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Spring Cleaning time has sprung, Don’t forget about your printer.

18. March 2010 08:11 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, spring cleaning, printer cleaning  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
This weekend rings in the beginning of Spring. For most parts of the country, even for us Southerners, it has been a long, cold winter. Everyone is more than ready for the beautiful Spring time.

What does Spring make you think of? Beaches and Flowers? Maybe Rain or Easter bunnies? How about Spring cleaning? Go ahead, open the windows, enjoy the warmer weather and start the cleanse.

While at it, you may want to give that often neglected printer a Spring cleaning of its own. Printers need to cycle through a cleaning process once in a while to retain proper maintenance.
  • Open the printer cover, allow the cartridges to move into place, unplug the printer then remove the cartridges and place them on a towel. Be careful what you touch, as it may be hot.
  • Use a slightly damp Q-tip to wipe off any visible traces of dust, dirt or ink. Use a clean Q-tip for each cartridge.
  • Lightly clean the printer, including buttons and ink cartridge cradle with a damp cloth.
  • Open the back of the printer, spray canned air to blow out all the dust and particles that have accumulated.
  • If you have a scanner, use a damp cloth to lightly clean the platen glass and remove any smudges.
  • Gently tap each cartridge on the towel, and then return the ink cartridges back to the printer immediately, to avoid the ink drying out.
  • Plug the printer back into the wall.
  • Run a self test including nozzle check in the printer maintenance utility section from your computer.
  • Turn the printer off at the power switch (but leave plugged in) and leave turned off until you need to print.

Will that New Printer Save your Green backs?

Go Green today, not just because it is St. Patrick’s Day, but because the green is a reminder of our Earth friendly ways that, on some level, we all strive for. Even as we aim to recycle and keep loads out of the landfill, there has been an urge lately to buy more printers, throwing perfectly functioning printers in the trash all in the name of saving on ink.

When inside an office supply chain, you may have looked at the high retail prices of your ink or toner cartridges, and then looked at the sale price of a new printer. Don’t let it fool you, if it seems too good to be true – it probably is.

HP, Epson and other printer manufacturers are guilty of this; they sell the printers at low prices, with nothing more than a starter cartridge included, and then increase the price of the subsequent cartridges. By encouraging consumers to buy a new printer, they are creating a lot of unnecessary environmental waste.

The solution is to keep your printer out of the landfill and keep more of your money in pocket. Purchase remanufactured (professionally refilled and recycled) ink cartridges from a reputable company like Clickinks.com. Your printer, wallet and grandchildren will thank you.

Save time. Print more. Go!

15. March 2010 10:20 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, productivity, save on ink, how to save ink, wireless printing  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
As we do more, print more and commit to more, productivity is of the utmost concern. The following tips can help you take advantage of your time more effectively, so you can get more done throughout the day.
  1. Do not wait around twiddling your thumbs. If it takes 10 minutes for a print job to process or your computer to boot up, do something else to fill in the gap.
  2. Need additional copies? Don’t print one at a time, when you select print choose “Number of Copies” at first click.
  3. Look at your printer’s default settings, you do not need to print every draft or document on high quality. High quality not only uses more ink, it also takes longer to print.
  4. If you are printing more than one copy of a multiple page document, check the option to Collate. This keeps each set of pages together, so you do not have to manually sort the pages later.
  5. How much time do you spend purchasing supplies? Clickinks.com makes every attempt to make ordering ink a quick process, however you will always save time by stocking up. Instead of purchasing 1 black ink cartridge now, 1 magenta cartridge next month, another black ink cartridge the following month and so on, save your self some time and money by purchasing super saver combo packs.
  6. Prepare by batching tasks. Is there something else you will need to print? Get it done while you are in print mode, especially if you are in a wireless setting where you walk else where to printer.
  7. Have something on your flash drive, memory card or phone to print? Try a direct route, often you can plug directly into your printer instead of wasting time shuffling the same file via multiple media platforms.
These tips will save you some time, maxing productivity … and who doesn’t need that!

Please share any additional time saving tips you may have with the rest of us ...

Clickinks prize winners

11. March 2010 10:00 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, winners  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Recently Clickinks.com celebrated the 12 days of Christmas by giving our treasured customers the chance to win 1 of many prizes.

The time to award these gifts has finally arrived – and we’ve got pictures to prove it! Take a peek at our usually camera shy staff as we prepare to ship out the prizes to their lucky winners.







