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REMANUFACTURED OR COMPATIBLE – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Printer manufacturers spend a huge amount of time and money ensuring that their cartridges perform faultlessly with their own printing hardware. Hence, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) toner cartridges contain components of the highest quality and are often extremely expensive for consumers.

But what if you don’t have the funds to splash out on an OEM version every time your toner cartridge is running low? Are there any alternatives available?

Well, the answer is yes, and ultimately you have the choice between remanufactured or compatible toner cartridges.

Below, is a comparison between the two alternatives to OEM toner cartridges. As ever, please feel free to share your opinions over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

WHAT IS A REMANUFACTURED TONER?

Well, the clue is in the title – they are OEM toner cartridges that have been recycled and then remanufactured, as shown in the video below.

To begin with, the original, newly recycled cartridge is cleaned and examined. If any parts are worn or broken, they are replaced before being filled with brand new toner powder. Finally, the newly remanufactured cartridge is sent for lengthy print testing before being sold.

WHAT IS A COMPATIBLE TONER?

Essentially, a compatible toner cartridge is a ‘mimic’ or ‘copy’ of an OEM version.

Unlike remanufactured versions, a compatible cartridge is made entirely from new parts, which are generally of poor quality in comparison to those used in OEM toner cartridges.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN QUALITY?

OEM toner cartridges are made with the highest quality and components to minimise any issues and ultimately, produce the highest quality print.

As remanufactured toner cartridges retain as many of these components as possible, they naturally preserve that high standard of printing.

Compatible cartridges are generally manufactured by those who have one goal – to produce them as cheaply as they physically can.

Naturally, this has a negative effect on quality as no components from an original cartridge are used. Instead, components are created, which mimic the functionality of those found in an original.

CAN EITHER DAMAGE MY PRINTER?

To say that you are much less likely to get damage to your printer when using remanufactured toners is a real understatement.  

Remanufactured toner cartridges are made directly from original versions, meaning they preserve the original specifications. They are also tested vigorously (pictured) before being released to the consumer – reducing the chance of damage even further.

However, compatible toner cartridges are made to closely match the original and because of varying degrees of quality, some simply don’t meet (or come close to meeting) the OEM specifications.

In short, this means some compatible cartridges won’t fit your printer correctly, which can cause ink spills, and physically damage your printer.

WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF EACH?

45 million printer cartridges are sent to landfill in the UK every year – with a high volume of these being toners.

Recycling cartridges undoubtedly helps this figure, and plays a massive role when it comes to remanufacturing.

Typically, toner cartridges can be remanufactured between three and seven times. Also, 97% of the components within them can be recycled. Thus, when a recycled cartridge is remanufactured, there is a very small impact on the environment in comparison to originals or compatibles.

It is worth noting that remanufactured cartridges use half the amount of oil in their manufacture in comparison to compatibles and that when plastic is remanufactured, 80% less energy is used in comparison to original production.

On the other hand, brand new parts and components are used every time a compatible cartridge is manufactured – even if they are of a lower quality than those used in originals.

No prizes for guessing which is kinder to the environment, right?

CONCLUSION

The main thing for you to remember, is that at one stage of their existence, remanufactured toners were original versions.

There is absolutely no guess work or copying involved in their manufacture – as we’ve explained, the same simply cannot be said for compatibles.

If you want to avoid damage to your printer and the environment, whilst achieving a print quality which stands up to OEM versions, then remanufactured toners are without doubt, your best bet.

Looking to save money on your printing costs? Head to our site and check out the remanufactured toner cartridges: theredbuscartridgecompany.com

10 WAYS TO COMBAT OFFICE STRESS

Almost 16 million people in the UK work in some form of office. While office work may not leave the body battered and bruised like a manual role, it can play havoc with an individuals’ mind.

April 1st marked the start of Stress Awareness Month, so we have decided to compile a helpful list containing ways to combat stress in an office environment.

