Sunday, December 26, 2010

What is the most refill friendly printer?

When buying a new printer, it is very important to look beyond the bells and whistles of the printer "in the moment" of the sale of the printer.  Oftentimes, the inkjet or laser printer manufacturer will offer rebates to the retailer who is carrying the printer on their retail shelves, which is passed down to you, the end consumer and buyer of the printer.  So the price of the printer, before or after rebate, could be enticingly cheap.  You can find inkjet printers brand new at retailers sometimes for around $100 or even less.  It is even not impossible to find an inkjet printer with reasonably good features (prints per minute, page capacity, print quality and print resolution) for $50 to $75.  In the market for a laser printer? Laser printers take toner cartridges, and are a slightly more expensive print technology than inkjet printers, but can still be bought for very cheap deals.  It is reasonable to find a monochrome (black prints only) laser printer for $100.  It is also possible to find cheap color laser printers (typically 4 color printers black, cyan, magenta, yellow) for under $300.  Samsung for example has had a consistent line of color laser printers in the $300 price range, starting with the Samsung CLP300 a couple of years ago, and the more recent Samsung CLP310 / CLP315 color laser printers.  But there are 2 important things to take into consideration:
  1. The cost per page using the starting toner cartridges that come with the new printer (also known as the starter cartridges), and
  2. The cost per page for using the printer with replacement toner cartridges
The answer to these 2 points is different in each case some of the times because "starter cartridges" often carry less toner than replacement toner cartridges. Take for example Brother laser printers.  They often will take a smaller "starter cartridge" and a higher capacity "replacement cartridge".  For example, the Brother TN330 toner cartridge is the starter cartridge for printers that will also accept the Brother TN360 toner cartridge (which is around double capacity).  The same is true in the case of Brother TN430 vs the Brother TN460, and the Brother TN540 vs Brother TN570 toner cartridge.  HP ( Hewelett Packard ) also does a similar thing, the way to typically identify a lower capacity vs higher capacity toner cartridge by HP is to look at the ending letter on the toner cartridge model.  For example the HP Q7553a is the low capacity version of the HP Q7553x (printers that accept the HP Q7553a will also accept the HP Q7553x).  Another example is the HP Q2624a vs HP Q2624x, the HP CB435a vs the HP CB435x and more.

When considering which printer is the most "refill friendly", consider the capacity of the cartridge (page yield, that is how many pages can be printed with 1 toner cartridge based on a 5% page coverage), as well as how easy the cartridge is to refill and if there are any anti-refill mechanisms on the cartridge or printer.  As far as anti-refill mechanisms, toner chips come first to mind.  These are "page counting" electronic chips that allow the printer to keep memory of the pages printed (and therefore the pages remaining to be printed) with the cartridge installed in your printer.  But they are also anti-refill devices because when you refill an empty toner cartridge (one in which the chip has counted down to "zero" pages left for example), that chip still "remembers" the zero toner left, so adding toner to the cartridge is not enough.  In cases like this, the printer or cartridge either needs to be reset (if possible), or the toner chip needs to be replaced.  New replacement toner chips can add typically $5 to $15 to the price of the replacement cartridge, and usually the newer the cartridge technology the more expensive will be the chip.  So for a true refill friendly printer, consider those that accept cartridges without such chips (also referred to as "lock-out" chips in the case where the chips will not allow the cartridge to print once the chip has run out).  Printers that don't have chips include models by Brother (printers that accept the Brother TN430, TN460, TN540, TN570, TN580, TN650 and other toner cartridge models), as well as some Samsung and HP models among others.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What is a toner refill kit?

A Toner refill kit is a do it yourself (DIY) product that is designed to allow a user, be they a home or small business user, to refill their own toner cartridge. Toner cartridges are expensive, in fact they sometimes cost almost as much money to replace than buying a new laser printer. So customers look for alternative options to buying new original toner cartridges. One of these options is to buy a toner refill kit, also referred to as toner refills. Toner refills in the form of a toner refill kit come with tools and toner to fill your existing empty toner cartridge. The toner refill kits sold by 123 Refills are the Uni-Kit brand, which is the most well known and trusted toner refill kit brand and comes with a full customer satisfaction guarantee. Quality and page yield for the toner refills that we carry is almost the same as buying a brand new toner cartridge, but at amazingly lower prices, often as much as 75% off. So what exactly comes with a Uni-Kit toner refill kit? Unless otherwise stated, the refill kits come with everything you need to successfully refill your toner cartridge. This includes a toner refill bottle (at least equivalent to a high capacity toner refill, and in some cases enough for more than 1 refill). It also includes a refill pouring funnel, toner wipe (which is used to wipe off and attract toner particles to ensure a cleaner working environment), and detailed illustrated toner refill instructions which are also supported by free full time access to Uni-Kit technical support.