Of course, we’re not the type to make our other customers jealous. For the chance to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii, just place an order for any item at Clickinks.com today, or to win a cart full join us on Facebook or Twitter!

You Can Help the Environment by Supporting Responsible Corporations

Are you concerned about the environmental impact of printing?

There are several ways to maximize your positive impact on the planet. For example, print only when necessary, and avoid reprints by ensuring you’re satisfied with the page first. Alternately, remove unwanted elements from websites using applications like PrintWhatYouLike.com. This application lets you remove superfluous adverts and images from internet pages before printing. It’s an excellent way to save ink – and keep the planet healthy.

Buying from responsible corporations also makes a good contribution. For example, Hewlett Packard recently topped Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. Hence HP fulfils their obligations to the planet more effectively than anyone in subjects including: Climate Change, Environment, Human Rights and Corporate Governance. Buying HP printers then, supports their positive policies. It’s an indirect way to make printing greener, and something to consider when buying a new printer.

Are there any other ways of making a positive impact through printing you’d like to know about?

To see Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s complete list of responsible corporations, click here.

Inkjet Wars: Kodak vs HP

Kodak entered the printer market in '07 with a revolutionary business plan: charge slightly more for inkjet printers than other manufacturers, but charge half the price for ink cartridges.

They released the EasyShare 5300: an inkjet with cartridges 50% cheaper than HP’s equivalent model, the PhotoSmart C5180. They launched a full ad campaign, warning consumers that ink cartridges sold by other manufacturers cost more than crude oil.

Moreover, Kodak employed a new pigment-based dying process in their printers, which certified their images for 120 years. This contrasted favorably with the single year guaranteed by Hewlett Packard. Finally, Kodak promised they’d save consumers $110 annually.

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In 2007 Kodak sold 520,000 printers. Impressive? Not really, when you consider that 61 million inkjet multifunction printers were sold that year.

Yet the Kodak entry caused red alert at Hewlett Packard headquarters - both because Kodak aimed a stake at the heart of HP’s business model, and because Kodak targeted the most profitable consumers.

After all, Kodak’s promises of incredible savings wouldn’t mean anything to consumers for whom printers are dusty plastic boxes. It’s the printing maniacs – that 20% of inkjet consumers who purchase 80% of cartridges – with whom Kodak’s new strategy might resonate.

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Since then, the two brands have been firing back and forth at each other. Kodak designed the (possibly Star Trek influenced) printandprosper.com to accompany their EasyShare launch.

This website details the savings available with Kodak, and explains why other printer brands are soulless profit mongers. Hewlett Packard receives the worst beating from this campaign - arguably because the 63 cartridges types available from HP contrast with the 3 from Kodak.

In reply, Hewlett Packard launched The Truth About Printing – a site targeted like a cruise missile at Kodak.

It illustrates an infinite queue of frowning Kodak consumers desperate to return their EasyShares, and promises $50 toward an HP printer. That’s the printing equivalent of removing your gloves.

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More recently, this tussle has moved off the net and into the courts. Last year HP filed a complaint with the lengthily titled National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (his friends call him NAD) that Kodak’s claim to save consumers $110 annually was inaccurate.

Kodak failed even to send a representative to the complaints proceeding. Instead, they released a short press statement saying their advertising claims had already been substantiated.

NAD responded by bundling the case off to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Last December, the FTC decided that Kodak could claim their $110 savings – but on a minimum of four pages printed daily.

This tweaked text recognizes that consumers must guzzle an ink minimum before Kodak’s claims become viable. Kodak has asserted this alteration to their advertising vindicates them.

On the other hand, Hewlett Packard continues firing back. They most recently quoted a Lyra Research report that 50% of consumers never reach Kodak’s savings threshold.

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Who then does provide the cheapest printing? And do Kodak’s (seemingly) lower priced cartridges compromise quality? Comparisons of Kodak and Hewlett Packard’s printers are available through Google, though they report different things.

Broadly speaking – Kodak’s EasyShares give equal quality to HP’s PhotoSmart series, so long as Kodak photo paper is employed. This however cuts the potential savings of Kodak’s ink cartridges. By comparison, the PhotoSmarts offer a more vibrant printout – but degrade quickly.

Therefore neither brand is the undisputed champion of printing – putting to one side the minefield of ink cartridge pricing. The division between Kodak and Hewlett Packard will continue - while the consumer watches on, uncertain.

