Usually, the terms ‘compatible or alternative cartridges’ refer to cartridges that were not produced by the printer manufacturer but are nevertheless compatible with your printer, offered by an alternative brand. In general, compatible cartridges are a lot cheaper than the cartridges of the printer manufacturer.
However, there are many differences in quality and fit of compatible or alternative cartridges.
An OEM (=Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridge is produced by the printer manufacturer and sold under that brand name.
In general, this is the cartridge that comes with the printer.
Compatible new built printer cartridges are brand new cartridges that replace the cartridges of the printer manufacturer. These are generally inkjet, but there has recently been a large supply from Asia, often including very cheap new built toner cartridges. In many cases, these cartridges do not respect the intellectual property of other parties and are therefore illegal.
The printing quality of new built cartridges may differ from brand to brand. It is Pelikan’s company policy to always respect the intellectual property of other parties and only offer products of the highest printing quality.
A remanufactured compatible printer cartridge combines both new and reused components. In the case of Pelikan’s remanufactured cartridges, an empty cartridge from the original printer manufacturer is taken through the process of collecting, cleaning, examining and replacing worn out parts by experts. The cartridge is then filled with ink or toner (always as much as possible) and tested before going for a second cycle.
This is the safest and most environmentally friendly option, without the risk of harming your printer.
No matter what your printer manufacturer claims, the warranty provided with the printer is not affected by using alternative printing supplies. By law, the statutory guarantee of your printer may not be influenced by using alternative cartridges. In fact, many laws encourage the use of remanufactured cartridges to improve sustainability and boost fair competition.
In the very unlikely event that Pelikan’s printer cartridges cause problems to your printer, Pelikan takes over the warranty of your printer and provides support.
Click here for more information on our warranty policy.
The market for printer supplies is a huge market that attracts a lot of manufacturers. One of the ways to win customers is to offer them at extremely low prices.
Of course this is not possible without compromising on the legal, functional or printing quality of the product.
Cartridges produced by the printer manufacturer are much more expensive than their actual cost price. Printer manufacturers offer printers at a very low price to lock in a large base of consumers. They earn back their investment with high profits on printer supplies. Alternative manufacturers don’t make printers and can therefore offer cartridges at a more realistic price.
Pelikan is one of these alternative manufacturers and has been producing inks since the end of the 19th century, and printer supplies since the 1970s. You can consider Pelikan as a real specialist that is therefore able to produce high quality printer supplies at attractive prices.
Another reason for the lower prices is that Pelikan often uses empty original cartridges that are being remanufactured. By cleaning and replacing worn out parts and filling them with high quality ink/toner, Pelikan gives them a second life as a remanufactured cartridge. Ultimately, the consumer and the environment benefit from this form of ‘fair competition’.
Please visit our cartridge finder and search for the original cartridge number or printer model to find a compatible Pelikan cartridge.
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