Hp Discountinuing some products

November 6, 2008

Effective 11/1/09, HP will stop production on the following cartridges:

C3909X

92298X

C4127D

C9720D

The last two are dual packs, which means the single packs will still be available.  O-ink will still be able to sell remanufactured and compatible versions of all four of those cartridges, so don’t fret, we will have them.

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HP Value Packs – Not worth the money.

October 6, 2008

We have had it in our stores a few times, customers who claim they can get a photo pack for cheaper than we are selling a cartridge or cartridge set for.  So I did some investigating.

The idea of value or photo packs is to group together printer cartridges and photo paper.  HP is well known for this, but all companies do it.  For this purpose, I am looking at HP only.

Let’s do the price breakdown.

  1. HP 57 Photo Value Pack from Staples.com – 100 sheets of Premium Photo 4 x 6 paper and an HP 57 cartidge – Price – $29.99       Now here is the problem with this pack.
    1. HP’s Premium Photo paper ranges from $13-$16.
    2. This means the HP 57 has a value of $14 at the low end.
    3. A HP 57 cartridge retails for $37.99
  2. HP 02 Photo Value Pack from Staples.com – 100 sheets of Premium Photo 4 x 6 paper and an HP 02 full set of cartridges – Price – $35.99  Now here is the problem with this pack
    1. The paper is the same price
    2. Means the 6 pack of cartridges is $20
    3. The most efficient way to buy the cartridges is the Color five pack for $44.99 and then the Black for $18.99.

Now credit to Staples for posting this on their website, “Value ink cartridges are smaller in size than single cartridges”, this is only found under the HP 02 Value Pack.

Here is the down low.  Value packs are usually half or less full printer cartridges designed only to last the number of sheets provided (usually 100).  Even if you do need photo paper, it will cost you about 5 to 10 cents less per photo to buy them separately.


New HP Printers

September 8, 2008

HP just announced two new color laserjet printers.

The new offerings include two HP Color LaserJet series: the HP Color LaserJet CP2025 Printer and the HPColorprinter) LaserJet CM2320 MFP (multi-function).  Both of these machines are energy star rated.  Look for more information on HP’s Website.

Once again the problem becomes the printer cartridges.  The black is rated for 3500 pages and the two pack cost almost $160, which means a cost per page of around 2.3 cents per page.  Sinces the color usually cost about $10 more, you can bet that the color runs 9.6 cents for all three.  Granted this is better than the CB540 series.  I would like to see HP drop the total cost per page for under 9 cents per page.  However, I know that this is how they make their money.


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.


Paper Mismatch Error on HP printers.

August 20, 2008

We just fixed a printer for a lady who’s problem I have never heard of.  When she tried to align the cartridges (done automaticly with her printer), it would spit out the blank paper and say paper mismatch.

After some research, I found two possible solutions.

1.  Clean the contacts and the paper sensor as HP describes on their website (look the HP PSC 2175 and you will be able to see the pictures.  Please note, this did not work for me.

2.  When the cartridge alignment comes up, press “Setup” and “Options” together to cancel it.  If the paper mismatch appears, hit the “Cancel” button.

This is more of a band-aid than anything else.  But it does work.


HP Price increase effective September 1st, 2008

August 7, 2008

As I stated a few months back, prices for consumers will be going up by the end of the year.  First was Kodak and now, HP.

Price Increase Announcement – HP LaserJet Print Cartridges

August 1, 2008

As of September 1, 2008, HP is increasing the list prices on all Mono and Color LaserJet Print Cartridges.

As part of HP’s normal portfolio management, the company regularly reviews pricing. In response to rising production and supply chain costs, HP is now adjusting the price of HP LaserJet toner cartridges by five (5%) percent. This price increase will affect a total of 156 products.

NOTE: The following cartridges had their prices recently increased and will be excluded from the September 1st 5% price increase: 92274A, C3903A, C4092A, C3909A, C3909X, C3906A, C3906AG, 92298A and 92298X.

HP LaserJet print cartridges will continue to provide superior value, reliability and high-quality output. From pioneering the desktop printing industry to its new smart print supplies system, HP is committed to developing products and services that meet its customers’ needs.

