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Printer Cartridges – Tips For Buying Discount Cartridges Online

printer cartridgesA printer has become a necessity for many homes and small businesses these days. No matter whether you use it to print documents, charts or photos, chances are you need to buy replacement cartridges frequently.

Purchasing printer cartridges online is a great way to save on your printing cost. Here are some simple tips that can improve your shopping experience:



6 Tips to Online Printer Cartridge Purchasing

1) Types of printer cartridges. Printer cartridges can be divided into 3 main types: OEM cartridges, remanufactured cartridges and compatible cartridges. Some stores only sell OEM cartridges while others sell all three types. Choose a store that sells the type of cartridges you want.

2) Price. Comparing price is simple but make sure you are comparing an apple to an apple. In general, OEM cartridges are the most expensive, followed by remanufactured cartridges and then compatible cartridges. 100% compatible cartridges are also more expensive than compatible cartridges that may not have all the new components (such as printer smart chips) installed.

Although genuine OEM cartridges usually produce high quality printout, their price is often largely inflated. Due to keen competition and sharp drop in printer price, most printer manufacturers mark up the price of OEM cartridges dramatically to compensate for the loss of profit in printer sale. In comparison, compatible cartridges and remanufactured cartridges are more reasonably priced.

3) Product quality. OEM cartridges are generally considered as the highest quality cartridges but the quality of remanufactured or compatible cartridges is catching up. In fact, many third party manufacturers are producing these cartridges in ISO 9001 facilities following the same specifications of OEM cartridges.

4) Yield of printer cartridges. Comparing the quantity of ink (how many ml) and the print output of toner cartridges (number of pages) can give you a better idea whether you are truly getting a bargain.

5) Fast delivery. Compare the shipping policy of individual vendors. How long does it take for them to ship out your order? Do they provide free shipping?

6) Money back guarantee. Most reliable vendors provide 90 days to 1 year warranty. Many customers do not open their package and use the new cartridges immediately after the purchase. An extended warranty period ensures that you can return the product and get a refund at a later date.

If you plan on storing your printer toner for any amount of time remember to shake the toner before installing.

12 Ways for your company to save money during the recession

Printer Cartridge SavingsWith the economy in a downward spiral, you should make sure the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a train. Small businesses, which have fewer resources, especially feel the brunt of the economy.

We’ve come up with a list of ways to trim some of the fat off your companies disbursements so you don’t become a casualty of the latest stinting downturn.


