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All You Need to Know about Canon PIXMA Cartridges

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Canon has been known for many years now as one of the premier technology manufacturers in the world today. Its series of inkjet printers, ink cartridges and toners as well as its line of high quality cameras have put Canon in the marquee among printing product producers.

Canon PIXMA is one of the top-line brands that Canon has been offering over the past few years. The Canon PIXMA brand is a line of printers that are catered for office, business and personal usage. Aside from the Canon PIXMA, Canon also offers other lines of printers including the Bubble Jet, Bubble Jet Color, SmartBase and MultiPass.

The Canon PIXMA iP4000 series of printers has been known for their quality prints and value for money. Not as expensive as the others in the market today, the Canon PIXMA iP4000 printers are very good bargains especially for those who are looking for a normal home printer.

Ink Cartridges for Canon Printers

The Canon PGI5 cartridges are black ink cartridges that are compatible with a variety of printers in the Canon line. These include printers like the PIXMA iP4200 iP4300 iP4500 iP5100 iP5200 iP5200R iP5300 MP500 MP530 MP600 MP600R MP610 MP800 MP800R MP810 MP830 MP960 MP970 9000 and many more.

Depending on the type of printer that you have, replacing the ink cartridges of your Canon printers is a very easy thing to do. Canon PIXMA cartridges are usually refillable which makes it even more economical and cheap to purchase.

Some users though have complained of having a hard time refilling their cartridges since it needs specific tools to do so. All you need is to buy your replacement color and you yourself can refill your printer ink cartridges.

Comparing Prices

The usual Canon PIXMA Ink Cartridge sells at around $10-$30. A lot of online stores sell them for less especially for those who would order in bulk. Several bargain deals are also present in these stores wherein you can buy Canon PIXMA cartridges and take another one for free. Most of them also offer free shipping and delivery straight to your doorsteps!

Purchasing Canon PIXMA cartridges

The printer ink cartridges for this line of printers can usually be bought at Canon outlets and retail stores nationwide. Many users have also been searching the web for the best deals to acquire their ink refills from. One of the more popular printer ink cartridges that Canon offers is the CLI8 or the PGI5 with Chip.

A lot of online websites have established a connection with Canon to be able to sell their printer ink cartridges to users worldwide. Finding the best deals around the internet will depend on the users themselves but there have been numerous online stores that offer bargain deals for these Canon PIXMA cartridges.

One example is PrintCountry.com which has offered a variety of Canon PIXMA cartridges at very affordable prices to its visitors. At printCountry.com visitors can browse through several deals and bargains available to satisfy their Canon PIXMA needs.

Other online stores would be Stinky Ink Shop, Pix Mania and NexTag. PrintCountry.com and these other online stores are authorized Canon suppliers and they ensure their customers that everything they sell to them is authentic and fully functioning.

3 Tips To Find Empty Cartridges

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Think about this – for every few hundred pages that are printed out, there is at least one empty printer cartridge that will be disposed. In a year you can be sure that you will consume several cartridges with regularly use of your printer. This supports the fact that the printer cartridge is the economic force driving the desktop printing industry.

Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion empty printer cartridges are disposed of each year. These are mostly cartridges for inkjet printers, which are the most popular printing devices among computer owners. Most households will consume at least two cartridges a year, up to four cartridges if they print a lot of family photos. For small offices, multiply that by a factor of three. Some large companies use up hundreds of ink and toner cartridges annually. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that supplying ink cartridges is a very profitable business.

Making Money With Empty Cartridges

The same is true with empty cartridges. Selling your empty printer cartridges to specific buyers can lead to a significant payoff. A used inkjet cartridge can be exchanged for amounts ranging from $0.25 to as much as $5.00 or sometimes more. The rate varies from buyer to buyer and also depends largely on the type of empty cartridge being sold.

There are businesses that are dedicated solely to the recycling of printer cartridges. They buy the used cartridges from individual consumers then resell them to ink cartridge manufacturers and re-manufacturers for profit. This business model is very similar to the used beverage bottle trading of bygone years. It is expected that making money through the reselling of used cartridges will continue to thrive until a better technology supplants current desktop printers from the consumer market.

Finding buyers for your cartridges is not difficult at all. A simple search online will yield dozens of these business near your locality. Chances are good that ink cartridge refillers in your community will also offer to buy used cartridges.

Ways To Find More Cartridges

If you want to get into reselling of used printer cartridges, you will need to source for additional empty cartridges to make your efforts viable. Here are 3 practical methods to secure more cartridges, which you can then in turn sell to buyers.

1.  In your community, start a free pick-up service for used cartridges. Many households just throw away their printer ink cartridges because they don’t have the time to go out and bring them to the recycling centers. Some of them may be willing to give you their used cartridges for you to manage their disposal. Create flyers and distribute them all over your community. Before long you will have calls asking you to pick-up their used printer cartridges.