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Price Increase Announcement – HP Inkjet Cartridges and Print Heads

August 1, 2008

As of September 1, 2008, HP is increasing by approximately 5-6% the list prices on Inkjet Cartridges and Print Heads.

As part of HP’s normal portfolio management, the company regularly reviews pricing. In response to rising production and supply chain costs, HP is now adjusting the price of HP Inkjet cartridges and print heads.

HP Inkjet cartridges and print heads will continue to provide superior value, reliability and high-quality output. From pioneering the desktop printing industry to its new smart print supplies system, HP is committed to developing products and services that meet its customers’ needs.

So if you need or use actual HP cartridges, best stock up a little bit prior to September 1st.  However, be aware that some places might increase prices prior to the deadline.

While we at O-ink try our best to keep prices low for our customers, with HP increasing all of their prices, we will unfortunately be increasing our prices as well on September 1st.

The above quotes were forwarded from HP through our supplier and of course all of HP’s copyright stuff “© Copyright Hewlett-Packard Company 2001 All Rights Reserved.” for the quotes I used.

Just so I do not get sued.

Please keep in mind that O-ink’s prices for the remanufactured cartridges will not be going up, in fact in the last month, some of them have went down.  Here is the link for HP Inkjet cartridges.


College Life and printers

July 30, 2008

In about one month from this post, the colleges across the United States will be filling up with students looking to expand their knowledge while hoping to do it without a lot of debt ( I am still paying mine off). New students are spending money right now to have all of their supplies and needs met.

  1. New sheets
  2. New cloths
  3. pens, paper, etc
  4. shoes
  5. technology (tv, computer, etc)
  6. and more

While some things are needed, not all of them are. Take printers for example. Most college students do not need them. Most of the ones that they do get come with the new computer they just purchased (Thanks Dell and HP). But the question remains, what is the best printer for college students? I am going to narrow the list down a little bit.

First thing first, what not to buy.

Stay away from Lexmark and Dell printers. While they may seem cheap to buy or in Dell’s case you get them for free with a computer purchase, the cost of the printer cartridges is extremely high. Plus, it can be hard to find the printer cartridges for certain Lexmark printers (see our post about Circuit City), and Dell cartridges are limited to Dell and Staples (although Staples only sells the low yield cartridges). Their quality is subpar as well.

Epson isn’t bad, but I still recommend staying away from them. They make great photo printers, like the R800, R1800, R1900, R2400, however, their lower end printers (under $200) have a high cost of ownership, meaning low ink volumes for high dollars.

All of the printers we recommend are based off from economic value of the printer cartridges and overall quality.

All-In-One’s

Price Ranges $100-$300

Offering’s from Canon – College students do not need a fax, so I am staying away from those. The Canon Pixma MP520, MP610, MP600 or for those wanting great photo quality MP970. You can find them from about $150 to $300 depending on the model you want. They all have individual cartridges (ranging from 4 to 7) along with duplex printing. Cartridges can be found on our site for $10 for the black and $9.25 for the colors.

Offerings from HP – Photosmart C4385, C5280, C6280. All of them offer good quality print outs and low cost of ownership as long as you stick with the XL cartridges.

Printers

Canon – Canon Pixma iP3500 or iP4500 $80 and $130 for each. The iP4500 gives you duplex printing and a dye based black for photo printing.

HP – This one is wide open so instead of printers, I will just list some rules of thumb.

  1. Keep the printer more than $80
  2. Stay away from printers that use the 21 or 92 black and the 22 and 93 color cartridges. They are the most costly cartridges that HP makes.
  3. Check to see if your printer will take an XL cartridge, if they do, buy the XL instead of the standard as it is more economical.
  4. If you get a printer that uses the HP 02 cartridges, do not buy the photo pack of cartridges. They are only half full versions of those cartridges so they cost more to run than the standard cartridges. Side note – The HP 02 cartridges that O-ink has are filled to double the capacity of the standard HP 02’s.

Well if you are off to college, good luck, study hard. I hope this helps you in finding a printer that will work for you.

While I did not cover laser printers, if you are looking for a low end laser printer, look at Brother’s HL-2140. It is more economical to keep than any of HP’s low end printers.

Once you get your printer, make sure to keep it loaded with cartridges.  Check out our site to get the lowest prices as well as great quality