Some toner cartridges have chips, or memory devices, which may need to be replaced. In such cases, 123 Refills offers the chips and/or sells the toner refill kits with chips.

The toner refill kits available include universal toner refills, as well as cartridge specific refills, and are available for all major and popular laser toner printers.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Epson continues to lead way in eco-awareness and pioneering the recycling of used ink cartridges

While many companies may consider environmental awareness a trend or a marketing tactic, cartridge manufacturer Epson has taken it seriously for a long time.

Epson continues to address ecological-related issues and is committed to the relentless pursuit of innovation in compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies to reduce environmental impact across all areas of operations.

"We do not follow the trend, we create the trend together with you," said Epson executive officer Akihiko Sakai.

The company's environmental strategy, called SE15, is a long-term vision that showcases Epson's vision for 2015 and outlines how the company plans to become indispensable to customers and society.

The 2015 environmental goals cover halving of life-cycle environmental impacts in key products by reducing CO2 emission, expansion of recyclable products and services, environmental applications of advanced technologies, legal and regulatory compliance and the fostering of an environmental community.

Epson, together with competitors including Canon, Brother, Dell, HP and Lexmark has run a joint initiative for collection and recycling called "Ink Cartridge Home Coming Project".

According to Epson, approximately 500,000 to 700,000 used ink cartridges are sent to a sorting facility, where they will be separated by brand. From there, the cartridges will be delivered to their respective manufacturers, who will take responsibility for carrying out the recycling process. Epson's policies promote biodiversity and their 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle).

Epson has also teamed up with its competitor, Canon, reducing CO2 emissions by using a consolidated transportation system. With this service, the products shipped to some sales outlets are consolidated with the products of Canon for delivery by the shipping company. Both companies choose and use the delivery lines.

Epson showcased eco products including energy-saving projectors and recycled materials used in new products, such as inkjet printers. Eighty percent of printer products are recycled to be new items, such as pens, bottles, packaging boxes and truck gear. Each year, the company collects approximately 11.5 million used inkjet cartridges from its inkjet cartridge home initiative and takes them to its recycling affiliates.

Epson and other IT companies strive to achieve their business profitability along with environmental-friendly initiatives. 123Refills is committed to an eco-friendly business and a recycling strategy that emphasizes on green practices. For more info on how 123Refills makes a difference visit:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Best selling printer ink combos

Many customers ask about our best selling combo packs. Based on the most popular printers on the market, 123 Refills has bundled the best selling cartridges into combo packs that offer incredible savings on the highest quality best selling printer ink cartridges. The latest best selling printer ink combos are listed on the "new products" section of the 123 Refills online website. This includes:

Brother LC51 Compatible 4x HIGH CAPACITY Ink Combo (5 pack of cartridges with 4x CAPACITY)
Sale Price: $27.99
Includes: 2 x Black Ink cartridges - compatible with Brother Innobella LC51BK / LC51 Black with 2x capacity as compared to original Brother 1 x Cyan Ink - compatible with Brother Innobella LC51C / LC51 Cyan with 4x capacity as compared to original Brother 1 x Magenta Ink

Brother LC61 / Brother LC65 Compatible HIGH CAPACITY Ink Combo (5 pack of cartridges with DOUBLE CAPACITY)
Sale Price: $27.99
Includes: 2 x Black Ink cartridges - compatible with Brother LC61BK / LC65BK Black 1 x Cyan Ink - compatible with Brother Innobella LC61C / LC65C Cyan (more than 2x capacity as compared to Brother LC65) 1 x Magenta Ink - compatible with Brother Innobella LC61M / LC61 Magenta

