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Where does ink come from?

16. August 2010 13:11 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink cartridge, technology, printer ink, ink history, inks, toner cartridges  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
No birds and bees here, no octopus either. The ink that we use today bears little resemblance to octopus ink, or melanin. In this century ink has become much more sophisticated and synthetic.

Printer ink contains pigments or dyes added to a base usually made from petroleum oil, de-ionized water and glycol, a thick syrupy substance that helps the ink to stick together and mix.

Toner, the powder used in laser printer and copier cartridges, is a manufacturer specific combination of special polymers and pigment, compounded into a fine powder, improving resolution.

The exact mixtures vary by the manufacturer, and are considered quite proprietary, however all ink cartridges come from the basis of a 1930 Ink jet cartridge patent, that we found very interesting.

How to Print the Perfect Labels

13. August 2010 13:22 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, savings, printing, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Printing labels is a terrific use of your printer. By using your own printer to make labels, you save money and get more creative, custom designs while saving the time of hand writing.

If you have a large quantity of labels to print, it is nice to start with them in Excel. You will merge them into Word, which is where you can customize and print labels.

Set up your data in Excel then create a mail merge, after which you will need to save and close the Excel spreadsheet. Open a new Word document, then select and follow the steps of the Mail Merge Wizard.  When it is time to select recipients you will use the Excel list you saved.

Labels can be printed not only for addressing envelopes, but also for books and binders, CD's and DVDs, files, dividers and so much more.
You can choose professional black, or any fun color ink, choose from clear, white, silver or decorative labels and there are even many different fonts, including some nice handwriting fonts to really personalize your labels.

What kind of projects have you created with print your own labels?

Contest Announcement: Clickinks.com Tuesday Trivia

6. August 2010 10:53 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, contest, facebook, giveaway, twitter, winners, free ink  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)






Throughout August, Clickinks.com will be giving fans, friends and followers a chance to win free ink and toner.  Test your knowledge each Tuesday, with Clickinks Tuesday Trivia.

Follow Clickinks.com on Facebook and Clickinks Twitter (@Click_inks), and be prepared to win.  Trivia questions will be posted at a randomly selected time each Tuesday and the first Facebook comment plus first Twitter @ reply will each win 1,000 Clickinks Loyalty Reward Points.

Open to residents of US and Canada. 1 Facebook winner and 1 Twitter winner will win each week.  For every 1000 loyalty points accumulated you can redeem $10 off your next purchase at Clickinks.com.  Contest runs through August 31, 2010.

Name Your Printer - Winner Announcement

What printer model do you use?  Clickinks asked, and our customers answered.  There are a lot of new and old Epson Stylus inkjet printers out there, as well as numerous HP printers.  Canon, Kodak, Lexmark and Brother Multifunctions showed up, too.  Kodak owners seem to like their printer for the great pictures and Brother owners seem to like their printers for everything else.  And by quick observation, dude no one got a Dell.   

We offered 1 lucky winner from Clickinks Facebook and Clickinks Twitter fan pages replacement ink for their printer, and are so excited to announce the winners.




























Jewel Nickolisen of Nebraska will receive her Epson Stylus CX6600 ink and David O'Mara of Idaho will receive ink for his Epson Stylus CX8400.

Thanks for playing, and follow along for more great chances to win your ink!

Should I switch to a Laser printer?

Home printers are nice to have at home, and ever so useful. Now that you are Making the Most of your Home Printer, you may be questioning the quality of your printer.

Inkjet printers are nice to have if you are printing color photos once a week. If not, you may want to look into the benefits of a laser printer.

Buy in bulk. You know to save money on groceries and paper products by buying in larger quantities, but did you know that laser toner can also save you money? You will find the laser printer, as well as the toner cartridges, at a higher initial purchase price, but once you figure in the yield of a toner cartridge versus inkjet, you will see the significant savings.

Longer lasting quality. To keep your inkjet from drying up, you need to print out all the colors once every week or so. If you are like me, daily printing is done in the office and the fun photos and useful coupons are printed as needed, which may not occur until the next holiday. Laser toner is a powder, it will not dry up and will be top quality whenever you print.

Large jobs. Not only can a laser printer wait longer until use, it is more productive at printing those large jobs when they do arise. Laser printers are recommended for offices and for anyone running heaving printing jobs.

Print Faster. In an office, or in a hurry? Laser printers print, well, at laser speed. Pardon the pun.

Quality text. While inkjets are superior for often printing photos, laser printers offer a superior text quality. You will want to look at what you print, as well as how often you print, when making the decision to switch to a Laser printer.

Ink jam: Why keeping your inkjets clean can save you money

29. July 2010 05:00 by Danielle Bernhard in printer setting, clickinks, ink cartridge, printer cartridge, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
A clogged print head on your inkjet printer can stop your print job dead in its tracks, but this can be overcome with a little attention.

If there has been a long period of no printer use, or if you have brought an old inkjet printer or ink cartridge out of retirement, you may be faced with less than optimal prints.

