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Cartridge Comparison Guide
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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.

HP 56 Black Original Ink Cartridge in Retail Packaging, C6656AN

Page Yield: 450

Reg. Price $51.99

Our Price $41.99

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The original Hewlett Packard C6656AN (56) pigment black inkjet print cartridge is a high resolution cartridge. Buy C6656AN ink cartridges from to save time, money and unnecessary hassle. This original print cartridge contains genuine Hewlett Packard 56 ink that provides quality and reliability every time you print.


C6656AN Ink Cartridge HP HP C6656AN Black Standard Yield 450 9.33 cents 19 24 months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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    Are hp22 and hp56 inks being phased out anytime soon.

    Will you also be phasing out your remanufactured cartridges that replace these inks any time soon?
    Asked on 3/20/2015 by Richard from Manhasset, NY, USA

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      We have no plans to phase these cartridges out within the near future.

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Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN

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I would buy this product again

By J the Shopper

from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

The ink cardridge works perfectly and was shipped in a timely manner. I will definetly use this site in the future and tell my friends.


I would buy this product again and again

By Tiny the Gardner

from Chocowinity, North Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

I received my HP printer cartridges in a timely manner and like the cost much better than going to Stapes. Thanks much.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I intend to buy all my cartridges from LD.

By Clancy

from Costa Mesa, CA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer


  • Clean Replacement
  • Dries Quickly
  • Easy to Replace
  • Long Cartridge Life
  • Long Lasting Color
  • Sharp Tones & Colors


    Best Uses

    • Everyday documents
    • Professional Documents

    Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

    After extensive searching for the most competitive prices for print cartridges, LD Printer and Office Supplies is by far the best. I am thoroughly satisfied with the cartridges, and most especially, I am impressed with the prompt delivery of my order.

    There is no doubt that I will be conducting my business with LD in the future.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

    Good Color

    By Char1966

    from Tennessee

    Site Member

    Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

    Good color. Fast shipment. User friendly website. Will buy from again

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    I like this product!

    By madooputtus

    from Brooklyn,NY

    Site Member

    Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

    I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to buy.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Excellent ink cartridge

    By soilman

    from Orofino, Idaho

    Site Member

    Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

    I bought a re-manufactured ink cartridge from another company figuring I was saving lots of money. As it turned out all it did was plug up my printer (HP officejet 5610) and no matter how ofter I cleaned the printer it would just plug up again. So I've gone back to the original HP ink cartridges which cost more but are a lot more reliable.


    black ink #56

    By tvbg

    from missouri

    Site Member

    Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

    I have been using these for many years now and have never had a problem, Great product !


    Excellence Always

    By Mari

    from Ashland, OR

    Site Member

    Comments about Original HP 56 Black Ink, C6656AN:

    My several year experience with LD Products has been without flaw.

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