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Major printer manufacturers sell printers at or below cost. They make their profits from selling the cartridges. Formerly, once you bought your expensive new printer you had no choice but to buy one of their cartridges after yours ran dry. By using compatibles you are cutting into their primary source of profit. Because of this, they will threaten to void your warranty if you use compatible cartridges. They are simply trying to protect their own interests anyway they can. It is however strictly ILLEGAL for them to do so. They CANNOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY simply for using compatible cartridges. There is no reason that you should not use compatible cartridges. They work and will save YOU money.

Yes, in some cases the print life of the cartridge can be in excess of that of the OEM's.

Absolutely not. In fact, many dealers who sell originals might try and deter you from buying compatible toners as it is not in their interests to sell them, however compatible / re-manufactured toners are sold all over the world. Google and see for yourself.

Total Office Solutions have partnered with the top rated after-market factory in the world to bring you toners that have extremely low defective rates (and by that we mean, 1 in 200 toners might be defective i.e. print smudges / lines etc). However, we offer an immediate replacement in the unlikely event this happens. Rest assured though, it is highly unlikely to happen

All our compatible toners and cartridges have a minimum shelf life of years when the vacuum bag has remained intact. All cartridges are dispatched using a stock rotation system ensuring that your cartridge reaches you almost as soon as it has been manufactured.

Toners last a very, very long time. Toner is a dry polymer powder which is literally melted onto the paper when it passes through the fuser. It won't dry out, and it'll last until you use it all.

Our re-manufactured ink cartridges have a shelf life of around 18 months.


Generally referred to as OEM (Original Equipment Manufactuers) toners. For example, if you own a Canon printer, the Original toner would be manufactured by Canon. And of course, they would encourage you to buy their own branded product.

A compatible ink or toner cartridge is a brand new cartridge manufactured from scratch produced by a third party manufacturer. In our case, we sell ColourSoft and Calidad compatibles. Our compatibles are manufactured to the highest standards, which often exceed the original product. All our compatible ink and toner cartridges are fully guaranteed and if you are not completely satisfied with their performance you get your money back. Terms & Conditions may apply

A remanufactured ink cartridge is a previously used cartridge, which has been reprocessed (cleaned, refilled and electronically tested) by a third party manufacturer. Re-manufactured cartridges are usually seen as being green, as whatever can be recycled can reduce the production of harmful materials to the environment. Once again, If you are not completely satisfied with their performance you get your money back. Terms & Conditions may apply


There is a HUGE difference in the two:

1) Fake / Counterfeit cartridges are cartridges that are packaged and look exactly like the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers). They are designed to fool unsuspecting customers into thinking they are buying ORIGINAL cartridges, when in fact they are not. This is illegal in most countries in the world and it is no wonder OEM's are spending millions of dollars on educating customers on how to check for FAKE Toners.

2) Compatible / Re-manufactured are packaged and sold under their own brand label, so as to clearly portray to customers that they are not in any way affiliated with OEM's. They are simply an alternative to the Originals. For example when you buy a car, you aren't forced to buy the original manufacturer's tyres when they are worn out, but you are given an option of more affordable alternative brands. That's what we offer!

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Why Should you consider buying consumables from us

  • Our toner and catridge warranties are unmatched with a money back guarantee
  • Easy payment and tracking information via Pesapal
  • 4 hour response time to any query
  • Proven track record with large database of corporate clients
  • Market leader for Compatible toners and Catridges