How to spot a counterfeit toner cartridge

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 27, 2014 under Printers and Ink, Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

tonerThere are some unscrupulous companies and individuals out there who will try to pass off a recycled toner as an original (OEM) toner. Now, there’s nothing wrong with recycled cartridges, but if you think you’re buying an original (and, presumably, paying OEM prices) cartridges then that is what you expect to get. So, here are a few tips to make sure that you’re buying original.

  1. Quantity. If you’re being offered a lot of genuine toners for a snip of a price the ask yourself, is this too good to be true? The odd toner or two comes around as surplus stock etc, but not in any great quantity. So, if someone is selling hundreds then it is probably a batch of counterfeits.
  2. Cartridge casing. OEM cartridges are made from new, so there should be no marks or scrapes on the cartridge case.
  3. Chip. Check the ship. Does it look like the original chip? Is it the same colour?
  4. Packaging. Look closely at the packaging. Check the print quality and bar codes. Check the underside of the box. Does it all match up with what you’ve seen before.In order to do the above, be prepared. Take a bona fide OEM cartridge with you that you can use for comparison.

So, don’t get ripped off. Be alert and use the above guide to make sure you’re getting what you’ve paid for.


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