2012-12-31

Kodak logo
Via Businesspundit.com

Earlier this year, we received astounding news: Printing giant Kodak will cease making inkjet printers in 2013. This is part of its plan to reorganize the company as dictated by the  terms of their bankruptcy filing in February 2012.

Kodak (also known as the Eastman Kodak Company, is an old company with a lot of history under its belt. Here are some highlights from its epic history:


  • 1885 — George Eastman invents roll film, the predecessor for modern movie film.
  • 1889 — The Eastman Kodak Company is founded by George Eastman in Rochester, New York.
  • 1900 — Kodak's BROWNIE camera is released to the general public. At a cost of $1, this camera is widely considered to be the one that brought photography to non-professionals.

vintage Kodak Brownie camera ad
Via Smarthistory.khanacademy.org


original digital camera Kodak
Via Retrothing.com

  • 2001 — Kodak enters the digital camera market with the EasyShare camera. It quickly becomes a hit due to its easy-to-use uploading dock.
  • 2004 — Kodak production of traditional film cameras ceases; disposable camera sales continue.
  • 2005 —The EasyShare-One, the very first Wifi-capable camera, is released into the market. Kodak makes its mark as the first company to release a camera capable of distributing a user's photos over the Internet.

Kodak EasyShare camera
Via Camera-anand.blogspot.com

  • 2007 — Kodak enters the inkjet printer market with the Kodak EasyShare printer line
  • 2012 — Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, terminating production of digital cameras, digital picture frames, and small video cameras.
  • 2013 — Kodak will end sales of all inkjet printers. The company will no longer make inkjet printers, but will continue selling Kodak ink to existing printer customers.

digital camera photo printer
Via Digital.thejoytime.com

Kodak still continues to be active in the commercial printing business, and still produces the little yellow disposable cameras they're so famous for. But their reign in the world of printing, however brief, will not be forgotten.

Do you have any great memories using Kodak products? How do you feel about the company changing its business plan so drastically? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

Sources: Wikipedia.org (pages), Mashable, CNN Money, Telegraph, Kodak.com, links.
12/31/2012 04:00:00 AM Brit McGinnis
Kodak logo
Via Businesspundit.com

Earlier this year, we received astounding news: Printing giant Kodak will cease making inkjet printers in 2013. This is part of its plan to reorganize the company as dictated by the  terms of their bankruptcy filing in February 2012.

Kodak (also known as the Eastman Kodak Company, is an old company with a lot of history under its belt. Here are some highlights from its epic history:


  • 1885 — George Eastman invents roll film, the predecessor for modern movie film.
  • 1889 — The Eastman Kodak Company is founded by George Eastman in Rochester, New York.
  • 1900 — Kodak's BROWNIE camera is released to the general public. At a cost of $1, this camera is widely considered to be the one that brought photography to non-professionals.

vintage Kodak Brownie camera ad
Via Smarthistory.khanacademy.org


original digital camera Kodak
Via Retrothing.com

  • 2001 — Kodak enters the digital camera market with the EasyShare camera. It quickly becomes a hit due to its easy-to-use uploading dock.
  • 2004 — Kodak production of traditional film cameras ceases; disposable camera sales continue.
  • 2005 —The EasyShare-One, the very first Wifi-capable camera, is released into the market. Kodak makes its mark as the first company to release a camera capable of distributing a user's photos over the Internet.

Kodak EasyShare camera
Via Camera-anand.blogspot.com

  • 2007 — Kodak enters the inkjet printer market with the Kodak EasyShare printer line
  • 2012 — Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, terminating production of digital cameras, digital picture frames, and small video cameras.
  • 2013 — Kodak will end sales of all inkjet printers. The company will no longer make inkjet printers, but will continue selling Kodak ink to existing printer customers.

digital camera photo printer
Via Digital.thejoytime.com

Kodak still continues to be active in the commercial printing business, and still produces the little yellow disposable cameras they're so famous for. But their reign in the world of printing, however brief, will not be forgotten.

Do you have any great memories using Kodak products? How do you feel about the company changing its business plan so drastically? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

Sources: Wikipedia.org (pages), Mashable, CNN Money, Telegraph, Kodak.com, links.

2012-12-24


Christmas photo camera man photographerMerry Christmas from CompandSave! Chances are you have taken a lot of pictures over the last few days. Now it’s time to print them out, to make room from New Year’s Eve pictures!

Here comes the tricky part: Standard printers might not hold up to the challenge of printing quality holiday pictures. The prints might not be crystal clear, and it may demand too much ink from the printer itself. What to do?

In times like these, it’s best to buy a printer specially designed for photos. Our favorite is the PhotoSmart printer series from HP. They are specifically designed to cope with the demands of printing images. In addition, there are many other brands and manufacturers which offer printers capable of printing images, as well as many kinds of photo paper.

However there is an additional problem with printing quality holiday pictures: They demand a lot of printer ink. But that’s where we come in! CompandSave offers many compatible ink cartridges that enable printer users to produce high quality images, while saving money by not buying ink cartridges directly from the manufacturer. We even offer compatible ink cartridges for HP PhotoSmart printers!

Santa Claus camera photo photographerWe hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and that the photos containing your holiday memories come out with the best quality possible. We work hard all year round to give you the best quality ink cartridges and printer supplies, so that anything you print out will be exactly how you need it. From our families to yours, happy holidays!

Are you planning to take a lot of pictures this holiday season? If so, what are you planning to do with them (framing, scrapbooks, cards, etc.)? Let us know in the comments, and have a great holiday!


About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
12/24/2012 05:00:00 AM Andrew Yeung

Christmas photo camera man photographerMerry Christmas from CompandSave! Chances are you have taken a lot of pictures over the last few days. Now it’s time to print them out, to make room from New Year’s Eve pictures!

Here comes the tricky part: Standard printers might not hold up to the challenge of printing quality holiday pictures. The prints might not be crystal clear, and it may demand too much ink from the printer itself. What to do?

In times like these, it’s best to buy a printer specially designed for photos. Our favorite is the PhotoSmart printer series from HP. They are specifically designed to cope with the demands of printing images. In addition, there are many other brands and manufacturers which offer printers capable of printing images, as well as many kinds of photo paper.

However there is an additional problem with printing quality holiday pictures: They demand a lot of printer ink. But that’s where we come in! CompandSave offers many compatible ink cartridges that enable printer users to produce high quality images, while saving money by not buying ink cartridges directly from the manufacturer. We even offer compatible ink cartridges for HP PhotoSmart printers!

Santa Claus camera photo photographerWe hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and that the photos containing your holiday memories come out with the best quality possible. We work hard all year round to give you the best quality ink cartridges and printer supplies, so that anything you print out will be exactly how you need it. From our families to yours, happy holidays!

Are you planning to take a lot of pictures this holiday season? If so, what are you planning to do with them (framing, scrapbooks, cards, etc.)? Let us know in the comments, and have a great holiday!


About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-12-17

If your company is open during the holidays (or even if you’re printing your own Christmas cards), it pays to take care of your printers. Printers are very useful tools during the holiday season, and functional ink cartridges are the key to all the beautiful images we see in holiday-related media.

