Feb 25, 2013

woman working at home
30 million people work from home for at least one day a week. And why not? It’s one of the most environmentally-friendly options for working, saving 840 million gallons of gas because there is no commuting necessary.


But even when you work from a home office, there are plenty of opportunities to go green. Here are our suggestions on how to create an environmentally conscious, even when working from home:


  • Open the window in your home office: Doing this will not only save you money on electricity, but may also boost your motivation (according to various studies). Cracking a window open can also lead to less use of the air conditioner!
  • Reuse home office supplies: Almost everything in your office can be used multiple times or multiple ways. Printed on a half sheet of paper? Cut the other half off and save it for a grocery or to-do list. Purchase a refillable printer ink cartridge, as opposed to one that required additional plastic production.
  • Have a home office recycling bin: Find out which materials your city recycles, and make sure that the appropriate bins are in your home office. For example, it is dangerous to throw away empty ink or laser toner cartridges into regular garbage. The remaining ink and chemicals will seep into the earth and cause major environmental damage. Entering a zip code at Earth 911.com can help you find a recycling station near your home.
  • Go vintage with home office decor: Buying office furniture that is vintage or gently used -- instead of pricey new items -- can be more beneficial to the environment than purchasing new. Purchasing small recycled office products (paper cups, printer paper, manila folders, even business cards) can also have positive benefits for the environment.
  • Unplug to Save Energy: Not using your printer? Unplug it. Even if they are not in use and have been switched off, electronics use a minimal amount of energy wherever they are plugged in. This is called “vampire energy,” and it can certainly add up over time.

Working from home is already an environmentally friendly option to commuting to an office. But people who work from home have the option to go even greener: with tools like energy-efficient light bulbs, recycled paper clips, and of course remanufactured printer cartridges, it’s easier than ever to have a green home office.

Have you adapted your office to be more environmentally friendly? If so, how? Do you think more people will work from home as time goes on? 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, February 25, 2013 Andrew Yeung
woman working at home
30 million people work from home for at least one day a week. And why not? It’s one of the most environmentally-friendly options for working, saving 840 million gallons of gas because there is no commuting necessary.


But even when you work from a home office, there are plenty of opportunities to go green. Here are our suggestions on how to create an environmentally conscious, even when working from home:


  • Open the window in your home office: Doing this will not only save you money on electricity, but may also boost your motivation (according to various studies). Cracking a window open can also lead to less use of the air conditioner!
  • Reuse home office supplies: Almost everything in your office can be used multiple times or multiple ways. Printed on a half sheet of paper? Cut the other half off and save it for a grocery or to-do list. Purchase a refillable printer ink cartridge, as opposed to one that required additional plastic production.
  • Have a home office recycling bin: Find out which materials your city recycles, and make sure that the appropriate bins are in your home office. For example, it is dangerous to throw away empty ink or laser toner cartridges into regular garbage. The remaining ink and chemicals will seep into the earth and cause major environmental damage. Entering a zip code at Earth 911.com can help you find a recycling station near your home.
  • Go vintage with home office decor: Buying office furniture that is vintage or gently used -- instead of pricey new items -- can be more beneficial to the environment than purchasing new. Purchasing small recycled office products (paper cups, printer paper, manila folders, even business cards) can also have positive benefits for the environment.
  • Unplug to Save Energy: Not using your printer? Unplug it. Even if they are not in use and have been switched off, electronics use a minimal amount of energy wherever they are plugged in. This is called “vampire energy,” and it can certainly add up over time.

Working from home is already an environmentally friendly option to commuting to an office. But people who work from home have the option to go even greener: with tools like energy-efficient light bulbs, recycled paper clips, and of course remanufactured printer cartridges, it’s easier than ever to have a green home office.

Have you adapted your office to be more environmentally friendly? If so, how? Do you think more people will work from home as time goes on? 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+!

Feb 18, 2013

happy woman in plaid shirt shopping online
Whether you’re buying a remanufactured printer ink cartridge or a non-paper printer, online retail stores are becoming more and more relevant in the business world. High-speed internet is available to more and more people every year, which translates to more and more potential online customers.


However, quite a few online retailers are not up to par in terms of quality and reliability. Here’s how to tell if you’re working with a good (and valid!) online retailer:

What is the online retailer’s policy on shipping?

Retailers can have very different shipping options between themselves, but what’s most important is that the company itself has an explicit and consistent policy. A lot of retailers boast free shipping policies, which you should take the time to verify.

Look for the online retailer’s certifications
shopping cart button on computer keyboard
If a website is indeed a legitimate business, it should have a seal of verification (such as one from the Better Business Bureau or the NRF). They should also explicitly say their warranty on purchases on their website.

The proof is in the online retailer’s product

The quality of what you receive from an online retailer is the true test of that retailer’s quality. Take your time to fully test the products you receive from any online retailer, and be prepared to return the products or write a complaint if you feel that the business had misrepresented itself online.

