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Jun 25, 2013

We have all been in this situation before: Your printer is telling you that is time to replace your ink cartridge. Knowing you don’t have one at home, you chuck your old one into the trash out of frustration. But don’t do it! Before chucking your used cartridge in the trash... Stop. Ink cartridges are not biodegradable and therefore if not disposed of properly can have a negative impact on the environment. The good news is that ink cartridges are recyclable!

How to Recycle Old Cartridges

Most ink cartridges have the capability to be refilled. This is the case for both inkjet and laser toner cartridges. The refilling process is simple– the empty cartridge is removed from the printer and filled with fresh ink. You can either refill the ink yourself or take the cartridge to a printing service center. If you opt to fill the cartridge yourself, it is important that you take the time to study how to do so. Consider having your cartridge refilled for the first time at a service center. The staff at the center can show you how to go about refilling your cartridges properly so that in the future you are capable of doing the refill yourself. In addition, make sure you have the correct type of ink on hand and that you are using ink compatible with the cartridge.


Another option for your empty cartridge would be to recycle the cartridge itself. Parts of used ink cartridges can be used when creating new cartridges. When recycled, the entire cartridge is checked for damages. Pieces that are undamaged are cleaned and combined with other recycled pieces to create a new ink cartridge. These cartridges are then able to be sold at a lower price than cartridges made completely from newly manufactured parts. Check with your local print shops about where you can drop off your old cartridges for recycling. You can purchase these refurbished cartridges at some retail stores and online.



Infographic via: Atlantic inkjet


Whether you choose to refill or recycle, your company will be not only reducing your carbon footprint, but will also be saving some money on the cost of printing. What are some other things your company does to increase recycling?

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+!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Augusta
We have all been in this situation before: Your printer is telling you that is time to replace your ink cartridge. Knowing you don’t have one at home, you chuck your old one into the trash out of frustration. But don’t do it! Before chucking your used cartridge in the trash... Stop. Ink cartridges are not biodegradable and therefore if not disposed of properly can have a negative impact on the environment. The good news is that ink cartridges are recyclable!

How to Recycle Old Cartridges

Most ink cartridges have the capability to be refilled. This is the case for both inkjet and laser toner cartridges. The refilling process is simple– the empty cartridge is removed from the printer and filled with fresh ink. You can either refill the ink yourself or take the cartridge to a printing service center. If you opt to fill the cartridge yourself, it is important that you take the time to study how to do so. Consider having your cartridge refilled for the first time at a service center. The staff at the center can show you how to go about refilling your cartridges properly so that in the future you are capable of doing the refill yourself. In addition, make sure you have the correct type of ink on hand and that you are using ink compatible with the cartridge.


Another option for your empty cartridge would be to recycle the cartridge itself. Parts of used ink cartridges can be used when creating new cartridges. When recycled, the entire cartridge is checked for damages. Pieces that are undamaged are cleaned and combined with other recycled pieces to create a new ink cartridge. These cartridges are then able to be sold at a lower price than cartridges made completely from newly manufactured parts. Check with your local print shops about where you can drop off your old cartridges for recycling. You can purchase these refurbished cartridges at some retail stores and online.



Infographic via: Atlantic inkjet


Whether you choose to refill or recycle, your company will be not only reducing your carbon footprint, but will also be saving some money on the cost of printing. What are some other things your company does to increase recycling?

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+!

Jun 17, 2013

Graphic found at: officesolutions.blogs.xerox.com

Everyone knows that printing in black and white saves you big bucks. However, not printing in color could be hurting your company’s income. Design Follow  recently published an article featuring infographics explaining why printing in color is so important to businesses and why it should not be eliminated when trying to cut cost. According to their research, businesses that print in color produce documents of a higher quality and in return, the business is viewed as more successful. Printing is also more likely to attract new customers and clients as well as help both existing and potential ones remember content.

Since printing in color does cost more, it is important to know the effect the colors you are using will have on the viewers of the material. Individual colors can have different psychological effects on consumers. Check out what each color says about your brand and use these colors to help improve the power of your colored marketing materials:

  • Blue - Honest and conservative. Use this color when you want your audience to trust you. Also use a shade of blue when you want to show that you are being traditional or exercising caution.
  • Red- Passion and urgency. Using red indicates that you are trying to talk about something time sensitive or something opinionated.
  • Orange- Risky and affordable. These two words may sound contradicting, but think about where we see this color. Stores tend to use orange clearance tags. Clearance means reduced price and affordability.  We also see this color in construction zones and detours, it grabs attention and signals risk or something out of the ordinary that could cause potential risk.
  • Yellow- Playful. This is the color used most often in display windows. It indicates fun and makes those who view it feel lighthearted.
  • Pink- Caring. Want to show your audience that your efforts are in their best interest or show your sensitivity to an issue? Using pink will help you establish your company as one with a lot of compassion.
  • Green- Eco-friendly. Everyone has heard the phrase Go-Green. It is because of this phrase that green is forever associated in people's minds as the environmental color.
  • Purple- High quality and expensive- If you want to emphasize quality and make people feel that a higher price is valid for a service or item, use the color purple.
  • Silver- Elegant, luxurious, and refined. Using this color indicates high class and sophistication.