Here are our tips for the caring and keeping of printer ink cartridges:

1. Store printer cartridges properly after purchase.

printer ink cartridge colorIf you are not going to use a cartridge immediately, make sure it is kept in the original packaging that it came in (if it is in good condition and the seal is not broken). Be careful to not store the cartridge in conditions that are too warm — this can lead to the ink expanding, which can lead to leaks. The print head must also face upwards to prevent leaks, and to protect it.

Special Note: If the cartridge has been taken out of its packaging, make sure you find some sort of packaging to protect it. Also, make sure never to store different colored inks together — if one leaks, you can lose both cartridges.


woman printer office worker2. Make sure printer cartridges don’t dry out.

Looking after your ink cartridge doesn’t stop the moment you put it in the printer. Regular maintenance needs to be carried out, to make sure the ink doesn’t dry up within the cartridge. Dried-out ink cartridges can cause harm to your printer, if you try to use it, with dry ink.

To stop your printer ink cartridges from becoming dry, use your printer at least once a week. Most printers have a test button which will print out one page using all of the inks, which will test the status of all the ink cartridges.



3. Work to prevent printer cartridge clogs.

A common mishap with printers is clogged printer ink cartridge heads. To prevent this, wipe the print heads of your cartridges (after removing them from the printer, of course!) with a damp linen cloth. This method should be completed every month, because it will help your printer and cartridges produce more quality prints for a longer period of time.

printer ink cartridges
Ink cartridges are important parts of your printer, and need to be maintained just like any other piece of machinery. During the holiday season (the season of fliers and cards!), having working printing cartridges is more important than ever. Prevent future mishaps — tend to your printer cartridges!

Do you have a printer cartridge mishap story? How do you take care of your printer cartridges? tell us in the comments!


About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

12/17/2012 02:03:00 PM Andrew Yeung
If your company is open during the holidays (or even if you’re printing your own Christmas cards), it pays to take care of your printers. Printers are very useful tools during the holiday season, and functional ink cartridges are the key to all the beautiful images we see in holiday-related media.

Here are our tips for the caring and keeping of printer ink cartridges:

1. Store printer cartridges properly after purchase.

printer ink cartridge colorIf you are not going to use a cartridge immediately, make sure it is kept in the original packaging that it came in (if it is in good condition and the seal is not broken). Be careful to not store the cartridge in conditions that are too warm — this can lead to the ink expanding, which can lead to leaks. The print head must also face upwards to prevent leaks, and to protect it.

Special Note: If the cartridge has been taken out of its packaging, make sure you find some sort of packaging to protect it. Also, make sure never to store different colored inks together — if one leaks, you can lose both cartridges.


woman printer office worker2. Make sure printer cartridges don’t dry out.

Looking after your ink cartridge doesn’t stop the moment you put it in the printer. Regular maintenance needs to be carried out, to make sure the ink doesn’t dry up within the cartridge. Dried-out ink cartridges can cause harm to your printer, if you try to use it, with dry ink.

To stop your printer ink cartridges from becoming dry, use your printer at least once a week. Most printers have a test button which will print out one page using all of the inks, which will test the status of all the ink cartridges.



3. Work to prevent printer cartridge clogs.

A common mishap with printers is clogged printer ink cartridge heads. To prevent this, wipe the print heads of your cartridges (after removing them from the printer, of course!) with a damp linen cloth. This method should be completed every month, because it will help your printer and cartridges produce more quality prints for a longer period of time.

printer ink cartridges
Ink cartridges are important parts of your printer, and need to be maintained just like any other piece of machinery. During the holiday season (the season of fliers and cards!), having working printing cartridges is more important than ever. Prevent future mishaps — tend to your printer cartridges!

Do you have a printer cartridge mishap story? How do you take care of your printer cartridges? tell us in the comments!


About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-12-10


printer ink cartridge dirtyThere are several different types of printer ink cartridges. Most printer manufacturers make their own ink cartridges custom-made to fit the various models they manufacture. Therefore Canon cartridges will be different from HP Deskjet cartridges, even though the essential function is the same.

How it Works

Printer ink cartridges are basically replaceable sealed units that contain the specially processed ink a printer uses during its functioning. The cartridges typically contain one or more partitioned ink reservoirs.

There are basically two core designs as far as cartridges are concerned: the thermal and the piezoelectric. Most printers meant for home or business (such as the LaserJet M1212nf) use thermal inkjet cartridges. The ink reservoirs of these cartridges contain a heating element equipped with a tiny metal plate or resistor in each of their partitions.

It is important to remember that the ink in thermal inkjet printers perform a dual role by also acting as a coolant to heating elements. This makes it all the more essential that the cartridge is refilled or replaced as soon as the ink supply is depleted, so the print head isn’t damaged.

Types of Printer Ink Cartridges

It becomes essential that users know exactly what type of ink cartridge to purchase for their printer. There are three main kinds of ink refill packs available on the market.

The first is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges, made of company-produced refills for each printer model. They are the oldest type of refills available and the most expensive, though the quality can be high.
printer ink cartridge color
The second type is compatible cartridges. They are manufactured by third-party companies and do not carry the original brand names. They cost only a fraction of the price of the OEMs.

Last, there are remanufactured (or refurbished) cartridges, consisting of OEM or compatible cartridges which have been recharged after use. Priced midway between the other two choices, refurbished cartridges are very popular among environmentally conscious users.

In conclusion, customers need to take care when choosing printer ink cartridges as they can end up buying one that is not compatible with their particular model. An HP Printer, for example, will use laser toner cartridges such as the CE285A or the HP 85A, but one meant for a similar model from another company may fail to take. It always pays to research your own technology!

What kind of ink do you find works best with your printer? Any stories of experimenting with different kinds of ink? Tell us in the comments!

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!
12/10/2012 05:00:00 AM Andrew Yeung

printer ink cartridge dirtyThere are several different types of printer ink cartridges. Most printer manufacturers make their own ink cartridges custom-made to fit the various models they manufacture. Therefore Canon cartridges will be different from HP Deskjet cartridges, even though the essential function is the same.

How it Works

Printer ink cartridges are basically replaceable sealed units that contain the specially processed ink a printer uses during its functioning. The cartridges typically contain one or more partitioned ink reservoirs.

There are basically two core designs as far as cartridges are concerned: the thermal and the piezoelectric. Most printers meant for home or business (such as the LaserJet M1212nf) use thermal inkjet cartridges. The ink reservoirs of these cartridges contain a heating element equipped with a tiny metal plate or resistor in each of their partitions.

It is important to remember that the ink in thermal inkjet printers perform a dual role by also acting as a coolant to heating elements. This makes it all the more essential that the cartridge is refilled or replaced as soon as the ink supply is depleted, so the print head isn’t damaged.

Types of Printer Ink Cartridges

It becomes essential that users know exactly what type of ink cartridge to purchase for their printer. There are three main kinds of ink refill packs available on the market.

The first is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges, made of company-produced refills for each printer model. They are the oldest type of refills available and the most expensive, though the quality can be high.
printer ink cartridge color
The second type is compatible cartridges. They are manufactured by third-party companies and do not carry the original brand names. They cost only a fraction of the price of the OEMs.

