For more than 20 years, resellers have seen a steady rise in the number of remanufactured print cartridges sold. These remanufactured cartridges offer cost reductions over the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges and reduced environmental impact, without affecting print quality
The last 10 years though, resellers are increasingly seeing a huge number of low-priced offers from manufacturers of Clones.
What are the risks with Clones?
Legal concerns are perhaps the most important risks to resellers using Clone products with the potential culpability for intellectual property violations stemming from the use of Clones.
Remanufactured cartridges reuse the empty OEM cartridge. This starting point allows the remanufacturer to repair the interior of the cartridge shell, bringing it back to a “like new” condition. With Clones, this changes completely. Clone cartridges are designed to mimic/ copy OEM components at a far lower cost point. They rely on lower cost components and inferior quality in order to achieve their advantageous price point. This poor quality also affects the page yield of the cartridge and print quality and thus increases paper consumption and waste, due to reprinting. Printer issues are also more likely using
Clones leading to increased printer repair/maintenance costs.
Landfill / Recycling
As the vast majority of Clone cartridges cannot be recycled, due to their inferior build quality, the majority of Clone cartridges end up in Landfill. Clone producers rarely offer empty collection programmes for their products.
Most Clones cartridges are produced in China and therefore have a high Carbon Footprint when shipped into Europe.
Recent testing, carried out by LGA and most recently by ETIRA, has revealed high concen- trations of DecaBromoDiphenyl Ether (DecaBDE), a toxic ﬂame retardant, within certain new-built non-OEM cartridges (Clones).
The use of DecaBDE above a particular quantity was banned in electrical appliances (including printer cartridges) across the European Union ten years ago due to high potential for long-term (health) exposure for humans, is described as “difficult to decompose” and
has been assessed and classified as a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP). It is also listed as a Substance of Concern by the European Chemicals Agency. In 2017, the European Com- mission added DecaBDE to the REACH Annex XVII list of restricted substances, because of its emissions and widespread distribution high risks. According to the tests run on several New-Built non-OEM cartridges, DecaBDE levels ranging from 2,000 mg/kg to astounding 17,000 mg/kg, exceeding up to 17 times the 1,000 mg/kg allowed under the EU’s RoHS directive 2011/65/EU. For ETIRA: “there is a major systemic issue in the overall market with New-Built non-OEM cartridges from Asia that contain extremely high levels of a hazardous chemical. It is very serious that thousands of New-Built non-OEM cartridges are sold across Europe every day if many of them violate EU health and safety regulations.”
ESR has 30 years of industrial know-how in cartridge remanufacturing and as a European company, this assures that the ESR cartridges you buy from us are meeting the REACH, CLP, RoHS and DEEE directives. That means you have the guarantee that our cartridges are safe for you, for the end-users, and for the environment.
ESR cartridges are also patent free, respecting the OEM Intellectual Property rights.
And go a step further by buying ESR, the unique 100% circular economy remanufactured solution for professionals, with proper end-of-life treatment ensuring less of an impact on the environment.
Do not take any risk and make the choice of adurable, responsible, environmentally friendly solution by choosing ESR