Canon PGI5 Black, CLI8 Black, CLI8 Cyan, CLI8 Magenta, CLI8 Yellow Compatible Ink Combo (5 pack)
Sale Price: $24.99
Includes: 1 x Black Ink cartridge - compatible with Canon PGI5 / PGI-5Bk Black 1 x Black Ink cartridge - compatible with Canon CLI8 / CLI-8Bk Black 1 x Cyan Ink - compatible with Canon CLI8 / CLI-8C Cyan 1 x Magenta Ink - compatible with Canon CLI8 / CLI-8M Magenta 1 x Yellow Ink

Epson T069120, T069220, T069320, T069420 Compatible Ink Combo (4 pack)
Sale Price: $24.99
Includes: 1 x Black Ink cartridge - Remanufactured Epson T069120 1 x Cyan Ink - Remanufactured Epson T069220 1 x Magenta Ink - Remanufactured Epson T069320 1 x Yellow Ink - Remanufactured Epson T069420

HP 02 Compatible HIGH CAPACITY Ink Combo (5 pack of cartridges, DOUBLE CAPACITY)
Sale Price: $27.99
Includes: 2 x Black Ink cartridges - remanufactured HP 02BK Black with double capacity 1 x Cyan Ink - remanufactured HP 02C Cyanwith double capacity 1 x Magenta Ink - remanufactured HP 02M Magenta with double capacity 1 x Yellow Ink - remanufactured HP 02Y Yellow with double capacity

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Consumers prefer Brother printers to HP printers - PCWorld study

According to a recent PC World report which surveyed over 79,000 technology customers, consumers prefer Brother printers and Canon printers to HP printers.

Read more of the results from the article here:
2010 Reliability and Service Survey: Printers - PCWorld

Brother ink and toner refills are reliable, and Brother printers are easy to refill. Refills are available at Brother Toner Refills

Monday, November 22, 2010

Switching from OEM printer cartridges to refilled versions could save UK households a combined £440m per year - survey

According to a new YouGov research study, commissioned by Environmental Business Products, UK Consumers Are Wasting a Combined £440m Buying Branded Printer Cartridges.

Major findings are that UK households:

• buy an average of 4.85 cartridges a year which (since each unit costs around £30, that is equivalent to an annual bill of £145.50)

• could each save £43.65 a year by switching to private-label products

• 10% of households buy 10 or more cartridges a year giving a potential saving of £90 each per year

• 81% of UK households have an inkjet printer, but…

• only 18% buy private-label retailer cartridges that are 25% to 35% cheaper than branded versions

• 66% say a cheaper price is likely to encourage them to switch from printer manufacturers cartridges to retailers’ versions

• 43% would be motivated to switch cartridges because of environmental credentials

These findings are significant. Each UK household could save on average £43.65 a year by switching to private-label products (private label products include compatible and remanufactured printer cartridges such as those sold by 123 Refills into the UK), and yet only 18% of households buy private-label (aftermarket compatible or remanufactured cartridges). The study was based on an estimated savings of only 25-25% compared to original brand cartridges, but retailers like 123 Refills save their customers even more (around 50% on average), so the savings are even more dramatic.

You can read more about this study here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Brother TN110 and TN210 Toner Cartridges available

Compatible toner cartridges for the Brother TN110 / TN115 and Brother TN210 toners are now available. All compatible cartridges to brother toner cartridges are listed here, and are typically 30-60% off the prices you would pay at an office supply store for original brand Brother laser toners. Customers enjoy a 2,200 page yield for the compatible TN210 black and 1400 pages for Brother TN110 compatible cartridges. For the TN115, remember that these are the high capacity equivalents to the Brother TN110. You can expect a page yield of 5,000 pages for the TN115 black compatibles and 4,000 pages for the Brother TN115 color cartridges (compatibles). Compare to 2,500 pages for TN110 black and 1,500 pages for TN110 color.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A lawsuit against HP for their HP LaserJet printers giving low toner warnings too soon has reached a Proposed Settlement

In the following HP CLJ (HP Color LaserJet) printers and their corresponding print cartridges, the printer ceased printing when it was determined that the print cartridge had reached end-of-life:

CLJ 1500 Printer Series CLJ 4550 Printer Series
CLJ 2500 Printer Series CLJ 4600 Printer Series
CLJ 2550 Printer Series CLJ 4610N Printer
CLJ 2820 Printer CLJ 4650 Printer Series
CLJ 2830 Printer CLJ 5500 Printer Series
CLJ 2840 Printer CLJ 5550 Printer Series
CLJ 3500 Printer Series CLJ 8500 Printer Series
CLJ 3550 Printer Series CLJ 8550 Printer Series
CLJ 3700 Printer Series CLJ 9500 Printer Series
CLJ 4500 Printer Series

This resulted in users of these printers being forced to change the cartridges, even when their existing cartridges still had some toner left in them.

