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.