    Image found at: www.mmprint.com 

After you decide which colors are cohesive with your message, next is to decide how many colors to use. Marketing documents typically are created with either two or four colors. Just because six colors could potential relay the message you are hoping for, it doesn’t mean you need to use all six of them. Instead, pick either two or four with strongest message or the ones that look best together.

Another tip would be to include black along with your colors. Black indicates high quality, excellence, and sophistication. It also will lessen the amount of color ink being used and therefore will reduce your costs. If you are printing a large quantity of colored materials, consider checking out the prices at your local professional printing company. It might be cheaper to outsource larger projects than printing them in-house.

Comment below and let us know which colors do you think best describe your brand? Have you seen a greater response to printed materials versus black and white?


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, June 17, 2013 Augusta
Graphic found at: officesolutions.blogs.xerox.com

Everyone knows that printing in black and white saves you big bucks. However, not printing in color could be hurting your company’s income. Design Follow  recently published an article featuring infographics explaining why printing in color is so important to businesses and why it should not be eliminated when trying to cut cost. According to their research, businesses that print in color produce documents of a higher quality and in return, the business is viewed as more successful. Printing is also more likely to attract new customers and clients as well as help both existing and potential ones remember content.

Since printing in color does cost more, it is important to know the effect the colors you are using will have on the viewers of the material. Individual colors can have different psychological effects on consumers. Check out what each color says about your brand and use these colors to help improve the power of your colored marketing materials:

  • Blue - Honest and conservative. Use this color when you want your audience to trust you. Also use a shade of blue when you want to show that you are being traditional or exercising caution.
  • Red- Passion and urgency. Using red indicates that you are trying to talk about something time sensitive or something opinionated.
  • Orange- Risky and affordable. These two words may sound contradicting, but think about where we see this color. Stores tend to use orange clearance tags. Clearance means reduced price and affordability.  We also see this color in construction zones and detours, it grabs attention and signals risk or something out of the ordinary that could cause potential risk.
  • Yellow- Playful. This is the color used most often in display windows. It indicates fun and makes those who view it feel lighthearted.
  • Pink- Caring. Want to show your audience that your efforts are in their best interest or show your sensitivity to an issue? Using pink will help you establish your company as one with a lot of compassion.
  • Green- Eco-friendly. Everyone has heard the phrase Go-Green. It is because of this phrase that green is forever associated in people's minds as the environmental color.
  • Purple- High quality and expensive- If you want to emphasize quality and make people feel that a higher price is valid for a service or item, use the color purple.
  • Silver- Elegant, luxurious, and refined. Using this color indicates high class and sophistication.

    Image found at: www.mmprint.com 

After you decide which colors are cohesive with your message, next is to decide how many colors to use. Marketing documents typically are created with either two or four colors. Just because six colors could potential relay the message you are hoping for, it doesn’t mean you need to use all six of them. Instead, pick either two or four with strongest message or the ones that look best together.

Another tip would be to include black along with your colors. Black indicates high quality, excellence, and sophistication. It also will lessen the amount of color ink being used and therefore will reduce your costs. If you are printing a large quantity of colored materials, consider checking out the prices at your local professional printing company. It might be cheaper to outsource larger projects than printing them in-house.

Comment below and let us know which colors do you think best describe your brand? Have you seen a greater response to printed materials versus black and white?


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+!

Jun 14, 2013

Image Found At: www.bourncreative.com 

Thanks to the internet and our ability to be constantly connected to it, the possibilities for marketing have gone through the roof. However unlike video killing the radio star, the internet has not squashed the need for printed marketing materials. That is right, printed materials are still a huge part of marketing. However, they are only relevant if they are revamped to adapt to the internet age. 

There are a couple of reasons why printed materials are still valuable–the first one being that people respond to tangible objects. Being able to hold something in their hands makes it more real to them. It also makes helps them build a connection with you and your brand.

The second is that materials such as business cards and postcards are easy to file away, or placed in a space where the consumer will come across them again–such as a refrigerator or a desk top. Emails are easy to close out of or delete! Even if there is an intention to go back to them, they get buried under other incoming messages– out of sight out of mind. 

Lastly, why would you not want to hit all potential customers and not limit yourself to those who are tech savvy? Concentrating all of your marketing efforts online overlooks potential clients who do not use a computer or may not be able to navigate the web efficiently.