Last, there are remanufactured (or refurbished) cartridges, consisting of OEM or compatible cartridges which have been recharged after use. Priced midway between the other two choices, refurbished cartridges are very popular among environmentally conscious users.

In conclusion, customers need to take care when choosing printer ink cartridges as they can end up buying one that is not compatible with their particular model. An HP Printer, for example, will use laser toner cartridges such as the CE285A or the HP 85A, but one meant for a similar model from another company may fail to take. It always pays to research your own technology!

What kind of ink do you find works best with your printer? Any stories of experimenting with different kinds of ink? Tell us in the comments!

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

2012-12-03

If your printer is more than two years old, you may be experiencing clogs. We don’t mean paper jams — we’re talking clogs in the nozzle dropouts within the printer itself. This is a common problem with inkjet printers, because printheads often aren’t cleaned on a regular basis.
frustrated woman businesswoman printer

You may not have ever cleaned your printer because the manual didn’t ever suggest it in the troubleshooting section. But just like any other device, it is critical to clean and maintain inkjet printers to keep it working right.

When the printer remains unused for a while, the ink on an internal part of the printer called the capping station pad dries up causing the nozzle to dry as well. The chemicals in the printer ink cartridges contain resin which gets converted into plastic when dry. This solidified ink does not dissolve nor can it be broken up, leading to clogging of nozzle and poor performance of your laser toner cartridges. This is why it is so important to clean the capping station!

When the printer remains unused for a while, the ink on an internal part of the printer called the capping station pad dries up causing the nozzle to dry as well. The chemicals in the printer ink cartridges contain resin which gets converted into plastic when dry. This solidified ink does not dissolve nor can it be broken up, leading to clogging of nozzle and poor performance of your laser toner cartridges. This is why it is so important to clean the capping station!

Inside the printer, the damper has a filter to trap particles that can potentially clog the nozzle. Buildup occurs over a period of time, preventing the flow of ink to the nozzle. Solvents such as alcohol can help in dissolving the particle build up and restoring ink flow to the nozzle of your ink cartridges.

printer parts disassembledSome printers have a built-in cleaning feature that can help fix clogs. After running it, you can print two or more test pages using black and other colors before running another cycle. If your printer ink cartridges haven’t been idle for a long time, just printing the test pages can set the problem right.

If your printer can’t clean itself automatically, you can remove the printer ink cartridges and the print head from their frame and soak them in hot water. We recommend leaving them in water overnight so that all the impurities are removed completely from the ink cartridges. They must be then dried thoroughly before installation. This process works successfully for many printers.

No one likes having a clogged printer. But it helps to know exactly which parts to target when fixing a clog. There are definite ways to prevent clogging. Just like any other machine, a printer requires maintenance to function properly and to have longevity. Once you learn how to use them properly, your home and/or businesses will benefit greatly!

Have you ever experienced a printer clog? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.


12/03/2012 06:00:00 AM Andrew Yeung
If your printer is more than two years old, you may be experiencing clogs. We don’t mean paper jams — we’re talking clogs in the nozzle dropouts within the printer itself. This is a common problem with inkjet printers, because printheads often aren’t cleaned on a regular basis.
frustrated woman businesswoman printer

You may not have ever cleaned your printer because the manual didn’t ever suggest it in the troubleshooting section. But just like any other device, it is critical to clean and maintain inkjet printers to keep it working right.

When the printer remains unused for a while, the ink on an internal part of the printer called the capping station pad dries up causing the nozzle to dry as well. The chemicals in the printer ink cartridges contain resin which gets converted into plastic when dry. This solidified ink does not dissolve nor can it be broken up, leading to clogging of nozzle and poor performance of your laser toner cartridges. This is why it is so important to clean the capping station!

When the printer remains unused for a while, the ink on an internal part of the printer called the capping station pad dries up causing the nozzle to dry as well. The chemicals in the printer ink cartridges contain resin which gets converted into plastic when dry. This solidified ink does not dissolve nor can it be broken up, leading to clogging of nozzle and poor performance of your laser toner cartridges. This is why it is so important to clean the capping station!

Inside the printer, the damper has a filter to trap particles that can potentially clog the nozzle. Buildup occurs over a period of time, preventing the flow of ink to the nozzle. Solvents such as alcohol can help in dissolving the particle build up and restoring ink flow to the nozzle of your ink cartridges.

printer parts disassembledSome printers have a built-in cleaning feature that can help fix clogs. After running it, you can print two or more test pages using black and other colors before running another cycle. If your printer ink cartridges haven’t been idle for a long time, just printing the test pages can set the problem right.

If your printer can’t clean itself automatically, you can remove the printer ink cartridges and the print head from their frame and soak them in hot water. We recommend leaving them in water overnight so that all the impurities are removed completely from the ink cartridges. They must be then dried thoroughly before installation. This process works successfully for many printers.

No one likes having a clogged printer. But it helps to know exactly which parts to target when fixing a clog. There are definite ways to prevent clogging. Just like any other machine, a printer requires maintenance to function properly and to have longevity. Once you learn how to use them properly, your home and/or businesses will benefit greatly!

Have you ever experienced a printer clog? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.


2012-11-26

Christmas holiday wrapped presents

You're probably wondering: What's the perfect holiday gift for my business partner/professional friend/college-aged child?

Here's our biggest gift idea — a printer!

Why a printer, you ask? Here are a few reasons why:

Printers are used everywhere (and by everyone!)

blonde woman using printer scanner


There are many types of printers out there, and it can be difficult to decide what kind of printer is best for an office or home. Printers are becoming more and more common in households, to the point where a 2007 survey suggested that over 80% of Internet users have printers in their house.


Printers are a great holiday gift for anyone

black and red wrapped holiday presents

 Market forecasters have predicted that 2012 will be the year of giving and receiving practical gifts, as opposed to extravagant luxury gifts. And what could be more practical than a printer that you can use over and over for years?

It's also not just small business owners looking for printers this holiday season — college students are also beginning to realize the value of an in-dorm printer. And buying the proper model will guarantee that this will be one Christmas gift that will last far beyond graduation.



Printers are gifts that keep on giving

man woman office workers using printer



A good inkjet printer should last 3-4 years, and laser printers can last even longer. Using one printer (without needing to replace it) can save businesses and individual users a lot of money over time. If it utilizes technology like remanufactured cartridges (which can be used safely in most printers), the savings are even greater!

Would you ever consider buying someone a printer as a gift? What do you think are the top technology gifts this year? Let us know in the comments! 


About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.


Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

11/26/2012 11:52:00 AM Brit McGinnis
Christmas holiday wrapped presents

You're probably wondering: What's the perfect holiday gift for my business partner/professional friend/college-aged child?

Here's our biggest gift idea — a printer!

Why a printer, you ask? Here are a few reasons why:

Printers are used everywhere (and by everyone!)

blonde woman using printer scanner


There are many types of printers out there, and it can be difficult to decide what kind of printer is best for an office or home. Printers are becoming more and more common in households, to the point where a 2007 survey suggested that over 80% of Internet users have printers in their house.


Printers are a great holiday gift for anyone

black and red wrapped holiday presents

 Market forecasters have predicted that 2012 will be the year of giving and receiving practical gifts, as opposed to extravagant luxury gifts. And what could be more practical than a printer that you can use over and over for years?

