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Remanufactured Cartridges: Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions were submitted by Staples.com users like you.

Q: Can I save money by buying remanufactured cartridges?



A: Yes. Remanufactured cartridges are generally between 10% and 20% less expensive than a brand new cartridge.

Q: How are cartridges remanufactured?



A: Used and recycled cartridges are disassembled and inspected for wear. Parts that are damaged or worn are replaced, and other components are cleaned and reconditioned. The cartridge is then reassembled, filled, and tested for proper performance.

Q: Will using a remanufactured cartridge affect or nullify the warranty on my printer?



A: Not at all. Your printer's warranty will be unaffected. This is because the remanufactured cartridges are original cartridges that have been rebuilt using new and recycled components.

Q: Are remanufactured cartridges just as good as (e.g., do they have the same page yield, etc.) as non–remanufactured cartridges?



A: Yes. Remanufactured cartridges are tested to insure that they'll provide the same page yield performance. In some cases, page yield is even 5% higher.

Q: How are these cartridges more environmental?



A: Each year, anywhere from 3 to 4 million tons of used toner cartridges are sent to landfills. Using remanufactured cartridges greatly reduces this waste.

Q: Can a cartridge be remanufactured more than once?



A: Depending on the re–manufacturer, cartridges can be recycled from 1 to 3 times. Each cartridge is marked to indicate how many times it has been remanufactured.

Q: How can I recycle my ink and toner cartridges?



A: You can recycle them at your nearest Staples store. Look for an ink and toner bin near where ink and toner is sold. The bin will have two openings, one for ink cartridges and one for toner, and will have a large recycling symbol on the front. There will likely be a sign above the bin that reads: "Recycle your ink and toner cartridges here."

If you have trouble finding the bin, just ask a store associate.


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