are refurbished printer cartridges equivalent to new ones?

Hello Everyone,

           I am wondering if refurbished printer cartridges are equivalent to new ones.  Seeing they have been altered in some one to make them useful again, I realize there might be some degradation in quality when compared to new ones.  The printer I am interested in purchasing refurbished cartridges for is an HP Deskjet 2543 printer.  While my interest here is to save money, I do not want to purchase refurbished cartridges if there will be a risk of damage to my printer.

           Any shared thoughts in response to this question will be greatly appreciated.  

           Thank you

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,
I had some bad experiences years ago with both refurbished cartridges and third-party ones. I had leaks with one set that damaged the printer, poor print quality with others, and a shorter-than-advertised number of pages with some others. I made the decision back then to go with only new cartridges and only brand-name ones, e.g., Brother, HP, Samsung, etc. I know they are more expensive, and there's almost surely a brand-name premium in the price, but I've been happy with my decision on that front. That said, my decision stemmed from problems that occurred years ago, so it's possible that the technology has improved such that modern refurbishing techniques and/or third-party manufacturers are acceptable these days, and a good way to save money, instead of paying a premium for new, brand-name cartridges. Customer reviews at Amazon and other sites should be very helpful in deciding whether or not you want to give it a try, but I would certainly proceed with caution — the last thing you want is ruining your printer by trying to save money on the cartridges. Of course, this is just one person's opinion. Good luck with whatever way you go. Btw, I think the short answer to your "are refurbished printer cartridges equivalent to new ones" question is: NO. They may be satisfactory and worth the price difference, but they are definitely not "equivalent" to new ones, imo. Regards, Joe

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Martin MillerCTOCommented:

I have run through this same issue with HP Deskjet printers. I have 2500 series, 6200, and 6700 series in the home and office. I tried aftermarket refills and have not had the same print quality as the OEM HP version. In addition, HP makes it awkward with accepting errors and ignoring from their sensing of the cartridges.  I have found purchasing aged-new-in-box cartridges the best value, note boxes have an expiration date. I buy expired boxes on eBay.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I never use refilled cartridges as using them can easily damage a printer (as noted above here).  Best advice: Do not use them.
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Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
No, refurb and generic cartridges are not the equivalent of OEM.  The print quality simply isn't as good and I've found the capacity to be less than what is advertised.

Also, as Joe pointed out (and John confirmed), you run a risk of damaging your printer; and if you use non-OEM cartridges, I believe you void your warranty (with HP and Brother, anyway).

Don't buy refurbished and don't buy white box cartridges.  Buy only OEM cartridges specific to your printer.

In the end, it's a false savings.

No offense to Martin, but I'd recommend against purchasing expired cartridges, too.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
With HP the question doesn't come up much any more, because HP has gone to great lengths to make their cartridge unrefillable and un-remanufacturable, even to the point of blowing fuses in the cartridge's firmware when it becomes empty.  They want you to buy that $60 official HP cartridge rather than a $10 third-party cartridges.

That having been said, I never had any problems with third party cartridges.  But then I recommend and use only Epson printers, which nearly encourages people to buy third-party ink and cartridges.  And I never buy HP, for the reason detailed above.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
I really encourage people that do a lot of printing to use the ecotank printers from Epson..
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

          Thank you very much for taking the time to thoroughly address my question.   Upon review of everyone's suggestions, I came to the quick decision to simply order a new black HP cartridge for my HP Deskjet 2543 printer from Amazon.   Any financial benefit of purchasing a refurbished or generic cartridge as compared to a new one is certainly not worth the risk of potentially damaging the printer.  

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help you
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, George, and thanks to you for the feedback — I think you made an excellent decision! Regards, Joe
Joseph HornseyPresident and JanitorCommented:
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