Archive for September, 2012

Are OEM Toner Prices Going Up for Monochrome Laser Printers?

For most people who use laser printers or want to switch to using laser printers over inkjet, the monochrome or black and white laser printer is still your best option for day-to-day affordable laser printing. But what about purchasing toner on a month-to-month recurring basis for your laser printer? An article in PCWorld entitled, “Are printer companies gouging us on laser toner pricing?” talks about why OEM laser toner prices for monochrome printers continues to rise and what you should look out for. It is a known fact that most laser printer manufacturers cut printer equipment costs and make their money on supplies like ink and toner. But what are the reasons lately for branded cartridge price hikes? According to IDC’s Keith Kmetz, there are numerous reasons underlying increases in toner prices. The weak worldwide economy, environmental concerns, and the rise of paperless alternatives such as smartphones and tablets, have contributed to a drop in the overall number of pages being printed. In response, some vendors have increased their cartridge prices in hopes of generating greater profit margins and revenue out of the pages that are being printed. But are the price increases proportionate to the rate of inflation? The […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 09/26/2012 at 3:42 pm

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Canon Factory Closure May Reduce Availability of Canon and HP Ink and Toner

One of Japan’s biggest names in electronics manufacturing, Canon Inc. has shut down operations at three of four of its plants in China following massive anti-Japanese protests in China recently over Japan’s acquisition of the Diaoyu islands (known as the Senkaku islands in Japan) from a “private Japanese owner,” that China claims belong to them. According to NBC News “the move incensed Beijing” and has led to many Japanese major manufacturing plants like Toyota, Honda and Panasonic including shops and restaurants being attacked by angry protesters. Canon has halted “production lines at its laser printer factory in Guangdong, a digital camera factory in Guangdong, and a copier plant in Jiangsu, Japanese media reported.” Ratcheting up tensions further on Monday, Chinese state media warned Japan it could suffer another “lost decade” if trade ties soured. Japan counted China as its top trade partner last year, with total two-way trade of more than $340 billion. If things don’t ease up soon it can not only send “relations between Asia’s two biggest economies into crisis,” but also affect business on a local and international scale. For example, the result of the major Canon factory closure could lead to a shortage of brand name […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 09/25/2012 at 8:03 am

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3 Opinions on Refilled Toner

Have you tried refilled toner? What are your opinions on it? We’ve had many people ask us why we don’t refill toner and our answer has always been that we don’t compromise on quality for cost. Most people save 30-50% buying our compatible and remanufactured ink and remanufactured toner and are very happy with their cost savings over OEM and the high-quality print outputs they receive. Here are some of the opinions that we’ve heard over the years from people who’ve used refilled toner that they’ve filled themselves or bought from “drill and fill” suppliers: I’ve tried refilled toner – and I will never go that route again… Those who’ve tried a cheap toner refill might have been excited by the cost-savings but ended up highly disappointed with the results. Most people have the same complaint – very messy, poor print quality, toner leaks, streaks across the page or total areas get missed while printing.  Most people agreed that very cheap refilled toners are a definite waste of money, and not worth the time, effort, or worse – damaging your expensive printer. Doing it yourself is NOT an option… Unlike inkjet cartridges that use liquid ink, toner cartridges use a […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 09/24/2012 at 3:05 pm

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The Epson Stylus Photo 2200 – Photo Printing At Its Best

The Epson Stylus Photo 2200 is a great printer for avid and enthusiastic photographers. Serious photographers will appreciate the high-quality prints they get that are true to their original, in quality, vibrancy and clarity. The Epson 2200 can print on a variety of different papers including some of the more common glossy and semi-gloss photo papers, to water color papers, matte papers, enhanced matte paper to the more exotic velvet art papers, egg shell and other long-lasting papers. Epson claims that its ink formulations can last 75+ years. Users of the Epson Stylus Photo 2200 find its print quality superior to most other photo printer brands in the market, and even the black and white prints are sharp with rich deep blacks standing out against stark whites. The egg shell paper prints (Epson terms it as Luster), also turn out fantastic since most other printers aren’t capable of printing on this paper. The Epson is capable of taking in seven regular cartridges, and one special black cartridge for matte printing. The best part is all the cartridges can be bought individually which means if your run out of a particular colour it is easily replaced without having to replace the […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 09/20/2012 at 3:05 pm

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Top THREE Reasons to Switch to Remanufactured Toner

Did you know that each and every year literally MILLIONS of ink and toner cartridges end up in the landfill? You might simply throw a toner cartridge in the trash after a one-time use but have you thought about how long it takes to disintegrate? At least 1000 years because of all of it’s plastic parts. That’s right, that long. If you want to encourage recycling and save money at the same time, you need to switch to remanufactured toner cartridges. Here are THREE reasons why you should be using remanufactured toner cartridges: 1) To save money: If you look at the cost per print, you’ll find most remanufactured toner cartridges can save you at least 30-50% off the cost of buying OEM. Imagine buying double the amount for half the price. In fact as part of its Environmental Purchasing Program, King County, Washington, bought remanufactured toner instead of branded toner and ended up saving a whopping $350,000 on 4000 cartridges! 2) To create more jobs and go local: Many ink refill centres and cartridge remanufacturers are business owners in your local community. By buying from them you support local jobs in your area and give to your economy. For […]

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Posted by Island Ink-Jet - 09/19/2012 at 3:02 pm

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