Nowadays, you don't have to buy a replacement ink cartridge or replacement toner solely from the manufacturer. Now, there are third party sources that carry replacement ink cartridges and replacement toners. So how do you distinguish from all of the different types?
You'll generally find three different types of ink cartridges and toners. There are OEM, remanufactured, and new ink cartridges and replacement toners. When you're purchasing an OEM or original equipment manufacturer, you're getting a replacement part that is from the manufacturer in its original condition. A remanufactured replacement ink cartridge or replacement toner is a used cartridge that has undergone repackaging and has been refilled with ink. A new replacement ink cartridge or replacement toner is one that is created of entirely new parts and is similar to the originally manufactured product.