Monday, June 4, 2018

Help! Color Ink Cartridges Are So Expensive!

Some color ink cartridges can come with outrageous price tags, especially for specialized printer models, it can cost up to $200 for just one color ink cartridge. Imagine when your printer requests for not just black and tri-color, but also varieties like matte black, gray, light gray, light cyan, light magenta, and the list goes on.

Unless you need specialized printer for specific purpose, or if you need to print colors often, the best bargain is to get a simple monochrome printer with XL page yield cartridge offering. The extra yield toner can provide more output with only slightly increase in price.

One other way is to refill the cartridge instead of buying brand new unit. However, since used cartridges might not be cleaned correctly, leaking or spotted prints can be one common issue for self-refilled cartridges.

How about compatible, non-OEM cartridge? It can be the most ideal option if you can find a reputable source. Some compatible cartridge sellers simply refill used cartridges then resell the units. That can be risky as well and might not be any better than doing it yourself. Some other sellers actually use recycled empty cartridges, take them apart at a factory, and the unit will go through standard cleaning and quality testing cycle before reuse. Once all the components have been put together, the unit will get randomly selected for print testing before releasing to the market.

The price for remanufactured cartridge, good quality kind, is usually at least 20% to 30% cheaper than OEM version. The savings might not be obvious when only purchasing a $15 ink. Think of $100 ink cartridge, that means at least $20 savings per color unit.

Here at Toner Spot, our remanufactured products are made in ISO 9001 (Quality Standard) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certified factories utilizing recycled toner cartridges. Our finished products are also tested in compliance with STMC testing standards. 

If interested, please visit our official website at All orders over $75 with shipping address within contiguous U.S. states come with free standard shipping. Of course you can always email us first for inquiries or even request for current coupon code. Email us at and we will be happy to assist you.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

General Troubleshooting: Color Laser Printer Transfer Belt Cleaning

Before talking about cleaning the transfer belt for color laser printer in general, first let’s figure out what exactly a transfer belt is.

Not all color printers come with a transfer belt, but some popular models, such as Brother HL-3040CN, Canon Color ImageClass LBP612CDW, HP Color LaserJet CM6030MFP, are equipped with it. Simply speaking, it’s a rotating belt carrying different color particles. Usually for printers that only come with black, cyan, magenta, and yellow toners, the color prints directly onto the printing media. If a transfer belt is involved, these colors will precisely apply to the transfer belt first before going onto the printing media. Basically, the use of transfer belt can further ensures the accuracy of colors registering onto the printing media.

Cleaning the transfer belt is not required, sometimes you can simply swap out the unit after certain usage. However, properly cleaning the transfer belt can help prolong the life of the unit and also maintain the print quality.

Users can clean the transfer belt by performing a cleaning cycle with softwares provided by the printer manufacturers. First, download the latest driver and utilities for your printer model over the internet or by inserting the disc that came with the printer to run the set up.

After installation, try to search for terms such as “maintenance” and “laser printer cleaning cycle.” Specific instructions for transfer belt maintenance should be found in those two sections. Follow the steps and make sure to completely restart the printer once done.

You can also manually clean the transfer belt if you are pretty familiar with the machine to prevent any possible physical damage.

Turn off the printer and unplug the power cord before removing the transfer belt. Please note that the transfer belt can be light sensitive so do not expose the unit under brightly lit areas. In addition, you might have to remove the toners first for certain printer models.

Gently wipe the transfer belt with dry linen free cloth and clean the printer by using a blower to remove any excess toner. Re-install the transfer belt, turn the printer back on, and run a test print to make sure the prints come out clean and clear.

These are general instructions on how to clean the transfer belt. You can also refer to your printer manual for a more specific instruction on how to maintain the unit.

For other inquiries, simply email us at and we will gladly help you and we usually reply within 24 business hours.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cold Restart Might be the Key to Solve Your Toner Recognition Issue

Trying to save some money by switching to compatible cartridge but your printer refuse to recognize it? Most of the time the recognition issue is due to invalid chip, and the problem can be fixed by swapping out the chip. Once in a while, it’s the software update from the OEM company that prevents the printer from reading remanufactured cartridges. However, if you’re lucky, a simple printer cold start can solve the headache.

Cold start is not just a quick turning off and turning on the printer. Instead, remove the cartridges from the printer. Turn off the printer first and make sure all the signal lightings are off. Unplugged the cord, including the one that’s connected to the computer if any. Wait for at least 10 minutes, or till the printer has completely cooled down.