HP was sued for damages and an end to “deceptive and unconscionable practices” and has now come to a settlement.

According to HP: "The Proposed Settlement provides for a number of benefits, including HP’s agreement to post on its website a description of the operation of the Affected Models as it pertains to any interruption or termination of printing caused by toner level in their print cartridges, including a description of the mechanism in certain printers that allows users to “override” any termination in printing caused by the level of toner in their print cartridges. This description can now be found at the following site. HP also will contribute up to $5,000,000 in e-credits to be distributed to class members who purchased, leased, received as a gift or otherwise acquired in the United States a printer on the Affected Models list"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Uni-Kit Resetter in development for Canon PGI-225 / Canon CLI-226 ink cartridges

Uni-Kit is in development stages for a resetter to reset the chips on the Canon PGI-225 and CLI-226 (Canon PGI225 / CLI226 printer ink cartridges). The resetter is being developed to serve end-user refiller needs and the small remanufacturer. Previous Uni-Kit resetters have been perfect solutions for these customer types, as they are low cost (typically under $20 at resale) and work unlimited times to reset the Canon chips.

This new resetter is being developed with the same principles, aiming to ensure a low cost device that is battery operated and re-usable. There are no Canon PGI225 or Canon CLI226 remanufactured cartridges on the market as of right now, mostly due to the absence in the printer consumable aftermarket of replacement chips for Canon PGI-225 / CLI-226 or due to the absence of a resetting device. The cartridges include:
Canon CLI-226 Yellow Ink
Canon CLI-226 Black Ink
Canon CLI-226 Cyan Ink
Canon CLI-226 Grey Ink
Canon CLI-226 Magenta Ink
Canon PGI-225 Black Ink

These cartridges are used in printers such as the PIXMA MG5220 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One, PIXMA iP4820, PIXMA MG5220, PIXMA MG6120, PIXMA MG8120 and other Canon inkjet printers.
The Canon resetter for PGI225 / CLI226 is being developed by Uni-Kit to work in all the Canon PGI 225 / CLI226 cartridge series and to be accepted in all the Canon inkjet printers that accept these cartridges.

Update: The Uni-Kit resetter (Canon CLI226 resetter) has been released as of June 2011 and is available for purchase through

Monday, November 8, 2010

First to market for a toner refill solution for Brother TN420 / TN450

123 Refills is first to market with a toner refill solution for the new Brother TN-420 and TN-450 toner cartridges. The Uni-Kit enhanced formula #7 has been qualified to work with these new Brother toner cartridges. The TN420 is the standard capacity and the TN450 is the high capacity version, both of which are compatible with the Uni-Kit enhanced #7 formula which is sold by 123 Refills for $29.99 per refill kit (enough for up to 2 refills).

Refilling these Brother toner cartridges is easy, follow the toner refill instructions which can be downloaded at the Uni-Kit website. Since the TN420 and TN450 are new models, you can follow the instructions for the Brother TN350 for now since they are similar.

Note that the starter cartridges (those that first come with the Brother printers when you first purchase the printer) require a reset gear (which is a small accessory sold separately, but not yet available. When available, it will be listed at the website. The non-starter cartridges do not need this accessory, so can be easily and quickly refilled with the Uni-Kit toner refill kit #7 (enhanced formula).

The printers that accept the Brother TN-420 toner cartridge and Brother TN-450 toner cartridge include the Brother Laser HL-2240 printer series and HL-2270 printer series. The TN420 cartridges have a page yield of 1200 pages, whereas the TN450 have a page yield of 2600 pages. The Uni-Kit Toner Refill Kit #7 comes with enough toner to refill these cartridges at least 2 times, saving you over 75% compared to buying OEM toner cartridges. These Brother printers are becoming popular, with printer prices around $70 on the Brother® HL-2240 Mono Laser Printer (current pricing from Staples), and $100 on the Brother® HL-2270DW Mono Laser Printer (per current Staples offers).

