Refill toner cartridge vs compatible cartridge

I have been using Brother laser printer for 3 years and so far using original toner cartridge. I am now planning either to refill original cartridge or buy compatible cartridge. Please suggest which option will be better. Thank you.

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Re: better

Why not start with refill, and when it's empty again try compatible? Then you can form your own opinion about what's better for you.


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Not an answer you'll like

I've done both of those and eventually returned to using original manufacturer's cartridges. Refill attempts were messy and print quality was never as good as OEM. I might be OK with using a compatible one if I considered an old printer to be expendable. I never stock up on cartridges just because they're on sale for the reason that printers die unexpectedly. FWIW, if those two are your only acceptable answers, get a mid range priced refilled (compatible) from a reputable dealer that has a good return/exchange policy. You may get lucky for a while but you're luck will eventually run out.

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