As ever, please share your opinions over on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

STEP AWAY FROM YOUR DESK

Around 54% of workers in the UK regularly work through their lunch break, with 20% feeling pressure from managers to do so. You have a lunch break for a reason, and you should be contractually obliged to one. If you are able to leave your place of work then you should – go for a walk or have your lunch away from the office. If you work in a purpose built environment that is nowhere near anything, then go to a break-out area for your lunch. Take a book, magazine or just talk to colleagues – leave your work at your desk and relax for the allotted time.

GET SOME SLEEP

The right amount of sleep can help your brain function properly. It has been scientifically proven to help you pay attention, make decisions and improve creativity.

Studies also show a direct link between sleep deprivation and increased stress levels. The National Sleep Foundation recommend that working adults need between seven and nine hours sleep each night to function to the best of their ability the following day.

 ASK FOR HELP

Can’t figure out how to do something? Struggling to meet a deadline? Why not call in your co-workers for help? The chances are, they either know the answer to your problem or they have some spare time to help you out. Communication is key in any job, and this will help you bond with your colleagues and build relationships. Just be sure to return the favour!

GET YOUR EQUIPMENT FIXED

Sometimes stress in the office can have nothing to do with your actual work. Slow internet or a dodgy keyboard can be just as stressful as meeting an important deadline. As soon as you discover a problem with your workstation, report it to your IT or HR team and get it fixed as quickly as possible.

DON’T RELY ON CAFFEINE

While very small amounts of caffeine can lift your mood and give you a boost, it certainly isn’t something you should rely on. In fact, caffeine can cause sleep loss, cravings and negative health consequences, which in turn, raises stress levels. If you can quit caffeine completely then that’s great, but if not, try to limit it. And whatever you do, don’t consume any after 2pm.

DITCH COMPATIBLE PRINT CARTRIDGES

There is nothing worse than working all day on a document, pressing print to find out that a dodgy copy or compatible cartridge has either ruined your work, or worse still your printer. If you are looking to move away from expensive, original cartridges, then don’t go for compatibles, chose a remanufactured option instead. Remember, you can save up to 70% on your printing costs and get free next day delivery at theredbuscartridgecompany.com

PRIORITIZE YOUR WORKLOAD

Are you facing one of those days, weeks or months where work is so busy that you can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel? If so, then prioritizing your workload is absolutely vital to prevent stress. The first thing you need to do is make a list of everything you need to do, calculating rough completion times in the process.

Then put the list in priority order, taking deadlines and importance into account. This way, you will be able to analyse the hours in your workload compared to your working hours. If it isn’t doable, then ask for assistance or delegate the lesser tasks.

KEEP YOUR WORK IN THE OFFICE

Where possible, try to separate your work and home life. You should associate the office with working and your home for relaxing. In some jobs this isn’t always possible, but weekends in front of your laptop are never a good idea.

STAY OFF YOUR MOBILE

It works the other way too – you shouldn’t bring your home life into work. The minute you walk through the door to your office, you should be positive and focused on your work. The more you check your phone for messages or social media, the more you will become distracted, or in some cases, angry. All of which will contribute to high stress levels.

BE POSITIVE

Don’t get stuck in the ‘only five days until the weekend’ mindset. You should enjoy your job, after all, you spend more time in your office environment than you do whilst awake at home. If you dislike your job so much that you have such feelings, then look around for something. A lack of job satisfaction can be an almost instant trigger to stress, anxiety and even depression.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT

6 BENEFITS OF BUYING BRITISH MADE PRODUCTS

The global manufacturing landscape is changing. Poor quality from products manufactured overseas have encouraged us Brits to look closer to home when it comes to purchasing.

When you factor in the well-publicised poor working conditions in overseas factories and a new found awareness of carbon footprints, it is no surprise that today, almost 75% of British people now feel as though it is important to buy British-made products.

Below is a list of reasons why we, as a UK manufacturer feel people may be switching back to British products.

