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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 Toner for HP 122A Cyan, 4,000* Pages (Q3961A)

Reg. Price $89.99

Our Price $41.99

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Buy 3 or More Cyan for $37.99 each (save $12.00+)
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InkCartridges.com offers remanufactured laser cartridges to replace the Hewlett Packard (HP) Q3961A / HP 122A cyan toner cartridge exclusively designed for your HP printer. Our laser toner cartridges are remanufactured using both OEM and non-OEM parts and are of the highest caliber. This remanufactured Q3961A replacement laser toner cartridge includes a new electronic smart chip which allows the HP laser printer and the laser cartridge to interact and track toner usage. Our remanufactured toner cartridges are not remanufactured by HP. All remanufactured products are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and comes with fast shipping!


Q3961A Toner Cartridge HP HP Q3961A Cyan Standard Yield 4000* 1.05 cents 24-36 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

I will not purchase again.


The ink cartridge was damaged and ink spilled out of cartridge. I need to return asap.



Not sure about the return policy.


The cyan carteidge leaves blue maks on the printout.



Recent tonner order


Toner is of the quality and price paid for. Not quite to the level of the HP but one gets what one pays for. I've had some cartridges go bad or streak but for the most part I'm satisfied with what I get.


Fishers, IN


Great Ink


Same great quality for many years.

Patato Dan

Colorado Springs, CO




Very quick response, received on time, installed and is working.


Western NC


Arrived on time and well packaged



Big R



Rapid Delivery!


Received merchandise very quickly. Popped in a yellow toner cartridge and it worked instantly without problems. It was packaged the same as an HP Toner Cartridge with the orange bracket holding everything in place. Also had the tape along the ink bar that has to be pulled out before using. Color quality is very good.


Keene, NH


Great replacement cartridge, half the cost


Used to make copies for classes and to print bulletins. Good print quality at half the cost of OEM cartridge.


Cleveland, SC


Works Great


Very good quality, even cover, no problems at all!


Hayward, WI


Good Deal!


I have always been skeptical about buyer refurbished toner cartridges but was in a bind and ordered online. Cost is so much less than new. It comes with instructions and the orange casings just like a new one. Works like a charm so far but haven't printed much with it. I need to order 2 other colors soon and will definitely use this company as the products works, price is right and it was shipped really quick.


Grand Rapids, MI



4.3 36


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*Average printer cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO 24712