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Lexmark Prebate program is ruled invalid - again

Eight years ago, Lexmark sued Static Control over patent infringement and inducement of patent infringement, predicated on Lexmark's employment of single-use restrictions on their prebate toner cartridges. Lexmark used their prebate program to sell their toner cartridges for an upfront discount (hence the term 'prebate'), on "condition" that the end-user returns the empty back to Lexmark (in effect, telling the customer that they don't own the cartridge they're buying, they only own the right to use the toner powder inside it). So basically, Lexmark would offer the cartridge at a much lower cost upfront, and then turned around and sued or threaten to sue companies that would attempt to remanufacture an empty toner cartridge that was sold to a consumer under the Lexmark prebate program (or in the case of Static Control, a company that supplied chips / parts that were used in the process of remanufacturing Lexmark toner cartridges). That was eight years ago, and the courts ruled out of Lexmark's favor in April 2009. Prebate was declared invalid.

But Lexmark sought a retrial, and the United States District Court ruled on 28 October 2010 that the motion for a retrial would be denied, in effect rendering the Lexmark prebate program invalid - again.

There are many components to remanufacturing a toner cartridge. The empty shell (or empty core as it is referred to in industry terms) is of course a key component. The core needs to be filled with toner, and moving parts inside the cartridge also need to be replaced. These include parts such as toner wiper blades, doctor blades, OPC drums (photosensitive drums), magnetic rollers, and other parts that make a toner cartridge function). These parts are either refurbished / reused from the OEM parts, or new compatible parts are placed in lieu of the OEM parts. Some cartridges also have memory devices or chips, which often need to be replaced so that the printer can recognize the refilled toner cartridge as "full" and accept it in the machine.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kodak forced to remove ink savings ads in print and on TV

Kodak has been aggressively marketing its series of ink savings ads, making such claims on UK TV and print media advertising that 'customers can save 75 pounds a year on ink'. The ads were pulled after HP (hewlett packard) vigorously contested Kodak's claims and got the UK's avertising watchdog - Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to agree with HP and force Kodak to pull the ads. Kodak inks are cheaper for users compared to original HP inks, that is a point that most industry experts would agree on, but they are still significantly more expensive than compatible or after-market inks. 123 Refills for example sells ink cartridges for use in Kodak printers that offer consumers around 50% savings compared to buying Kodak original printer ink cartridges. Compatible inks for use in Kodak inkjet printers are available through the website's Kodak ink page.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

UPS suspends toner cartridge shipments to and from the UK

According to UPS, "the carriage of toner cartridges heavier than 500g/17.5 oz by air has been suspended into and from the UK... This restriction has been imposed for an initial 30 day period effective midnight of 1 November 2010. For the avoidance of doubt, this restriction also applies to equipment containing a toner cartridge." Toner cartridges are typically always larger than 500grams (see pics / sizes of toner cartridges here). Ink cartridges are typically always smaller than 500grams (see pics of inkjet cartridges here)

This was in response to failed bomb attempts using modified toner cartridges for 2 parcels that originated in Yemen and Dubai. The UK is the only country so far to place restrictions on the transport of toner cartridges. This may give a local boost to UK based toner cartridge manufacturers allowing them to regain some market share within the UK, which like most western markets has seen significant growth in printer consumable (inkjet and laser toner cartridge) consumption that has benefited eastern manufacturing countries that export lower cost cartridges. It will hurt exports of toner cartridges from the UK in the short term. But safety comes first.

Some news media outlets have reported that the toner cartridge could have been from Brother, HP or other manufacturers. Foxnews for example, ran a report in which they interviewed an executive of Clover Technologies Group, a toner cartridge remanufacturing company, who was quoted in the report as saying that the cartridge "looked like a model originally made by Brother or HP." The same report went on to say that representatives from the major printer manufacturers -- including Hewlett Packard, Canon, and Epson -- had so far declined to speculate on the device.

