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How to Choose the Correct Toner Cartridges for your Printer

Looking to buy new toner for your printer but unsure which one to go for? It might seem like a relatively simple task, but with hundreds of different toners available on the market all promising to be the best it can be difficult to choose the correct one. There are a variety of brands, colours, sizes, yields and many more factors that go into choosing the right toner cartridges. The toner that you choose will have a huge impact on the quality of your print output, and you need to make sure that you choose the right toner for your specific printer. 

The team at Trade Your Toner have put together a short guide to help you choose the right toner cartridges for your printer - with tips on how to pick the right colour, size, yield, and type. We are the company that you can use and rely on if you have any unused, surplus toner cartridges and in exchange, we will even send you money for your surplus cartridges.

Keep reading to find out a few tips on how to choose the correct toner cartridges for your printer. 

Choosing Between Colour and Black Toner

First, you need to evaluate what type of print output you need. If you print mostly in black and white, then a black toner is a good choice and is also the cheaper option. If you are going to need to print in colour, whether that be always or occasionally then go for a colour toner. It sounds obvious enough, but if you’re buying a colour toner, make sure that your printer can use a colour toner cartridge.

Correct Cartridge Size 

Toner cartridges come in different sizes, and you need to make sure that you pick the correct cartridge size for your printer. They are usually sized per make or model of your printer, and you should be able to find the correct cartridge size for your printer on a sticker on the model or in the owner's manual. If you are unsure about the toner cartridge size needed for your printer, a quick google search should be able to help. You don’t want to purchase a toner cartridge that won’t fit your printer, so make sure that you choose the right one for your model. 

Type of Cartridges

There are 3 main types of toner cartridges to choose from - Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM, generic or compatible and remanufactured. 

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges are made by a specific printer manufacturer and best suited to that given printer. They are the best option as they provide the highest-quality prints, but are the most expensive option out of the three.

Generic or compatible cartridges are made by a third-party manufacturer. They can also be of a relatively high quality although not as good as OEM cartridges but are a cheaper option.

Remanufactured Cartridges are made from old cartridges that have been cleaned, checked, and recycled to be used again. They are the cheapest but will provide you with the lowest quality prints out of the three options.

Knowing your Page Yield 

Toner cartridges will come in a range of page yield options, which refers to the number of pages that can be printed with the toner cartridge. Which page yield you choose will depend on how much you print, so if you print not as often then a low page yield will be suitable but if you do a lot of printing then a higher page yield is recommended.

Sell your Surplus Toner Cartridges with Trade Your Toner

If you have any toner cartridges that don’t fit your printer or are the incorrect colour type or page yield then you may want to get rid of those toner cartridges and send them to a good home. Perhaps you have bought the wrong toner cartridges in the past, or you have a new printer now and have some old ones going spare. 

This is where we can help. We buy your unused surplus toner cartridges - whether they are sealed, opened, or have no box. We take all genuine manufactured brands of toner, and will turn your unwanted toner cartridges into cash for you. This is a great way for you to get rid of those unused toner cartridges laying around in your home, and to make some extra money.

Get Paid in 3 Easy Steps with Trade Your Toner

  1. Tell us what toner cartridges you have, and send us a quote request.
  1. Our experts will evaluate and quote you a market competitive price in return for your unused toner cartridges.
  1. We will collect your toner cartridges for free, and pay you instantly.

Ready to Sell your Unused Toner Cartridges?

You can get a quote from us today, and turn those cartridges into cash with the click of a button. If you would like a quote for your unused cartridges today, you can fill in our quote form via our website to get started and you will be making money in no time. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01223 756442 or email us directly at We hope that this post has given you some insightful information on how to choose the correct toner cartridges for your printer, and what you can do with any extra cartridges that you may have.

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