2.  Similar to the first, you can write to businesses near you and ask that you be the one to collect their printer and toner cartridges. While most companies may have recycling policies in place, there are still some that do not have regulations for recycling used cartridges. You can also write to hospitals, churches, schools and similar institutions. To be more effective, you may need to offer them cash in exchange for their used cartridges; in which case, make sure that the rates you offer are nominal and will not eat up your revenue significantly.

3.  Finally, you may choose to host an event where the requirement for entrance is used printer cartridges. If you have access to a pool, you can have a swimming party. You can also have a bingo social where part of the proceeds will go to a local charity. To offset expenses for the event, you can approach some companies to be your sponsors.

Be creative and daring; you are collecting an item that people no longer use. By taking care of their empty cartridges you are providing an invaluable service to your community. Soon enough, you will have a steady income stream from used printer cartridges that will bring additional cash to your bank account.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Five Great Dell Printers to Buy For Your Grandparents

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Dell is a popular name in the computer manufacturing industry, whose printers are known to deliver a solid performance.

Of course, there are printers that are better suited for specific needs. Some printers are relatively expensive but are designed to work efficiently in the workplace, while some are suited for more basic functions but are inexpensive.

These are five great Dell printers that would be ideal for even your grandparents:

1.) Dell Laser Printer 1700

The Laser Printer 1700 is inexpensive with a retail price of about $199. This black and silver device may be relatively slow compared to other models, with a speed of about 7.4 pages per minute versus an average printing speed of about 11.3 pages per minute. However, it gets the job done—and it does the job well. Printed text comes out very clear and images are of very good quality. The Laser Printer 1700 can print on various forms of media, although you can only print one envelope or sheet at a time.

This model can be installed very easily and is easy to use. If print quality and price are more important than printing speed, then this is the printer to consider.

2.) Dell All-in-One Photo Printer 922

The All-in-One Photo Printer 922 is extremely affordable, originally retailing at a price of $119 but dropping the price down to less than $100.

This multifunction device prints in black and white at 19 pages per minute, but prints color at 14 pages per minute. When it comes to scanning, however, this multifunction machine can scan a 4×5 inch photo in just 15 seconds.

Although the printed quality of this printer is average and could be better, this particular model is ideal for owners who prioritize quick and easy operation over print speed.

3.) Dell Monochrome Laser Printer 1125

The Monochrome Laser Printer 1125 is a simple multifunction printer that can also copy, fax and scan independently from the computer. Considering the functions on this black and white printer, it is sold at a very low price, retailing at less than $200.

This model comes with a user-friendly interface. Graphics printed from this device are pretty much unacceptable, but overall, this particular model is a very good buy for those who just want a good and reliable text-specific printer.

4.) Dell Laser Printer 1100

The Laser Printer 1100 is a great buy for individuals who need a basic printing device with no frills. This is the first low cost laser printer that sells for an unbelievable price of less than $100.

This laser printer struggles when it has to produce fancy fonts and large graphics, but the print quality is great if you simply need to print out letters and other kinds of documents in black and white. The printing speed of this device is very acceptable, churning out 13 pages per minute. It is small in size and takes up very little space. It is also very easy to install and operate.

5.) Dell Color Laser Printer 1320C

The Color Laser Printer 1320C is perfect for personal use or a small home office. This printer is a great combination of quality and speed for its price. The quality of text is average, although the printed quality of graphics and photos are very good. Print quality in color is good, but print quality of black is even better.

The Dell 1320C is known for printer ink cartridge and toner management. It keeps track of the printer’s toner level and lets you know when the toner level is low.

Worldwide Printer and Printer Cartridge Sales Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

You might be wondering about how printers and printer ink cartridges fair in the worldwide market? Are printer manufacturers affected by the world economic crisis? The answers can be seen using some statistical information.

Sales of Printers Worldwide

For the first half of 2009, Gartner reported 20.2% decline in worldwide printer shipments as compared to the first half of 2009. There were only 53 million units of printers shipped as against the 64.2 million shipments made in the first half of 2008. Regional sales were all affected by the downward trend.

As proof to that, Eastern Europe showed 41.8% decline while the Middle East shipments went down by 28%. Shipments of printers to Latin America also posted a 22.9% decline. The statistics per printer brand were as follows:

1. HP from 27.8 million to 20.5 million units, equivalent to a decline of 26.4%.

2. Canon from 10.8 million units in 2008 to 9.7 million units in 2009 or a 9.8% decline.

3. Epson from 8.8 million to 1.1 million units less in 2009 or a total reduction in shipments of 17.4%

4. Brother from 3.4 million units shipped in 2008 to only 3.1 million units shipped in the first half of 2009 or a decrease of 8.5%.

