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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 Black Ink for Epson 97 (T097120)

Page Yield: 735

Reg. Price $18.99

Our Price $7.99

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Buy 3 or More Black for $6.99 each (save $3.00+)
This professionally remanufactured Epson extra high yield black (T097120) inkjet cartridge is an original Epson T0971/T097120 ink-jet cartridge which has been through one cycle of service and has been remanufactured using both OEM and non-OEM parts. This Epson extra high yield black T097120 ink cartridge has been thoroughly cleaned along with the printhead nozzles. Then the Epson T097120 was filled with the same ink formula, the internal back pressure was insured and then it was inspected for any possible shell leakage, tested the operation of all electrical circuitry and finally run through an actual print test. The ink monitoring chip on this remanufactured Epson T097120 is the original chip which has been reset to provide accurate ink monitoring. If the T0971 extra high yield black inkjet cartridge passes our rigid standards, it has been remanufactured for your Epson printer! We offer a 100% Quality Satisfaction Guarantee on our remanufactured T097120 extra high yield black ink cartridge.

Remanufactured using both OEM and non-OEM parts.

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T097120 Ink Cartridge Epson Epson T097120 Black Standard Yield 735 1.09 cents 27 12-18 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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Buying off brands has been great for me.


Most of my friends buy the "real thing" when it comes to ink. I've always had very good luck with "off brands". Don't know if the word "remanufactured" is an off brand or Epson BUT it works great.



Always works!


Several orders of this ink and all have been good.




the only ink tha works


epson has got every body locked into using there expensive ink.anything else pluges up the print heads.yours is the only ink that i have usedthat i have not screwed up my heads, espically the black. keep making the ink the same.


oaklawn il


Did not work on installation


Took this cartridge out of original sealed packet, installed it and it did not work. I went through the cleaning several times and never got it to work


Charlotte, NC


Very satisfied


Arrived in timely fashion and seems to work fine.. Excellent price and free shipping also.


Providence, RI


double size works well


double size works great fit perfect and now when I do a color photo there are no errors in the pic I was amazed cause it always had errors before not matter what I did this is a product that I would very much reqemand for epson NX510




Dead on arrival


I ordered this as well as the 3 other colors. The black one came dead on arrival. I did 5 head cleans, tried soaking with a damp cloth ... nothing.




quick shipment, good packaging, excellent product


Have not used as of this date. Your products are always excellent. In the shipment before this last one I had one high yield TO68120 that lasted only one day. I tried all the tricks to get it to work again but was not sussessful. I still have the cartridge on my desk and debating if I should try it again when I need to replace my current one. This was the first "bad" one I have had .




good value, but technical issues


I had previously ordered a package of several cartridges for my printer- I believe three of each cartridge. Initially, they worked fine. As the cartridges were emptied and I installed a new one, they quit working. Calls to technical support were unhelpful- turn your printer off and on, uninstall and reinstall the cartridge, etc. I ordered a nozzle cleaning kit from another source and it helped a lot- the cartridges began to work again. But then one day they all quit working- I went through all the cartridges I had and nothing worked. When I called tech support, their solution was that the software on the printer may have changed and they cartridges did not support the new software. They gave me a credit for a few (not all) of the cartridges that I had to return and advised me to go buy a set of genuine Epson cartridges at an office supply store. I did so and everything installed and worked fine. As the ink ran out on those cartridges, I ordered another set of LD cartridges. Nothing worked again, as before, but I realized I had only replaced the empty Epson cartridges. I had mixed Epson and LD cartridges, which seems to be a problem. I called tech support and they said to remove all cartridges from the system and do a hard boot- power off and then power on after three minutes with no cartridges in the system. Install only new LD cartridges (I still have three half full Epson cartridges). I did this and everything is working fine now. Whew! Lots of work just to get some ink cartridges to work. I use the printer for business and being down was very inconvenient. I may just go to Epson cartridges the next time this happens. Good value for the cartridges but lots of headaches to go along with it.


Indianapolis, IN


installation perfect, predict flawless future


The installation was perfect, I predict flawless operating future just like my last LD black 97.


Somewhere, USA



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