Can a Non-Brand Toner Cartridge Damage My Printer and Void Warranty?

Justin Chung9/11/19


It’s not any secret that OEM brand name toner cartridges are expensive.

Which is the reason why many look into alternative options such as compatible cartridges since they cost only a fraction of the price.

But does it come with a catch?

Can using a generic, replacement cartridge damage my printer and as a result, void the printer's warranty?

In short, the answer is no.

Typically, generic cartridges aka compatible cartridges, are great replacements for genuine OEM cartridges especially when sourced from a quality, ISO-certified manufacturer. However, you can be faced with issues ranging from a chip issue or a faulty compartment leaking toner everywhere in and around the printer, causing the printer to perform poorly or stop working.

In the event that this happens, there's no need to panic about your printer being broken as the problem usually stems from the cartridge being defective and not from the printer itself.

In fact, there is rarely any case where a compatible toner cartridge causes damage to the printer.

As long as the defective cartridge is replaced, the printer should be ready to go.


Using non-brand, compatible cartridges will not void your printer warranty, either.

Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act, you have the right as a consumer to use any type of cartridge you wish and cannot be denied a replacement or refund because you chose to use a generic cartridge.

At the end of the day, you can use compatible cartridges without worrying about the risks of damaging your printer or voiding its warranty.

So why not use compatible cartridges? I'm beginning to run out of reasons.


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