5. Samsung printer shipments were 2.8 million in 2008 and 2.5 million units in 2009. This showed decline of 10.5%.

6. Other printer brands which shipped around 10.4 million units in 2008, shipped only 8 million units for the first half of 2009. This represents a 23.2% decline.

But at the close of year 2009, positive variances were noted by the International Data Corporation or the IDC. Ending the first-half of 2009 decline is a growth of 3.4% or 34 million units shipped in the 4th quarter of 2009 alone. Seventy percent of the units shipped or 23.8 million are inkjet printers. Here are some regional data:

1. Western Europe landed on the top spot in terms of number of printers shipped at 8.2 million pieces. But it only ranked second to the US in terms of shipment value. In Central and Eastern Europe, there was a decline of 2.4% but for the Middle East and Africa, a whopping increase of 20.1% was noted. As a whole, the EMEA or the Europe, Middle East Africa statistics for each printer brand are as follows: (1) Largest for HP at an 11% growth; (2) suffered a decline for Canon shipments at 8%; (3) growth of 3% for Epson printers; decline of 35% for Brother printer shipments; and an increase of 39% for Samsung printers.

2. The United States showed an overall shipment value of $4.4. billion in the world making it the top seller for printers in the fourth quarter of 2009. Statistics for various printer brands are as follows: (1) HP at 3% growth; Canon at 6% growth; (3) Epson at 4% growth; (4) 1% decrease for Brother; and (5) 15% decline for Samsung.

3. The Asia Pacific region, except Japan, made 7.2 million units of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2009 thus landing at the third spot. Overall shipment value for the region increased by 18.1 %. Shipments of printers for each manufacturer are as follows: (1) 2% growth for HP; (2) 11% growth for Canon; (3) 16% growth for Epson; (4) no growth for Brother; and (5) 35% for Samsung.

4. Japan ranked third in terms of shipment value for printers in the fourth quarter of 2009 making around $2.2 billion. But it posted a decline of 2.7% in terms of shipment value growth rate.

Worldwide Printer Cartridge Sales

Some changes in worldwide statistics also affect the sale of printer supplies like printer cartridges. Because genuine printer cartridges are more expensive than third party replacements, most consumers opt for the latter. This then resulted to approximately $3 billion average annual sales for the cartridge-replacement industry.

US Printer and Printer Cartridge Sales Market Share and Statistics

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Over the years, people tend to presume that the United States is one of the primary users of printers and printer ink cartridges. But this is just a matter of speculation. What is the reality behind it? We will never know unless we have actual statistics on hand.

Sales of US Printers

Since 2005, the pattern for printer sales seems to change yearly. As per Gartner’s records, printer shipments and sales totaled to approximately 5.9 million units of inkjet printers and 1.5 million units of page printers in 2005. But several months after that, at the close of the second quarter of 2006, inkjet printer shipment declined to 5.5 million units but shipments for page printers increased to 1.7 million units. The total decline is around 4.2% and was attributable to poor photo printer sales.

As of the fourth quarter of 2009 however, printer sales increased to 3.6% on the worldwide scale. Owe this to the 34 million units sold worldwide. In the list provided by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the US market remained to be in very good shape when compared to other regions in the world.

As the industry’s frontrunner, US posted printer shipments amounting to $4.4 billion at the close of the year 2009. This made it the highest in terms of sales. In terms of number of printers shipped however, US ranked number two after Western Europe with only 7.8 million units sold. The United States ranked fourth and fifth in terms of shipment growth and shipment value growth respectively.

When it comes to sales in the US according to the different brands of printers, here are some statistics from IDC for the year 2009.:

1. HP printer sales in the US were posted at 3% growth.

2. US was the best performing region for Canon printer sales at 14%.

3. The US ranked second in terms of Epson printer sales with a growth of 4%.

4. The US posted a 10% decline in Brother printer sales.

5. Another decline of 15% was attributed to Samsung printer sales.

US Printer Cartridge Sales

Printer Cartridges Online revealed that there is an average of $21 billion sales for printer cartridges in the United States alone. HP, the world’s largest major provider of printer and ink cartridges was able to predict revenue of $6.2 billion for the first quarter of 2010. This was according to Scott Ferguson’s article published via eWeek. But among all types of printer cartridges, inkjet cartridge sales are growing in number. This is basically because around 7 out of 10 printers sold in the market today are inkjet printers.

The US printer cartridge market is being dominated by refilling market franchisors. Because of them, printer cartridge sales increase yearly. One of the top providers in the US is  Cartridge World that showed a 13% increase in sales of printer cartridges from 2007 to 2008. Other franchisors that are having their fair share in the market are: Caboodle Cartridge that belongs to the $30 billion US printer cartridge industry; and Rapid Refill Ink that made a name in the industry after it ranked 11th in the list of the New Entrepreneur’s Franchise.

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