It's also not just small business owners looking for printers this holiday season — college students are also beginning to realize the value of an in-dorm printer. And buying the proper model will guarantee that this will be one Christmas gift that will last far beyond graduation.



Printers are gifts that keep on giving

man woman office workers using printer



A good inkjet printer should last 3-4 years, and laser printers can last even longer. Using one printer (without needing to replace it) can save businesses and individual users a lot of money over time. If it utilizes technology like remanufactured cartridges (which can be used safely in most printers), the savings are even greater!

Would you ever consider buying someone a printer as a gift? What do you think are the top technology gifts this year? Let us know in the comments! 


About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.


Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

2012-11-19

As a small business owner, it is critical that you stay up-to-date on the trends of your industry and the needs of your customers.

Unfortunately, it's hard to find time to both run your business and do independent research on your field. A small business demands a lot of attention to grow and develop — it will likely cut into the time you would have used to learn about growing your local business.

Here are five easy steps to help you gather useful information and effectively consume the insight they provide.

Find online resources designed to help small businesses succeed

laptop work group

Your list of resources should be a mix of small business-themed sites, blogs and podcasts. They should also include resources regarding your target market(s) and your specific industry.

Some examples of small business resources include:

Bookmark your favorite small business websites

books stack

Once you have a few resources that you want to visit again in the future, it's important to bookmark them. But you don't have to just add them to your browser's Favorites list!

If you're always on the move, a mobile-friendly tool like 43marks may be closer to what you're looking for.

Digg, along with Delicious, are excellent bookmarking tools that can help you find new websites. These are good if you're just starting to find small business websites, and need help finding more.


Use a reading app to organize your favorite small business blogs


books library organized alphabetized

Create a Google Reader account (you need to have a Google account in order to sign up) and assign the blogs you are interested in to the Reader. Every time a new entry of your favorite small business blog is published, it will show up in this feed.

Google Reader is one of the best free tools for organizing blogs, but you can still download other tools like Newzcrawler, Omea Reader, and FeedDemon for a price. It all depends on how you would like to manage the blogs influencing your small business.

Subscribe to small business and industry-specific podcasts

woman gardening headphones listening

Listening to podcasts is a great way to take in some extra small business tips during your time off.  The 100 Best Small Business Podcasts series at Small Business Trends Radio has some fantastic recommendations!

If it doesn't work for your small business, don’t follow it

man office worker trash relaxed organized


Some resources will prove more valuable than others. Don't be afraid to delete resources that prove less helpful or insightful. Your time is too valuable to waste!

Do you own a small business? Where do you find advice on running your small business? Let us know in the comments?

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!
11/19/2012 11:00:00 AM Andrew Yeung
As a small business owner, it is critical that you stay up-to-date on the trends of your industry and the needs of your customers.

Unfortunately, it's hard to find time to both run your business and do independent research on your field. A small business demands a lot of attention to grow and develop — it will likely cut into the time you would have used to learn about growing your local business.

Here are five easy steps to help you gather useful information and effectively consume the insight they provide.

Find online resources designed to help small businesses succeed

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Your list of resources should be a mix of small business-themed sites, blogs and podcasts. They should also include resources regarding your target market(s) and your specific industry.

Some examples of small business resources include:

Bookmark your favorite small business websites

books stack

Once you have a few resources that you want to visit again in the future, it's important to bookmark them. But you don't have to just add them to your browser's Favorites list!

If you're always on the move, a mobile-friendly tool like 43marks may be closer to what you're looking for.

Digg, along with Delicious, are excellent bookmarking tools that can help you find new websites. These are good if you're just starting to find small business websites, and need help finding more.


Use a reading app to organize your favorite small business blogs


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Create a Google Reader account (you need to have a Google account in order to sign up) and assign the blogs you are interested in to the Reader. Every time a new entry of your favorite small business blog is published, it will show up in this feed.

Google Reader is one of the best free tools for organizing blogs, but you can still download other tools like Newzcrawler, Omea Reader, and FeedDemon for a price. It all depends on how you would like to manage the blogs influencing your small business.

Subscribe to small business and industry-specific podcasts

woman gardening headphones listening

Listening to podcasts is a great way to take in some extra small business tips during your time off.  The 100 Best Small Business Podcasts series at Small Business Trends Radio has some fantastic recommendations!

If it doesn't work for your small business, don’t follow it

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Some resources will prove more valuable than others. Don't be afraid to delete resources that prove less helpful or insightful. Your time is too valuable to waste!

Do you own a small business? Where do you find advice on running your small business? Let us know in the comments?

About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

2012-11-12

3D printer craft
Via Zbrushcentral.com
Three-dimensional printing is causing a huge buzz in the technology world, and was celebrated by Forbes as a potential world-changing invention. However, 3D printing isn’t printing in the traditional sense of ink on paper; to understand the close-to-perfected invention of 3D printing you’ll need to rethink “printing” as you know it.

How does 3D printing work?

Three-dimensional printing is based on the same basic concept as a 2D printer: ink is taken from a well in the printer and distributed onto the printed material. The printer in your home or office would stop here, but 3D printers take it to the next level — they distribute the material inside (usually a powdered material or liquid metal) layer by layer, and fuse each layer together with a laser.

What is 3D printing used for?

3d printing laptop craft
Via Wikipedia.org
Many industries have found uses for 3D printing. Medical industries have especially embraced the new technology, benefiting from the ability to produce any item on location. 3D printers have produced human tissue, prosthetic limbs, and even a transplant-ready jawbone!

What is perhaps even more amazing is that creating architectural structures is now possible through 3D printing. Soon entire buildings will be able to be constructed via 3D printers, which could be utilized in disaster situations and everyday construction alike.

What is the future of 3D printing?

Three-dimensional printing faces several distinct avenues for growth in the future. The company Made In Space is experimenting with using 3D printers to produce materials in space, to relieve the amount of materials that astronauts carry with them into space. The U.S. Army already uses 3D printers to create spare parts for machines while in the field. The complete lack of excess material has made this technology very appealing to a several different industries.
3D printer
Via reviews.cnet.com

There are a few open-source 3D printer designs available today. A casual user can use their open source 3D printer at home to create a range of necessities, ranging from household cleaning chemicals to chocolate frosting.
Three dimensional printing is not without controversy; sticky intellectual property issues surround the remanufacturing of designs out of thin air, and hackers have uncovered the potential for new varieties of crime.  But many people (including the entire country of Great Britain!) have already embraced 3D printing as the way of the future. People love 3D printing, and it is definitely here to stay.

What do you like or dislike about 3D printing? Do you want to try this technology yourself? Let us know in the comments!



About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!
11/12/2012 03:30:00 AM Brit McGinnis
3D printer craft
Via Zbrushcentral.com
Three-dimensional printing is causing a huge buzz in the technology world, and was celebrated by Forbes as a potential world-changing invention. However, 3D printing isn’t printing in the traditional sense of ink on paper; to understand the close-to-perfected invention of 3D printing you’ll need to rethink “printing” as you know it.

How does 3D printing work?

Three-dimensional printing is based on the same basic concept as a 2D printer: ink is taken from a well in the printer and distributed onto the printed material. The printer in your home or office would stop here, but 3D printers take it to the next level — they distribute the material inside (usually a powdered material or liquid metal) layer by layer, and fuse each layer together with a laser.