Although not many photos have been provided in the media, the photo below which was posted at, suggests that it is most likely not a Brother brand toner cartridge, but most likely an HP or Canon monochrome laser toner cartridge (Canon also makes the engines for most of HP's toner cartridges, so the distinction between the two is often subtle). The reason why Brother is ruled out as a likely candidate is because the cartridge in the photo clearly shows an OPC drum, which is not found on Brother monochrome toner cartridges (and the cartridge appears to be for a monochrome printer). Brother puts their drums (OPC drums) onto separate cartridge units that they call "drum cartridges". In the case of HP and Canon however, the drum is part of the main cartridge on monochrome models, and so this photo is highly suggestive that the cartridge used was an HP or Canon equivalent (at least based on the limited photo presented by CBS below). It is also difficult to tell if this is an original brand cartridge, or an aftermarket (remanufactured / compatible toner cartridge) based on this photo alone.
Photo from

Some Kodak printers won't recognize newly installed compatible for Kodak #10 inkjet cartridges

This workaround step is known to work on some compatible for Kodak #10 inkjet cartridges, in the event that the Kodak printer asks the user to install a new Kodak inkjet cartridge (even though the user has just installed one). See more detail at

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lexmark shares plunge by more than 20% - Oct 26, 2010

Shares of Lexmark International Inc. (LXK) on the NYSE dropped precipitously by 21% today, as the company's revenue fell short of Wall Street's estimates. Adding to the concern, the company also announced that Chief Executive Paul Curlander plans to retire in early 2011. Some analysts believe that Lexmark is well positioned in the printer market and can recover from the position they are in right now. The company’s third quarter earnings actually even exceeded some analysts expectations, like Zacks. However the printer market is fiercely competitive, and with HP as the market leader it will be difficult for other brands to easily compete. From a remanufacturing perspective, Lexmark inkjet cartridges have a higher failure rate (when reconditioning them to put them through another cycle of use) when compared to similar built cartridges (with print heads for example) by Hewlett Packard, and this makes the refill process (and thereby the cost to the consumer) more expensive. Lexmark also makes the inkjets used in most Dell inkjet printers. 123 Refills offers OEM (original) brand inkjet and toner cartridges for use with Lexmark ink printers and Dell ink printers, as well as high quality and quality control tested remanufactured cartridges and ink refill kits / toner refill kits and refill supplies.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The new Lexmark inkjet All-In-One Printer - Genesis. Does it live up to the hype?

Lexmark has launched its latest of its Web-connected, all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printers - dubbed the Lexmark Genesis. This printer is targeted towards professionals, small business and home office consumers who are looking for a device that is innovative, productive and is also unique and stylish.

"From its unique, sleek upright design to the broad range of SmartSolutions, the Lexmark Genesis is truly an innovative, one-of-a-kind product in today's AIO market," said Paul Rooke, Lexmark executive vice president and president of its Imaging Solutions Division. "Most importantly, after a quick and easy setup, busy professionals will immediately experience its time-saving instant preview, quick copies and unmatched speed when scanning content to the cloud."

Recently also announced by Lexmark, are the Twitter and Facebook SmartSolutions. These SmartSolutions will enable users to scroll through and search their Twitter feeds as well as view their Facebook walls and print photos right from the device. Twitter is currently available for download. Facebook will be available next month (November 2010), according to Lexmark.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The 3rd quarter Xerox story: Double the Profits, but still cutting jobs

Oct 21 - Xerox said Thursday that it doubled its profit in the third quarter of 2010. The Xerox company reported net income of $250 million for the 3rd quarter, compared with $123 million for the same period last year. As the profit growth is being announced, Xerox is also planning to cut about 2% of its workforce, which amounts to around 2,500 job losses. Why cut jobs when profits are growing? Share your opinion here:

123 Refills offers alternative replacement options to Xerox OEM printer supplies at significant savings compared to Original Xerox ink and toner, and also offers OEM (original) brand cartridges from Xerox as well for customers that demand OEM Xerox supplies. All the ink and toner offering for Xerox printers are listed at

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ePrint by HP

HP ePrint Printers allow users to print anywhere from any mobile device. Some of the benefits of the HP e-Print printers are that users are able to send documents directly to the HP printer from a smartphone, easily share the printer with family, friends, and colleagues without having to install, and are able to email photos directly to the printers of family members. Some of the printers in the ePrint line by HP include:

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus Wireless e-All-in-One (CM756A#B1H)
HP Photosmart D110A Wireless e-All-in-One Printer (CN731A#B1H)
HP Photosmart Premium Wireless e-All-in-One (CN503A#B1H)
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Wireless e-All-in-One (CM755A#B1H)
HP Photosmart C410a Premium Fax Wireless e-All-in-One (CQ521A#B1H)
HP Photosmart Plus Wireless e-All-in-One Printer (CN216A#B1H)
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium Wireless e-All-in-One (CM758A#B1H)
and more.

