I know what you’re thinking—toner cartridges are very expensive so why not save a little money and refill them at home yourself? If you are thinking that, you should know right now, that is a bad idea. Refilling toner cartridges may seem like the best way to save money, but in the long run it can damage your printer. To read more about the practice of refilling toner cartridges, visit Wikipedia.
Why is refilling your toner cartridges such a bad idea? Because there is no real process to it and it can be very unsafe for your printer. Basically people drill a hole in the cartridge, put the new toner inside and cover it up with a sticker—that sounds pretty shady. When that hole is drilled into your cartridge plastic particles from the cartridge are without a doubt going to fall into your cartridge. Then you are going to fill it with toner that will mix with those plastic particles. Soon you will be printing with plastic and toner combined. Not only will your prints look bad, but eventually running that plastic through your machine will cause significant damage. Also, once you have tarnished the cartridge, it isn’t as sturdy as it is when you first purchase it. Remember, toner cartridges are heated up with every print. You don’t want your toner cartridge to break or leak out do you? With a refilled toner, that is exactly what can happen.
To save money and do so wisely, you really need to purchase remanufactured cartridges from third party vendors. These are 100% different than refilled cartridges. Though they might cost a couple bucks more than refilled cartridges, they will definitely be worth the price. Remanufactured cartridges are once used OEM cartridges that have been completely refurbished and are completely safe.