The ridiculously high cost of printer inkjet cartridges is always something that causes some frustration to the long suffering customer, with prices set at such an extortionate amount, for which justification really is very difficult to demonstrate. Much of it comes down to the major printer companies very cleverly recognizing that an opportunity existed to sell the actual printer unit at a massively reduced price, safe in the knowledge that there were ready made repeat sale requirements for the ink cartridges. An excellent marketing strategy, but one which ultimately has driven millions of people right across the globe to use a remanufactured alternative, at dramatically lower costs of anything up to 60 % cheaper.
Many people wrongly believe they are sacrificing quality in return for saving some money, but in actual fact the remanufactured versions invariably not only meet, but very often exceed, the Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM) quality. They are rebuilt from pre-used, empty cartridges, which are taken to bits, new parts attached if necessary in a full repair process, and then refilled with the ink. They last just as long, if not longer than the originals, partly because in another crafty move, the printers are sold with the original cartridges sometimes only around 70% full.
There is no getting away from the fact that profit is the driving force behind the high charges, despite noises to the contrary from the market leaders, who will argue that remanufactured cartridges to not reach the same level of quality, but they would say that to protect their profit margins. In reality, it is only worthwhile spending extra cash if the prints required are of great value, or need to be of a high definition, otherwise if the usage is just office or home based, then the difference is negligible and it makes perfect sense to get the cheaper option.
Perhaps in the past, the testing of the re-manufactured cartridges was not as thorough as it might have been, but technological advancements with ultrasonic cleaning now mean that this is no longer an issue and the quality is of the highest standards. It is worth taking into consideration that many of the manufacturers will immediately invalidate the warranty on their product if they discover a non-original cartridge has been inserted into the printer. This is to maintain their standing in the market place, so it is probably advisable to ensure the source of the replacement cartridge is a reliable one.
Obviously it is dependent upon the amount of printing that is undertaken, but unless you are absolutely determined to stick with the top price original branded cartridge, the remanufactured choice is the logical course to follow, as you get at least a 2 to 1 ratio. However, one of the most obvious reasons to choose a remanufactured inkjet cartridge is the impact it has on the environment. Everybody should be trying to do their bit and this recycling practice keeps enormous quantities of plastic from the landfills each year - this has to be a worthy excuse.