Ink and toner supplies for these printers are or will be available from 123 Refills soon.

Friday, October 15, 2010

New HP Ink Technology - Latex Ink

Dubbed "HP Latex Printing Technologies", HP has in their own words "designed (latex ink) with the environment in mind". HP Latex Printing Technologies have been developed for print service providers (PSPs) in mind and offer a printing alternative for a wide variety of outdoor and indoor applications. According to HP's website, "HP Latex Inks and HP Thermal Inkjet Technology (together) provide durable, odorless prints; sharp, vivid image quality; application versatility; and high productivity – all of which enable PSPs to increase their print capacity and grow their businesses while reducing the total impact of printing on the environment."

HP launched its new range of inks for at this year's 2010 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The inks seem to be a step in the right direction in terms of environmental printing impact, as they are less reliant on solvents that can be harmful to the environment.

New ImageClass Printers from Canon

The Canon imageCLASS series has some new models, recently released by Canon. They cater to the small office / home office market, and include the color imageCLASS LBP7200cdn and imageCLASS LBP6650dn, LBP6300dn and LBP6000. Prices are expected between $200 and $600 for these Canon laser printers. 123 Refills is working on after-market refill solutions for these printers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

B700 series of new monochrome laser printers by Okidata

Aimed at medium-sized work-groups, the B700 Series of Okidata monochrome laser printers have toner yields 26,000 pages and a print quality resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.

The printers range in price from $600 to $1200, and include the Oki B710n, B710dn, B720n, B720dn, B730n, B730dn.

123 Refills is working on after-market refill solutions for these models.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Uni-Kit Toner Refill Kits

Did you know that Uni-Kit manufactures toner refill kits for almost all major laser toner models?
123 Refills sells Uni-Kit toner refills and lists the products by brand compatibility.  There are "multi-brand" toner refill kits by Uni-Kit, and there are printer cartridge brand specific refill kits.  For example, "Toner Refill Kits for Brother", "Toner Refill Kits for Canon", "Toner Refill Kits for Dell ", "Toner Refill Kits for HP" and more.  All major brand types are supported.  Both monochrome and color laser printer models are covered.
You can find a list of the multi-brand and printer cartridge brand specific refill kits at:

and more brands supported.  Visit for a complete list

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New ink and toner products coming soon from 123 Refills

New printer ink cartridges and refills for both inkjet and laser toner that are coming soon to 123 Refills include:
Dell 1230 / Dell 1235 Refills
Lexmark C772 / C780 / C782 Refills
HP P1102 and HP P1606 Refills
Ricoh Aficio SP3300 Refills
Konica Minolta Pagepro 5650en Refills
Samsung SCX 6345 Refills

and many more ink and toner refills and printer cartridges

Pitney Bowes Partners with HP to Commercialize their Print Messenger Color Inkjet System

Pitney Bowes Introduces Print Messenger(TM) Color Inkjet System - MarketWatch: -- Pitney Bowes Inc. has launched their new Print Messenger Color Inkjet System, which enables the high-resolution color printing of customized marketing messages on envelopes during high-speed mail insertion. The new system is a result of the collaboration between Pitney Bowes (a mail technology leader) and Hewlett Packard (an inkjet printing technology leader).

123 Refills - Los Angeles

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Visit our new downtown Los Angeles 123 Refills Location. Servicing downtown LA businesses and residences, 123 Refills offers in store ink refill services and hundreds of remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges in stock. Original brand (OEM) printer ink and toner cartridges are also available. The new store location is at 705 S. Olive Street (just south of 7th Street).

Rethink how you ink!: HP announces former SAP head Leo Apotheker as new ...

Rethink how you ink!: HP announces former SAP head Leo Apotheker as new ...: "Hewlett-Packard (HP) named former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as its new CEO and president, ending a nearly two-month executive search. 'The decis..."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

HP announces former SAP head Leo Apotheker as new CEO. What is next for Hewlett Packard?

Hewlett-Packard (HP) named former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as its new CEO and president, ending a nearly two-month executive search.

"The decision to accept the position was an easy one," said Apotheker Friday. "No other company can match what HP does in the marketplace."

