OEM, Compatible and Remanufactured Toner Cartridges

Our customers often ask us to explain the differences between OEM, compatible, and remanufactured toner cartridges. They want to understand each option and which will best meet their needs. Since toner is a big part of what we do, we’re happy to provide the answers.

What are OEM Toner Cartridges?

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or “Brand Name” toner cartridges are made and branded by the machine’s manufacturer. The manufacturer designs the cartridge to meet the performance requirements of their printer, multi-function printer (MFP), or copier, providing high-quality prints and copies. When you replace a toner cartridge with an OEM product, you know it will fit, work properly, and provide quality output.

That’s why many people think that OEM toner cartridges are their only choice…until they see how much more expensive it is than other alternatives. But cost isn’t the only downside to OEM cartridges: Often, their warranties are short, sometimes as little as 30 to 90 days.

If you want an OEM cartridge, you probably can’t find them cheaper anywhere else. Plus, we’re authorized toner cartridge resellers for all the major printer, MFP, and copier manufacturers, as well as many less familiar niche brands. So, when you need an OEM replacement toner cartridge, just ask us.

OEM Cartridge Pros and Cons

Guaranteed to fit

High Cost

Short 30-90 day warranty

Not Eco-Friendly

Not made in the USA

Diamond Series Toner Cartridge Box

Our Compatible Toner Cartridges - Diamond Series

The high cost and short warranties of OEM toner cartridges cause many of our customers to look for alternatives, including compatible toner cartridges.

The market for replacement toner cartridges is enormous and attracts independent companies that design, make, and sell alternatives to OEM cartridges. The industry calls these products “compatibles” because they are designed to fit in your printer and function the same way as an OEM cartridge. The prices for compatible toner cartridges are typically lower than for OEM products because of the competition between the different manufacturers.

Sometimes, the competition results in a race to provide the cheapest compatible toner cartridges possible, which — for some manufacturers — results in lower quality cartridges that may not print cleanly, reliably, or produce as many pages. These ultra-cheap compatible cartridges often carry extremely short warranties (and sometimes no warranty at all), and that presents a dilemma for some customers: should they buy expensive OEM (brand name) cartridges or gamble on cheaper, no-name compatible cartridges?

That’s why we created our Coast to Coast Diamond Series compatible toner cartridges, which perform equal to or better than their OEM alternatives, but at a much lower price. When you replace a toner cartridge with a Diamond Series product, you know it will fit, work properly, and provide quality output equal to or better than an OEM cartridge. With the Diamond Series, you can reduce your printing costs and reliably print high-quality documents…all backed by an unrivaled 2-year, no-hassle warranty.

Our Diamond Series Pros and Cons

Guaranteed to fit

Lower cost than OEM

2-year warranty


Packaged in the USA

OUR Remanufactured Toner Cartridges - American Patriot Series

With the world going green, companies everywhere want to reduce their environmental impact. About 350 million perfectly good toner cartridge casings go into a landfill yearly. This practice wastes the resources used to make the casings and consumes significant landfill space. Remanufactured toner cartridges offer a greener alternative to replacement toner cartridges.

Independent companies offering remanufactured replacement cartridges receive empty toner cartridges and rebuild them. They clean the case, replace any worn gears and moving parts, and refill it with toner, creating a “like-new” replacement but using only a fraction of the resources.

American Patriot Series Toner Cartridge Box

Just like with compatible toner cartridges, some manufacturers make a better product than others.

When you aim to go greener at work or reduce printing costs, a high-quality remanufactured toner cartridge like our American Patriot Series may be the perfect choice. When you replace a toner cartridge with an American Patriot Series product, you know it will fit, work properly, and provide quality output equal to or better than an OEM cartridge. They are lower-priced than an OEM cartridge and carry our industry-best 2-year, no-hassle warranty.

Our American Patriot Series Pros and Cons

Guaranteed to fit

Lower cost than OEM

2-year warranty


Made in the USA

Upgrade Protection

And here’s one other huge benefit of buying from Coast to Coast: our Toner Cartridge Upgrade Protection program. If you purchase Diamond Series or American Patriot Series cartridges from us and then upgrade your device up to a year later, we will take back your unopened, unused cartridges and replace them dollar-for-dollar with cartridges for your new machine.

Toner Cartridge FAQs

We want to simplify your life when replacing toner cartridges for your printers. So, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and concerns.

Let Us Answer Your Questions about Replacement Toner Cartridges

Still have questions about the differences between OEM, compatible, and remanufactured toner cartridges? Are you confused about which you should buy for your devices? Then please get in touch. Your expertly trained sales representative will take the time to answer all your questions, helping you decide which option best meets your needs. We are the toner experts, so you don’t have to be.


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