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Print News: Public Official Convicted of Stealing From Copiers

30. November 2009 11:39 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, xerox, larceny  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
No one ever said it was easy to stay within budget in politics. However, a local official of Middlesex, Mass. was recently convicted of employing unconventional means to increase his gains. The bostonchannel.com reports that John Buonomo, 56, ‘a career politician’ was taped accessing the copier machine to take the office revenue. He repeated this eighteen times over a three month period, in addition to stealing $102,792 from campaign buckets meant as donations.


Buonomo has twice campaigned to become Mayor of Somerville, and ‘spent years working for state and local governments.’ According to Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone: ‘This is a brazen violation of public trust,’ serving to undermine the already shaky relation between voters and their public officials. Among the list of Buonomo’s offence: larceny, the wilful misleading of interrogators, theft of public property, and personal use of campaign funds. He is expected to serve a thirty month sentence.

This is not the only case of ink-related larceny to occur this year. In April, Ayad Al-Musawi of Aloha was convinced of stealing Xerox ink sticks and selling the cartridges on Ebay. Portlandtribune.com reported that Al-Musawi was found in possession of 9946 ink sticks by police, amounting to $275,000 in value. Meanwhile, lawyers.com yesterday reported about Kelly Marie Lipinski, a 41 year old woman accused of making almost $6000 in false ink cartridge returns. It seems where the printing industry is concerned, the entrepreneurial spirit will drive people to almost anything.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals and Prizes at Clickinks.com!

24. November 2009 10:20 by Danielle Bernhard in Black Friday, Cyber Monday, coupons  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Clickinks.com is excited to offer many terrific Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for your printing and entertainment needs.


The following Coupon Codes will be valid for this exclusive event -

CYBER5: Take 5% off any item
CYBER10: Take 10% off any $50 purchase of our ink and toner cartridges
CYBER15: Take 15% off any $100 purchase of our ink and toner
CYBER17: Take 17% off any $150 purchase of our ink and toner

Free Shipping on Every Order on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Plus every order placed on Black Friday is entered into a drawing for an Apple iPhone 3GS and
Every order placed on Cyber Monday is entered into a drawing for a Toshiba 32" LCD HDTV!

Wow!  These terrific deals are good at Clickinks.com 

Wireless Printing is for you!

16. November 2009 09:11 by Danielle Bernhard in wireless printing, epson printer  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
How does wireless printing work? Will it work for me? Can I set it up myself?

Wireless printing sounds like a perfect solution for laptop users, families with multiple computers and anyone frustrated with seeing those ghastly cords everywhere.

But can you set it up? Don’t be intimidated, you can setup a wireless printer in no time!

Wi Fi: Wireless networks are becoming increasingly popular in businesses and in the home. The majority of these networks use WiFi.



The Epson WorkForce 600 Wireless All-in-one Printer, shown above, allows you to print via WiFi. In fact, there are several printers on the market that have WiFi transceivers built into them. Simply install the printer to the network so that any computer on your network can locate the printer. Once the printer and computer are both connected to your network, you can send print jobs to the printer. This is very convenient for offices and homes with multiple computers - there's no need to buy a dedicated printer for each machine if everyone can access the same one.

How: The easiest option is to connect the printer to one computer, then allow additional computers access to the network. Alternatively, you can purchase a separate wireless print server device.

Attaching the printer to a stationary computer:

From the Control Panel of the computer connected to the printer, go to Printers and Right click on the target printer then select Properties.
Select the Sharing tab. Select “Share this printer”.

From the Control Panel of any additional computers, go to My Network Places, double click the computer connected to the printer, then double click on the printer which will guide you through setup.

If you are tired of tripping over cables, having your laptop tethered to one location, or not having access to a printer, then you might want to look into wireless printing.

Clickinks Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

23. October 2009 13:13 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, pinktober, breast cancer, charity, breast cancer awareness, inks  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

At Clickinks.com, we are doing our part to help the community. As you may be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast Cancer is an undeniable crisis. Today approximately 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Clickinks supported Breast Cancer Awareness month by “Going Pink” on October 16th to raise awareness. We enjoyed coming together for a great cause.

At Click Inks we believe that no business, or person, should ignore such a devastating problem within the community. We encourage people everywhere to join together for Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October.

How To Be Sure Your Ink or Toner Is of the Upmost Quality

13. October 2009 14:08 by Danielle Bernhard in quality ink, OEM, quality toner  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
It is natural to look for discount ink and toner cartridges. Especially at this time of economical crises, it is more than practical to look for discount printer ink cartridges in on-line shops, it is a necessity.

Discount ink and toner cartridges allow you to save money printing at home while getting high quality print outs. While most discount printer ink cartridges are of good quality, there are exceptions and quality will vary, just like OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) printer ink cartridges.

Whether purchasing expensive OEM or discount ink and toner cartridges, always purchase from a well known ink or toner supplier, like Clickinks.com.

If a cartridge is old or has been stored in unsuitable temperatures, it may expire quickly.

If looking at ink levels in your printer settings, a bad cartridge may show up as an X or may be greyed out.

