Since the inception of inkjet printer cartridges, prices have seemingly become steadily higher when buying inkjet printer cartridges at popular retailers. Companies have learned that once a consumer has already purchased an inkjet printer they are very likely to continue purchasing inkjet printer cartridges for it, even if the prices are steep.
A further tactic is that the companies that produce printers often ship them with printer cartridges that contain less ink that those sold separately. Indeed buying authentic inkjet printer products retail can make the prices of having photos printed professionally, and visiting the copy shop to print out documents rather attractive by comparison. For these reasons consumers are continually searching for the cheapest ways to purchase inkjet refill cartridges. An inexpensive option when purchasing inkjet refill cartridge options is to purchase remanufactured ink jet printer cartridges.
These are cartridges that have been refilled either by the original manufacturer, or more often third-party companies. The most expensive and polluting part of an inkjet printer cartridge is the electronic printer head. Remanufactured inkjet printer heads are one of the most optimal forms of recycling. Buying remanufactured inkjet printer heads, at a low price, is a great way to protect the environment, and get good value at the same time.
Another way for consumers in search of bargain deals on inkjet printer cartridge refills is to buy online. Because they do not need to maintain a large retail presence online stores can offer reduced prices on inkjet products, and often have clearance sales because they sell so many. When buying online consumers can save even more money while buying remanufactured inkjet printer cartridge refills at clickinks.
Also buying in bulk can yield even more savings. Further consumers can purchase products for non-inkjet printers, like laser toner, or specialty papers. It doesn't even take a very large order to see savings on shipping charges, and these combined with the savings on the price of inkjet refill cartridges themselves offer tremendous value for consumers shopping for inkjet printer cartridge refills on a tight budget.
Recently Lexmark developed a new firmware and uploaded this new firmware on their website. Lexmark has been asking customers to download their new firmware and install it on their computer. Their new firmware has been tested and unfortunately it looks like the intention of the new firmware is to prevent customers from using compatible Lexmark 100xl inkjet cartridges. We suggest that you do not download and install new firmware from Lexmark's website unless you want to be restricted to the higher priced OEM cartridges. If you already downloaded and installed the new Lexmark firmware and I trying to use compatible ink cartridges, you should remove all Lexmark firmware and reinstall the previous version of your software from the original CD that came with your printer.
Compatible ink cartridge manufacturers are working feverishly on new chips now, and they will be available at Clickinks as soon as made available.
Clickinks compatible 100XL
ink cartridges start at $7.95 and OEMs start at $23.95.
Some of the printer models affected include:
Lexmark Impact S300
Lexmark Impact S305
Lexmark Pro 805
Lexmark Prestige PRO 805
Lexmark Pro 205
Lexmark Prospect PRO 205
Lexmark Pro 705
Lexmark Prevail PRO 705
Lexmark Pinnacle Pro 901
Lexmark Pro 905
Lexmark Platinum PRO 905
Lexmark Interpret S405
Lexmark Institution S505
Lexmark Interact S605*UPDATE: In an effort to keep up with the newest Lexmark firmware, Clickinks.com now has a new version of the 100xl cartridge that will work even if you have updated. Keep in mind that other suppliers may not yet have the latest micro chips.
Professional bakeries, and home based cake decorators, a new fun way to decorate is now available. Novelty baked goods such as photograph cakes have been made at larger commercial bakeries and grocery stores, now you can decorate your own cake at home using edible ink. Cake decoration has long been a serious art. From birthday cakes to wedding cakes, cake artists will tell you that it is all about presentation. All you need is a good photo printer from Canon or Epson, like the Canon IP
or Canon Pixma
, compatible ink cartridges or a refill kit and edible icing sheets.
Many cake decorating supply stores carry edible ink and icing sheets. I even found it online at Kopykake
Once an image is printed on an icing sheet, you can simply place it on top of the frosted cake or other baked good. The icing sheet will seamlessly absorb into cake frosting.
The use of an inkjet printer allows any one that is proficient with a computer to display perfect logos, complete Photoshop designs, family photographs and more like a true culinary artist.
You may want to thoroughly clean your printer before inserting your cartridges filled with edible ink. This way you can have your cake and feel comfortable eating it too.
I found a beautiful example at Sweetmoments
Who knew a regular photo printer could do so much! Whether you are a professional culinary artist or a mom who loves to create top notch birthday cakes, you will want to experiment with edible inks and see where this new method of cake decoration takes you.
