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NOT an NEW HP C4096A
on June 27, 2008
The description and most of the reviews are misleading. This is a compatible/rebuilt cartridge and is NOT a new HP C4096A. The photo shows an HP product sticker on the cartridge. The delivered product has no sticker. There is no pull strip for activation as with an OEM HP toner cartridge. It was packaged in non-descript tan cardboard box and was sealed within a black plastic bag. A piece of paper advertising a Brother printer had been placed between the drum cover and the photoconductive drum. I printed one test page with this cartridge and it looked acceptable. The cartridge mechanism made no funny noises. For the cost, I really would have been surprised to receive an original, new HP cartridge. If this one lasts for several thousand pages, I will deem it a good value. I have an original HP C4096A cartridge in use now that after 1,000 pages has started to print poorly - ghosting, etc. I performed all the recommended cleaning procedures on the HP OEM cartridge with no success. So the bottom line is that the HP OEM cartridge costs 4 times as much and won't go the distance. If this one goes the distance I will give it five stars.