It helps if the website has a solid reviewing system that includes testimonials from past customers, but smaller retailers may not have this option. If you suspect that the online retailer has misled you, you can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or the IC3. You might also find success by posting a complaint to a business’s Facebook page or Twitter feed.
mystery white box in room of white boxes
If you’ve never shopped online, it may seem hard at first to find a safe online retailer. But social media has allowed for customers to have the power to speak up about poor quality and service. With real people dictating the reputations of companies like never before, the Internet is becoming a wide marketplace for consumers to enjoy. From cupcakes to survival tools, all business is migrating online!

Have you ever had a bad experience with an online retailer? What do you do to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, or just plain inconvenience? Tell us all about it 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, February 18, 2013 Andrew Yeung
happy woman in plaid shirt shopping online
Whether you’re buying a remanufactured printer ink cartridge or a non-paper printer, online retail stores are becoming more and more relevant in the business world. High-speed internet is available to more and more people every year, which translates to more and more potential online customers.


However, quite a few online retailers are not up to par in terms of quality and reliability. Here’s how to tell if you’re working with a good (and valid!) online retailer:

What is the online retailer’s policy on shipping?

Retailers can have very different shipping options between themselves, but what’s most important is that the company itself has an explicit and consistent policy. A lot of retailers boast free shipping policies, which you should take the time to verify.

Look for the online retailer’s certifications
shopping cart button on computer keyboard
If a website is indeed a legitimate business, it should have a seal of verification (such as one from the Better Business Bureau or the NRF). They should also explicitly say their warranty on purchases on their website.

The proof is in the online retailer’s product

The quality of what you receive from an online retailer is the true test of that retailer’s quality. Take your time to fully test the products you receive from any online retailer, and be prepared to return the products or write a complaint if you feel that the business had misrepresented itself online.

It helps if the website has a solid reviewing system that includes testimonials from past customers, but smaller retailers may not have this option. If you suspect that the online retailer has misled you, you can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or the IC3. You might also find success by posting a complaint to a business’s Facebook page or Twitter feed.
mystery white box in room of white boxes
If you’ve never shopped online, it may seem hard at first to find a safe online retailer. But social media has allowed for customers to have the power to speak up about poor quality and service. With real people dictating the reputations of companies like never before, the Internet is becoming a wide marketplace for consumers to enjoy. From cupcakes to survival tools, all business is migrating online!

Have you ever had a bad experience with an online retailer? What do you do to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, or just plain inconvenience? Tell us all about it 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+!

Feb 11, 2013

man woman reviewing binder by printer
One of the biggest office expenses a small business has to keep track of is the cost of printing. The cost of ink alone can add up if not properly managed. But we’ve come up with a few easy strategies your office can use to significantly reduce this cost.


  • Teach the office good printing practices: Create a company culture that is thoughtful about how much material is used in printing. Ask that your employees only print critical documents, and emphasize the beneficial aspects of a leaner printing policy (i.e. environmentally friendly, cost efficient, etc.)
  • Actively monitor printing activity: If you suspect that an employee is abusing printing privileges, utilize printer activity monitoring software to track printing. Teach employees that occasionally printing out directions in fine, but it is unacceptable to print out long personal documents and non-company related eBooks.
  • Determine a company-wide printing font: Select a font that is thinner than the common default (Arial) and thus conserves ink and laser toner cartridges. This small change can save your company a lot of money in printer ink costs. In fact, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay switched to Century Gothic and predicts it will reduce its printing supplies bill by $100,000 annually. Ecofont, for example, has pioneered fonts that punch tiny holes in the actual printed letters. These holes, while invisible to the human eye, can reduce the amount of ink by 50 percent.
  • Buy remanufactured printer ink cartridges: Remanufactured printer ink cartridges provide the same quality as name brand cartridges. Even graphic designers and artists can use these cartridges without compromising their print or color quality.


Note: Be sure to purchase only from facilities that are certified ISO-9001, ensuring the quality of the product and that you will not void your printer’s warranty.

It’s actually very easy to save money on printer ink. Apart from saving money on actual ink cartridges, these are a few ways to save ink during daily uses. If you’re savvy with your current use, ink printer cartridges can last a long time.

What are your tricks for saving printer ink? Do you find that certain ink cartridge brands or types utilize ink better than others? Let us know any tips we forgot 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, February 11, 2013 Andrew Yeung
man woman reviewing binder by printer
One of the biggest office expenses a small business has to keep track of is the cost of printing. The cost of ink alone can add up if not properly managed. But we’ve come up with a few easy strategies your office can use to significantly reduce this cost.


  • Teach the office good printing practices: Create a company culture that is thoughtful about how much material is used in printing. Ask that your employees only print critical documents, and emphasize the beneficial aspects of a leaner printing policy (i.e. environmentally friendly, cost efficient, etc.)
  • Actively monitor printing activity: If you suspect that an employee is abusing printing privileges, utilize printer activity monitoring software to track printing. Teach employees that occasionally printing out directions in fine, but it is unacceptable to print out long personal documents and non-company related eBooks.
  • Determine a company-wide printing font: Select a font that is thinner than the common default (Arial) and thus conserves ink and laser toner cartridges. This small change can save your company a lot of money in printer ink costs. In fact, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay switched to Century Gothic and predicts it will reduce its printing supplies bill by $100,000 annually. Ecofont, for example, has pioneered fonts that punch tiny holes in the actual printed letters. These holes, while invisible to the human eye, can reduce the amount of ink by 50 percent.
  • Buy remanufactured printer ink cartridges: Remanufactured printer ink cartridges provide the same quality as name brand cartridges. Even graphic designers and artists can use these cartridges without compromising their print or color quality.