As you print, small droplets of ink can get stuck around the many tiny holes that make up an inkjet printer head. Once these drops of ink dry, they can form a crust around the print head opening, clogging it with dry ink and causing it to print poorly.


















If you are seeing poor quality print outs, your first step should be to perform a printer head cleaning. Simply open your Printer Settings on your computer and find your Printer Maintenance menu, as seen above, to clean the print head. Each menu will vary, but you should find a “Head Cleaning” option within any inkjet printer menu.

Once you have performed the built-in cleaning functions and followed up as needed, if this does not seem to do the job and is draining your precious ink there are a few ways to clean your print head manually.

If you have an inkjet printer like Epson or Brother, where the print head is usually part of the printer itself instead of the cartridge, you can use traditional rubbing alcohol on the print head to clean and remove dried ink residue. If you have an inkjet printer like Canon, HP, or Lexmark where the print head is usually part of the ink cartridge, you can clean the print head on the cartridge with a dry, soft cotton ball or clean cloth.

Don’t scrap an old inkjet printer that yields inferior printouts, what a waste to just throw the old one in a landfill. Make cleaning nozzles, unclogging print heads and dusting the exterior of your printer a regular part of your routine maintenance. You will maintain superior print quality and save yourself quite a bit of money.

Making Memories: How to Print Your Own Digital Photographs

Taking terrific photos is only half the fun. Those beautiful sceneries and special events, loving family moments and fun times with friends out on the town deserve more than to live in your camera.

You want lovely photographs printed, so that you can scrapbook and frame them to cherish for years to come, but this no longer means you need to make a trip to a photo lab. Print those beautiful, full color photos from your own printer.

If you haven’t printed in a while, or do not currently get the results you are looking for in a photograph, it would be wise to run a printer alignment, color calibration and print cartridge cleaning. These functions (accessible from the printer menu) prevent blurring, streaking and improperly aligned prints.

Set your printer for photo quality prints. While normal mode works well for drafts and text, you will get the finest photo printed by switching to the best mode or photo mode. Choose your printer’s highest possible color resolution. The greater the d.p.i. setting, the better your prints will be. Also in your printer preferences, set your printer to accommodate the type of paper you are using.

Print on high quality photo paper. Color photographs generally look best on glossy photo papers, if printing classic black and white photos you may want to choose a matte finish photo paper.

Once you have printed your stunning photographs, give the ink up to 12 hours to dry to be safe before placing in a frame or scrapbook.

The Guide to Making the Most of your Home Printer

26. July 2010 13:54 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, photography, print photos, technology, savings, print, diy, coupons  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
You probably have that printer sitting on the desk top at home, but do you take full advantage of this tool?

Print your photos. We love our digital cameras, cell phone cameras are a beloved convenience, and DSLR cameras are becoming increasingly popular by the soccer moms and budding photographers. Now that we have our photos in digital format, we sometimes forget to print photos. It is so nice to hang photos in your home and office, very nice to give framed photos as gifts, and always good to keep the most cherished photos in an additional format. It is cheaper and easier to print at home than the days of film. Are you taking advantage of the photo printing ability of your printer? Make sure you change the settings to photo quality, purchase a pack of photo paper and print your favorite photos.

Put your printer to work for you. There are so many great coupons online, we no longer need to purchase newspapers, save junk mail and spend hours clipping. Websites like RetailMeNot.com, CouponQueeny.com and MoneySavingMom.com are dedicated to providing the latest retail and grocery coupons that you can use in your local stores. Make sure you change the printer settings to a lower, ink saving quality, and print coupons to save you money now.

Keep the children occupied. Print your own coloring books and puzzles, the preschoolers are sure to enjoy these on a rainy day. It may be Summer time, but you can keep the children learning and reviewing all year round with home work sheets.

How do you make the most out of your home printer?

Name your printer model, win Free Ink - Clickinks Contest

8. July 2010 13:24 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, facebook, giveaway, twitter, winners, free ink  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)








What printer model do you use? Epson WorkForce 600 inkjet? HP LaserJet 1020? Brother MFC Multi-function 420CN inkjet?

Let us know! Clickinks strives to supply ink and toner for all the most popular printers.
Post to our Facebook wall or comment on our contest status posted. A lucky winner will receive their ink cartridge!
For an additional entry, follow @Click_inks on Twitter and Tweet a message letting us know the name of your printer!

Open to residents of US and Canada. 1 Facebook winner plus 1 Twitter winner will be awarded their printer cartridge. Contest runs through July 31, 2010.

What do you print?

Clickinks asked, and you answered. What do you like to print? We proposed the question to you, our fans, and were delighted with your responses. From coupons, to homework, photos, to invites, your printer is getting a work out. And it is a good thing you know how to save money on ink at http://www.clickinks.com/

We are so excited to announce our winners of the $50 in ink

Facebook fans:

Sandra from Florida is homeschooling












Britta from Idaho loves to print coupons


















Twitter friends:

Miranda of Texas prints pictures to color for her triplets















Paula of Illinois has a new printer for photos of all the kids