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Dec 31, 2012

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.
Monday, December 31, 2012 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.

Dec 24, 2012


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+!
Monday, December 24, 2012 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+!

Dec 17, 2012

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+!

Monday, December 17, 2012 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+!

Dec 10, 2012


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+!
Monday, December 10, 2012 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+!

Dec 3, 2012

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+.


Monday, December 03, 2012 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+.