What is an aftermarket cartridge?
An aftermarket cartridge is simply an ink or toner cartridge manufactured by a third party as opposed to your original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
But aftermarket cartridges are just old cartridges that have been refilled with ink, right?
Wrong. Aftermarket cartridges fall into two categories: new and remanufactured. The majority of aftermarkets are new, manufactured from scratch to the same quality standards as genuine. The rest are classed as remanufactured, which are original cartridges that have gone through one cycle of service.
Will aftermarket ink & toner cartridges work just as well as the genuine?
Yes. There are many third party manufacturers making aftermarket cartridges in the market these days as it has become a big industry. This high quality aftermarket and remanufactured cartridges perform just as well or better than the OEM cartridges.
Will using aftermarkets void my printer warranty?
Another common myth, the answer is no. Don’t be bullied by the big printer companies! Contrary to claims by original equipment manufacturers, using any of the generic inkjet products will not void any warranty on your printer. In fact, according to the Australian Trade Practices Act, it is illegal for a printer manufacturer to require the consumer to use a particular brand of ink supply (Australian Market Information).