If you have a great cake recipe or have accomplished a beautiful design, please share with us in the comments below.
Print News: Judge Rules on Lexmark Remanufactured Ink Court Case
Recently a seven year court battle between Lexmark
and a North Carolina-based company that enables compatible ink cartridges reached its final ruling. In December 2002, Lexmark sued Static Control Components for infringing on a computer program contained in its ink cartridges that made the printer inoperable, if it were found to be operating through ink cartridges refilled by companies other than Lexmark itself. Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled that their circumvention of Lexmark’s chip does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, meaning that the manufacturer may continue its activities.
The case originated in part because of the Lexmark Return Program: an initiative where consumers who sent their emptied cartridges, like the Lexmark 28A
, back to Lexmark, instead of third-party businesses, received a substantial discount on future purchases. Supplementing this program with consumers, Lexmark programmed their ink cartridges to become inoperable if the ink cartridge refill occurred outside Lexmark’s premises. The program undercut the remanufacturing industry, which depends on empty cartridges, and resulted in fewer Lexmark cartridges getting recycled.
Static Control Components, a business that doesn’t itself sell compatible ink cartridges, but makes microchips for the remanufacturing industry, responded to Lexmark with the production of a ‘Smartek’ program that nullifies Lexmark’s restrictions. The chip included its own version of Lexmark’s ‘Toner Loading Program’. The company began shipping its microchip in 2002.
Lexmark’s lawsuit against the company was filed on the premise that the North Carolina-company had copied its ‘Toner Loading Program,’ and had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Introduced in May 2001, this legislation was meant to protect the intellectual property of persons creating in a primarily digital medium. It is notable that Lexmark could not sue them for countermanding an initiative designed to undercut its competitors in the remanufacturing circuit, since this would violate competition laws. Lexmark’s attempts to prevent compatible ink cartridges from being produced through another manufacturers chip amounts to the same thing.
After a prolonged court battle extending not only from the Federal Court of Kentucky but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, it has now been ruled that Lexmark’s ‘Toner Loading Program’ does not amount to copyright-able property. Rather, the DMCA was meant to protect creative expression in film and music mediums and cannot be easily applied to a computer program or printer cartridge. Today’s decision amounts to a victory for the remanufacturing industry, which has enjoyed a contentious relationship with major brands while recycling ink cartridges
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.
Since the new "chipped" Epson cartridges have come out, we have received this question a few times. Not to worry, it is an easy fix and you will be able to continue using ther lower priced compatible cartridges!
There are usually only three reasons that this question is asked:-
The transport tab has not been removed. This is by far the most common reason and is very easy to resolve.
- Remove the cartridge
- Remove the transport tab
- Return the cartridge to the printer but
- Wait at least one hour before printing (preferably 24)
The printer is reporting an error (with lights on the printer or a message on screen). The error / message should tell you what the fault is and usually how to correct it. If there is an error light on the printer but no message on the screen, you may need to reinstall the "Epson Status Monitor" to see the what the error message is (refer to your Epson manual / CD). Messages may include
- "The installed ink cartridges differ from the original EPSON ink cartridges for this printer... ...You printouts may be different from those printed using the origional EPSON cartridges. Do you want to continue using the currently installed ink cartridges?" or similar message. Depending on the compatible cartridges, the printouts will usually not differ so simply reply "YES" to this message. Printing will continue as normal.
- Communication Error: This is usually down to the print cable not being plugged in but may also be down to hardware problems. This is never due to cartridge problems.
- Print cartridge not recognized: This can sometimes be resolved by removing the cartridge from the printer and carefully cleaning the chip on the cartridge. Simply lick a piece of tissue and gently rub it on the chip. Ensure the chip is dry and return the cartridge to the printer. If the error persists, it may be worth tring another cartridge. If more than three cartridge report this error then it may be a hardware fault occasionaly experienced with Epson printers.
The cartridge has an air lock - The printhead is moving backwards and forwards accross the page but little or no ink os being delivered.
- First check the transport tab - refer to "The transport tab has not been removed" above, otherwise R
- Remove the cartridge from the printer
- Hold the cartridge in the orientation it sits in the printer
- Give the cartridge a firm but sharp tap, down on a protected solid surface
- Return the cartridge to the printer but
- Wait at least one hour before printing (preferably 24)
Problems like this are rare, and are limited to the newer Epson printers. Be assured, you can always purchase lower priced, quality ink cartridges with ClickInks.com and we guarantee your satisfaction!
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