The Eastman Kodak Company’s stock price fell to a new low on Wednesday, as reports came in that the ailing company is about to seek bankruptcy court protection. This leaves many people questioning how Kodak could have fallen so far and so fast. Eastman Kodak, a technology titan of the industrial age, has been struggling for years. Kodak's cash crop of film and film processing was killed by digital photography and at home printing. The Wall Street Journal, quoting unidentified insiders, said Kodak is preparing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing "in the coming weeks".
As the market began to turn away from film cameras and more consumers started purchasing digital cameras, Eastman Kodak was in the position where they needed to diversify their technology offerings. Kodak began selling printers to consumers in 2007. Kodak’s strategy was to run counter to the industry's prevailing approach of offering a more expensive printer and cheaper ink. The majority of inkjet or laser printer manufacturers sell the printers at a loss in hopes of recouping their money on the sale of high priced ink cartridges and toner. (You can beat them at their game by buying your replacement ink cartridges from Clickinks.com.)
By 2010, the company held 3% of the all-in-one inkjet printer market world-wide, up from 1% in 2008. Kodak's strategy was to subsidize the business on the cost of the printers until its installation base was large enough to generate a proportional amount of ink sales. Still, because it’s proprietary ink refills were cheaper than its other OEM competition (HP, Canon, and Epson); Kodak was trying to sell its printers at a higher price than competitors. But as of last quarter, Kodak's innovative printers still weren't turning a profit.
Fear not, if you are a fan of Kodak. There is still a chance that the company will rebound, can avoid bankruptcy and continue making great printers and other products. But when it comes to your ink needs, Clickinks always offers all of the ink cartridges that you may require. Just go to Clickinks.com and save yourself some money and the environment in one simple internet transaction.
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.
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
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?
Visit Clickinks.com Facebook page
Click on Photos, and then add your favorite Valentines, romantic, loving photo to our Fan Photos
Get all your friends to “like” your photo!
If you have the most liked Valentines photo, you will win an Apple iPod Touch!
Fan Photos at Christmas awarded 4 talented Clickinks contest winners
with Cameras and Ink money!
for additional details on this Valentines Photo Contest.
The Contest ends February 28, 2010 - so don’t wait!
Most couples save the photo album
for after the wedding. But when North Carolina resident Derick Childress stumbled upon a novel way to propose to girlfriend Emily, his Canon 7D digital camera
saw some major use. To generate his light-writing proposal, Derick employed 2 friends and took more than 800 exposures over 3 nights.
Their website, derickandemily.com, hosts a Making Of video
– but (perhaps thanks to links from Neatorama) it’s currently down.
Valentines Day is upon us, what romantic inspiration do you have?