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Nov 26, 2012

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+!

Monday, November 26, 2012 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+!

Nov 19, 2012

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+!
Monday, November 19, 2012 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

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+!

Nov 12, 2012

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+!
Monday, November 12, 2012 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+!

Nov 5, 2012


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+!

Monday, November 05, 2012 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+!

Nov 2, 2012

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+!
Friday, November 02, 2012 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+!