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Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market

September 21st, 2012 1 comment

Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Market By The End Of 2013
In an industry that is coming under increased competition and decreased sales, Lexmark has announced a shift in strategies and will no longer continue in the inkjet market. Lexmark will focus it’s attention on high volume business printing while abandoning the consumer market. Bad news for consumers but good news for stock holders with stocks climbing up 13.7% on the announcement.

What Does This Mean If You Have a Lexmark Inkjet Printer?
Lexmark has announced that all inkjet related production will cease by the end of 2013 and will no longer manufacture OEM ink cartridges. They will continue to provide service, support and aftermarket (Non-OEM) supplies. This means consumers will be forced to buy remanufactured cartridges or in some cases buy new printers.

Will I Have To Buy A New Printer?
Not right away since there are still OEM and aftermarket supplies available. Remanufactured cartridges are available for most models. These remanufactured cartridges are dependent on having empty cores/ cartridges and when these run out, so will aftermarket options. This won’t happen for a long times since estimates have current OEM availability at 3-6 months from the time manufacturing stops, aftermarket supplies will run out 3-6 months after that.

Lexmark has announced plans to sell it’s inkjet patents. When Lexmark sells it’s patents, the buyer will then be legally able to manufacture OEM quality cartridges. If and when this could possibly happen is unknown at this time.

Tags: Lexmark, Inkjet, Ink

Lexmark Firmware Update Kills Aftermarket Toners!

March 17th, 2011 No comments

Say No To Lexmark’s Firmware Updates!
Lexmark has released new firmware updates that promise end users improved prints. Many of these consumers choose aftermarket supplies because of the extreme price tags Lexmark has for it’s consumables. Unknowingly consumers have installed the new software that prevents any aftermarket cartridge from working in these printers. The consumer must install all OEM cartridges in order for the printer to print. This firmware upgrade is irreversible according to Lexmark.

Is This Anti-Competitive, Restrictive Trade Practice Legal?
Consumers are crying “Foul” and stated they were unaware that they would no longer have a choice of supplies. Many have gone farther to say they feel duped or tricked. Aftermarket manufacturers say this creates a clear Monopoly and is a clear violation of the law. Lexmark is setting a dangerous precedent not only in the imaging aftermarket but the global aftermarket. What’s next, will you be forced to buy dealership car parts and won’t be able to buy aftermarket (Autozone, NAPA) replacements? With big names like IBM, Katun and Static Control heavily invested in the aftermarket, law suits are sure to follow. We will keep you posted with any developments that happen.

What Can I Do To Prevent This Happening To Me?
Turn off automatic updates for all brands of printers. Many updates do not affect the average consumer. Make sure you read all terms and conditions for any software/ firmware update. Have employees sign employee firmware agreements that require manager approval before updating. Apply warning labels/ stickers to all your printers to not update the firmware without approval.

Download Firmware Documents

Say No To Firmware Upgrades
Firmware upgrade information.

Say No To Lexmark Firmware Upgrades
Lexmark firmware upgrade information.

Say No To Firmware Upgrades Printer Labels
Firmware upgrade “Warning” printer labels. Caution employees about firmware upgrades.

Employee Firmware Agreement.
Employee/ technician agreement preventing them from upgrading firmware arbitrarily.

Tags: Lexmark, Firmware, Aftermarket, Toner.

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.