Tech Data UK is encouraging resellers to use QR codes to identify fake HP laser cartridges.
The distributor says cartridges that have been re-manufactured or refilled, and compatible cartridges that have been illegally packaged, are often being represented and sold as original HP toner.
Tech Data is urging resellers to make use of HP’s QR identification system to protect themselves and their customers from being duped into buying and selling the fake cartridges.
Mark Porter, Print and Supplies Manager at Tech Data UK, said: “By providing genuine HP toner cartridges to customers for their HP LaserJet printers, resellers can protect customers’ investments and extend the lifetime of their devices. But it’s important that both resellers and their customers are alert to the many fake or counterfeit cartridges that are now being openly offered on the market. It’s important to know it is a genuine HP cartridge – and not to discover it is counterfeit toner after it is too late.”
Earlier this month, PCR reported that Brother was giving out similar warnings about the YT-cassettes used in P-Touch label machines. The news came after a legal case between Brother and Aster Technology, which was manufacturing and supplying YT-cassettes that infringed on Brother’s intellectual property rights.