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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.

Genuine OEM Lexmark 18C0033 (#33) Color Ink Cartridge

Page Yield: 190

Reg. Price $40.99

Our Price $37.99

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Purchase your genuine Lexmark 18C0033 (#33) color ink cartridge from 123inkjets.com. The 18C0033 (#33) is a high quality ink cartridge that delivers excellent performance and picture-perfect prints.

Compatible Printers


P Series

P Series

X Series

Z Series


18C0033 Ink Cartridge Lexmark Lexmark 18C0033 Color Standard Yield 190 19.99 cents 24 months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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Yes, I would buy this again.


Home use, works well for my needs.



Will buy this ink again.


No problem with the red ink cartridge.



"Just ther right thing!"


I was pleased with the entire process of making a selection, ordering, the timely delivery and the performance of the product once I had it in place. The quality is top-notch and I was bsck in business!!!!!!


Washington, DC


A life saver.


A burden lifted off my shoulders to find a supplier for this 33 cartridge. Lexmark sold out of business. Here in Tuscaloosa I could not find it. My printer uses several a month. I design and print hundreds of Bible Markers to send around the world. This cartridge contains quality ink and was delivered within 3 days. I only ordered one for a test. Very pleased and will be ordering a larger quanity. I have two printers. Saved my ministry.


Tuscaloosa, Alabama


it works great


color is perfect


naples, fl


Overall a good buy


So far it is a good product. Mixed it with a regular black Lexmark, and they are compatible.


Cleveland, OH


economical and easy to use


I have purchased this product in the past. I wouldn't have bought it again if I wasn't happy with it


Saginaw, MI


printer doesn?t recognize the cartridge


This remanufactured cartridge works fine. But, the printer doesn?t recognize the cartridge and informs the user to replace the cartridge every time you print. If you?re in an office setting I don?t recommend this product because my secretary will typically replace cartridges at the first sign of an error message, even if there is no obvious print issues.


Charleston, SC


Good product getting better


I've been using Simply Ink for over a year now. The Lexmark relpacement cartridges work wonderfully and it seems (so far with batch) the low in warning doesn't appear. Extra steps have been eliminated. It now prints without having to click on the low ink screeen. The service, shipping, accounting, and notifications each step of the way could be models for internet ordering. I looked at a competing company during this order process. Their prices were good, but all of the other factors besides price with Simply Ink are compelling enough to keep my business with Simply Ink! I'm very pleased!




Color not that great


I only used this for may be 10 pages(not pictures) and it is starting to fade and my printer is saying my ink is low.




OEM Lexmark #33 Color Ink

3.4 37



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