New Lower Pricing and Black Friday 2011

November 23, 2011

We at O-ink are happy to announce some new lowering pricing on our cartridge.  While we are in the middle of lowering them right now, you will be able to see some savings right away.

With Black Friday coming up, we are doing a website only Black Friday special at  The coupon code is blackfriday2011.  This will get you 25% off your total and the coupon doesn’t expire until December 2, 2011.

New Products Available

April 1, 2010

We at O-ink are happy to announce that we have added 11 new replacement cartridges to growing list of inkjet and laser cartridges we offer.

  1. HP 60 Series Replacements: We now have both the standard and XL versions of both the cartridges available.
  2. HP 901 Series Replacements: We now have both the standard and XL black cartridges along with the color cartridge available.
  3. Brother LC61 Replacements:  All four colors are available.  These are not generic/third party cartridges, these are empty Brother cartridges that have been cleaned, inspected, and filled.

All of our cartridges are filled the the full weight of the OEM’s cartridges and carry our one year guarantee.  If you have any questions or need to place an order just look us up at

One last Price Increase for the Year

December 31, 2008

2008 might as well be called the “Year of Price Increases.”  Nearly all the major printer manuafacture’s raised the prices of their consumables (I believe Epson is the only company who hasn’t.).  In face, one of my most popular articles in this blog deals with the HP price increase.

Well, it all leads back to HP again.  I just received information that on Jan. 1st, 2009, HP will be increase the prices of their supplies (Printer cartridges and such) by an average of 5% due to “economic conditions”.  Who cares that they do remain profitable for the entire year and still make lots of money and the rest of us are struggling .

So Happy New Years, you now have to pay more for that printer cartridge, unless you go to our site or our sister site

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.


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.


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

Moderate Yield Ink, what is it?

June 15, 2008

I have been getting a lot of searches on “moderate yield ink levels”.  So I figured I would spell it out plain and simple.  It is a waste of money.

Lexmark is the most common company that does moderate yield cartridges.  Cartridges like the 17, 71, 49, 19, and 32  are only  half full cartridges.

Here are some numbers.  Lexmark 17 cost $21 for roughly 200 pages.  Lexmark 16, which is physically identical, cost $33 for 400 pages.  For 12 bucks more you get 200 more pages.  Same with the Lexmark 71 and 70, the 70 cost about $35 for 600 pages, while the 71 cost about $22 for 255 pages.

Bottomline, if you see moderate yield ink, don’t get it.  Get the High yield or Standard yield cartridge for your printer, it will save you money in the long run.

Oil prices and cost of printer cartridges Part 2

June 3, 2008

This is a follow up post to my post at the beginning of May (here is the link). I have noticed some interesting things happening in the past month that I thought were a few months off.

  1. Prices have already started to go up. I have checked two local Walmart’s and the prices for their cartridges have already gone up about 10% roughly. Now this is not a nation wide affect yet, but for our local Walmart’s the prices are staying.
  2. More people are looking to save – We have seen our sales keep going up. Granted in May, June, and July we are usually slow, however, our slow down this year has not been the same as in years past. We are seeing higher traffic from people who want to try and save some cash.
  3. The cartridge manufactures are starting to increase their prices. Here is an article from Kodak. With them increasing prices, that means that their black cartridge will increase by about $2 and color about $3 if the prices affect the cartridges. Their printers, which are mentioned in the article, will go up from $20 to $40.

We personally have seen small price increases in our OEM products, but not in our replacement and refilled products. In fact, as for the next 6 months, O-ink should not have to increase our replacement or refilled prices, of course barring a major increase in prices.

With that being said, I am going to change my outlook for the year. The prices will probably go up from 5-10% to 10-30% by years end.

Also, if you are looking for Kodak Cartridges, here is the link for our replacements.

The Difference in Cartridges

April 3, 2008

Everyone who has ever bought a cartridge has had this thought at least once, ‘is this the best cartridge for my printing needs’.  Okay, well something like that at least.  Let me show you the difference in some of the cartridges out there.

Photo Cartridges – Worth it or not?

A big word in the printer industry is at home photo printing.  You can sit down in your pj’s and print photos out at home, without driving across town to get them done, not to mention, get showered, dressed, if you have kids get them ready, you get the idea.  Some printers from Canon, HP, Lexmark, and Dell have an optional Photo Cartridge that can be put in to make your photos look better.

A Photo Cartridge contains Black, and Cyan and Magenta, however, the latter two are different shades than your Cyan and Magenta in your color cartridge.  Most of the time the Photo Cartridge replaces the Black cartridge.  Some cases it has it’s own space in the printer, but this is mainly on higher end HP models.  When you have a photo cartridge with a color cartridge this gives you 6 color printing, not the 4 color printing that you get with a black and a color.

So is it worth the extra couple of dollars?  Most of the time, no.  However, this depends on how keen your eyes are to tell the difference between 4 and 6 color printing.  And keep in mind that just because your print came with a photo cartridge, does not mean you need to keep buying it.

Moderate Yield & Standard Yield & High Yield

Take a look at a Lexmark 17 and Lexmark 16 cartridge, what is the difference?  Most people say about $12 and one says moderate and the other says standard.  What does moderate and standard mean?  That is a fancy way of saying low yield and standard yield.  Any cartridge that says moderate yield means it does 2 to three times fewer pages than the standard or the high yield cartridges (HP calls them the XL versions).  As for price wise, while the standard or high yield cartridges do cost more, if you look at the cost per page the standard or high yield is lower than it is with a moderate or low yield.

So what cartridges are affected by this?  Here is a brief list, remember that when you buy a printer, that usually the cartridges you get are not the full set.  The first number is the low or moderate yield/Standard yield/High yield (if applied).


17/16, 27/26, 19/20/25, 49/50/55, 60/65, 71/70/75, 32/34, 28/34, 33/35, 29/35


27/56 (on select models), 28/57 (on select models), 21/27/56 (on select models), 22/28 (on select models), 88/88XL, 74/74XL, 75/75XL, 78/78XL