When installing your Epson T5801 Ink Cartridge into your Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer
, you may find these instructions helpful:
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.
Recently there was a meeting between labeling regulators and ink cartridge
brands at The National Conference on Weights and Measures.
According we reported in this blog
, the US Conference of Weights and Measures would compel manufacturers to improve their labeling standards.
No longer could Epson cartridges list misleading printout yields. No longer would HP hide the ink volume of their cartridges. Instead consumers would pick up an OEM cartridge – they’d see that it housed 20ml of ink – they’d realize it cost $24.99 – and they’d snort with disgust.
Years later and OEM cartridge profits would plummet an estimated $5 billion.
Of course that was last month, and the brilliant dawn of realization hasn’t happened. There are two possibilities:
(1) the labelling regulators and toner brands are still debating or
(2) The conference was sensationalized.
Post-conference ink labeling standards remain the same, and we must accept that The Weights and Measures Conference solved nothing.
Yet there has been fallout in the blogging world.
On February 2 Taeho Lim at Cartridge News outlined his scheme to help consumers keep track of their toner use. He proposes that consumers who know their rate of ink consumption could make more informed decisions, and that printer software ought display this.
In short, he takes the consumer desire for more information as literal. By doing this Lim misses the point of the labeling furore completely.
The absence of accurate labeling is a problem because OEM brands are hiding the real cost of ink from consumers. That consumers wish to precede each purchase with a quantitative analysis of how the last cartridge fared (as Lam suggests) is unlikely.
Dean Gallea of Consumer Reports even argues that the most useful information
for consumers is that already given by OEM brands: pageyield. To label the volume of ink contained in a cartridge will not tell consumers how many prints the cartridge contains; some printouts use more ink than others.
Instead, stating the volume of ink on the cartridge is important because it tells consumers how much they’re paying per liter. It lets consumers compare what they pay with the cost of production. It reveals OEM brands for the price gougers they (likely) are.
Charles le Compte of Lyra Research puts it best: volume information “sets in motion a dynamic that will drive down cartridge prices over time.” Once the consumer not only complains but proves he’s being overcharged, prices must tumble.
Before The Conference of Weights and Measures, chief Max Gray told American Public Media why he targeted ink cartridge labeling: “All of this lack of clarity… led me to feel that maybe this should be addressed.”
To what end addressed?
Gray may intend that OEM brands give all possible facts, as Lim outlines. He may be launching a covert attack to make OEM brands lower their prices. The conference last month solved nothing: ink cartridge
labels remain unclear.
With any luck what Gray intends will become clear in the near future.
Clickinks.com will soon unveil Epson remanufactured ink cartridges!
Many of the most popular, effective ink and toner cartridges that Clickinks currently offers are remanufactured products, helping homes and offices reduce their environmental impact.
Clickinks Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are cost-effective and high quality; they result in lower waste, fewer chemicals, lower energy use and fewer materials. Each remanufactured cartridge keeps pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills and saves gallons of oil.
Clickinks remanufactured ink and toner cartridges come with a 100% no-risk, quality guarantee
, and are much more affordable than the original brand OEM ink cartridges.
As we transition our Epson ink and toner cartridges
to the environmentally-preferable products, Clickinks will attempt to keep the lowest prices possible, while delivering you the highest quality. Rest assured that you will continue to find a significant savings over OEM ink cartridges.
Please join Clickinks
in supporting the transition to a greener Earth.
Inked: The history of printer ink
An ink is a liquid containing a mixture of pigments and or dyes used for coloring a surface to produce an image or text.
Ink is a compound medium composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, surfactants and other materials. The materials serve many purposes including controlling flow, thickness of the ink and the print results.
Up until the mid 1980’s, with the introduction of home computers, consumers did not have the freedom of home printing. Today in the U.S. most homes have printing, faxing and scanning options. As a result, buying a cartridge of ink is now a part of both business and consumers shopping lists, similar to buying a bottle of ink for fountain pens years ago.
The majority of ink cartridges from companies selling remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges, like Clickinks.com
, contain dye based ink. OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) cartridges may contain pigment based ink. You will get a wider range of color into dyes than into pigments. Consequently, dye based inks tend to be more vibrant than pigment based inks. However, results depend upon the overall printer design.
Some printer brands use a combination of both dye and pigmented, other printers can use either type of ink, while still others are only restricted to dye based or only restricted to pigment based.
The price of replacing printer cartridges has recently become a point of contention with consumers, especially as prices are lowered on printers. The major printer manufacturers like Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Dell, Canon, Epson and Brother, often only break even selling printers, because they plan to make a sizeable profit by selling cartridges over the life span of the printer.
One reason printers are now available at much lower prices is because, in order to continue benefiting from cartridge sales, they have installed microchips on their cartridges to interact with the printer in a way that prevents operation when the ink level is low or when the cartridge has been refilled. Many cartridges produce up to 38% more prints, even though the chip stated that the cartridge was empty.
Customers can often cut printing costs by using ink cartridge refill kits, or by purchasing new non-O.E.M./Original equipment manufacturer brands. The non-OEM equipment can include Compatible or Remanufactured ink cartridges. The replacement of OEM ink cartridges is more common in other countries, with United States starting to catch up. These less expensive alternative cartridges sometimes have more ink than the original OEM branded ink cartridges and may produce the same, better, or sometimes inferior quality, depending on a variety of factors, including the retailer chosen, and their ability to produce a quality product.
Some manufacturers like HP, Dell and Lexmark have built-in the printer head on the cartridge. This also makes the printers cheaper, but the cartridges more expensive because with every replacement you are paying for a new precision print head. Other brands, such as Epson, do not include the print head and so the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.
Empty laser toner cartridges
, inkjet cartridges
, photocopier toner bottles and drums are many times discarded, and are now piling up tons of waste in landfills. This waste is now avoidable with the use of Remanufactured products. Remanufactured printer supplies, now available from stores like Clickinks.com
, utilize a smart recycling process to recycle cartridges to like new products.
Compatible, Remanufactured and OEM cartridges can be found at www.Clickinks.com
The usage of printers, fax machines, copiers and scanners, along with printer ink and toner cartridges are prominent in most homes and offices. Many times the printer ink tends to become dry too quickly if not used often, or never produces optimum quality from the start.
You should buy the printer ink and toner from the right source in order to get the best quality results. The store you choose should carry all the popular products, such as Epson
and HP printer ink
. Many such shops are available, but they do not all sell at the best price, and they will many times be out of stock of your particular printer cartridge. The best choice for finding your printer ink and toner is Clickinks.com
. This secure online shop is trusted by more customers. Clickinks.com
offers the ink and toner for every brand printer, including Brother
and more. Clickinks.com
also supplies printer cables
, and other office supplies
. You can browse through the wide variety of ink cartridges according to the printer model or cartridge model on the website. Clickinks.com
also offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy for all the ink and toner cartridges. Just visit Clickinks.com
online and place an order for your home, or save more by placing a bulk ink order for your office. If you need support you can always call the Ink Experts at 1-800-706 INKS.
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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