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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.

Xerox Premium Remanufactured Replacement for the HP Q2612A (12A) Black Toner

Page Yield: 2000*

Reg. Price $78.99

Our Price $54.99

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Buy 3 or More XRC Black for $53.99 each (save $3.00+)
123Inkjets offers yet another alternative to the Original HP Q2612A black laser toner cartridge. Xerox brand remanufactured toner cartridges are now available for your HP printer. Xerox guarantees all of their remanufactured toner cartridges and holds their products to the highest standards. These laser toner cartridges are not remanufactured by HP. Purchase the Xerox remanufactured toner for HP Q2612A (HP 12A) toner cartridge from 123Inkjets.com today! All premium Xerox replacement toners are backed by an industry best, lifetime warranty. This Xerox brand toner has an alternate part number of 6R1414.


Remanufactured using both OEM and non-OEM parts.

Compatible Printers



Q2612AXRC Toner Cartridge HP Xerox Q2612A Black Standard Yield 2000* 2.75 cents 24-36 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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*Average printer cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO 19752

i would buy this product again and again


I have been using this Toner Cartridge for a few years now and it is stellar



HP compatible toner


the product is a compatible toner so quality is a littler poorer. The toner does not come out as a dark black but a pale black. good enough for most of our work, however it does not work well with any labels, toner or inkjet. The toner comes off if rubbed. Not sure why this happens only on labels.



100% as represented.


Good product. Good price. Arrived when promised.



Quick & reliable shipping


Cannot comment on quality of toner yet, maneuverability of website to identify desired item before and during purchase was great, found product with ease, checkout process was also satisfactory.


Albany, GA


Quick & reliable shipping.


Delivered before or on scheduled due date, quality and secure packaging method utilized, cannot comment on quality of toner yet, maneuverability of website to identify desired item before and during purchase was great, found product with ease, checkout process was also satisfactory.



great company to do business with, nice sale prices.


well packed, quick delivery, very satisfied.



Super Satisfied!


Thank you for providing an exceptional product at an extremely affordable price! I am a pastor and print tons of bulletins, flyers, letters... Your toner cartridges save me and my church a bundle. God bless! Rev. Carey H



Good value


Arrived in a reasonable amount of time. Installed with no problem and prints good quality. No issues and less expensive than OEM.



A great buy


I've used these cartridges for years. Great performance, great buy!



Great value!


Great alternative to HP


Norwalk, CT



4.7 25



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