Circuit City, I bid you adios

January 18, 2009

Well the word came out on Friday.  Circuit City is closing the remaining USA stores by the end of March.  And now you are seeing blogs and articles regarding buying stuff from a company going out of business.  Is it really a deal, what happens if it breaks, what about my old extended warranty?  I am not going to get into that, look on MSN and Yahoo for that information.

I want to talk about their printers.  A while ago, I made a post regarding CC and Lexmark printers.  That their exclusive printers they sold from Lexmark were really Europe models, which means you needed to get your cartridges from CC, or Lexmark UK (and on some, Lexmark.com).  Now with them going out of business, what does that mean for the supplies.  (see my article here)

On some cartridges, O-ink does have the replacements, like the Lexmark #2 and #3.  Others like the #4 and #5 are available on Lexmark’s website.  Most of the people who did get them from Circuit City just might have to get a new printer.  I hope Lexmark smartens up a little and will offer the CC only cartridges on there website.

Even though I did not like this marketing practice that they did, I do feel sorry for the over 30,000 employees who will be out of a job by March 31st.

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Replacement Lexmark #3 in stock

October 6, 2008

It has taken a while, but O-ink finally has the Replacement cartridge for the Lexmark #3 Black in stock and available at both stores and our website.

Price is $15.99 and is filled to the same capacity as the Original Lexmark cartridge.

If you need one today, now is your chance.

Lexmark Replacement #3 Black Inkjet cartridge

Works in the following printers:
X2580, X3480, X3580, X4580, Z1480

Page Yield – Same as OEM

  • Model: 18C1530
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25lbs
  • 5 Units in Stock

Bait and Switch by Lexmark??

March 6, 2008

This past week we had a customer come in and purchase replacement cartridges for a Lexmark 28 and 29 cartridges, which she pulled out of her Lexmark X2580. They didn’t work for the customer, and we were closed, so they went to a big retailer and purchased the official Lexmark Return Program 28 and Return Program 29 for their printer. By the way, they pulled out the 28 and 29 from their printer when they became empty.

Those didn’t work. Strange that the exact same cartridge that was pulled out didn’t work, especially since it was from Lexmark. The customer actually called Lexmark for troubleshooting. What was the problem, she was buying the wrong cartridges.

But how could they be the wrong cartridges? They matched to the number to what she pulled out. Well according to Lexmark’s Website they will not work. They take the #2 Color and or the #3 Black. And the X2580 is not the only printer affected. Here is the list of printers that will take the #2 and #3:

Item Printer #2 Color Cartridge #3 Mono Cartridge #31 Photo Cartridge
1 Lexmark Z738 Yes
2 Lexmark Z1380 Yes Yes Yes
3 Lexmark Z1480 Yes Yes
4 Lexmark X2480 Yes
5 Lexmark X2580 Yes Yes Yes
6 Lexmark X3480 Yes
7 Lexmark X3580 Yes Yes Yes
8 Lexmark X4580 Yes Yes Yes

So if you have one of those printers, which you can only purchase at Circuit City in the USA, do not get the number 28 or 29, you need the 2 and 3.

Currently O-ink has the #2 replacement available for the public to purchase at our website.  We also can refill the #3 cartridge through our mail in program.

*UPDATE* – O-ink now has the #3 replacement available at our stores and our website.  Here is the article.