12 Ways to save money including with your printer cartridges

  1. Get a less expensive business phone service. Try your local cable company like SuddenLink. Chances are you are already using them for your internet service. Unlike the local phone company, there is no hardware or software to buy or maintain, so costs start low and stay low and long distance charges are eliminated.
  2. Consider switching from a merchant account to an online payment processor like Paypal. Say goodbye to statement fees and monthly fees. These services, however, do have a higher “per transaction” cost, so do some number crunching to see if devising a switch will actually save you money. Most of the time they always have an introductory rate that will get you started in the right direction.
  3. Go Green! Energy-efficient technology will save you money over the life span of your computers, printers and other tech tools. There are often tax benefits to going green, too. Not only can you save a lot of electricity with florescent lighting, you could save even more with re-manufactured Printer Cartridges, Not to mention it’ll help out the environment. So just look around the office for several ways to go green.
  4. Turning off non-essential equipment when it’s not being used. This can reduce energy consumption by over 25 percent; booting off the computers and the printers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent as well could prevent an overnight computer hacking. If at all harmonious consider using laptop computers. Did you know these computing machines consume less than 90 percent energy than their counterparts the desktop computer?
  5. Networked and Shared printers. If you use and maintain multiple printers in your office, you could save money by setting up a network that allows fellow workers to share printers. Every Microsoft Windows operating system has a simple network interface with tutorial that makes sharing printers easy to setup. By eliminating even one printer you could cut your Toner Cartridges in half.
  6. Keep an eye on energy consumption. Set your thermostats to a lower temperature, turn off all appliances when they’re not in-use and encourage staff to shut down their computers and printers when they’re out of the office. A $100 investment on programmable thermostats will pay for themselves in less than 90 days. Having everyone participate will add up quickly.
  7. Hire high school and college students or interns for credit. An internship program is a win-win spot for your business. You get bright, young and challenging employees to do your dirty work for little or no pay. The benefit works both ways. The student or intern gets credit for workings and a vast exposure to the real world while you may be eligible for tax credits and free help.
  8. Online coupons to the rescue. Scour the Internet for coupons and promotion codes. Everything from software to copier paper can be found with a discount. Having trouble, just Google a search for what your looking for and “coupon”. You will be surprised. A lot of the time Staples will have a coupon for purchasing anything up to a dollar quantity, averaging 25% off. So buy $100 of anything and get $25 off. “I have 2 of these sitting on my desk right now and I’m going to use them to buy my next Laser Toner Cartridge.
  9. Creating an e-newsletter. It’s much cheaper to market to previously acquired customers than to spend money printing and mailing. If your going to sit down and be creative then just cut out the middle man and the expense and e-mail your creation. Instead of wasting money on postage pass the savings on to your customer. Need help with the whole project, then checkout icontact online for a lot of resources and information.
  10. Using email. comparable to the e-newsletter, email marketing will let you interact with specific customers about new products that might interest them. In the spirit of going green, a lot of customers would rather have their statements online and scanning them into the computer and emailing them is not a problem.
  11. Evaluate your business insurance coverage and policy costs. Ask your provider about an umbrella policy, which can be cheaper. Consider raising your deductibles. valuate your risk against cash flow benefits by reviewing your insurance deductibles. Ask your agent for ideas on how to cut costs and not benefits. It is always a good idea to review and re-evaluate your insurance annually. Personally I think it is a good idea to get a quote periodically from a reputable agent.
  12. How about a four-day work week. What employee is going to object to a three-day weekend? No you don’t have to make it for the whole staff, just setup a performance pool and reinforce your top producers. Great way to boost morale and save some money.

This is just a beginning, never the less these tips will definitely help your business make ends meet during the economic crunch. Business doesn’t mean standard practice. Step outside the box and be creative, that’s the true meaning of individual ownership. If you don’t own the company and you would like to play a larger role in its profitability I can roughly assure you the owner will be impressed.

Anybody can show up to work, but few lead by example.

Printer Cartridges from HP subdivides the world

hp cartridgesHP seems to have figured out an extraordinary way of extracting the utmost amount of money from consumers who have been unfortunate decent to buy one of its printers.

HP not being content with overcharging for ink , the computer, printer producer apparently rationalises its printer cartridges as one user found out. The unfortunate person in question, Michelle Sullivan, from Malta, Austrialia bought an HP Photosmart C7180 printer, but found that when she moved to Malta she was unable to purchase printer cartridges.

The problem wasn’t due to regional unavailability, but rather it was down to HP’s decision to create particular cartridges for different regions for the same printer.

The surprised and bewildered Ms Sullivan went to great lengths to find out whether this apparent HP policy was actually true. After questioning the HP dealer in Malta, who told her that HP ink cartridges were regionalized, Ms Sullivan then had a chat with an online HP support agent.

Unsurprised at the response she received was less than helpful, with the HP agent suggesting that Ms Sullivan try to buy HP printer cartridges at  Best Buy or Walmart, not realizing that neither of these retailers has stores in Malta.


HP has in the past put some rather refutable restrictions on its printing products. A number of its toner cartridges had lock out features that include page count chips that would stop the printer after a certain number of pages had been printed, regardless of whether there was still toner left in the printer cartridge. You would have thought HP learned a wrathful lesson when Lexmark introduced the lockout chip, lost a 13 million dollar lawsuit against the remanufacturing association. But HP’s page counting chips grew from HP’s corporate greed.

This sorry saga has left Ms Sullivan with a six-month old HP Photosmart C7180 printer that is effectively useless because the printer cartridges are unavailable only because she decided to move.

