What does OEM mean?
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) refers to the manufacturer of the printer, copier or fax machine. Originally, OEM product meant new (not compatible, refilled, recycled or remanufactured). However, with the advent of recycling programs by large manufacturers, you may see comments on their packaging like, “This product may contain new and recovered parts.” In the last few years, most OEM cartridges are a mixture of new and recycled materials. However, you pay full retail price for these cartridges, when in fact they are also recycled cartridges.