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Why Are Ink Cartridges So Expensive?

August 10th, 2010 No comments

Hook Line And Sinker? Or Sucker?
Have you ever wondered why printer ink cost so much? Do you wonder why your replacement ink cartridges cost more than the printer? Why does your printer ink cost more than 1,000 times as much as gas for your car?

1 Ounce of gas = $.023  |  1 Ounce of printer ink = $30.00
1 Gallon of gas = $3.00  |  1 Gallon of printer ink = $3840.00

There is one simple reason for this.

The Reason:
Most OEM manufacturers like HP, Canon and Epson take a loss or break even when selling their printers so they need to make their money elsewhere. Manufacturers spend millions each year in research and development on new printer technology. Their solution is to build their profits into the cost of the replacement cartridges. Many manufacturers include small starter cartridges with the anticipation that you will need to replace your ink cartridges quickly and many more times.

So What Can You Do To Avoid These High Costs?

  1. Do some research and compare the replacement ink cartridge prices before buying a new printer.
  2. Consider switching to remanufactured/ recycled ink cartridges that can save you up to 70% off the name brand cartridges.
  3. Recycle your old cartridges. Many stores will give you store credit and you will help save the environment at the same time!
  4. Make sure you have the right printer for the right job. The wrong printer will cost you dearly in the long run.

Price Comparison:

Let’s compare the prices of a couple of different ink cartridge models:

HP 88XL Black Ink = $36.99 | HP Compatible 88XL Black Ink = $13.99
You save = $23.00 or 63%!

Brother LC51BK Ink = $21.99 | Brother Compatible LC51BK Ink = $7.99
You save = $14.00 or 64%!

Canon CLI-221 Ink = $15.99 | Canon Compatible CLI-221 Ink = $7.99
You save = $8.00 or 50%!


The numbers used are approximate and are based on the average costs of HP ink cartridges with an average fill level of 15-20 milliliters. If you have any questions please contact us.

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Lexmark Government TAA Compliant Toner Cartridges

June 28th, 2010 No comments

New at Express-Inks – Genuine Lexmark Government TAA Compliant Toner Cartridges. These TAA compliant printer supplies can be purchased by government and affiliated entities while adhering to the Trade Agreement Act.

Lexmark specifically makes toners like the C736H4KG black print cartridge for the C736 printer series for use in federal contracts. We have also added the T650H41G for the T650, T652, T654 printers. We are adding more every day and you if you need a TAA Compliant toner that isn’t listed, you may Contact Us at anytime.

Free HP $15 Gas Card On Ink Cartridge Purchases Over $75

April 5th, 2010 No comments

Hewlett Packard is offering the end users a $15 gas gift card with the purchase of $75 in eligible Original HP inkjet ink cartridges. Purchases be on original HP ink cartridges models and must be at the same time, on the same invoice. View Offer

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HP PurchasEdge Rewards Program – Turn Everyday Purchases Into Free HP Products!

February 16th, 2010 No comments

Express-Inks is a proud authorized reseller of the HP PurchasEdge Rewards Program. Turn your everyday purchases into free HP products!

How It Works:

  • Enroll your company in the program.
  • Earn 150 free welcome points on your first log.
  • Shop for genuine original HP supplies at Express-Inks.
  • Express-Inks will submit your invoices to HP for you.
  • Earn 1 reward point for every $4 USD in qualifying purchases.
  • Shop for Free HP products with your reward points.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Business customers in the U.S. who purchase more than $500 USD in qualifying HP printing supplies per year.

Sample Of Some Qualifying Products:

Defining “Page Yields”

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Understanding “Page Yields” and what it means for you.
Page yields refers to the total prints a cartridge is supposed to print. Most customers will never receive the total pages a cartridge is supposed to yield. This is because the standard testing page inks only 5% of the entire page.  A typical text only document will cover about 10-25% of the page. You can see printing just a regular text only document, you will need to use 2-3 cartridges just to receive the total page yield that is stated.


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What is ISO 9001/9002?

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

ISO 9001/9002 And What It Means For You.

This basically sets a universal set of standards for print testing that is easily defined. This allows companies to compare products and research for quality and accuracy. Companies certified with the ISO standards must adhere to strict rules and guidelines. These rules are continuously changing and updating.


ISO 9000 is a family of standards for quality management systems. ISO 9000 is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization and is administered by accreditation and certification bodies. The rules are updated, as the requirements motivate changes over time.


ISO 9000:2005 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary describes fundamentals of quality management systems, which form the subject of the ISO 9000 family, and defines related terms.


ISO 9001:2008
ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems — Requirements is a document of approximately 30 pages which is available from the national standards organization in each country.


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What is MICR Toner?

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Answers to all your questions about MICR toner.


What exactly is MICR?

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition“, or “MICR“, is a unique character recognition technology adopted mainly by the banking industry to expedite while securing the processing of checks. MICR fonts are a special, unique and typically printed towards the bottom of the check.


MICR Toner:

MICR Toner provides the consumer the ability to print checks using a desktop laser printer with blank check stock. The toners are special formulas with a special grade of magnetic iron oxide which provides the characters with a magnetic signal.


What do i need to print my own checks?
You will need a laserjet printer, MICR toner, blank check stock and check printing software


 

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