What is 3D printing used for?

3d printing laptop craft
Via Wikipedia.org
Many industries have found uses for 3D printing. Medical industries have especially embraced the new technology, benefiting from the ability to produce any item on location. 3D printers have produced human tissue, prosthetic limbs, and even a transplant-ready jawbone!

What is perhaps even more amazing is that creating architectural structures is now possible through 3D printing. Soon entire buildings will be able to be constructed via 3D printers, which could be utilized in disaster situations and everyday construction alike.

What is the future of 3D printing?

Three-dimensional printing faces several distinct avenues for growth in the future. The company Made In Space is experimenting with using 3D printers to produce materials in space, to relieve the amount of materials that astronauts carry with them into space. The U.S. Army already uses 3D printers to create spare parts for machines while in the field. The complete lack of excess material has made this technology very appealing to a several different industries.
3D printer
Via reviews.cnet.com

There are a few open-source 3D printer designs available today. A casual user can use their open source 3D printer at home to create a range of necessities, ranging from household cleaning chemicals to chocolate frosting.
Three dimensional printing is not without controversy; sticky intellectual property issues surround the remanufacturing of designs out of thin air, and hackers have uncovered the potential for new varieties of crime.  But many people (including the entire country of Great Britain!) have already embraced 3D printing as the way of the future. People love 3D printing, and it is definitely here to stay.

What do you like or dislike about 3D printing? Do you want to try this technology yourself? Let us know in the comments!



About the Author: Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

2012-11-05


laptop wireless signal Internet



Small businesses need to be money-smart when first starting out.
Between the pressure to turn a profit and constant need for the right resources, a wireless printer might seem like too big of an investment for a small business. But it doesn’t have to be!

Small Businesses Need As Much Space As Possible


A wireless printer will maximize your small business’s square footage. Cables that tangle can create a potentially dangerous mess, plus the constantly swapping out connections between computers and the printer can clutter your office in no time.

No longer do you need to be physically close to the printer to use it — with a wireless printer, you or your employees can send images or documents to the printer from almost any location in your office’s wireless network.

Speedy Printing Speeds Up Your Business

office workers wireless printer

Wireless printers cut down on physical setup time. Any worker within the small business’s network can share the printer, eliminating the time needed for shifting around and physically hooking up a printer.



Workers with smartphones and tablets can now print from a company wireless printer, even if they’re on a business trip! All you need is the right app, and you can print something at the office any time you want.


Small Businesses Need To Save Money


With a wireless printer for the office, your small business can save money on printer supplies. A printer that can easily be accessed from a different room (or even a different country!), will be cut down office foot traffic, increasing overall efficiency.

Your business can save money by sharing a printer through a WiFi signal. This can be a huge cost-cutter for a small business. But whether you’re wireless or plug-loving, you can always count on CompandSave to help with your ink cartridge needs!

Does your small business use a wireless printer? Have you had a good experience with a wireless printer? Tell us in the comments!


About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

11/05/2012 12:52:00 PM Brit McGinnis

laptop wireless signal Internet



Small businesses need to be money-smart when first starting out.
Between the pressure to turn a profit and constant need for the right resources, a wireless printer might seem like too big of an investment for a small business. But it doesn’t have to be!

Small Businesses Need As Much Space As Possible


A wireless printer will maximize your small business’s square footage. Cables that tangle can create a potentially dangerous mess, plus the constantly swapping out connections between computers and the printer can clutter your office in no time.

No longer do you need to be physically close to the printer to use it — with a wireless printer, you or your employees can send images or documents to the printer from almost any location in your office’s wireless network.

Speedy Printing Speeds Up Your Business

office workers wireless printer

Wireless printers cut down on physical setup time. Any worker within the small business’s network can share the printer, eliminating the time needed for shifting around and physically hooking up a printer.



Workers with smartphones and tablets can now print from a company wireless printer, even if they’re on a business trip! All you need is the right app, and you can print something at the office any time you want.


Small Businesses Need To Save Money


With a wireless printer for the office, your small business can save money on printer supplies. A printer that can easily be accessed from a different room (or even a different country!), will be cut down office foot traffic, increasing overall efficiency.

Your business can save money by sharing a printer through a WiFi signal. This can be a huge cost-cutter for a small business. But whether you’re wireless or plug-loving, you can always count on CompandSave to help with your ink cartridge needs!

Does your small business use a wireless printer? Have you had a good experience with a wireless printer? Tell us in the comments!


About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-11-02

If you run a business, you know how important it is to cut costs whenever possible. One of the best ways to save money right now is to learn how to store your printing ink supplies in order to keep them up to standards and usable. This easy task can save any size company a lot of money over the course of a single year and it is very simple to do. It can also help to prolong the life of your printers!

The first tip is to always keep unused printer ink cartridges and toner cartridges in their packaging until you are ready to use them. Make sure that the manufacturer's seal is not broken or damaged as this can help prevent entry of air into the ink cartridges. If air gets into a printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge it can cause a hard crust in the area where the ink is released when in use. If you must store an opened ink or toner cartridge, try to replace as much of the packaging as you can especially protecting those small caps that are located over the nozzles. If you have opened ink, store it in airtight plastic containers.

The location of storage is also important. If printer ink or toner ink gets too warm it can expand, bubble, and leak. Try to keep your printing ink supplies in an area that is between 60 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have opened ink cartridges, you should try to have some moisture available in order to keep nozzles from crusting as well as help prevent evaporation. You can do this by placing a moist piece of towel or cloth inside the plastic container which is enough to provide the needed humidity. Make sure to check the towel from time to time and moisten as needed.

When storing printer ink cartridges always keep them in an upright position. Cartridges that are on their sides tend to leak. Never store multiple colors of ink cartridges one atop the other as a leak from one on top can contaminate all those below it. If you have multiple colors of ink, store the same color in the same plastic container (if they are open) to prevent contamination.

To help extend the life of your printer ink cartridge once it is inside the printer, always turn off the printer when not in use. Many printers automatically send ink to a more protected area once it is turned off. This helps keep the ink from air which can dry it out.

The above tips can be put into use by any size business (or home printer user for that matter) within minutes. The few actions that it takes to get your printing ink supplies protected can result in increased life for your printer ink cartridges as well as help protect your printer from possible harm. All in all, these are great ways to save big money and they are easy to do. Try them now and starting saving money now!



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
11/02/2012 12:00:00 PM Andrew Yeung
If you run a business, you know how important it is to cut costs whenever possible. One of the best ways to save money right now is to learn how to store your printing ink supplies in order to keep them up to standards and usable. This easy task can save any size company a lot of money over the course of a single year and it is very simple to do. It can also help to prolong the life of your printers!

The first tip is to always keep unused printer ink cartridges and toner cartridges in their packaging until you are ready to use them. Make sure that the manufacturer's seal is not broken or damaged as this can help prevent entry of air into the ink cartridges. If air gets into a printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge it can cause a hard crust in the area where the ink is released when in use. If you must store an opened ink or toner cartridge, try to replace as much of the packaging as you can especially protecting those small caps that are located over the nozzles. If you have opened ink, store it in airtight plastic containers.

