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What is the Quality of refilled Ink and Toner Cartridges?

Is the quality of the remanufactured ink and toner printer cartridges being sold out there as good as the OEM (original equipment manufactures) cartridges? That’s kind of like asking if the quality of aftermarket automobile parts are as good as the OEM part. The answer in both cases is it really depends on the manufacturing process’ and the quality control of the remanufacturer to produce a product that meets the quality of the original part. All remanufactured products are not created equal. Continue reading

Customer Service Lesson

Picture this, I walk in to a car dealership one day to look around and see if there’s a car on the lot that might interest me. Standing there looking around and here comes the sales associate that will be working with me.  He asks me how I’m doing and we do the normal small talk for a few minutes and then I’m asked what I’m looking for. He seems very nice and say’s he believes he has a model that will be perfect for me. He walk’s me over to where the car is. It looks real nice, right color, right model and the price seems to be just about what I think I can afford. He proceeds to tell me what’s under the hood and the options the car comes with. You won’t believe what happens next! Continue reading

Affordable Laser Printers for $750

This is last in our series for choosing printers that fall within certain budget guide lines. In our previous post we talked about printers that fell in the $150, $300 and the $500 range. Now we are going to cover the $750 range which includes machines for the small to medium-size work groups, monochrome lasers that are fast and hold lots of paper, color lasers with good speed, multi-function models that handle heavier volume and most importantly, cheap toner. Continue reading

AFFORDABLE INKJET PRINTER FOR A $300 BUDGET

HP OFFICEJET PRO 8600

Here is the second installment of our four part series with top picks for printers in four budget categories, $150, $300, $500 and $750. For the $300 budget, the All-in-one HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 printer gets a thumbs up  in this price range. This is a state-of-the-art inkjet MFP (multi-function printer) in just about every respect. And if that’s not enough, its ink costs are among the lowest in the industry.

This machine has both speed and features. It prints at a record-setting speed of 13.2 pages per minute printing plain text, it also was very fast when printing photos, copying, and scanning. Its many features include universal automatic duplexing for copying, scanning, printing and supports legal-size paper, both on the flatbed scanner and in the 50 sheet ADF. One thing this machine can’t do is print on a CD or DVD but if that is a feature you really need there are many other choices out there that specialize in this feature. The context-sensitive touch control does seem a little slow to react.

You can print from your smartphone, tablet, or from a remote location. HP’s free ePrint service lets you e-mail print jobs to the Officejet Pro 8600 Plus or any other e-print enabled HP printer.

It takes the HP 951 series inks which come in the standard yield and the high yield versions. The standard yield gives you 1,000 pages for the black and 700 pages for each of the colors and are priced at $26.99 for the black and $19.99 for each of the colors. The high yield version cartridges have page yields of 2,300 pages for the black and is priced at $36.99 and 1,500 pages for each of the colors with a price tag of $27.99 for each color. Going with the high yield just makes sense.

Other choices you may want to look at in this price range is the Epson Artisan 837 Color inkjet All-In-One and the Dell 2350dn Laser Printer.

If you need help in choosing a printer for home or office use gives us a call at Ink & Toner Solutions, inc and we would be glad to guide you through this process.

Living the Green Dream

There is a word we are all beginning to hate: green. Everyone is on the wave of a new catchy era. Let’s go green for the planet. Few can back it up. Especially businesses. People will shop green and some don’t even bother to check facts. For the last 5+ years Ink and Toner Solutions, Inc. has been providing an alternative to buying cartridges from the original manufacturers and then throwing out the large hunk of plastic. Recycle. Send them to industries whose sole purpose is to clean, rebuild, refill and reuse this plastic piece and return it to the world as a remanufactured ink or toner, ready to serve our office needs again. It is a sustainable process thus created. Very little waste and money and landfills saved.
But that’s not all we do as a small business. We can do more. All packaging materials are saved and reused in deliveries to customers and returns for recycling. Including the internal packing bags of air and Eco-friendly peanuts. Our local deliveries are either done on foot or by local bike currier if the order is small. Customers also enjoy the excuse to get out and walk down main street and pickup to avoid shipping. We love this enthusiasm. Another thing is our resident techie, Ed will walk to local businesses and if out of range he uses a zip car Prius. And we’ve upgraded to L.E.D. lighting.
What is setting our business apart from larger competitors is that we are actively supporting local businesses. We are responsibly recycling our returns and the more our community recycles with us, the lower our prices get. Which, in the way of everything green, is only natural.

Brother Drums

One question we get a lot in our store is “Why do I have a “Drum Near End” error coming up on my Brother printer?”  The drum is the part many printers that applies the toner to the paper, so it plays a very important part in the printing process.  This error comes up whenever the counter in the Brother printer nears the end of the drum’s useful lifespan. This information is for Brother printers in the DCP, HL and MFC series primarily. Continue reading