New-build imitation LLCs enter the market a few months after an HP product introduction. Remanufacturers wait for used HP LLC cores to become available and don’t enter the market for 12 to 18 months after an HP introduction.
Remanufactured packages will use the terms “remanufactured” or “refurbished.” Imitation packages will use the term “new-build compatible.” It’s a good practice to check the outer packaging before you purchase. If the package has a security label, take advantage of the authentication tool to help spot counterfeits: hp.com/go/certified.
At first glance, imitation LLCs look like Original HP consumables, but there are subtle differences with the colour of plastic, LLC notches, and label names. Remanufactured/refurbished LLCs reuse the HP core, so they should look similar to an Original HP LLC, but with a different label.
Look for indicators that parts are not new, such as worn gears. Non-HP LLCs may reuse parts or use aftermarket replacements. To be certain you have an HP product, visually compare each component to an Original HP LLC.