Clickinks March Madness Giveaway

I am so excited to announce a new Clickinks Giveaway! 

In February Clickinks held a popular Valentines Photo Contest, giving away an Apple iPod Touch to Valerie Blankenship of West Virginia. 

Now March has come, and Clickinks is mad about the giveaways! 

Make a wish and share!  Join the March Madness giveaway and let Clickinks make your wishes come true.  Let us know what you want and you may win your cart contents!




It is as simple as sharing your wish!

Become a fan on Facebook and Twitter, then share with us by post or tweet what you are wishing for. Save the items you would like in your shopping cart at Clickinks.com. At the end of March we will grant the wishes of 1 lucky winner!

Terms and Conditions
  1. The Sweepstakes entry period begins on March 1, 2010 and ends March 31, 2010.
  2. Clickinks.com shopping cart contents granted, up to $200!
  3. Open to all residents of US and Canada excluding employees of Clickinks.com and its affiliated companies.
  4. The winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries received.
  5. Clickinks.com reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  6. The winner agrees to use of their name and information to be associated with the drawing.

Scan Documents Straight To Evernote From Your Lexmark Printer

26. February 2010 13:06 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, scanning, printer purchase, iphone, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Lexmark has released a fantastic new application for their SmartSolution printers, enabling users to scan documents straight onto the storage website Evernote – without a computer.

The application is designed for 3 wireless Lexmark printers – the Interact, Prestige and Platinum. Straight from paper, documents and images are uploaded to the user’s Evernote account through the web-connected printer, simply with the press of a button.

For those that haven’t heard, Evernote is a storage service for users to capture and retain information through a range of devices. Stored data then remains available through anything connected to the internet.

Previously Evernote was accessible through devices including the iPhone. Lexmark’s application though is the first available for a printer.

For the SmartSolution printers meanwhile, the Evernote app is one of many available. Programs for MSNBC headlines and Google Calendar – alongside 18 others – come packaged with the wireless Lexmarks.

The Evernote app is available to download from Lexmark’s SmartSolution’s website.



Sources
Ben Parr, ‘Evernote Integrates With Lexmark Printers To Sync Your Scans,’ Mashable.com

How To Replace The Drum Unit In Your Laser Printer

Did you know the drum unit of your laser printer is separate from the toner cartridge? Like the toner, it occasionally needs replacing – at which time your printer LCD display may read ‘Change Drum Soon.’ However, if your printer doesn’t have an LCD display, you’ll know the drum unit needs replacing when prints have thick black spots, become blurry, or print out lighter than normal.

To replace the drum unit of your laser printer, please follow these simple steps:

1) If you’ve recently done printing, let the machine cool down. It gets hot!

2) Handle the drum carefully. It holds ink that can splatter!

3) Open the printer’s front cover.

4) If your laser printer includes a drum lever, flip it so that it’s vertical.

5) Pull the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly from the printer with the handle.

6) Hold the lock lever down on the assembly and remove the toner bin.

7) Take the new drum unit and remove the protective sheet.

8) Reinstall the toner cartridge into your new drum unit by sliding into place. If installed correctly, the lock lever will lift easily.

9) Slide your new assembly into the laser printer. It should snap into place.

10) Close the drum lock lever, if your laser printer comes equipped with one.

11) Close the top cover.

12) If your printer has an LCD display, press ‘Options’ then ‘Yes’ to ‘Replace Drum.’

13) Once the laser printer has finished recognizing the drum unit, you’re ready to print!

The old drum unit should be placed in a plastic bag. After that it can be recycled.

How To Install A Brother LC61 Ink Cartridge








If you own a Brother DCP or Brother MFC printer, you probably use the LC61 ink cartridge. But if you’ve had trouble installing it, follow these simple steps:

1) Close the printer’s document tray.
2) Lift the top cover.
3) Pull the ink cartridge hook toward you and remove the existing ink cartridge.
4) Take the Brother LC61 cartridge and remove the yellow tape from the cartridge front.
5) Insert the Brother LC61 into the empty slot, with the arrows facing skyward. Insert in the right direction, until the cartridge hook snaps into place.  Listen for a click, you may need to push firmly.
6) Close the printer top cover.

And that’s it! Your Brother LC61 cartridge is now correctly installed. Your PC may verify that the replacement cartridge is new – if so, press 1 on your printer’s dial pad. If not – press 2. After that – you’re ready to print again!