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    Can you remove used toner cartridge from a printer and put it in another printer? Also, would it be ok to post it?

    I was wondering if you can remove toner cartridges from one printer and replace them in another printer?
    Also, can they be posted/courriered semi-used without problems?

    I am asking as our laser printer was playing up so we bought a new one, but the old toner cartrides currently inside it could go for a fair amount on eBay as they are all 70%+ full and new ones go gor about £15 - £30 depending on colour, so with 4 it would be worth selling them if possible and seperately selling the printer for spares and repairs.

    I just have this image in my head of the magenta cartridge parcel arriving like a semi-opened spilt can of tomato soup at someone's house.

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    I don't think it would be wise to post them anywhere, if you were transferring from one to another within your home would prob be ok, but the seal is broken once installed and they will most certainly leak, unless you can find away to reseal them.

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    juiceblaster;6784807

    I don't think it would be wise to post them anywhere, if you were … I don't think it would be wise to post them anywhere, if you were transferring from one to another within your home would prob be ok, but the seal is broken once installed and they will most certainly leak, unless you can find away to reseal them.



    Hmmm....that's what I feared. Any suggestions as to how to make them postable? Or I could send them in the printer and sell as one lot, I'm just trying to maximise what I can get for it.

    i dont think Royal Mail would be too happy with transporting opened Toner Carts either ;-)

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    dt_matthews;6784978

    i dont think Royal Mail would be too happy with transporting opened Toner … i dont think Royal Mail would be too happy with transporting opened Toner Carts either ;-)



    Fair point. I'm starting to think this is a bad idea...but if they were wrapped in cling film and somehow sealed...hmmm...I am not sure. Any amazing ideas?

    bad idea altogether i think

    I'm not sure you can make them postable, best is put tape over the hole, shake it up and down and see if you have a magenta face when your finished.:-D

    Seriously, I think your best bet is sell the printer with the ink and leave them where they are.

    Stick each cartridge in it's own plastic bag, wrap the lot into 3 layers of bubble wrap and stick it into a sturdy cardboard box, done.

    All toner cartridges leak a little, when you shake them. As long they are not dropped from 3m high and crack open I see no problem.

    I do buy refurbished/refilled toners all the time and never had an issue.

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    SUMMONER;6785113

    Stick each cartridge in it's own plastic bag, wrap the lot into 3 layers … Stick each cartridge in it's own plastic bag, wrap the lot into 3 layers of bubble wrap and stick it into a sturdy cardboard box, done.All toner cartridges leak a little, when you shake them. As long they are not dropped from 3m high and crack open I see no problem.I do buy refurbished/refilled toners all the time and never had an issue.



    That sounds interesting, how do they package the refurb/refilled ones? Any tape or anything like that.
    I'm now 50/50 as to whether to try selling them.
    If I did post them I'd probably wrap thoroughly in cling film and a few bags and bubble wrap but I'm not sure now.
    This is probably stupid, but I have only recently found out that toner is just a powder, so does this mean there will be a hole at one end, or is it more like a metal chip (like the ink cartridges)? How does it work?

    sickly sweet;6785208

    That sounds interesting, how do they package the refurb/refilled ones? … That sounds interesting, how do they package the refurb/refilled ones? Any tape or anything like that. I'm now 50/50 as to whether to try selling them.If I did post them I'd probably wrap thoroughly in cling film and a few bags and bubble wrap but I'm not sure now. This is probably stupid, but I have only recently found out that toner is just a powder, so does this mean there will be a hole at one end, or is it more like a metal chip (like the ink cartridges)? How does it work?


    They usually ship in a sealed plastic bag, wedged into a cardboard construction to protect them against being dropped.

    Genuine/non refilled cartridges are sealed in the factory, so no hole. Refurbished/refilled ones literally have a hole drilled into them on one side, that was used to refill them and a little plastic stud to make sure nothing comes out.

    Cling film sounds like a bad choice because it is very weak.

    ]Wikipedia link to how laser printers work.

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    SUMMONER;6785313

    They usually ship in a sealed plastic bag, wedged into a cardboard … They usually ship in a sealed plastic bag, wedged into a cardboard construction to protect them against being dropped.Genuine/non refilled cartridges are sealed in the factory, so no hole. Refurbished/refilled ones literally have a hole drilled into them on one side, that was used to refill them and a little plastic stud to make sure nothing comes out.Cling film sounds like a bad choice because it is very weak.



    Thanks for that.
    Maybe it's best to sell them with the printer and ship them as one to reduce the possibility of leakage, I might have a look and see what the hole looks like tomorrow as then I can do it outside, I think I'd probably regret removing them from the printer on the carpet.
    I was just thinking of cling film before the bag - but if I won't have a way of sealing a hole this is going to be a disaster. A very colourful disaster, but not in a good way.

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    Thanks everyone for your help, much appreciated.

    What make/model is it?

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    SUMMONER;6785313

    ]Wikipedia link to how laser printers work.



    The info is bizzarely very interesting, I've wondered how it worked but never thought/bothered to seek out the info. It explains why the paper coming out of the new printer steams. :thumbsup:

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    SUMMONER;6785432

    What make/model is it?



    Epson c900

    sickly sweet;6785477

    Epson c900


    You should be fine.

    Try it, you can't break anything.

    - Take a plastic bag, preferable one without holes ;-).
    - Remove one toner cartridge from the printer and put it into the plastic bag and wrap the ends around the cartridge
    - shake the thing for 4 seconds like there is no tomorrow and see what happens

    This is also the correct procedure to follow if text starts to print uneven due to the toner cartridge being almost empty (something I have been doing to toner cartridges for the past 13years). It helps to redistribute toner that has caked up on one side of the cartridge.

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    SUMMONER;6785527

    You should be fine.Try it, you can't break anything.- Take a plastic bag, … You should be fine.Try it, you can't break anything.- Take a plastic bag, preferable one without holes ;-).- Remove one toner cartridge from the printer and put it into the plastic bag and wrap the ends around the cartridge- shake the thing for 4 seconds like there is no tomorrow and see what happensThis is also the correct procedure to follow if text starts to print uneven due to the toner cartridge being almost empty (something I have been doing to toner cartridges for the past 13years). It helps to redistribute toner that has caked up on one side of the cartridge.



    Brilliant stuff, I'll give it a go tomorrow with one of the carts and if it spills I'll sell it all as one with the printer, and if it's all fine I'll seriously consider popping them on eBay seperately.
    Thank you again for all your help.
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