If one cartridge does not work, try another of the same color. If your cartridge still does not work, then you may indeed have an expired or defective ink or toner cartridge.

The Comprehensive Guide to Printer Buying

29. September 2009 13:27 by Danielle Bernhard in find printer, clickinks, new printer, printer purchase, printer buying  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The Comprehensive Guide to Printer Buying

There are 2 mainstream categories for printers: Laser and Ink jet printers.

When comparison shopping, be sure to look not only at the price of the printer, but also at the availability of affordable ink for the printer. Check a site like Clickinks.com for availability of the specific replacement cartridge. Contrary to what printer manufacturers may say, using remanufactured or compatible cartridges can not void your printer warranty (see Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act). You can estimate the cost per page for any given product. If the cartridge yield is 300 and the price of the cartridges are $30, then you will average 10¢ per page, and if you print about 200 pages a month you are looking at an average $20 per month cost.

Laser printers cost less per page to print, especially if remanufactured toner cartridges are available. Laser printers also print faster and are preferable for heavy printing, such as in a large office. They print better text quality, but inferior photo quality compared to an inkjet printer.

Inkjet printers will use less power than laser printers. Ink, unlike toner powder, can run when fresh off the printer or if it gets wet. There is a low initial cost when purchasing the printer, however printing will cost you more in the long run with the purchase of ink. Inkjet printers are good when used to print photos, and many times feature media card slots to print directly from a digital camera.

Higher resolution (more dots per inch) is a simple way to compare image quality. The standard resolution for laser printers is 600 dpi, and for ink jet is 720 dpi. 720 dpi on an ink jet is an equal, not better resolution, compared to the 600 dpi on laser printers.

If you need to print on heavy stock paper, glossy paper, smaller or larger size paper or would like duplexing (the ability to print on both sides), be sure that the printer can accommodate all of the paper sizes and types you would like to use.

Before buying a printer, check the manufacturer’s web site (i.e. Epson.com) to make sure they provide driver updates and currently offer a driver for your operating system.

No matter what printer category you choose, you will also have the additional option of an All in one (AIO) or Multifunction (MFP) printer. These AIO/MFP offer additional functions such as printer, scanner, copier and fax.

With all of this in mind, you will make an educated buying decision that you will be happy with for years to come.

Recycle, Refill, Reuse: How printer ink is going green

Recycle, Refill, Reuse: How printer ink is going green

There is a great push these days to recycle every product before discarding. Recycling saves natural resources, conserving land, it saves energy, due to a reduction in energy required, recycling also creates less air and water pollution and fortunately saves money, as recycled products are frequently the least expensive option.

Auto makers offer Certified Used vehicles and Electronic stores offer previously returned, refurbished items. These solutions provide a lower priced alternative for the average consumer. The technology of printer cartridges has also followed suit.

Companies such as Clickinks.com have adopted this “green” way of reusing and saving money by offering printer cartridges that have been used, refilled and have been certified to be good as new, equal in performance to new and ready to be reused. These cartridges are called remanufactured ink or remanufactured toner cartridges. With the exception of a lower cost, you may never know a cartridge was remanufactured. The benefit to consumers is a lower cost with equal performance for Quality, Certified technology.


So what is "remanufactured"?

A remanufactured ink or toner cartridge is offered on just about all printer lines from home photo printers to large business laser jet printers. They have been used and recycled, then put through a rigorous remanufacturing process to bring them back to "same as new" condition and performance.


What is the difference between remanufactured and refurbished products?

The distinction between remanufactured and refurbished equipment is not always obvious. For example, at Clickinks.com remanufactured cartridges are returned to the equivalent of new and carry a satisfaction guarantee. Refurbished or used equipment is generally not fully tested or certified to meet like-new standards. Purchasing a remanufactured cartridge from a reputable company offers the peace of mind afforded by a new product at a 75-86% discount over new.

How is a product remanufactured?

Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges undergo a rigorous process after they have been recycled they are professionally cleaned, thoroughly inspected and completely refilled (with more ml. of ink than manufactures sell them with). Reputable companies will comply with ISO 9001 quality standards.

When is remanufactured better?

If your budget is as limited as the rest of us, then remanufactured ink or toner cartridges will offer you a high quality, fully guaranteed solution at a low cost.

If you are concerned with the environment and want to conserve Earth’s valuable resources, then remanufactured printer cartridges will offer you peace of mind.

Brother announces new printer models

Brother announces new printer models added to their HL and MFC series

Considering a new Laser Printer? Recently, Brother announced the launch of 5 new laser printer models to be added to their series of HL and MFC Laser printers.

The first printer will become available for retail later this month. The Brother HL-3040CN will feature a print speed of 17 pages per minute, whether printing in color or black and white. With a paper tray holding a maximum of 250 sheets and a print dpi resolution of 600 x 2400 this printer can be connected through an Ethernet cable or USB 2.0 interfaces.

Also out later this month will be the second addition to the Brother HL series, the Brother HL-3070CW. This printer offers even more features than the HL-3040CN. Boasting everything that the HL-3040CN has plus extra integrated Wi-Fi features and support for PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulation. This printer also allows USB flash drives to be connected directly to the printer, making printing JPEG and PDF files much easier without having to connect to a computer.