However, just because printed materials aren’t dead it doesn’t mean they don’t need to undergo some revamping. It is important that your printed materials are up to date and work cohesively with  your online marketing efforts. Here are five ways to ensure both your printed efforts and online are looking sharp:

1. Be Cohesive- Create a cohesive look between your website, social media sites and printed materials. The color scheme of your printed materials should match the colors of your website. The logo should be the same. Do not use an older logo on your print material just because it is easier or because the printer already has it on file. Your audience should be able to look at your printed materials and make a connection with your website and vice versa. 

2. Make Your Printed Material Eye Catching. Use technology to design something that grabs people’s attention. Just because you are sending out printed materials doesn’t mean they have to be bland and boring.  Distributing well designed printed marketing material shows people that your company is not only professional but also modern and up to date. 

Image found at: www.ccbq.org

3. Acknowledge Internet Presence- Include your web presence on printed materials. Make sure you say follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Include the link to your blog and website! A simple phrase such as “For more info visit us on...” will do the trick. The goal is to get your audience as engaged as possible. You might initially connect with them via print materials but have opportunities of future and more consistent engagement by encouraging them to connect with you on social media. 


4. Coupons- Include a printed coupon but also let them know where they can get the coupon online so they can share with friends! If you already print it for them it saves them time and money. This is giving them something tangible and also letting them know where they can look to find further savings and updates from your company. People love freebies so coupons work wonders. Also taking the time to print the coupon so they don’t have to is showing you value them by saving them time and ink.  

5. Mailing Sign Up- Have a place on your website where people can sign up for printed mailings as well as emails. Some people prefer to have items mailed to them the old fashion way–Nothing wrong with that. If you provide both it is a little extra effort on your part but it shows that you care about serving your customers in whatever capacity they are most comfortable with and that goes a long way.

What are some other ways you are combining your printed marketing materials with your online presence? What do you think about printed materials being “dead”? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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, June 14, 2013 Andrew Yeung
Image Found At: www.bourncreative.com 

Thanks to the internet and our ability to be constantly connected to it, the possibilities for marketing have gone through the roof. However unlike video killing the radio star, the internet has not squashed the need for printed marketing materials. That is right, printed materials are still a huge part of marketing. However, they are only relevant if they are revamped to adapt to the internet age. 

There are a couple of reasons why printed materials are still valuable–the first one being that people respond to tangible objects. Being able to hold something in their hands makes it more real to them. It also makes helps them build a connection with you and your brand.

The second is that materials such as business cards and postcards are easy to file away, or placed in a space where the consumer will come across them again–such as a refrigerator or a desk top. Emails are easy to close out of or delete! Even if there is an intention to go back to them, they get buried under other incoming messages– out of sight out of mind. 

Lastly, why would you not want to hit all potential customers and not limit yourself to those who are tech savvy? Concentrating all of your marketing efforts online overlooks potential clients who do not use a computer or may not be able to navigate the web efficiently.

However, just because printed materials aren’t dead it doesn’t mean they don’t need to undergo some revamping. It is important that your printed materials are up to date and work cohesively with  your online marketing efforts. Here are five ways to ensure both your printed efforts and online are looking sharp:

1. Be Cohesive- Create a cohesive look between your website, social media sites and printed materials. The color scheme of your printed materials should match the colors of your website. The logo should be the same. Do not use an older logo on your print material just because it is easier or because the printer already has it on file. Your audience should be able to look at your printed materials and make a connection with your website and vice versa. 

2. Make Your Printed Material Eye Catching. Use technology to design something that grabs people’s attention. Just because you are sending out printed materials doesn’t mean they have to be bland and boring.  Distributing well designed printed marketing material shows people that your company is not only professional but also modern and up to date. 

Image found at: www.ccbq.org

3. Acknowledge Internet Presence- Include your web presence on printed materials. Make sure you say follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Include the link to your blog and website! A simple phrase such as “For more info visit us on...” will do the trick. The goal is to get your audience as engaged as possible. You might initially connect with them via print materials but have opportunities of future and more consistent engagement by encouraging them to connect with you on social media. 


4. Coupons- Include a printed coupon but also let them know where they can get the coupon online so they can share with friends! If you already print it for them it saves them time and money. This is giving them something tangible and also letting them know where they can look to find further savings and updates from your company. People love freebies so coupons work wonders. Also taking the time to print the coupon so they don’t have to is showing you value them by saving them time and ink.  

5. Mailing Sign Up- Have a place on your website where people can sign up for printed mailings as well as emails. Some people prefer to have items mailed to them the old fashion way–Nothing wrong with that. If you provide both it is a little extra effort on your part but it shows that you care about serving your customers in whatever capacity they are most comfortable with and that goes a long way.

What are some other ways you are combining your printed marketing materials with your online presence? What do you think about printed materials being “dead”? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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+!

