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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.

6 Factors in Computing for Total Printer Ownership Cost

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Are you caught in between investing on a printer or not? Is this because you think it isn’t wise to spend money on the purchase? But if you are planning to set up your own business, getting a printer is necessary. You also need to compute for printer ownership cost for you to have an idea on how much to charge for your printing services so that you will gain profit from it. Here are some factors that may affect the calculation of this cost.

1. Price of the printer. It is important to compute this cost per printer unit you own. Then you should add up the YTD depreciation value, property insurance and cost of capital. Add taxes whenever available. Multiply the total with the black and colored printout percentages.

2. Pages printed annually. This does not mean you have to wait for one year to be able to compute for the total pages you consume. What you need here is to compute the total number of pages you print per three months then multiply it by 4. This should be done for each printer.

3. Support cost. This is computed by adding purchase, installation and on-going support cost. If you are leasing your printers, then add that cost to the total as well.

4. Cost of printer parts. This can be computed by simply multiplying the total amount for printer parts with that of the black and colored printout percentages.

5. Cost of maintenance. This is computed by adding the estimated time percentage that a 3rd party vendor may spend on the printer unit and the annual support cost from third party vendors. The sum will then be divided by the black and colored printout percentages.

6. Printer supplies cost. This is calculated by multiplying the percentage of colored printouts with total staples cost. The result will then be added to the costs spent on printer ink cartridges for all of your printers.

    Once you have computed for printer ownership cost, you are about ready to set-up your own printing business. You don’t have to be a financial expert on this.

    3 Things to Bear in Mind When You Refill Your Dell Inkjet Cartridge

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when your Dell inkjet cartridge stops to work? Maybe, you’ll just end up throwing them away. But, haven’t you thought it wiser to refill the printer cartridge instead? Don’t be afraid to do this as there are only three things to consider in the entire process.

    1.  Think of why you need to refill the printer cartridge instead of throwing them away. You save money on printer ink and printer supplies. You also help save the environment from harm. Don’t ever think that refilling your printer cartridge will damage your printer or void your printer’s warranty.

    2.  Know the signs on when to refill your empty printer cartridges. Please don’t wait until they are empty. This can dry and eventually clog the printer nozzle. As an end result, your printer won’t work. When the “low ink” warning sign shows, refill the empty printer cartridge at once.

    3.  It is important to learn the refilling process. Be ready with your paper towels before you start this job. Make a small hole on the ink cartridge, particularly where the letter “e” in Dell is written. Use a 1/16 inch drill for this process.

    Use a syringe to transfer the printer ink slowly into the printer cartridge – about 10 to 15 ml will do. Insert the syringe and make sure it reaches the hard sponge inside the printer cartridge. Allow the printer ink to set overnight before placing it back inside the Dell printer. Remember to put a tape over the small hole to prevent ink from drying.

    Once you’ve kept all the above-mentioned tips in mind, you can refill your Dell printer ink with much ease. You can do ink refilling once or twice before you dispose your printer cartridge with Dell supplies.

    Tips on How Cost per Page Can Be Calculated When Using Ink Cartridges

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

    Printer manufacturers as well as computer stores usually indicate page yield for ink cartridges depending on the brand and model. You have to consider this before you pick the printer model you will buy. Page yield, basically means the number of pages an ink cartridge can print during its lifespan. Wonder on how you can compute the cost you spend per page?

    1. Make a separate computation for black and colored ink cartridges. The cost per page for the black cartridge can be computed by dividing the cost of the printer cartridge with the page yield for this printer ink. If your printer model uses two or more colored ink cartridges, simply compute the total amount you spent for all these printer cartridges and divide it with the total page yield for all these printer inks.

    2. Take note of discrepancies in values. There are instances when you won’t actually get the number of page yield as promised by the manufacturer. This is because there are some factors causing the discrepancy such as:

      • Print coverage and paper size. Manufacturers test an ink cartridge using 5% print coverage. This means that only 5% of the paper’s surface can be printed on. Therefore, if you print on a whole legal size paper all the time, the page yield becomes lower.
      • Printer maintenance. When you print more using your printer ink cartridge, there is a tendency that you need to perform cleaning regularly. The cleaning process often requires a large amount of printer ink coming from the printer cartridge. This can then lead to lesser page yield than expected.

      The tips mentioned above are important if you want to make the most out of your printer cartridge purchase. Know the amount you can save for each printer cartridge in your printer model.

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