QUALITY

As we have mentioned, quality is becoming more and more vital to British consumers, hence their recent switch back to UK manufactured products. Because British manufacturers are passionate about their products, they undertake regular quality checks and ensure that every item is finished to the same high standard.

Here at Red Bus Cartridges, we do absolutely everything in-house at our purpose built Lincolnshire factory. This allows us to access our products throughout the full production lifecycle before marketing and eventually selling.

UK PATENT LAW

In a nutshell, this prevents UK manufacturers from creating and selling ‘fake’ or ‘copy’ products, meaning you are not risking buying such products when purchasing from British made items.

COMMUNICATION

Being able to speak to someone quickly, and with as little fuss as possible is always important as a consumer. When buying British, you can reap the rewards from a UK based head office, operating with convenient hours. Also, with added instant features such as live chat, getting an urgent problem solved has never been easier.

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT

Buying British products ultimately reduces the frequency of overseas shipping, which in turn helps the environment. Many cheaper alternatives to products manufactured in Britain come from Asia, all of which need to be imported – a process that can be harmful to the environment due to the lengthy supply chains involved in shipping.

REDUCED DELIVERY TIMES

We’ve all bought something online for a price so cheap, it’s almost too good to be true. Turns out, that most of the time it is. This is due to the lengthy delivery times given by many overseas companies, in some cases being a number of months as opposed to days.

SUPPORTING THE ECONOMY

If supporting UK employment and entrepreneurs is important to you, then buying British is an absolute must. Purchasing from a UK manufacturer undoubtedly helps to support Britain’s economy, meaning that in turn, a company’s legacy is preserved and maintained.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT

7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO THE RED BUS CARTRIDGE COMPANY

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Here at The Red Bus Cartridge Company, we thoroughly test our entire range of remanufactured toner cartridges. We are confident in the quality of the products and if you do not find them to be at least as good as the original product, we will be happy to send you a replacement or a full refund.

SPEEDY DELIVERY

Order our products before 6pm and your order will be dispatched the very same day!

VALUE FOR MONEY

Buying from us will save you money as our remanufactured products offer savings of up to 70% compared to an original cartridge.

ENVIRONMENT

Every year thousands of toner cartridges are disposed of ending up in landfill - this is hugely damaging to the environment as they take many years to decompose.

Buying a remanufactured printer cartridge from The Red Bus Cartridge Company will not only save you on printing costs, but you will also be contributing to a greener environment by using a recycled product.

Our cartridges offer an environmentally friendly alternative as they’re remanufactured in the England which enables us to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum and create a closed loop recycling system as they can be refurbished again and again.

MADE IN BRITAIN

The Red Bus Cartridge Company are extremely proud to be selling a British remanufactured product.

Our purpose built factory in Boston, Lincolnshire is where all of the remanufactured toner cartridges are made and is home to a team of dedicated employees with a wealth of diverse skills. Everything from research & development to packaging design is completed in Boston.

As a proud British online seller we continue to support the British economy and remanufacturing industry.

QUALITY

The internet is flooded with companies that offer compatible cartridges at rock bottom prices and, following extensive research of copy compatible products we have found that the old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly applies.

Only the best components are used in the remanufactured cartridges that we sell and guarantees you will be purchasing a robust product that will perform exactly the same as an original cartridge.

Many ‘copy’ compatible cartridges do not meet British manufacturing standards and are produced with stolen designs and a quality that cannot always be trusted. The toner cartridges we sell meet British remanufacturing case law, replacing parts only when necessary, this is why we call ourselves ‘cartridge safe’. 

POSITIVE FEEDBACK

Customer feedback is vital to us, which is why we have a Feefo facility built into our website. At the time of writing, we have a Feefo rating of 4.5 out of five, with over 85% of all our reviews containing the maximum score available.

To purchase your remanufactured printer cartridges, visit theredbuscartridgecompany.com or call 0800 091 9090.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT

6 MONEY SAVING TIPS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

New Year’s Eve was a whole 73 days ago now. If your resolution of tightening the purse strings has already fallen by the wayside, then give our money saving tips a read – they might just change your life!

