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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.

Compatible Ricoh 406046 / 406159 Black Toner Aficio SP C220 Series Printers (2k Pages)

Reg. Price $119.99

Our Price $63.99

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Ricoh - Aficio


This is a compatible Ricoh 406046 / 406159 black laser toner cartridge guaranteed to perform with your Ricoh laser printer. It replaces the original Ricoh 406046 (406159) laser toner cartridge. The compatible replacement 406046 laser toner cartridges and supplies (also known as generic) are specially engineered to meet the highest standards of quality, reliability and exceptional yields that meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards for the 406046 (406159) Ricoh laser cartridge and offer high-quality printing results. Manufactured brand new, made of 100% new components, they are an economical alternative to expensive OEM SP C220A Ricoh laser toner cartridges and supplies, and offer big savings over brand-name 406046 (406159) laser toner cartridges and supplies. The use of compatible replacement laser toner cartridges and supplies does not void your printer's warranty. We offer a 2 Year Guarantee and with fast shipping on our compatible 406046 laser toner cartridges and supplies.


Item Code Product Type Printer Brand Brand Name Model Name Ink Color Cartridge Yield Type Page Yield Cost Per Page Shelf Life
406046CTA Toner Cartridge Ricoh Ricoh 406046 Black Standard Yield 2000 3.20 cents 24-36 Months
*Average cartridge page yield in accordance with ISO IEC 24711

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    When will these be available?

    Ricoh SP-C240 color cartridges are "backordered". I can wait a few days, but not much longer. If you don't know when they will be restocked I will need to contact another source.
    Asked on 6/30/2014 by Richard from Columbus, OH, USA

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      Thank you for looking at our store! I apologize that these Ricoh toners are out of stock, however we do have an ETA of 7/8/14 so they will be available next week. Thank you for your continued patience!

      Answered on 7/2/2014 by Valentina
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Great response to provide replacement for defective cartridg

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ricoh Compatible 406096 Cyan Toner:

This was a replacement for a defective cartridge which caused toner specs all over every print. This one seems to be great. LD was very responsive in rectifying the situation.


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By Sonny

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Compatible 406044 Yellow Toner for Ricoh:

Used on a household machine that gets very little volume

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Experience was satisfactory, but packaging was poor.

By I have none

from Houston, Tx.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ricoh Compatible 406096 Cyan Toner:

Toner was spilled throughout the shipping box

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By First Time Buyer

from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Buyer

Comments about 406046 Compatible Black Toner for Ricoh:

The Packing that the unit came in was difficult to open without damaging the box. Since I dtill had life in the current cartridge, I only opened the box so that I could try the ordered cartridge. After I saw that the new cartridge appeared to work fine, I repacked it in its box until I would need it. In ordering the unit, I was told that it should do 2000 pages. It will be sometime before I'm able to determine the correctness of that statement.

The unit is not manufacture by the printer's manufacturer, so I was concerned that the unit would fit and perform as advised. As noted, it appeared to do so.

I gave the unit four stars, rather than five, because I won't be able to make a final judgment until I actually use it through its lifetime. Also, I can't answer the "recommendation" question for the same reason.


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By Computer Guy

from Salem , OR

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Comments about 406046 Compatible Black Toner for Ricoh:

4inkjets got this to me very fast, and at a very nice price. Thank you.

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