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 www.oinkinkstore.com.  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 www.oinkinkstore.com


Lexmark gets sued over Return Program technology

March 30, 2010

When Lexmark came out with the Return Program Inkjet Cartridge, quite a few people in the inkjet remanufacturing industry took note.  The Return Program inkjet cartridges have a built in kill feature that prevents a user or company from refilling and reusing that cartridge.  For Lexmark this is a great money move, because it forces people to buy their cartridges, which means more money from them.  Currently, from what I can tell, there is around 12 or so inkjet models that are Return Program Cartridges.

No one has found a way to get around the electronic aspect of the cartridge.  Now for Lexmark everything is going all good and that, but there was a small problem that arose.  Apparently, Lexmark took the kill feature that they use in their Return Program Cartridges from another company.  On Feburary 22nd, 2010, Advanced Cartridge Technologies (we will call them ACT to save on time) sued Lexmark for patent infrindgement (link).  Apparently ACT has three patent’s that they claim Lexmark is using without permission.

So how does this affect the user, nothing yet.  However, if Lexmark loses (remember court battles can take years), there are two possible outcomes.  1.  This could drive Lexmark under.  ACT is seeking Triple damages.  If Lexmark closes, there goes the supply of cartridges.  (I doubt this could or will happen, but there is that possiblity.)

2.  Lexmark stops the Return Program for Inkjets.  Lexmark has in place for all of their Return Program Inkjet Cartridges a replacement cartridge that technically be refilled called the “A” version.  The problem is that these cartridges cost around $2 more and are hard to find in a retail store.  The lawsuit could stop the sales of Return Program cartridges and force consumers to spend more on already expensive inkjet cartridges.

We are years away from this lawsuit affecting anyone, but it will interesting to see what happens.


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 oinkinkstore.com or our sister site samedayinkjet.com


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.


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.

And

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.


New Products

June 26, 2008

Once again, it is time to update what are some of the new products at O-ink‘s Website and our two stores.

First up – Pitney Bowes USPS Branded Postage Meter Cartridges – These are the official Pitney Bowes cartridges.  Now in stock and ready to ship.

Next – As mentioned in previous post, replacement cartridges for the new Kodak printers.

Next – HP 60XL cartridges.  O-ink does not sell the standard, as they are not economical.  Both the black and color are in-stock.

Finally – HP CB540 Series.  While we ranted about these in the past on the bad economics, we are still selling them.


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.


Using the right paper in your printer.

May 30, 2008

I do apologize as it has been a while since I have posted.  Family things and other work items have taken me away for a bit.

Paper, it all pretty much seems the same, but it really isn’t.  You have copy, inkjet, laser, photo, label, speciality, transparancy, and many more that I am forgetting.  I am just going to talk about some tips about paper and printers.

1.  Only use paper made for your printer:  Inkjet printers are really not made for laser paper and laser printers are not designed for inkjet.  Inkjet paper is made to hold in the ink, while laser paper is designed to withstand the high heat that a laser printer puts out.  While actual inkjet and laser paper cost more, a safe bet is multi-use paper.

2.  Photo paper in laser printers, only if you want to ruin it:  Photo paper is made to hold ink, not toner from laser printers.  Putting in photo paper into a laser printer to print off a photo is all good, but you might ruin the laser printer as the toner has nothing to fuse to.  Unless the paper says it is made for laser printers, do not put it in there.

3.  Labels – Everything for labels is the same as photo paper.

The paper you use depends on the output you get.  If you want photo quality, use photo paper made for your printer (i.e. HP printer – HP paper).  Sometimes off brands are okay, but stick with the name brands on photo paper.


Oil prices and printer cartridge cost

May 8, 2008

Everyone and their brother/sister has been watching oil prices go up and up and up.  There seems to be no end.  With higher oil prices, means higher fuel cost, which in turns means higher prices for almost everything.  However, most people just look at the fuel prices.  Here at our St. Johns store, fuel prices are around $3.69 for unleaded today.  But what about the other products of oil, mainly, plastics.

Yes that wonderful non-degrading product we use daily is made out of oil.  I recently read an article that stated that a laser toner cartridge on average has between 1/2 to 1 gallon of oil in the creation process, while Inkjet cartridges are around 1-3 quarts.  This can add up over time.  The question is when will companies like HP, Lexmark, and Canon pass on the cost of the plastics on to consumers.  I would guess it is only a matter of time and here are the factors.

  1. Cartridges are their money makers, even for a large company like HP.  So if their margins slip, they want to keep investors happy, they would raise prices.
  2. Shipping cost have increased.  We have all seen this in food, gas, and everyday purchases.
  3. The cartridge bodies are made from plastic – Plastic is made from oil.  It only makes sense that the prices would increase.

I am GUESSING that by the end of the year, if oil prices increase like they have been, that printer cartridges could see an increase in 5-10% for OEM or brand name cartridges.

However, using recycled and refilled printer cartridges should not see as big of increase for one main reason, we are not making new cartridge bodies.  We use the shell they made and add ink to it and make it work.  Which is why I promote using refilled and recycled cartridges.  Visit our website to see all of our refilled printer cartridges.