 

MAKE A SHOPPING LIST

Are you the type of person who wanders around the supermarket for hours and are then surprised by your whopping £300 receipt at the checkout? If so, a pre-planned list is most definitely the answer.

When making this list you need to plan all of your week’s meals in advance – including breakfast and lunch. Also, plan all of your snacks and treats too. That way when you get to your supermarket, you know exactly which aisles to head for, meaning you will save time as well as money.

Not only will this stop you overspending during your weekly shop, but it will also stop all those expensive midweek ‘top-up’ shops at your pricey local newsagent or petrol station.

 

RECYCLE YOUR OLD PRINTER CARTRIDGES

Do you have empty, un-used inkjet cartridges lying around? Or worse still, do you chuck your ink cartridges in the bin once finished? Well you should know that you can earn money by recycling them.

The Recycling Factory reward you for sending them your empty, used ink empty cartridges and will also donate to your chosen charity partner in the process.

Over 350 million cartridges are thrown to landfill every year, with each of these taking up to 1000 years to decompose. So by recycling your ink cartridge, you will not only be earning some extra money, but you will also be helping the environment.

 

DE-CLUTTER AND SELL

Have a good tidy up and find things that you have absolutely no need or use for anymore, then sell them via an online auction site.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and after all, you really have nothing to lose. It’s not as if you were using them anyway!

 

DITCH THE GYM

Unless you want to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger, then there is absolutely no need for you to pay a £50 gym membership every month.

If you are looking to lose weight then high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are a great idea. The Body Coach, Joe Wicks hit the headlines recently, with his ‘Lean in 15’ cookery books, and to compliment this healthy eating program, he has released a workout DVD with short, sharp workouts ranging from 15-35 minutes. All of which can be done within the comfort of your own home and without any equipment.

Alternatively, if you want to build a bit of muscle, then buy yourself a couple of dumbbells, a workout bench and research some home workouts.

Don’t forget, if you’ve got some trainers and lycra then running is completely free. Pound that pavement and your bank balance will rise as quickly as your heart rate.

 

VOUCHER CODES

Everyone deserves a treat now and again – right?

The problem is, treats can hit your bank balance hard, which begs the question - why pay full price when you don’t have to?

Whether your chosen treat is a meal out, a spa day or a weekend away, you can save money with a voucher code.

In fact, you can find a voucher code for pretty much any type of purchase these days – particularly if you check sites like vouchercodes.co.uk beforehand.

Using one is simple, all you need to do is find a suitable code, before entering it at an online checkout or printing it off and presenting it at your chosen venue.

Don’t feel like you’re doing anything wrong either. Retailers are absolutely fine with voucher codes, in fact they are a great way for them to attract customers.

You will even find that companies like Pizza Express have a dedicated section on their own site for voucher codes!

 

REMANUFACTURED PRINTER CARTRIDGES

Do you find yourself spending a small fortune on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges? Or maybe you’ve paid the penalty after using cheap ‘copy’ compatible versions that aren’t cartridge safe? If so, you can save up to 70% by buying remanufactured cartridges.

In fact, The Red Bus Cartridge Company are online sellers and have over 1,000 remanufactured products for you to choose from. We also offer free, next day delivery and never sacrifice on quality.

So if you are looking to save money on your printer cartridge costs then head over to our website and check out our products.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT

The Big Debate - Remanufactured vs OEM

There is no denying that consumers are more price conscious, and the days of brand loyalty –although not completely absent – have definitely waned as people come to understand that buying alternative products does not always mean that they have to compromise on quality. This is true of the (almost) age-old debate between buying original (OEM) and remanufactured printer cartridges. There are many consumers who still have doubts about OEM alternatives, so perhaps it is time for The Red Bus Cartridge Company to dispel some of the most common misconceptions surrounding remanufactured cartridges.

