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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 Lexmark 18L0042 (#83) Color Ink Cartridge

Page Yield: 450

Reg. Price $26.99

Our Price $13.99

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Buy 3 or More Color for $11.49 each (save $7.50+)

123inkjets remanufactured 18L0042 (#83) color inkjet cartridges are cost saving alternatives to OEM (genuine) Lexmark 18L0042 ink cartridges. Refurbished to perfection, our 18L0042 ink cartridges are 100% guaranteed to print beautiful, vibrant images.

Please be aware that due to changes in printer programming the ink levels for this particular cartridge might appear to be low or empty. It is indeed full and will print a full yield.

Remanufactured using both OEM and non-OEM parts.

Compatible Printers

X Series

Z Series


REMANLX42 Ink Cartridge Lexmark Lexmark 18L0042 Color Standard Yield 450 3.11 cents 14 12-18 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink

(based on 9 reviews)

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We'll see how well this one works...

By medotme

from Atlanta, GA

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

Not really sure how to review this one yet. I've purchased a couple of black ink cartridges for the same printer and they give out of ink way faster than the originals do.

We'll see how this one does.



By retiredsandy

from seminole. FL

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

received the order faster than expected which was WONDERFUL!


Not a good judge.

By DocAsh

from New York

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

The product is been observed but seems to be durable!


Good transaction

By RoyF

from Columbia, SC

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

As usual, this was a good transaction with 123 INKJETS


Great Buy!

By ducksandelephants

from Galena, OH

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

The cartridges I receive from 123InkJets are well worth it. Customer Service gets a ten in my book!


Works well

By Sparks

from Tillamook, Or.

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

After an easy installation and alignment, the product worked well. The images were printed with true color and good resollution. I am sure that I will use this product again.


Good purchase

By JJtop

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

The delivery of the items were fast and they worked as promised



By chuckk

from MD

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

The reman Lexmark color cartridge I bought was defective - the blue ink supply jets were partially blocked, so it prints blue streaks instead of solid color. I tried repairs by cleaning, but no go. A second color cartridge I later bought was satisfactory.


good purchase

By trudy

from fort lauderdale, fl.

Site Member

Comments about Remanufactured Lexmark #83 Color Ink:

I am pleased with the peformance SO FAR. Hopefully it will last a long time for my use.

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