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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 T097120 (T0971) Extra High Yield Black Ink Cartridge

Page Yield: 735

Reg. Price $18.99

Our Price $8.99

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Buy 3 or More Black for $7.99 each (save $3.00+)
123inkjets remanufactured T0971 / T097120 extra high yield black inkjet cartridges are cost saving alternatives to OEM (genuine) Epson T097120 ink cartridges. The ink monitoring chip on this remanufactured Epson T097120 is the original chip which has been reset to provide accurate ink monitoring. Refurbished to perfection, our Epson T097120 ink cartridges are 100% guaranteed to print beautiful, vibrant images. Remanufactured using both OEM and non-OEM parts.

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T097120 Ink Cartridge Epson Epson T097120 Black Standard Yield 735 1.22 cents 27 12-18 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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This product has always worked perfectly.


This is for my personal use at home.



Good product.


Good if you don't want to spend money on a real Epson cartridge. Super fast shipping from this company!


LAs Vegas


The ink worked fine, but...


I bought the larger-volume cartridge because it would last onger, but this specific cartridge lasted for about the same time/usage as the original regular-size cartridge that came with the printer. I've bought previously from 123Inkjets, and have been satisfied with past purchases, and I'll buy again.




Ink cartridge was defectivce


For the second time in the last few years I received an ink cartridge that wopuld not release the ink. And because I was relying on it's use I had to buy a replacement at a store at twice the cost.


V irginia


Quit printing while status showed "FULL"!


After being installed only about 1 week and printing about 50 pages, the printer reported the black ink as still full, yet the nozzels started running dry. Cleaning heads only accelerated the problem. Installing the second cartridge solved the problem, but for how long?!?! Loosing confidence in quality FAST!!!




Epson Workforce 600 Black Cartridges


Just received these. First time I tried a non-Epson branded cartridge. So far, I am impressed with how it prints. With other (HP) printers, third party cartridges have worked fine at first, then caused issues. I will wait for a while for a full opinion, but so far happy.






This works as well as Epson ink at a fraction of the cost. I will be back to buy the color cartridges!! Highly recommend.


New York


Remanufactured Epson T097120 (T0971) Extra High Y


In the past I have usually had good experiences with this product. Within the last past year however is a different story. Two ran out of ink with one of those the computer could not identify as a geuine Epson Ink product and would not print. The last came with the ink leaking out of the cartridge and filling the plastic shipping bag and slightly oozing out into the box.


Florence Alabama


not satisfied, first black ink cartridge not work


my Epson workforce 615, does not print using this cartridge, I cleaned the print heads and followed all the instructions and nothing worked. It shows the cartridge as being full of ink. Help




simple to order, fast shipping.


great pricing thats lots cheaper than the box stores.





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