Note: Be sure to purchase only from facilities that are certified ISO-9001, ensuring the quality of the product and that you will not void your printer’s warranty.

It’s actually very easy to save money on printer ink. Apart from saving money on actual ink cartridges, these are a few ways to save ink during daily uses. If you’re savvy with your current use, ink printer cartridges can last a long time.

What are your tricks for saving printer ink? Do you find that certain ink cartridge brands or types utilize ink better than others? Let us know any tips we forgot 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+!

Feb 4, 2013

color printer printing grass and blue skyWhen it comes to printing photos, it’s never good to compromise on photo paper quality. Plain copy paper may suffice for a basic job, but it may not be the the best for printing out photographs. Using the right paper will result in vibrant and crisp prints.


First and foremost, check out the recommendations given by your printer’s manufacturer. This is the best way to get great photos from your inkjet printer. You also need to make sure the ink, paper, and printer will work in tandem so you receive the best possible results.

An Overview Of Various Printer Paper Types

There are many options to choose from when choosing commercially available inkjet papers. Here are some of the most common types of printer paper:

Coated Paper: Coated papers are used extensively with inkjet printers to achieve the finest possible image quality. These are the most popular papers and are sold under several types like “matte,” “glossy,” and “semi-glossy”.

Photo Papers: Specialized photo papers for inkjet printers are the most varied and complex type of digital photo papers. Pictures printed on this paper resemble conventional photographs because an ink-receiving layer is fused onto the photo paper for inkjet printer. They are also durable and have a glossy surface.

Basic white printer paper: A lot of plain and treated printer papers will suffice for printing documents with an inkjet printer. They can offer good image quality and fast printing. But ink can also spread easily with these papers, which can result in dull images.

happy woman office worker using printer scannerUsing Printer Paper Most Effectively

Most software packages for printers offer users a variety of settings to ensure the best possible print quality. They take into account paper size, type, and the file being used (text or photo).

An important thing to remember is that you should note the drying time for inkjet prints. Inks contain solvents that need time to dry before you can handle them or put them in an album. Even if the photo paper for inkjet printer an Instant Dry or Fast Dry type, it is a good idea to allow printed pages time to dry before handling them.

Photo paper for inkjet printers has evolved according to new printer technology. Some photo papers are designed to imitate old-style, wet-processed photos, while others resemble modern textures and offer more choices to the consumer. Feel free to experiment with different papers, and find out which look works best for you!

Which printer paper types do you prefer using? Do you have any secrets for printing a great picture? 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, February 04, 2013 Andrew Yeung
color printer printing grass and blue skyWhen it comes to printing photos, it’s never good to compromise on photo paper quality. Plain copy paper may suffice for a basic job, but it may not be the the best for printing out photographs. Using the right paper will result in vibrant and crisp prints.


First and foremost, check out the recommendations given by your printer’s manufacturer. This is the best way to get great photos from your inkjet printer. You also need to make sure the ink, paper, and printer will work in tandem so you receive the best possible results.

An Overview Of Various Printer Paper Types

There are many options to choose from when choosing commercially available inkjet papers. Here are some of the most common types of printer paper:

Coated Paper: Coated papers are used extensively with inkjet printers to achieve the finest possible image quality. These are the most popular papers and are sold under several types like “matte,” “glossy,” and “semi-glossy”.

Photo Papers: Specialized photo papers for inkjet printers are the most varied and complex type of digital photo papers. Pictures printed on this paper resemble conventional photographs because an ink-receiving layer is fused onto the photo paper for inkjet printer. They are also durable and have a glossy surface.

Basic white printer paper: A lot of plain and treated printer papers will suffice for printing documents with an inkjet printer. They can offer good image quality and fast printing. But ink can also spread easily with these papers, which can result in dull images.

happy woman office worker using printer scannerUsing Printer Paper Most Effectively

Most software packages for printers offer users a variety of settings to ensure the best possible print quality. They take into account paper size, type, and the file being used (text or photo).

An important thing to remember is that you should note the drying time for inkjet prints. Inks contain solvents that need time to dry before you can handle them or put them in an album. Even if the photo paper for inkjet printer an Instant Dry or Fast Dry type, it is a good idea to allow printed pages time to dry before handling them.

Photo paper for inkjet printers has evolved according to new printer technology. Some photo papers are designed to imitate old-style, wet-processed photos, while others resemble modern textures and offer more choices to the consumer. Feel free to experiment with different papers, and find out which look works best for you!

Which printer paper types do you prefer using? Do you have any secrets for printing a great picture? 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+!