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If you're wondering how long the prints from remanufactured cartridge inks last, here's the scoop. The inks you buy from original printer manufacturers can last several decades before you see any signs of fading whatsoever. However, when it comes to the remanufactured cartridge, the longevity of ink isn't proven.
According to Edwin Leong, editor of CameraHobby.com, you can't expect to have long-lasting quality prints when you're using a remanufactured ink cartridge. There is a lot of science that goes into the chemistry of optimized ink, including how the different colored inks react to each other, the type of ink used, the way the ink sprays out of the nozzles and the paper you use.
Still, for folks who just want to print black and white documents, the remanufactured cartridge seems a viable, affordable option as opposed to the high price of cartridges from original printer manufacturers. The principal of the Toronto School for Strings is perfectly happy using remanufactured ink for printing everything from sheet music to invoicing and cites no quality or performance downsides to using the inks for his purposes.