The location of storage is also important. If printer ink or toner ink gets too warm it can expand, bubble, and leak. Try to keep your printing ink supplies in an area that is between 60 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have opened ink cartridges, you should try to have some moisture available in order to keep nozzles from crusting as well as help prevent evaporation. You can do this by placing a moist piece of towel or cloth inside the plastic container which is enough to provide the needed humidity. Make sure to check the towel from time to time and moisten as needed.

When storing printer ink cartridges always keep them in an upright position. Cartridges that are on their sides tend to leak. Never store multiple colors of ink cartridges one atop the other as a leak from one on top can contaminate all those below it. If you have multiple colors of ink, store the same color in the same plastic container (if they are open) to prevent contamination.

To help extend the life of your printer ink cartridge once it is inside the printer, always turn off the printer when not in use. Many printers automatically send ink to a more protected area once it is turned off. This helps keep the ink from air which can dry it out.

The above tips can be put into use by any size business (or home printer user for that matter) within minutes. The few actions that it takes to get your printing ink supplies protected can result in increased life for your printer ink cartridges as well as help protect your printer from possible harm. All in all, these are great ways to save big money and they are easy to do. Try them now and starting saving money now!



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-10-29


lightbulb green plant recycling
Recycling has been a part of the printer ink cartridge industry for a long time, by way of remanufactured cartridges. Third party manufacturers restore cartridges from the usual wear and tear and reassemble them as brand-new printer ink cartridges. You can make your office a little more green by using remanufactured cartridges instead of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges.
With remanufactured cartridges, you can conserve plastic and give printer ink cartridges a new life!

How are remanufactured cartridges green?

Remanufactured cartridges are cleaned many times with all ink removed. They are then recycled and put together to form a fresh new cartridge. It’s a very long process!. Here at CompAndSave, we make sure our remanufactured ink cartridges are of the highest quality, so that we can guarantee that you’re getting a good, green product 100 percent of the time.
Remanufactured cartridges are not the same as refillable cartridges, which can only be filled with new ink at certain locations. You can even refill cartridges yourself if you have the right tools.

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On average, remanufactured cartridges cost 15 to 50% less than OEM cartridges. In some cases, remanufactured ink cartridges print more pages than their big-name counterparts. Not only are remanufactured cartridges recycled, they’re more efficient!

Using remanufactured cartridges in place of an OEM cartridge is a great way to reduce your office’s environmental impact. We’ll find you the best deals on eco-friendly remanufactured printer cartridges!

Do you use remanufactured printer ink cartridges? What about other green office supplies? Let us know in the comments!

About the AuthorAndrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories. Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
10/29/2012 11:00:00 AM Brit McGinnis

lightbulb green plant recycling
Recycling has been a part of the printer ink cartridge industry for a long time, by way of remanufactured cartridges. Third party manufacturers restore cartridges from the usual wear and tear and reassemble them as brand-new printer ink cartridges. You can make your office a little more green by using remanufactured cartridges instead of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges.
With remanufactured cartridges, you can conserve plastic and give printer ink cartridges a new life!

How are remanufactured cartridges green?

Remanufactured cartridges are cleaned many times with all ink removed. They are then recycled and put together to form a fresh new cartridge. It’s a very long process!. Here at CompAndSave, we make sure our remanufactured ink cartridges are of the highest quality, so that we can guarantee that you’re getting a good, green product 100 percent of the time.
Remanufactured cartridges are not the same as refillable cartridges, which can only be filled with new ink at certain locations. You can even refill cartridges yourself if you have the right tools.

save money treeAnother Kind of Green

On average, remanufactured cartridges cost 15 to 50% less than OEM cartridges. In some cases, remanufactured ink cartridges print more pages than their big-name counterparts. Not only are remanufactured cartridges recycled, they’re more efficient!

Using remanufactured cartridges in place of an OEM cartridge is a great way to reduce your office’s environmental impact. We’ll find you the best deals on eco-friendly remanufactured printer cartridges!

Do you use remanufactured printer ink cartridges? What about other green office supplies? Let us know in the comments!

About the AuthorAndrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories. Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-10-26

One of the most annoying problems printer users face is running out of printer ink during a print job. Not only can this cause the whole process to come to a stand still, but can also cause big problems in getting the print job back into sync once a new printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge is installed. It is always best to check the printer ink level before starting a job, especially a large print job. Here are some tips on how to do this in no time flat.

The following is based on HP printers and Windows and Mac OS X. If you are using a different brand of printer, follow its instructions.

A fast way to check ink levels is to use Windows' Control Panel/System Preferences. To do so, simply click Start, and then click on Devices and Printers. If you are using a Mac OS X, open your Application folder and select "System Preferences." Then you want to Select "Print & Fax."

Look at the list and find your printer. Double-click on its icon which opens its profile. For the Mac OS X, you simply locate your printer in the column to the left of the window. When you find it, click the "Options & Supplies" button.

Now, go to and select the "Options" menu tab. Once inside, just click "Ink Levels." Mac OS X users will select the "Supply Levels" tab. You will be able to see the printer ink level as represented on a nifty little graph.

To check the printer ink level using your printer software, you simply do the following:

Find your printer software folder and open it. If the software has not been installed yet, you will need to do so by inserting the disc that came with your printer. Follow install instructions.

After opening the printer software folder, select "File," then "Print" from the top menu bar. Once you have done this, a new dialog box will open up. At this point, click the "Properties" button that you find inside the dialog box. Now, select the "Services" tab (normally at the top) and choose the button that says "Service This Device".

You should see a tab that says "Estimated Ink Levels". Click this tab to see how much printer ink there is remaining in your printer ink cartridges. Once finished, close all tabs and boxes.

If your printer ink cartridge level is below 25 percent, consider installing a fresh one if you are about to do a large print job. Remember, running out of printer ink is a pain and is well worth the few minutes it may take to avoid that problem.

When you change out a printer ink cartridge, make it a habit to immediately check your current inventory of cartridges. If you need to, now is the time to order printer ink cartridges or toner cartridges as the thought is fresh in your mind. Jot down the appropriate reordering information to make your online purchase fast and hassle free.



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 100% customer satisfaction, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
10/26/2012 12:00:00 PM Andrew Yeung
One of the most annoying problems printer users face is running out of printer ink during a print job. Not only can this cause the whole process to come to a stand still, but can also cause big problems in getting the print job back into sync once a new printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge is installed. It is always best to check the printer ink level before starting a job, especially a large print job. Here are some tips on how to do this in no time flat.

The following is based on HP printers and Windows and Mac OS X. If you are using a different brand of printer, follow its instructions.

A fast way to check ink levels is to use Windows' Control Panel/System Preferences. To do so, simply click Start, and then click on Devices and Printers. If you are using a Mac OS X, open your Application folder and select "System Preferences." Then you want to Select "Print & Fax."

Look at the list and find your printer. Double-click on its icon which opens its profile. For the Mac OS X, you simply locate your printer in the column to the left of the window. When you find it, click the "Options & Supplies" button.

Now, go to and select the "Options" menu tab. Once inside, just click "Ink Levels." Mac OS X users will select the "Supply Levels" tab. You will be able to see the printer ink level as represented on a nifty little graph.

