The difference between Original, Remanufactured and Compatible:
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
An original cartridge is a brand new cartridge manufactured by the same brand that made your printer. So an original cartridge for a HP printer is manufactured by HP.
Genuine or Virgin
Another name for an original printer cartridge.
This is a brand new cartridge made by a third-party manufacturer. They have no affiliation with the original manufacturers of the printer, any change/alteration to the OEM core body will make this a compatible cartridge rather than remanufactured and the cartridges have not been used before and made from new parts. These compatibles usually infringe the copyright so can cause legal issues.
These are original cartridges which have been used once, returned, cleaned and refilled and will work in the same way as originally. Page yields are estimates only from the manufacturers, usually based on a 5% coverage, and will obviously vary according to usage.
These are original printer cartridges which have been used once, returned, cleaned, all working parts replaced and then refilled.
Page yields are estimates only from the manufacturers, usually based on a 5% coverage, and will obviously vary according to usage.
How to use our Tracked 48 Royal Mail label without a printer:
When you create a label you will be sent it via email to either print or use the QR code at any post office. You can take your phone with the QR code from the email to a post office counter with your package and they will scan it and print the label for you. Please see the example below:
Please follow this link if you need more information: https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4130
Why did my cartridge get rejected or fail testing?
A low percentage of the inkjet cartridges we receive are rejected and fail electronically this can be down to damage as these items are delicate or a problem with the connecting electronic strip. Unfortunately, the cartridge will be worth no value when this happens as we will be unable to use it again. However, all failed cartridges will be recycled and remain out of landfill.
Another, reason for rejection / failure is physical damage to the print head if the item is not packed securely in transit. Please see the image below where a printhead has been damaged:
We visually inspect and electronically test inkjet cartridges.We have a ST200 testing machine as well as a variety of printers that check for any failures and electrical faults.
Please Note: Some HP cartridges are protected and will show the below message displayed on our printers when testing the HP inkjet cartridge. If, this message is displayed we can not reuse the cartridge and it will be rejected. Please see more information about this further down our FAQ's.
What is the difference between an Ink Tank and Ink Cartridge?
An Ink Tank does not have a printhead and an Ink Cartridge does have a printhead. Please see the picture below:
There are a few things to remember when recycling cartridges:
Differences Between HP 301 and XL V1 and Old Code
With the improvements in HP technology, they have added a new style of HP 301 ink cartridge and updated the version to coincide with the new release of printers from 2013 and 2014.
The new and improved V1 ink cartridge is for the cartridges that are shown on date of the cartridge after 08/2014. This information is printed on your cartridge and will work with all the new printers released by HP.
The old code style HP 301 and 301XL ink cartridges are with the date imprinted on a cartridge with pre 08/2014. These cartridges will work with all the older style printers, but not the newer ones.
The HP printer will show the user if they are using an old expired ink cartridge, which is not compatible with their printer.
Intros or starter Cartridges
Please ensure you check your cartridges for starter or intro cartridges. On HP cartridges this is usually presented by the word 'Intro' or 'Starter' on the label but on Samsung's it is typically represented by an S after the code. If the cartridge came with your printer then it is most likely a starter or an intro cartridge. These do not always have a value. If you are unsure please contact us before sending your printer cartridges.
HP Protected Cartridge Error Message
Hewlett-Packard (HP) have introduced this ‘HP cartridge protection’ update on their ink cartridges as part of their latest update to lock the ink cartridges to a specific printer so that you cannot use that ink cartridge again in any other printer(s). This happens as soon as an ink cartridge is installed into a HP printer and "locks" itself to that specific printer, which means that it can only be used in this particular machine. This also means that if you were to get an identical model of your printer you cannot use the same cartridge in the replacement model and also the cartridge becomes non-recyclable as it cannot be refilled, recycled or remanufactured to use in another printer and it will just end up in landfill, in other words an anti-recycling device. We can not accept these as they can not be refilled.
What this means to you, the customer is that certain HP compatible cartridges that are inserted into your printer will show a "HP protected cartridge" error message on their computer. This means that they will not work with your printer and will only work with the 1st printer that the cartridge(s) are inserted into. This can be easily resolved by following the step-by-step guide which is below the following image of the error message:
Turn off HP Cartridge Protection Setting or Remove a “HP protected cartridge” error
Preventing the error message from appearing in the first place can be achieved by disabling the original cartridge protection feature in your printer settings.
If your printer does not have Internet features:
If your Hewlett-Packard printer does not have any Internet features you can simply go into your printer settings which can be located on your printer menu and you will see the option to disable the HP cartridge protection. Just select the disable option and click Apply and Save if necessary.
If your printer has Internet features:
- Open up a web browser and enter your printer’s IP address on the web address. Your printer’s IP address can be found on your printer settings by navigating your way to network setup options.
- This will open up the printer’s Embedded Web Server. Click on the Settings option and to the left hand side select HP Cartridge Protection.
- Make sure you select Disable HP Cartridge Protection and click Apply or Save.
Apple, Brother, Dell, HP, IBM, Lexmark, Canon, Epson, Xerox and other manufacturer brand names and logos are registered trademarks of their respective owners. Any and all brand name designations or references are made solely for purposes of demonstrating compatibility of ink cartridges.
Where do you collect cartridges from?
We are a UK-wide collector of inkjet cartridges, so wherever you are based in the UK, we'll buy your printer cartridges from you and then recycle them. We have regular clients from across the nation, including Leeds, Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Cambridge, Sheffield, Peterborough, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Northern Ireland.
Please note: We may send a gentle reminder to post your cartridges by the end of the month otherwise the label will be cancelled. This is because our prices can change monthly and we do not want you to miss out on the prices in your basket. Please ignore this if you have already sent them or intend to do it by the end of the month. If, your label does get cancelled do not worry you can request another one through the basket process - thank you.