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Cartridge Type
Genuine or OEM (Original) Cartridges Remanufactured Cartridges Compatible Cartridges
Description OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, meaning the cartridge was made by the same company that made your printer. Original brand cartridges are very reliable and sometimes the only option if your printer is new to market or uncommon. Remanufactured ink is a genuine brand cartridge that has gone through one cycle of use. After use, the cartridge is recycled, acquired by a remanufacturing facility and put through a rigorous professional refurbishing process. During the refurbishing process the cartridge is disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and tested for quality. It's then carefully refilled, tested again and brought back to life. Buying remanufactured prevents one less cartridge from ending up in a landfill. A compatible cartridge is a brand new ink cartridge built by a manufacturer other than your printer. It's like buying the generic version of the genuine brand. Most are uniquely designed to differentiate from genuine cartridges. Despite any structural difference you may notice, the cartridge will still fit in your machine and print a full yield, just like the original brand.
Price Factors Many printer manufacturers follow the razor-and-blades business model which may result in higher priced genuine cartridges. Remanufactured ink is much cheaper than the original brand ink. It's far more cost effective to refurbish a previously used cartridge than create a new OEM from scratch. Compatible ink is much cheaper than the original brand. Compatible suppliers don't have to worry about the additional costs that hinder OEMs like new printers or firmware, which lets them keep prices low.
Quality Original cartridges work extremely well and are covered under a warranty by the printer manufacturer High quality remanufactured ink will match the quality of the original, but not all remanufactured ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results. High quality compatible ink will match the quality of the original, but not all compatible ink is created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier in order to get the absolute best results.
What's the difference between ink and toner cartridges?
Ink Cartridges Toner Cartridges
Printer Type Work with inkjet printers Work with laser printers
Material Liquid ink Dry powder
How it works Inkjet printers use a series of nozzles that spray tiny drops of ink directly on the print suface Laser toner printers use static electricity and heat to bond dry toner powder to a page
Commonly used by Casual home users, small business and photographers Large businesses and schools
Number of Pages You Can Print A cartridge's page yield is the estimated number of pages you can print. Page yield is based on 5% page coverage. This means that the quoted page yield is based upon printed pages where only 5% of the page has been imprinted with ink. For example, a short memo has approximately 5% coverage. If you have a cartridge that has a yield of 500 pages, it can print 500 pages of that short memo. If you are printing letters, photos or graphics, your coverage will vary greatly and your page yield will drop significantly.
Cartridge Warranty and Shelf Life Most ink and toner cartridges include a warranty or "best by" date on their box. Remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges can last 12-18 months unopened, and toner cartridges can last up to 3 years.
Cartridge Care and Storage Only open a cartridge when you need it. Opened cartridges will eventually dry out, especially if the protective tape or clip has been removed. If you have an open ink cartridge around and would like to try and prevent it from drying out, place it nozzle side up in a plastic airtight tub. If your cartridge came with protective tape or a clip reapply both before storing. Place a damp cloth or paper towel in the tub, next to the cartridge and keep it stored in a cool, dark place.

Compatible Brother TN315BK High Yield Black Laser Toner Cartridge

Page Yield: 6,000

Reg. Price $151.99

Our Price $31.99

In stock

Buy 3 or More Black for $30.99 each (save $3.00+)
123inkjets offers high quality compatible alternatives to expensive OEM (genuine) Brother TN315BK black laser toner cartridges. Replaces lower yield TN310BK toner. Exceptional yields and remarkable results at a phenomenal discount! All 123inkjets brand compatible cartridges are backed by a 2 year guarantee and ship fast!

Compatible Printers

HL Printers

MFC MultiFunction Printers


SKU Product Type Printer Brand OEM Number Ink Color Cartridge Yield Type Page Yield Cost Per Page Shelf Life
TN315BK Toner Cartridge Brother TN315BK Black High 6,000 533.17 cents 24-36 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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Brother Compatible TN315BK HY Black Toner

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Great inexpensive product

By Susan

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315BK HY Black Toner:

I use printing for school everyday, so it's nice to have a quality product I can replace when I need it.


Won't Buy Again!

By wordmage

from Boston

Verified Reviewer

Comments about TN315 Set of 4 HY Toners for Brother:

I started seeing stray lines of magenta on my print outs after a few weeks of use. When I opened the printer to investigate, there was magenta toner all over the inside of my printer. What a mess! I will never purchase again. I'd give zero stars if that were an option.


Smooth ordering.

By kam

from columbia, sc

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer


  • Clean Replacement
  • Easy To Install
  • Sharp Tones & Colors


  • Short Cartridge Life

Best Uses

  • Everyday documents
  • Professional Documents

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315BK HY Black Toner:

I have multiple printers at my office and ordering ink and cartridge can be time-consuming. 123INK makes the ordering process very easy. Their products are standard, the price is good and shipment is always quick.

  • Primary use:
  • Business

This one came in with ink all over the cartridge.

By Linda907

from Naknek, Alaska

Site Member

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315M HY Magenta Toner:

Ink was all over the cartridge and I had to clean it off before I put it in the machine. There was a lot on the cartridge but was still able to use it. All the other three were in good shape. I still have not opened all these yet. I do as needed.


Fair price, great product

By Bigboy

from Spokane, WA

Site Member

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315BK HY Black Toner:

Product is perfectly adequate, without paying a manufacturers price.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


not worth the great price

By kellyb

from charlotte, nc

Site Member

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315Y HY Yellow Toner:

we ordered all 4 colors for our brother printer. after about 2 weeks of using them, i noticed a blue line running through all our pages. within a couple days, there were multiple lines with all the different colors. we ended up having to replace all the cartridges with the OEM branded products and didn't have any further issues. when the old cartridges were removed, toner powder covered the cartridge area and had to be cleaned thoroughly before replacing the cartridges.


Printer ink

By Blake35

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315BK HY Black Toner:

Brother printer ink,

Not real thrilled with the quality of the ink. It tends to leak the toner in the machine. Im always having to clean it with a paper towel about every week.
Im not sure why they leak toner. Most all the colors do it.


(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great replacement


from Tallahassee FL

Site Member

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315BK HY Black Toner:

Met expectations and was able to use immediately. Good price for it, too.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Toner pours out like sand after a day at the beach

By wRx7M

from Oxnard, CA

Site Member

Comments about Brother Compatible TN315C HY Cyan Toner:

I have had this and another color installed in 2 different printers with the same result. Toner pours out of these things into the mechanism and creates an extremely time consuming and messy job that I never wanted. Even after cleaning the visible/accessible areas of the printer, these continue to ruin print jobs for days... Another fun note is, the unsuspecting person who pulls one of these out of the printer can be wearing the toner all down the front of them. I can't figure out why these things hate me so much.

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