For years the printer cable was a tether by which the computer user was kept in spitting distance of their Epson
printer. A slave were they to the length of that copper wire. But no longer. For, according to a December 14th, 2009 press release from Epson, owners of network capable Epson printers, including the Artisan 810
and Workforce 610
, will be able to print their images wirelessly. The means of this freedom? Nothing less than Epson’s very own iPrint
Application, for use with the iPhone.
The Epson App is available from the iTunes App store, seated alongside similar releases from rival brands. Earlier this year both Hewlett Packard
enabled their customers to cast away their printer cables, so long as they own iPhones. The Apple device comes equipped with a sixth sense, meaning that it’s capable of automatically identifying printers in your network. It does this with WiFi. Yet persons seeking this printing freedom ought beware: according to a December 14th 2009 post by Ragu Magapann at TheStandard.com, the quality of images produced on the iPhone is mediocre.
Print News: HP Joins Anti-Counterfeiting Group
In recent years HP has invested huge amounts to combat counterfeit ink cartridge sellers. Now the cartridge giant has joined the anti-counterfeiting Global Leadership Group.
In an attempt to redouble its anti-counterfeiting efforts, HP has announced its membership of the Business Action to Stop Counterfeit and Piracy (BASCAP) Global Leadership Group. A worldwide organisation, members of the BASCAP co-operate to address property rights issues, as well as share resources to fight counterfeit groups. By the combination of their expertise, businesses within BASCAP aim to increase the effect of their anti-counterfeiting schemes, as well as educate consumers about the problem. Though HP is itself concerned with combating counterfeit ink sellers, BASCAP fights the sale of illegal goods across many electronics industries. BASCAP was formed in 2005 and since then has expanded steadily.
For HP, the rise of counterfeit ink cartridges has become a real problem. It is estimated that of the $3 billion lost to counterfeit sellers in the cartridge industry last year, $1 billion of that was lost by Hewlett Packard. This is according to market research by IDC. Combined with the tough climate of the recession – sales of HP products fell 21% this year in the US – counterfeiters today seriously undermine HP. This is due in part to changes in HP’s business model, which depends on the revenue from ink cartridges. They are sold at prices reaching half that of the printers themselves, which recoup only the cost of production.
Yet while making the ink and toner market incredibly profitable – according to BusinessWeek.com its value has ballooned from $11 billion to $45 billion in ten years – HP opened the way for counterfeiters. While the print giant spent this decade combating legitimate toner resellers, which depend on HP’s own empty cartridges, the market in counterfeit ink exploded. According to LatinTrade.com, since 2003 the revenue lost to counterfeiters has gone from $2 billion to $3 billion. The problem has become so massive that, between 2005-2008, HP’s anti-counterfeiting unit conducted 4,620 investigations, seizing $795 million in fake products.
The decision to join BASCAP is one of several attempts by CEO Mard V. Hurd to combat the counterfeit market. Talking to Cliff Edwards of BusinessWeek.com, he expressed concern that the widespread sale of fake HP toner would ‘damage [the brand’s] reputation. His concern is legitimate because, unlike ink resellers
which don’t pretend to sell original cartridges, counterfeiters imitate HP toner packaging. There are ways of distinguishing – counterfeit toner won’t bear HP’s security logo, for example – but often the imitations are too accurate to be discerned. Moreover, unlike sellers of counterfeit watches, which go for reduced prices, sellers of HP counterfeit ink cartridges often match the prices of the original.
Whether HP will enjoy any success because of its BASCAP membership remains to be seen. Their existing anti-counterfeiting measures have paid some dividends – HP’s website notes that the manufacturer has seized 15 million false ink and toner cartridges in three years. Moreover, HP retains a full-time Anti-Counterfeiting force in existence solely to combat counterfeiting groups. The Force advises customers if they’ve fallen victim to a fake cartridge seller, and also performs sting operations. However, though glamorous, it is difficult to determine what impact such measures are having on counterfeiting groups. Judging by the yearly revenue HP is losing to the black market, counterfeiters are not yet going anywhere.
You can print your own professional looking marketing pieces in house, with great results, saving money off the bottom line.
Spend a little extra to purchase the right paper, or print media. If you are sending out postcards or printing business cards, do not try to make do. Purchase the appropriate paper. This will make layout easier and the end product will turn out much more professional. Do not try to use inkjet paper on a laser printer, or laser paper on an inkjet printer.
Today’s inkjet printers do an amazing job of delivering bright, colorful marketing materials. Get the most out of your printer settings. Explore your printer's manual or printing options, and get acquainted with the Properties menu of your print dialog box. There are many settings available that will determine the quality of print, as well as allowing you to select the appropriate paper type. You probably have more printing options than you realize.
Most printers will accept a variety of paper sizes. Not only legal and letter size, you may also be able to print on postcards, envelopes and more. It is easy to get accustomed to printing only letter size sheets of paper without ever exploring the other paper sizes your printer can handle. So find your printer manual, or look it up online, and read up on your printer's capabilities.
Final Note: Have plenty of ink, toner, paper, labels and all other supplies on hand. Stock up on a combo pack at Clickinks.com
. There is nothing worse than running out of ink or paper at the last minute.
Here at Clickinks.com we are all about saving you time and money on ink, allowing you to print your beautiful photographs throughout the seasons. We know that many of you take some terrific photos, especially during this beautiful Holiday season. With that in mind we would like to invite you to participate in our first ever Facebook Photo Contest! We are giving away the following prizes:
2 amazing DSLR cameras
2 $50 Clickinks gift certificates
4 Certificates of Recognition!
How to Enter:
Visit our Clickinks Facebook Fan Page: http://bit.ly/PhotoCntst
Click on Photos
, then add your favorite photo to our Fan Photos
Get all your friends to comment on your photo!
The Contest runs until January 4th, 2010 - so don’t wait!
The Contest Details: We are looking for the best holiday photo!
There will be a 1st and second place winner as determined by Jack Hollingsworth
, one of the best known stock photographers in the world, as well as a consultant and twitter notable!
There will also be another 1st and second place winner as determined by Facebook comments, so get your friends involved as they could help you win 1 of these terrific prizes.
We want you to impress us! Holiday settings are a plus, as are Clickinks Christmas trees. Use your creativity, the more you impress us, the better your shot at winning!
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.
, 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.
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
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 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
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.
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.