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A remanufactured cartridge is a printing cartridge that has been used and then recycled for further use. Remanufacturing is a lot like the refurbishing process for hardware, where factory-direct products are returned to the facility after use and re-engineered to provide factory-direct levels of quality.
The need for remanufactured cartridges and other alternatives comes out of the unusual pricing and market realities around printers and ink or, in inkjet printing, toner. Consumers have noticed relatively low prices for printer hardware, along with extremely high prices for ink or toner. As a result, finding or buying less expensive alternatives for ink and toner has become a paramount part of managing print processes. Whereas businesses can order in bulk, individual consumers have to look for alternatives on the market. Remanufactured cartridges can provide such an alternative, and some local shops may fill remanufactured cartridges with ink or toner on site rather than sell cartridges direct from the factory.