulting in savings of up to 54%.

2. An Eco-friendly Choice

Remanufactured cartridges begin with an original, OEM cartridge that has been recycled — and that’s an important fact to consider. Nearly 1 million cartridges are thrown away every day, adding more waste to overburdened landfills and leaching toxic chemicals into the environment — and our groundwater.

With more consumers looking to corporations to exhibit environmental responsibility and sustainability, using remanufactured, recycled cartridges can set your company apart from the competition — and help the planet at the same time.

3. Quality and Convenience

A remanufactured cartridge is significantly different from clone cartridges. Clone cartridges are low quality, non-recyclable units that often infringe on OEM patents, putting companies that use them at risk for infringement lawsuits.

They are entirely newly built, so they don’t offer any sustainable advantage for the environmentally conscious organization. They are also fraught with quality issues such as poor image quality and high failure rates.

A remanufactured cartridge from a reputable source, on the other hand, is a high-quality accessory that is built to meet — or exceed — OEM standards.

It’s been disassembled, meticulously cleaned and inspected for defects, and then refilled with ink and toner that produce crisp, clear printing and high output for exceptional cost savings. It can be remanufactured many times for the highest sustainability of any ink cartridges.

Looking for the Best Remanufactured Cartridges? Here They Are!


Guy Brown knows that 30% of all help desk issues related to IT originate from the printing environment. That’s why we’ve designed our remanufactured cartridges to offer the latest advances in toner cartridge technology. That means you get improved ink and toner performance at a significantly reduced cost.

You’ll see the cost savings right away on your monthly print supplies budget and realize the convenience of free delivery and tech support — no matter where your business is located.

Additionally, our cartridges are manufactured in ISO 14001/9001 certified facilities in North America and are backed by a lifetime warranty for peace of mind.

At a 60% lower cost than OEM brands, using Guy Brown sustainable, reliable remanufactured cartridges is a great way to demonstrate corporate responsibility while providing significant savings for a healthier bottom line.

If you’re ready to learn more about how Guy Brown remanufactured cartridges can provide excellent output with significant cost savings, get in touch with one of our consultants today.

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