To check the printer ink level using your printer software, you simply do the following:

Find your printer software folder and open it. If the software has not been installed yet, you will need to do so by inserting the disc that came with your printer. Follow install instructions.

After opening the printer software folder, select "File," then "Print" from the top menu bar. Once you have done this, a new dialog box will open up. At this point, click the "Properties" button that you find inside the dialog box. Now, select the "Services" tab (normally at the top) and choose the button that says "Service This Device".

You should see a tab that says "Estimated Ink Levels". Click this tab to see how much printer ink there is remaining in your printer ink cartridges. Once finished, close all tabs and boxes.

If your printer ink cartridge level is below 25 percent, consider installing a fresh one if you are about to do a large print job. Remember, running out of printer ink is a pain and is well worth the few minutes it may take to avoid that problem.

When you change out a printer ink cartridge, make it a habit to immediately check your current inventory of cartridges. If you need to, now is the time to order printer ink cartridges or toner cartridges as the thought is fresh in your mind. Jot down the appropriate reordering information to make your online purchase fast and hassle free.



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 100% customer satisfaction, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-10-22

Many people who are using solvent based printer ink cartridges may not know they are doing so. Chances are good if you are printing on various types of media, you are using solvent based inks. The reason for this simple: solvent based ink cartridges do a much better job than other types of ink when it comes to multi-media printing. So, what is solvent based ink and how does this process work? Are there advantages and disadvantages of using solvent ink? Let's answer these questions.

To begin, solvent based ink cartridges are normally defined as any type of ink that is dissolved within some other substance. This other substance is usually not water, but rather glycol ether esters or glycol esters and some of their derivatives. Within the printing world, solvent ink is generally categorized based on the level of heat that is used to dry the solvent once the ink is applied to a medium. They can be either mild or aggressive.

A mild solvent will use a lot more heat because the included solvent used is slow-drying. With this type of printer ink cartridge solvent, the printer normally has many heaters inside it that it uses for drying the ink. Generally speaking, these printers are used for fast printing jobs because the faster the printer operates, the more heat the process requires in order to dry the ink.

On the other hand, aggressive solvent ink uses a smaller amount of heat in order to dry the ink because this type of ink solvent dries quickly. This type of application is often used for media that will be exposed to the weather, especially to the Sun. This type of application stands up better to the elements far better than mild applications.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Keep in mind that the words "mild" and "aggressive" have nothing to do with safety. Each type has safer formulations as well as toxic formulations. This means that a mild ink solvent can be toxic! Always read the product information sheet to learn what its hazards are before using the ink cartridge.

The product information sheet will tell you how to use the ink as well as how to handle it and how to clean equipment. It will also detail how to clean up messes and what to do if someone comes into contact with the solvent. It will also tell you how to properly dispose of the used ink cartridge.

Another piece of important information that you can find on the product safety sheet is what effects prolonged exposure to the product can have on a person. This should details both the short term effects as well as the long term effects. If you do not a safety sheet, you can probably get one online by doing a search for the brand and product.

Using solvent based printer cartridges is safe however as long as the user does so according to the product instructions. With more and more people needing access to reliable multi-media printing inks, the use of solvent based ink cartridges is only going to increase.



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
10/22/2012 12:00:00 PM Andrew Yeung
Many people who are using solvent based printer ink cartridges may not know they are doing so. Chances are good if you are printing on various types of media, you are using solvent based inks. The reason for this simple: solvent based ink cartridges do a much better job than other types of ink when it comes to multi-media printing. So, what is solvent based ink and how does this process work? Are there advantages and disadvantages of using solvent ink? Let's answer these questions.

To begin, solvent based ink cartridges are normally defined as any type of ink that is dissolved within some other substance. This other substance is usually not water, but rather glycol ether esters or glycol esters and some of their derivatives. Within the printing world, solvent ink is generally categorized based on the level of heat that is used to dry the solvent once the ink is applied to a medium. They can be either mild or aggressive.

A mild solvent will use a lot more heat because the included solvent used is slow-drying. With this type of printer ink cartridge solvent, the printer normally has many heaters inside it that it uses for drying the ink. Generally speaking, these printers are used for fast printing jobs because the faster the printer operates, the more heat the process requires in order to dry the ink.

On the other hand, aggressive solvent ink uses a smaller amount of heat in order to dry the ink because this type of ink solvent dries quickly. This type of application is often used for media that will be exposed to the weather, especially to the Sun. This type of application stands up better to the elements far better than mild applications.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Keep in mind that the words "mild" and "aggressive" have nothing to do with safety. Each type has safer formulations as well as toxic formulations. This means that a mild ink solvent can be toxic! Always read the product information sheet to learn what its hazards are before using the ink cartridge.

The product information sheet will tell you how to use the ink as well as how to handle it and how to clean equipment. It will also detail how to clean up messes and what to do if someone comes into contact with the solvent. It will also tell you how to properly dispose of the used ink cartridge.

Another piece of important information that you can find on the product safety sheet is what effects prolonged exposure to the product can have on a person. This should details both the short term effects as well as the long term effects. If you do not a safety sheet, you can probably get one online by doing a search for the brand and product.

Using solvent based printer cartridges is safe however as long as the user does so according to the product instructions. With more and more people needing access to reliable multi-media printing inks, the use of solvent based ink cartridges is only going to increase.



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

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2012-10-19

You already know that recycled printer ink cartridges cost less than new ones. But, how are those recycled printer cartridges made and what exactly are they? Good questions. Let's take a look at the answers.

To save money, consumers can now buy either recycled inkjet cartridges or they can buy recycled toner cartridges. These are available from a variety of online sites, but consumers must be careful to purchase only from reliable sites that have a track record of outstanding customer service. Some online vendors are not interested in providing the best quality products as much as they are in making a buck!

Not only does buying recycled printer inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges save you a lot of money, it also keeps those materials out of landfills. A lot of press has been issued on how these materials can harm the environment if they are disposed of in landfills. The best way to prevent that harm is to recycle them whenever possible.

So, how are recycled printer ink cartridges made?

It begins when old cartridges are obtained by a service vendor. This can happen in a variety of ways including trading in your old, empty cartridge when you buy a refilled one.

Then, the company who is refurbishing the printer ink cartridge will sort it into the right category. This is normally down according to brand and model of the printer that the cartridge fits. The printer ink cartridge is inspected to see what condition it is in. When possible, damaged parts are replaced. If repair is simply not possible, the cartridge is discarded.

Once the needed repairs have been made, the vendor will then refill the printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge with fresh ink. The cartridge or toner cartridge is then reassembled. The best vendors will always refill the cartridge or toner with high quality ink. It should be noted that some inferior vendors will use cheap ink which only causes problems. Again, work with a reliable vendor.

It is now time to test the printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge. This is an important step and the best vendors will always inspect and test their products before offering them to the public. The only way to know if a process is being completed correctly or not is to check for printing errors. This is why testing is crucial. Once the printer ink jet cartridge passes its tests, it is packaged and ready for sale. Companies that perform these tests and inspections will almost always say so on their websites. If a company does not say it tests and inspects, move on to another company. Don't take a chance.

