What is a Compatible Toner Cartridge?

 

Updated 10/18/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff
Whether you are shopping here at SuperMediaStore.com or one of the many online retailers for toner cartridges, one of the terms you may have come across quite frequently is "compatible toner cartridges". What are compatible toner cartridges exactly?
Compatible toner cartridges (also known as aftermarket toner cartridges) refer to cartridges that were produced by a 3rd party and not the printer's original manufacturer. Compatible toner cartridges however, are designed to meet the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) specifications, so quality can be rest assured.

What are the benefits of going with Compatible Toner Cartridges?

Save money...even more money. Compatible toner cartridges generally are not only cheaper than their original OEM counterparts, but also their remanufactured counterparts as well. The compatible version of the popular Hewlett Packard toner cartridge Q2612A for example, is more than 60% cheaper (save money) when compared to the original OEM version of the same cartridge. In comparison to its remanufactured counterpart, the Q2612A is still 30% cheaper (even more money).

In another example, the HP CE505A compatible version is almost 60% cheaper versus the OEM version and 20% cheaper in comparison to the remanufactured version.


Will purchasing and using a compatible toner cartridge void my printer's warranty?

No. The use of a compatible toner cartridge will not void your printer's warranty. This is due to antitrust legislation passed by U.S. Congress in 1975 titled the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.


What is SuperMediaStore.com's return policy for compatible toner cartridges?

30 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
SuperMediaStore.com stands behind their products and offers 30 Days 100% satisfaction guarantee on all compatible toner cartridges. For a complete details, please visit our Return Policy.




How many pages can I print with my compatible toner cartridge?

The number of pages you can print entirely depends on the compatible toner cartridge itself, as some cartridges state a higher yield than others. Current printing industry standards provide a yield (estimated number of printed pages) based on a 5% page coverage (5% of a page is printed on). For example: a 5,000 yield compatible toner cartridge will provide ~5,000 printed pages at 5% coverage per page.


Your compatible toner prices are still too expensive. What are some other ways I can save money?

Follow any of the tips below to save additional money on already low everyday prices at SuperMediaStore.com:
  • Buy more than one: Many of our toner cartridges offer a quantity discount when you purchase more. For example: when purchasing at least 3 compatible Canon 104 toner cartridges, you save 8% on each cartridge, 20% on 6 or more.
  • Buy toner cartridge sets: For color laser printers that require multiple toner cartridges (such as Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow for the Brother MFC-9420CN), consider buying toner cartridge sets as they are generally cheaper compared to buying each cartridge separately.
  • Sign up for our email promotions: Receive email alerts delivered right to your inbox with our latest and greatest offers on compatible toner cartridges.
  • Print in draft mode: For documents where print quality is not a concern (e.g. online receipts, directions, etc.), consider printing in draft mode (usually under printer settings under "Preferences") to save toner that ultimately saves you money.


Does SuperMediaStore.com take back empty ink cartridges?

Yes, the LINKYO ink and toner recycling program gives you a way to recycle all brands of ink and toner cartridges. They will be reused as remanufactured cartridges or as other products. It's FREE! It's Easy! Just fill up the form in this page!


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