Plug in the printer power cord and turn on the machine. The machine should start to warm up and prompt the instruction on cartridge installation. Do as instructed with your compatible cartridges. Sometimes a complete reset of the printer helps it to start out fresh. Meaning that the printer will try to identify the compatible chips in order to function.

This is one trick shared by our customer. If it works for him, give it a try, and hopefully it will also work for your printer.

Email us at if you have other inquiries or would like to receive a special compatible cartridge price quote. You can also check out our website at for a list of our remanufactured cartridge offerings.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Just a Few Things About MICR Printing

We’ve talked about what MICR toners are before, now let’s move on to a few things regarding MICR printing.

What kind of printer works better with MICR printing?

There are some printers specifically designed for MICR printing and use ribbons. However, in case you also need a regular printer for home and office, a more common laser printer might be a better option. In addition, if you’re looking for affordable re-manufactured MICR printing supplies, there are more MICR toners for laser printer in the market as opposed to the printers using ribbons.

We do advise users to search for what MICR toners that are available on the market then compared the printer models to figure out which one works best as a MICR printing machine and a regular printer for day-to-day use.

Consider using special fonts for checking printing

MICR fonts are required to meet banking standards, same as formatting. Make sure it meets the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and ABA (American Bankers Association) standards in order to prevent check rejections.

Regarding signature

If you print out a large number of checks and wish to include the signature instead of signing them one by one, consider using a special signature font or incorporate a graphic of the signature. However, make sure the signature does not go over the solid dark line on the bottom of the check, which will also cause the checks to be rejected.

Correct signature placement:

Incorrect signature placement:

Regarding paper selection

Since you’re printing checks, extra security on paper selection seems logical. Specialized paper types can prevent counterfeit, alteration, and unauthorized reproduction. Some even come with background pattern called pantograph. Moreover, extra security can be achieved with some paper that comes with special features that when the checks are copied, the word “VOID” will appear on the check to prevent fraudulent use.

Make sure to store the paper stock at a location with fairly low humidity and moisture to prevent damage to the special features.

Here’s one of our top performing and top selling MICR toner for HP and Canon printer models:

Compatible with: 
HP LaserJet P2035
HP LaserJet P2035N
HP LaserJet P2055DN
HP LaserJet P2055X
Canon ImageClass MF5850DN
Canon ImageClass MF5880DN
Canon ImageClass MF5950DW
Canon ImageClass MF5960DN
Canon LBP-6300DN
Canon LBP-6650DN
Canon LBP-6670DN

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Unwanted Lines on Paper when Printing with Ricoh Aficio SP C252DN

The Ricoh Aficio SP C252DN printer is a sturdy machine built for medium to high usage home and office environments. This machine can churn up to 21 pages per minute for monochrome document with up to 2400X600 dpi resolution. Users now can even process print jobs remotely, using personal mobile device.

High quality re-manufactured toner cartridges are also available for SP C252DN, which can save a significant amount of printing expenses. However, printers do get hiccup once in a blue moon, such as unwanted lines on paper. The lines are not necessarily caused by the toner cartridges and there often is nothing wrong with the toner cartridges installed. Here are some simple fixes when an user encounter such printing issues without having to spend money on new toner cartridges:

White lines appear on document

The intermediate belt might be dirty. To clean the belt, please follow the steps below:
1. Keep the power turned “on” and open up the top cover of the printer
2. Remove all printer cartridges
3. Close the top cover gently
4. This should prompt the cleaning command. When completed, open up the top cover and insert the printer cartridges back

Horizontals lines appear on document

One possible cause is due to impact on the printer. Try to turn off the printer power first, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on. Perform the print job again to see if problem persists.

White or color streaks on document

This does mostly associate with toner cartridges. Streaks signal that the toner or toners are almost running out and need to be replaced. If the toner runs out but just a few pages left till the printer job is complete, press the [stop/start] key might get you a few more pages. However, print quality setting can be lowered, but this only acts as a last minute remedy.

If you are looking for well made re-manufactured toner cartridges for Aficio SP C252DN printer, consider the ones offered on our Toner Spot website. Current 10% off promotion code HDY10 and all of our website orders are covered under One Year Satisfaction Warranty.

Email us at for other inquiries. We also offer discount to small business and educational organizations.