 

Remanufacturers just replace ink and toner in cartridges

There was a time where single re-use remanufacturers (so called ‘drill and fill’ merchants) were abundant, however, the more professional amongst the industry have far more in-depth procedures to ensure a standard of quality is set across all products. Cartridges are cleaned, and components such as rollers, blades and other mechanical parts are replaced to restore full functionality. The cartridges are rigorously tested, and being STMC and ISO 9001 certified confirms that there is a strong system in place to ensure a high quality standard.

 

Print quality is not as good with remanufactured cartridges compared with OEM’s

Each remanufacturer will use different ink and toner formulations and have various methods of testing print quality. Our cartridges use the highest quality toner powder, and the strict processes applied to our products means that we are able to match the print quality and page yield of the OEM equivalent.

 

Using a remanufactured cartridge will void my warranty

This is one of the most common misconceptions that consumers have about using remanufactured cartridges with their printers. However, it should be the most straight-forward to dismiss. OEM’s are not allowed to void a printer’s warranty simply because remanufactured cartridges are being used. Most remanufacturers also offer their own guarantees – we have a 100% money back guarantee on our toner cartridges if a customer is not satisfied, although we are confident in the performance of our cartridges.

 

In summary, of course OEM cartridges will always have a loyal customer base and there will be benefits to purchasing OEM toner products in conjunction with their paper and printers. In reality though, as consumers become more eco-savvy and are able to research and educate themselves about more budget-friendly alternatives, there will most certainly be more opportunities for genuine quality remanufactured products to impress.

 

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10 things you didn’t know about Toners

Believe it or not, the history of print and printing technologies is an interesting one, and the development of toner cartridges has been revolutionary - from the first dry-ink printer through to the chemically modified precision inks and processes that many of us use today in the office today.  We have put together 10 things you may or may not have known about toners, prepared to be enlightened...

 

  1. The process of Xerography or electrophotography was invented in the late 1930s, and is the technology that pre-empted laser printing and photo copying. In the 1950s a fully automated process was put into place using a cylindrical drum instead of a flat plate.  

 

  1. In contrast to the liquid within inkjet cartridges, toner is made from solid particles (toner powder). These particles are melted to the page with the heat and pressure of a fuser. 

 

  1. In the early days of laser printing, toner was made of simple carbon powder. However, plastic or wax polymers were eventually introduced in order to improve quality, and made printing with toners more affordable as well as allowing customers to use them on a wide range of print media. 

 

  1. Toner particles move between the components, within the cartridge, through static electricity. Each toner particle is engineered to hold a specific charge and travel with extreme precision.

 

  1. Toner powder is manufactured in one of two ways, by grounding or by growing. In conventional toner, the ingredients are compounded into a slab, then ground or pulverized into a fine powder, resulting in toner granules of varying size and shape. In a chemically produced toner (CPT), particles are grown through a chemical process to the desired size and shape.   This consistent size and shape enables improved toner charging, toner placement, and wear characteristics and ultimately provides improved print quality, optimised toner usage, and lower energy use. 

 

  1. When it comes to toner particles, getting a uniform size and shape is most desirable. This enables consistency in the placement of the toner, wear characteristics and toner charge, which lead to optimised print quality.

 

  1. The first Laserjet desktop printer (that used toner cartridges) was launched by HP in 1984 with a price tag of $3,495 (£2,838 sterling).

 

  1. HP toner formulations vary from printer to printer because toners must meet specific performance requirements of each printing system, which is why there is not a universal toner that fits all devices.

 

  1. At The Red Bus Cartridge Company, our toner cartridges are remanufactured. This means that original cartridges are refilled and any worn or damaged parts are replaced. They are tested thoroughly to ensure that the highest standards of quality are met.

 

  1. There is a misconception about remanufactured toner cartridges being produced cheaply. An enormous amount of research and development goes into the remanufacturing process. In fact, it takes approximately 150 million toner particles just to cover about 5 percent of a page!