At press time HP has yet to respond to our questions on this matter.

Toner Cartridge recycling reveals real benefits

toner cartridge recyclingWhile the world stands still and waits for a leader, one printer company is taking the bull by the horns. After years of sitting back and watching consumers discard their used products in the trash one manufacturer has made a statement.  Lexmark has implemented a plan of action that takes recycling to a new level.

In celebration of Earth Day, today Lexmark released the findings of a Life Cycle Assessment that looked into the environmental impact of discarded toner cartridges. Finding that sending a used toner cartridge back to Lexmark for recycling, as opposed to discarding it in the trash, reduces the overall carbon footprint of those toner cartridges by up to 60 percent.

Not only does discarding old printer cartridges in the trash create an astoundingly large landfill with toxic waste, but did you know that it takes 2.5 quarts of oil to produce the petroleum product that creates the plastic shell of a printer cartridge. By reducing the amount of waste that goes into the landfill and reusing the old shells, you can reduce the amount of oil that is consumed day-after-day.

Toner Cartridge Recycling made easy

Lexmark runs free collection programs for its ink and toner cartridges. On Lexmark’s website, you can request a prepaid return envelope for printer cartridges or print a return label for multiple toner cartridges (remember to save the box it came in) to send them back to Lexmark for recycling. Lexmark pledges that 100% of the printer cartridges it collects are either reused or remanufactured for recycling.

Another break in Lexmark’s corporate policy, while being one of the largest manufacturer’s of printers and printer cartridges, Lexmark urges customers to print less. “They have made it a priority to train its customers on what steps they can take to implement responsible printing practices, such as printing less and recycling, to reduce the negative impact to the environment,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services section. They suggest customers print only what they need, use double-sided prints as much as possible, and employ digital document processes and paper-less features such as scan-to-email to share documents. The company also recommends purchasing the highest-yield printer cartridges, which helps cut costs and reduce waste.

Another benefit of recycling toner cartridges is the cost advantage. Typically a recycled toner cartridge costs less to manufacture and that savings is passed on to the consumer. So the next time your in the market for a printer cartridge, Check with your local supplier and try and take advantage of going green. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it when their not too busy texting.

No teacher left without a toner cartridge

toner cartridge teacherWhile many of us are facing tough cut backs, we fail to remember the most important people in our children’s lives. Often overlooked, under paid and certainly unappreciated is your child’s teacher. They don’t complain unless little Johnny has been bad. Never revealing budget restraints or loss of financial support. We only care when our child tends to make us look like were not doing our job as a parent.

Teacher Appreciation Week is easy, when times are good: The java mug. The gift certificate. And of course, the apple.

But when times are bad, it is much more harder and sometimes the best way to say, “Thanks for all you’ve done for my child” is with… a card or even better and much more appreciated is a toner cartridge, or maybe some dustless chalk.

Please send a Toner Cartridge to School

Budget cuts have hit one Chesapeake elementary school hard enough that for teacher appreciation week this week, the Parent Teacher Association sent home a note saying teachers had asked parents to please give them the gift of school supplies. The wish lists included printer cartridges, toner cartridges, Ziploc bags, dry-erase markers, and toys for recess.

“That does look a little sad,” said Kim Parker, vice president of the Western Branch Intermediate PTA. “But most of us room mothers, we’re still planning to do something nice for the teacher themselves, too.”

During these difficult times, little things often make a big difference. When it comes to our children there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do. But the feeling of helplessness that these teachers must feel when our school system seems to tie their hands with budget cuts is heart breaking. The next time you chat with your child’s teacher please ask them if there is anything that you a interested parent could provide for his or her class.

You may want to let the teacher and some of the parents know that there are programs out there that provides an empty cartridge collection program that allows schools to participate in fundraisers. And if saving money on printer cartridges or toner cartridges is an issue in your child’s classroom then the teacher should take some time to make a class project using recycled printer cartridges. Recycled printer cartridges cost 50% less than retail and helps to save the environment.