Brother has another three new additions to the MFC series, the Brother MFC-9010CN, Brother MFC-9120CN and the Brother MFC-9320CW All-in-One printers.

The MFC-9010CN all-in-one combines print, scan and copy capabilities, with printing speeds up to 17 ppm. The MFC-9010CN also has printing resolutions of up to 600 x 2400 dpi and has a paper tray holding a maximum of 250 sheets. Like the HL-3000 series printers this printer can also be connected via Ethernet or USB interfaces. The MFC-9010CN uses the popular Brother toner and drum sets.

The MFC-9120CN has all the same features offered by the MFC-9010CN plus this printer goes a step further by offering Super 3G faxing capabilities, making fast and efficient faxing a tempting selling point for office users.

The MFC-9320CW also has the same features offered by the MFC-9010CN plus offers the extra Wi-Fi feature and the ability to print directly from a USB flash drive.

The Brother MFC-9010CN, MFC-9120CN and the MFC 9320CW, along with the necessary Brother toner will be available in October, 2009.

Troubleshooting 10 Common Printer Problems

14. September 2009 11:51 by Danielle Bernhard in printer ink, printer cartridge, printer problems  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Troubleshooting 10 Common Printer Problems

1. My printer just won’t print

If the printer is directly connected to your printer, then make sure that the printer cable between the printer and computer isn't loose.

If the printer is on a network, make sure the printer is powered on and there are not any loose cables.

Turn both the computer and the printer off, wait 20 seconds and then power the printer back on and finally power on the computer.

2. My printer says it is busy

Check the print queue screen. A print job may be stuck in the print queue and deleting it from the queue may help.

3. Printer display menu says there is a paper jam

Opening the doors of the printer, removing the paper tray or even the ink or toner cartridge will usually allow access to the jammed paper so that you can remove it. Paper should be removed slowly and gently so that it does not tear.

If you can not find any jammed paper and still can not print, unplug your printer then turn it back on.

4. Printing on the page is faded

A faded print image may indicate that the printer is getting low on ink or toner, the print density is set too low or economy printing is turned on. Settings may be corrected on the printer or within the computer’s control panel. If the ink or toner cartridge is low, replace the cartridge easily through an ink merchant like Clickinks.com.

5. I have a cool, new Operating System

As new operating systems are released, your printer will require new drivers. Some printers do not yet have a driver for every new Operating System, or older Operating Systems. In these cases, it’s best to consult the printer manual and find out what printers the drivers will emulate. While not all of the functionality of the printer will be available under this emulation, at least basic printing will work.

Be sure to use the correct driver for your current Operating System. If an incorrect or defective printer driver is being used, it can result in strange gibberish on the printed page. If you selected the wrong printer driver for the printer or Operating System, you may need to purge the print jobs that are hung up in the spooler as well as reset the printer to remove any bad data that remains in its buffer.

6. I am printing, but the pages are blank or irregular

If your inkjet printer is turning out blank pages whenever you print, then the print head could be dried up, or you may be out of ink.

Once the ink cartridge is opened and installed, the ink can start drying out or evaporating. If you only print infrequently, then the print head will often become dried up, stopping any ink from getting onto your paper. Try soaking your print head in shallow water, if your ink cartridge regularly dries out, then try to print a page off more often, at least every few days, as this should stop the print head becoming dried out, otherwise you will need to install a fresh ink cartridge.

7. There are error lights on

If there are error lights (LEDs) lit, refer to the user manual or manufacturer's web site to diagnose.

8. Each time I print, it is blurry or has lines in it

Aligning the print cartridge is necessary to obtain the best possible printing performance. The method to do this may vary depending on your printer. Typically, you will go into the Settings of your computer then lick Maintenance and Align print cartridges

9. Missing Color, Wrong Color or Streaks in the Printout

Make sure your paper is not causing the problem. Paper that does not accept ink well can cause your images to smear or bleed. Plain paper is not the best choice for high-density graphics. Photo paper is available at Clickinks.com

If the paper is not the problem, print a clean test to see that everything is functioning properly.

10. Did you read the user manual?

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (Public Law 93-637) is a U.S. Federal law. It is the statute that governs warranties on consumer products.

Legally, this is a law that states that "No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer's using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade or corporate name".

The Act provides that any company warranting a product to a consumer by means of a written warranty must disclose, fully and conspicuously, in simple and easy to understand language, the terms and conditions of the warranty according to the rules set forth by the Federal Trade Commission.

Contrary to what manufacturers may lead you to believe, warrantors cannot require that only brand name parts be used with any product. This practice, commonly referred to as "tie-in sales" or "tying agreements", is frequently mentioned in the context of computer and printer parts.

No manufacturer will be allowed to void your warranty simply because you use a remanufactured or compatible part that is produced by someone other than the manufacturer. Purchasing aftermarket parts and consumables (like gasoline or printer cartridges) is more efficient and ultimately gives a better deal to the consumer.

Remanufactured and compatible printer cartridges, as well as brand name products, are sold at Clickinks.com, providing consumers an intelligent way to save money on consumables.