Sunday, 15 July 2012


Are the manufacturers of compatible printer cartridges increasing their competitiveness by increasing their print yields?

Genuine brand makers of printer cartridges (OEMs) have upped the ante by imposing copyright laws on compatible printer cartridges and forcing the latter to alter the shape of their products by 35%.

But rather than this been an advantage to the genuine Inkjets and toners, this move  could prove to be in fact detrimental to them.

The compatible makers are addressing this issue by making their carertridges with larger storage tanks, and I’m not just talking marginally; I’m talking massively.

A new compatible Inkjet cartridge from G & Gtm , the LC40BK Black Ink used in the Brother DCP J525W, J725DW, J925DW; MFC J430W, J432W, J625DW, J825DW printer models, has a rated yield of 1,400 pages. The genuine cartridge has a rated yield of 300 pages. That’s a 466% increase.

That wouldn’t mean much if the compatible was 466% more expensive than the genuine
But not so. According to a number of internet retailers (4), the average price of the genuine is A$26.80 plus delivery. The price for the compatible is A$12.90 plus delivery.

Other examples include the Brother TN2130/TN2150 for the DCP 7040; HL 2140, 2142, 2150N, 2170W, 7340, 7440, 7840W printers, with the genuine costing around A$58.00 for the TN2130 (1,500 pages yield), and A$78.00 for the TN 2150 (2,600) pages. The compatible TN2150X from G & Gtm is priced at A$35.90 for 4,500 pages.

Then there is the Brother LC73XBK, with 600 page yield for the genuine cartridge  compared to 1,400 pages for the compatible.

Many of the cartridge yields between compatible & genuine are the same, but a trend is emerging. One in which the buyer is the winner.

The genuine printer manufacturers  just might have created a massive problem for themselves into the future, so expect to see significant changes in future yields from them.