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In all honesty, we feel your pain. This is the kind of thing we still experience on a pretty regular basis:
Here’s the lowdown: An ink cartridge goes in an inkjet printer. Ink cartridges are just what they sound like: a plastic container with liquid ink inside. An inkjet printer uses small nozzles to suck ink from the cartridge and spray it onto the paper.
A toner cartridge goes in a laser printer. Toners are larger than most ink cartridges and contain polyester powder. A laser printer uses a laser (no surprise here) to project the image you are printing in the form of static electricity (the charge that moves hair if you rub a latex balloon on it) onto a delicately coated metal cylinder (a “drum”). As the drum rotates, the polyester toner powder is transferred to the drum. Then the powder in the shape of the image is transferred onto your paper. And finally, the paper is run through two pieces of hot ceramic (a “fuser,” kind of like a hair straightening iron) to melt or “fuse” the polyester powder to the paper for the finished product.
A compatible ink or toner cartridge is one that is not made by the printer manufacturer. Instead, other companies make compatible cartridges and toners for printers, similar to non-branded cell phone chargers.A remanufactured ink or toner cartridge is a recycled ink or toner cartridge filled in with generic ink.