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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.

Remanufactured Epson T088120 (T0881) Moderate Capacity Black Ink Cartridge

Page Yield: 170

Reg. Price $12.99

Our Price $5.99

In stock

Buy 3 or More Black for $3.99 each (save $6.00+)
123inkjets remanufactured T0881 / T088120 moderate capacity black inkjet cartridges are cost saving alternatives to OEM (genuine) Epson T088120 ink cartridges. The ink monitoring chip on this remanufactured Epson T088120 is the original chip which has been reset to provide accurate ink monitoring. Refurbished to perfection, our Epson T088120 ink cartridges are 100% guaranteed to print beautiful, vibrant images.

Compatible Printers


SKU Product Type Printer Brand OEM Number Ink Color Cartridge Yield Type Page Yield Cost Per Page Shelf Life
T088120 Ink Cartridge Epson T088120 Black Moderate 170 3.52 cents 12-18 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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Remanufactured Epson T088120 (T0881) Moderate Capacity Black Ink Cartridge

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Epson TO88

By Queen Bling 69

from Joliet, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bulk Set of 4 Ink Cartridges for Epson T088:

Good price


Great Ink for the Epson

By Shadowlady

from Chicago, IL

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Epson T088120 (T0881) Moderate Capacity Black Ink Cartridge:

These are GREAT cartridges. They perform exactly like the OEM ones and they are 1/3 the cost. I have been using 123inkjets for years and they have NEVER disappointed me. Some of the Epson inks I have used performed as if they were only 1/2 full, but I have never had that problem with the ones from 123inkjets. I recommend them to anyone who wants to save some money but still use quality ink cartridges for their printer.


Yellow Ink

By Shannon33

from Lapeer, MI

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Epson T088420 (T0884) Moderate Capacity Yellow Ink Cartridge:

Did not work. Still awaiting a replacement. All the others fit and function, but with this printer if just one cart does not work the printer does not run.

Thank you.

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It works like the Original

By 123inkjetforlife

from Missouri

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Epson T088120 (T0881) Moderate Capacity Black Ink Cartridge:

No install problems, no printer usuage problems, no ink problems. It works, its less expensive, and its easy. Woot


Works great!! Great price!

By freds529

from Chicago

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Epson T088220 (T0882) Moderate Capacity Cyan Ink Cartridge:

No one will refill these cartridges and
most stores only carry the expensive three color pack! This is a fraction of the cost, fits and works just like the
Epson original cartridge also, it allows
me to change out only one color when
I need to. So far, I've had no problems!


ran out before use

By jbernj7

from new york,ny

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Epson T088120 (T0881) Moderate Capacity Black Ink Cartridge:

in my printing machine i didnt make 1 print with the black ink and it ran out of ink before i could get one print.

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