With the average family spending up to £200.00 a year on ink, it is important to keep track of what you have spent and to make sure that you are not wasting printing.
When you purchase a cartridge write down the date and keep a note of how much printing you do so that you can keep track of how long it is before you need to buy a new one. It is also worth comparing whether you have bought ‘original’ print cartridges from the supplier or ‘compatible’ ones. Although the compatible ones are a lot cheaper, it is worth seeing whether they run out quicker by using your budget tracker.
Once you have used your budget tracker for a couple of months you should be able to predict your outgoings for the rest of the year and also work out if and where you can cut back on printing.
PC Mag has given the thumbs up to the all-in-one Canon Pixma MX392 inkjet printer for office use.
The website’s David Stone was impressed by the Canon Pixma MX392′s printing and faxing from PCs, and its other features, including a standalone copier and an automatic document feeder, plus its fax functions.
On the negative side, Mr Stone was disappointed with the often slow network support and that there is only manual duplexing.
The graphics quality was, Mr Stone added, “easily good enough” with regards to internal business requirements.
Mr Stone did also say, that for businesses that print a great deal, then they would be better to consider buying something faster than the Canon Pixma MX392. Though for businesses that print just a few pages each day, but need fax, copy and scan facilities, this printer would certainly suffice, with Mr Stone adding that it “can certainly do the job”.
In an attempt to recover from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Kodak has announced that it will discontinue the manufacturing and selling of inkjet printers in 2013. Due to a diminishing market, as well as thin profit margins, the company has long been plummeting in the industry and struggling financially since 2007.
All previously manufactured inkjet printers will remain on the market until the existing supply depletes itself. However, production has ceased on any new consumer printer models, including the much-anticipated Kodak Hero 2.2 and Hero 4.2 printers. The company expects that their consumer printer business will wind down and cease later this year, although they will continue to sell ink and paper.
Despite winding down their inkjet printing business, Kodak will continue to honor any warranties, as well as continue to offer support on their existing printers. This move, intended to get Kodak back on track financially following their recent bankruptcy, will result in the loss of up to 200 jobs. The company intends to switch gears and shift their focus over to the commercial printing side.
Although refilling toner cartridges, self or paid service, costs less initially, they cost more after all.
Look beyond the glitzy ads expounding generic printer cartridges, refilling supplies and refilling services as a cost cutter. They must be profitable to the vendor-advertising is not cheap. Less than OEM supplies end up costing the consumer more because:
• Cost-cutting measures produce less prints and in lower quality than brand name.
• Cost-cutting cartridges cause printer alignment problems and may leak toner. Misalignment and leaking toner damages printers and require expensive repair, often not covered by manufacturer’s warranty.
• All cartridges are refilled, whether by the OEM or a refill service, so both are equally environmentally conscious and concerned.
Less expensive costs for operations are a real bonus for office managers and entrepreneurs. Be careful to ensure a cost is truly less from start to finish before committing hard earned dollars. Sometimes it is better to stick with OEM or recommended providers for the best quality, quantity and reliability in return.