Jun 7, 2013

Are you a coupon printer? While printing coupons at home can save you money in the store it could be costing you more money in ink and paper than you are saving. But don’t worry! There is no need to stop printing coupons– you just need to make sure you are printing smart. Below are four tips that will help you reduce the cost of coupon printing at home and keep you saving money.


  1. Try to use sites that allow you to print more than one coupon on a page. These sites will allow
    you to select multiple coupons at a time and will more than likely print three to a page. If you select less than three coupons you will most likely end up printing out a single coupon accompanied by an advertisement . This ad will drain your ink and waste it on something you
    didn’t want in the first place.

    Image from: fabulesslyfrugal.com 
  2. Not all stores allow printable coupons. Reasons for not allowing customers to print coupons at home are varied but store policy is store policy. Always check with your local stores before printing out coupons to eliminate printing coupons that can’t be used. Coupons that can’t be used equals wasted ink and paper!

  3. Print in black and white. We all know by now that color ink is more pricey than black ink. Coupons printed in color may look pretty, but they are still redeemable in black and white. Also, the watermark used to prevent the misuse of coupons will show up just as well in black and white as in color. Printing coupons in black and white is sometimes tricky because unlike printing a document, you don’t get asked before printing if you would like to print in color or black and white. When you click print on a coupon site they assume you want to use color. Before printing coupons set your printers settings to black and white only. To do this you need to go into your computer's control panel (PC) or system preferences (Mac). Once you do this select your default printer and set the printer to print in black and white. Click save and you are good to go.
    Image from: hubpages.com

  4. Create a bookmark folder in your web browser for coupons. Save coupons you think you “might” use to this folder and only print them when you decide you are actually going to use the coupon. This will help eliminate printing coupons that never get used and can also help you find coupons quickly when you need them!  


It is also important to note that photocopying coupons is against the law. It might seem cost effective to print out one coupon then photo copy the coupon for your friends, but this will only get you in trouble. Each coupon has a code and can only be redeemed once. Each coupon has a watermark that will also not show up when the coupon is copied–photocopied coupons will not be valid.

When done right, printing coupons at home can help cut the cost of living. We at CompandSave are all about helping you save money when possible. If you are printing coupons often be sure to check out our discounted ink cartridges and cartridge refills. Buying ink from us can also help you save cut the cost of printing coupons at home. Do you have any tips for saving money when printing coupons? 


What websites do you find the best coupons on? Share your coupon experiences with us in the comments below!



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, June 07, 2013 Augusta
Are you a coupon printer? While printing coupons at home can save you money in the store it could be costing you more money in ink and paper than you are saving. But don’t worry! There is no need to stop printing coupons– you just need to make sure you are printing smart. Below are four tips that will help you reduce the cost of coupon printing at home and keep you saving money.


  1. Try to use sites that allow you to print more than one coupon on a page. These sites will allow
    you to select multiple coupons at a time and will more than likely print three to a page. If you select less than three coupons you will most likely end up printing out a single coupon accompanied by an advertisement . This ad will drain your ink and waste it on something you
    didn’t want in the first place.

    Image from: fabulesslyfrugal.com 
  2. Not all stores allow printable coupons. Reasons for not allowing customers to print coupons at home are varied but store policy is store policy. Always check with your local stores before printing out coupons to eliminate printing coupons that can’t be used. Coupons that can’t be used equals wasted ink and paper!

  3. Print in black and white. We all know by now that color ink is more pricey than black ink. Coupons printed in color may look pretty, but they are still redeemable in black and white. Also, the watermark used to prevent the misuse of coupons will show up just as well in black and white as in color. Printing coupons in black and white is sometimes tricky because unlike printing a document, you don’t get asked before printing if you would like to print in color or black and white. When you click print on a coupon site they assume you want to use color. Before printing coupons set your printers settings to black and white only. To do this you need to go into your computer's control panel (PC) or system preferences (Mac). Once you do this select your default printer and set the printer to print in black and white. Click save and you are good to go.
    Image from: hubpages.com

  4. Create a bookmark folder in your web browser for coupons. Save coupons you think you “might” use to this folder and only print them when you decide you are actually going to use the coupon. This will help eliminate printing coupons that never get used and can also help you find coupons quickly when you need them!  


It is also important to note that photocopying coupons is against the law. It might seem cost effective to print out one coupon then photo copy the coupon for your friends, but this will only get you in trouble. Each coupon has a code and can only be redeemed once. Each coupon has a watermark that will also not show up when the coupon is copied–photocopied coupons will not be valid.

When done right, printing coupons at home can help cut the cost of living. We at CompandSave are all about helping you save money when possible. If you are printing coupons often be sure to check out our discounted ink cartridges and cartridge refills. Buying ink from us can also help you save cut the cost of printing coupons at home. Do you have any tips for saving money when printing coupons? 


What websites do you find the best coupons on? Share your coupon experiences with us in the comments below!



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+!