Looking for a new printer?

May 28, 2010

If you are looking to buy a new printer or replace on you have, here is one to look at.

Canon Pixma MX860

I have found it for around 130 to 150 dollars.  It does everything you want, wifi, duplexing, wired, duplex scanning, photos, individual cartridges, fax, copy, and all the bells and whistles.

We also have the replacement cartridges available now.

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Need that Canon Rebate – Might want to wait

November 20, 2008

Canon announced on November 19th that if you have a rebate check from them dated for November 14th or prior, not to cash it.  I repeat DO NOT CASH IT.  The company sending out those checks for Canon filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  So the checks might bounce.
Canon is supposed to have more details on their website on the 21st.

Read the article here


And there was one left.

November 4, 2008

This has been the year of price increases for printer cartridges.  First Kodak, then HP, followed by Lexmark, Xerox, and IBM.  I just received word today that Brother, Canon, and Oki are being added to the list.

Oki was kind enough to inform us that prices are going up a flat 5%, but Brother and Canon have not stated a rate of increase yet.

Out of the major players in the inkjet and consumer laser market, this just leaves Epson (we do not consider Dell a player due to the fact that Lexmark makes Dell’s products).  Which in the next couple months, I expect them to increase as well.  While our initial price increase were off a bit, we were right in that there would be a price increase.

The strange thing is that Oil has now dropped around 50% since the high back in July.  I doubt that any of the manufactures will lower their price increases since the drop in oil.  I think they will keep them high to make it better for the shareholders.

Once again at O-ink we have been able to keep our prices on our compatibles and remanufactured cartridges low and have not made any price increases this year.


Empty Cartridges = Cash

September 2, 2008

Every wonder what to do with those empty HP, Canon, Lexmark, and Dell cartridges?  Wonder if there is a way to turn them into cash?

At O-ink, we use to have a program that you could mail in your empty cartridges for cash.  However, our affiliate decided to close their doors.  Now we have started our own collection process.

The process is simple, you collect empty cartridges and then mail them into us when you feel the need.  No rush of course.  There is a small form for you to fill out, to show you how much each cartridge is possibly worth assuming it passes our inspections.  At the end of the month, we issue you a check.

The question is, how much can you earn?  Some cartridges are only worth 25 cents, while others are worth $3.

Here is the link for the program.

We recommend that you send in at least 5 or more cartridges per mailing and recommending using the USPS for the cheapest rates.


New Lower Prices on Canon CLI-8’s and PGI-5

August 11, 2008

Starting today you can now get the Canon CLI-8’s and PGI-5 cartridges cheaper.

We have dropped our prices by about a $1 each on those cartridges.  This makes us one of the lowest price seller anywhere with the best guarantee around.

If you need those cartridges, now is your chance.  Click here for prices and information.


Estimated Ink Levels

May 5, 2008

Just had a customer today return two bad color cartridges that we sold her.  The first one we got from our supplier and it was electronicly dead.  The second one was a cartridge we had just refilled in house.  She had brought the cartridge in from her printer cause it had just been emptied, 13.99 plus tax she had the same cartridge with ink in it ready to go.

Her complaint was that the one we refilled said it was empty.  I assured her it would and reminder her that according to HP, the Ink Levels are estimates only as they can not tell you the actual amount in there due to the kind of cartridge HP designed.  She still wanted her money back, even after I put it on the scale for her (showing that it was 3 grams above full).

So how do you tell how much ink is in your cartridge?  Well, if you own a Brother or Canon printer that takes the single tank cartridges, you are fine.  Canon and Brother employ an optical sensor to view the levels.  HP, Lexmark, and Dell use estimators.  These estimators go off from page count, paper used,  and quality level.  So how off can they be?  It all depends on the printer, some printers, they are right on, maybe have a error ratio of less than 5%.  Others, especially HP printers that use the 57 color and 58 photo, can be off from 70% to 100%.  While it is rare, we do get people turning in ’empty’ HP cartridges that by weight, are completely full.  Going back to the question posted above, how do you tell?  There are two main ways.

1.  Time – You have an idea on how long a cartridge should last you, couple months or a year, each person is different.  Any cartridge you put into your printer should last as long, assuming your printing habits do not change.

2.  Quality – If what you print starts to look bad, there are only two possible reasons, dirty or empty.  Most of the time it means they are empty.

What about the cartridge that O-ink sells, how do I know they are full?  Every cartridge that O-ink fills in house is weighed two times before we seal it.  Our Factory filled cartridges are weighed 3 times before they leave.  We have the full weights and empty weights for every cartridge that we have the ability to fill, so we can tell you how full your cartridge is.


New Products from O-ink

April 10, 2008

Time for a quick update with what are some of the new products we are carrying and selling both on our website or at our two stores.

Canon PGI-5 Black and CLI-8 Colors – Since Canon has came out with the PGI and CLI series of cartridges, they have jumped ahead in quality and service in many polls (PCMag.com for one). A problem for the refillers on this cartridge was the fact that Canon included a chip that recognized the cartridge. Well after being on the market for 2 years, there is now a way to reset the chips. Currently the PGI-5 Black CLI-8 Black CLI-8 Cyan CLI-8 Magenta and the CLI-8 Yellow are all in-stock. The two photo cartridges are coming soon. These are all filled to the same as the OEM cartridges and carry our one year satisfaction guarantee.

HP 74XL and 75XL – The new 74/75 series is replacing the 90 series of cartridges. Each cartridge comes in two flavors, standard and XL. While the Standard cartridge is cheaper, the XL cartridge has double the cost for triple the page yield, simply put, it is cheaper for the consumer. These are all filled to the same as the OEM cartridges and carry our one year satisfaction guarantee.

Dell 1320 Color Laser Cartridges – The Dell 1320 is a small color laser printer that runs around $300 to buy from Dell or Staples. While they do not have the best page yield, it does offer a customer a color laser printer at a low price.

Lexmark Replacement 24035/24015/34015HA/34035HA Black Laser HY – The Lexmark 24015 and 24035 are both 2500 page yield cartridges while the 34015/34035 are both 6000 page yields.  While they may look the same, they do not work in the other’s printers due to the chip.  The replacement that O-ink has are at the 6,000 page yield mark for both of them.  It will work in the following printers:

Lexmark: E230, E232, E234, E238, E240, E330, E332, E340, E342
Dell: 1700, 1700n, 1710
IBM: 1412, 1512