When Shopping for ink you will often see ink sellers advertising OEM ink. OEM is a term used in many industries and it stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This means that the ink came from the original maker of the printer. For instance if you bought a HP Printer the ink included with your printer is OEM ink. Whenever you buy HP replacement ink it is considered OEM ink. OEM ink is typically the same or similar ink used to recharge the ink cartridges.
What's the Difference?
When you buy OEM ink you are usually getting a brand new cartridge. While remanufactured cartridges are cleaned and restored to like new conditions OEM cartridges are brand new cartridge housings. This means that the costs are going to be higher because you are paying the costs to manufacturer the new plastic housing.
Many of the OEM ink manufacturers claim their ink is better than the remanufactured cartridges. While these claims are always being disputed one thing is for sure you will get ink that prints the same as the cartridge that came with your computer.
Price is a big difference in OEM ink. Ounce for Ounce OEM ink is as expensive as the finest caviar. OEM ink is typically 1.5-3 times more expensive than buying remanufactured ad recharged cartridges.