Buying refurbished or recycled ink cartridges can literally save a home or business hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over time. The amount of savings one can see when buying recycled ink cartridges is nothing less than substantial. However, one last time, it is imperative that you buy from ink cartridge and toner cartridge vendors who are experienced, reliable, and honest. Buying from shady vendors will only lead to disappointment and possible harm to your printer to boot!



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
10/19/2012 12:00:00 PM Andrew Yeung
You already know that recycled printer ink cartridges cost less than new ones. But, how are those recycled printer cartridges made and what exactly are they? Good questions. Let's take a look at the answers.

To save money, consumers can now buy either recycled inkjet cartridges or they can buy recycled toner cartridges. These are available from a variety of online sites, but consumers must be careful to purchase only from reliable sites that have a track record of outstanding customer service. Some online vendors are not interested in providing the best quality products as much as they are in making a buck!

Not only does buying recycled printer inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges save you a lot of money, it also keeps those materials out of landfills. A lot of press has been issued on how these materials can harm the environment if they are disposed of in landfills. The best way to prevent that harm is to recycle them whenever possible.

So, how are recycled printer ink cartridges made?

It begins when old cartridges are obtained by a service vendor. This can happen in a variety of ways including trading in your old, empty cartridge when you buy a refilled one.

Then, the company who is refurbishing the printer ink cartridge will sort it into the right category. This is normally down according to brand and model of the printer that the cartridge fits. The printer ink cartridge is inspected to see what condition it is in. When possible, damaged parts are replaced. If repair is simply not possible, the cartridge is discarded.

Once the needed repairs have been made, the vendor will then refill the printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge with fresh ink. The cartridge or toner cartridge is then reassembled. The best vendors will always refill the cartridge or toner with high quality ink. It should be noted that some inferior vendors will use cheap ink which only causes problems. Again, work with a reliable vendor.

It is now time to test the printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge. This is an important step and the best vendors will always inspect and test their products before offering them to the public. The only way to know if a process is being completed correctly or not is to check for printing errors. This is why testing is crucial. Once the printer ink jet cartridge passes its tests, it is packaged and ready for sale. Companies that perform these tests and inspections will almost always say so on their websites. If a company does not say it tests and inspects, move on to another company. Don't take a chance.

Buying refurbished or recycled ink cartridges can literally save a home or business hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over time. The amount of savings one can see when buying recycled ink cartridges is nothing less than substantial. However, one last time, it is imperative that you buy from ink cartridge and toner cartridge vendors who are experienced, reliable, and honest. Buying from shady vendors will only lead to disappointment and possible harm to your printer to boot!



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!

2012-10-16

It is common knowledge that over the years printing technology has developed significantly and rapidly. Today, there are numerous options available for business owners when it comes to their printing. Some of the most important changes include reduction in printer size and the use of wireless controls that sync computers to printers automatically thus making it possible to send a print job to printer from virtually any place within a building.

But it goes beyond that as well. Printer ink cartridges have also seen dramatic changes that include lowered prices and increased reliability and quality. Much of this has been attributed to online printer ink cartridge and toner ink cartridge vendors who are able to offer exceptional quality replacements at a fraction of what OEM ink jet and toner cartridges cost.

As these changes take place, companies such as Epson are working hard to keep up with consumer demand for quality printing services. This means coming up with innovative ideas that solve problems that consumers and business owners face. In a recent announcement, Epson states that it has advanced its research in a variety of imaging technology areas in order to become the premier printer ink specialist in the entire field. This is a part of its invention of proprietary Micro Piezo technology.

It technology is a mechatronic inkjet technology which is capable of producing very high quality printing for both commercial and industrial applications. It offers this quality at a lower cost both in terms of dollars and in terms of environmental impact.

As part of its efforts, Epson's SureLab premises have been able to eliminate more than 90 per cent of various chemicals that once were used in conventional labs. With its new technology, Epson is able to provide its customers with outstanding results in print color filters for LCD TVs, as well as in ink jet printed labels. Another important use for this new technology is in textile ink jet printing. Epson has already partnered with Como, an Italian company who is impressed with the speed and quality of the new printing used on its textile applications.

Epson also believes that its new ink jet technology will increase in popularity over time even though current laser technology is used by many companies across the globe. Even though laser printing has become the preferred technology by several companies, Epson is predicating there will be a dramatic shift in printing during the next few years which will have users turning to newer ink jet printing alternatives. This is making Epson consider its Piezo technology will become the leader as that change takes place.

According to Epson, its Micro Piezo print head is able to work at faster speeds than those found with laser printers (for smaller print jobs). The technology allows for immediate printing which is often not possible with laser printers. Information concerning the new Epson ink jet printing technology is available online and through the company's website. For those looking for new alternatives to laser printing, this may be the solution.



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!
10/16/2012 12:00:00 PM Andrew Yeung
It is common knowledge that over the years printing technology has developed significantly and rapidly. Today, there are numerous options available for business owners when it comes to their printing. Some of the most important changes include reduction in printer size and the use of wireless controls that sync computers to printers automatically thus making it possible to send a print job to printer from virtually any place within a building.

But it goes beyond that as well. Printer ink cartridges have also seen dramatic changes that include lowered prices and increased reliability and quality. Much of this has been attributed to online printer ink cartridge and toner ink cartridge vendors who are able to offer exceptional quality replacements at a fraction of what OEM ink jet and toner cartridges cost.

As these changes take place, companies such as Epson are working hard to keep up with consumer demand for quality printing services. This means coming up with innovative ideas that solve problems that consumers and business owners face. In a recent announcement, Epson states that it has advanced its research in a variety of imaging technology areas in order to become the premier printer ink specialist in the entire field. This is a part of its invention of proprietary Micro Piezo technology.

It technology is a mechatronic inkjet technology which is capable of producing very high quality printing for both commercial and industrial applications. It offers this quality at a lower cost both in terms of dollars and in terms of environmental impact.

As part of its efforts, Epson's SureLab premises have been able to eliminate more than 90 per cent of various chemicals that once were used in conventional labs. With its new technology, Epson is able to provide its customers with outstanding results in print color filters for LCD TVs, as well as in ink jet printed labels. Another important use for this new technology is in textile ink jet printing. Epson has already partnered with Como, an Italian company who is impressed with the speed and quality of the new printing used on its textile applications.

Epson also believes that its new ink jet technology will increase in popularity over time even though current laser technology is used by many companies across the globe. Even though laser printing has become the preferred technology by several companies, Epson is predicating there will be a dramatic shift in printing during the next few years which will have users turning to newer ink jet printing alternatives. This is making Epson consider its Piezo technology will become the leader as that change takes place.

According to Epson, its Micro Piezo print head is able to work at faster speeds than those found with laser printers (for smaller print jobs). The technology allows for immediate printing which is often not possible with laser printers. Information concerning the new Epson ink jet printing technology is available online and through the company's website. For those looking for new alternatives to laser printing, this may be the solution.



About the Author: 
Andrew Yeung is president of CompAndSave, a leading online provider of premium printer ink cartridges, including remanufactured and compatible printer ink cartridges. With deals every month and a 1-year guarantee of quality, CompandSave provides an easy way for people and businesses to purchase printer ink and accessories.

Learn about CompandSave's deals and news from the world of printing by following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+!