"HP should be more valuable than the sum of its parts," said Apotheker, the only person offered the job. "Software (which accounts for just 3% of the company's annual revenue of about $118 billion) is sort of the glue to make that happen."

"I believe HP is an undervalued company," he said. Given the company's diversified products and services, he said, it is uniquely positioned to thrive over the next few years.

Though HP is the world's No. 1 PC maker and one of its most venerable names, Apotheker will be its fourth CEO in the past decade, if you include Lesjak. Before Hurd, Carly Fiorina, was pushed out after clashing with the HP board. HP is a printer manufacturer that has struggled to dominate in desktops, smartphones and software, despite an aggressive acquisition approach dwarfed only by Oracle and IBM.

As expected, there are a lot of politics within HP. However, Apothecker has the experience to deal with them successfully. HP now has a growing emphasis around services, following its acquisition of EDS last year. SAP is not a major services company, but Apotheker’s long stint as head of SAP’s customer operations unit will serve him well there.

A partner of HP said that the company is at the center of transformation and that if it fails in moving its full weight in the line of software in about 3-5 years, they might find themselves at the heart of commoditized printer and PC business showing high volume but profit margins utterly low.

In a conference call that served as his formal introduction to Wall Street, Leo Apotheker called software the "glue" that will hold together the different parts of the company. "Software is how we can make sure that the various parts of our technology actually fit well together," he said.

Even before his comments, it was telling enough that HP didn't choose the head of its PC or printer businesses — the company's traditional strengths — and instead tapped an executive who has spent more than two decades in the business software industry and far from Silicon Valley.

"HP is in the midst of a transformation," says R. "Ray" Wang, a partner at Altimeter Group LLC. "If they don't make the move into software in the next three to five years, they're going to find themselves in a really commoditized PC business with high volume and low profit margins."

With its own software business still small, HP will have to resort to acquisitions if it wants to build serious scale, the same way it bought Electronic Data Systems in 2008 to double its services business. Speculation is mounting that it might attempt to buy SAP. HP will face stiff competition from other tech heavyweights looking to position themselves as the leading one-stop shop for information technology.

The real question is how will this new focus on software impact the printer and cartridge business that has been the cash cow for HP? It remains to be seen.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Xerox launches two new MFP's

Xerox has launched two new color Multi Function Printers (MFPs) which it says aim to help businesses “boost productivity and meet their sustainability goals”.
The Xerox WorkCentre 7545 and Xerox WorkCentre 7556 offer color print speeds up to 45 ppm (color) and 50 ppm (black) on the Xerox WorkCentre 7545 model, and 45 ppm color / 55 ppm black on the WorkCentre 7556.

The printers can copy, scan fax and email, and include advanced document management and workflow tools.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Inkjet and Toner Trends - Lyra Research Summary

According to Lyra’s Hard Copy Industry Advisory Service reports (that analyzing the inkjet and laser printer markets), Lyra has made some predictions for potential trends over the next 4 years. 
In summary:
1) Inkjet sales are expected to rise to around 64 million by 2014 (a 13.8 percent increase from 2009)
2) Color laser machines are expected to gain in sales as well.
3) Black only (monochrome) laser printers are expected to fall in sales, in line with recent trends. 
The reports also discuss possible causes such as the negative impact of the economy, managed print and the trend towards sharing MFP (multi function printers) in office environments.
For the reports or more information the contact is at

Sunday, September 26, 2010

HP unveils mobile, Internet printer

Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced a new printer with a detachable tablet, part of the company's strategy to integrate the Internet into its printing business.

Printers used to be seen as a necessary extension of the desktop PC. However today, since more and more people and companies store their information on smartphones or the Internet, HP wants to ensure everyone is still buying printers and ink.

HP's new printers will have the ability to print directly from the Internet without going through a PC. As the world's biggest seller of computer printers, HP's strategy is to position itself as the leader and innovator in the printer and ink space. Question is will Epson, Lexmark, Canon and the other giants follow suit? This is a given. Competitors such as Canon, Xerox and Ricoh have already introduced printers capable of printing documents and data from smartphones, but they are mostly aimed at business customers using office software from Google or

HP's mobile printing announcement comes 1 month after competitor Epson released its new line-up of WorkForce all-in-one printers that also feature small-business tools such as a two-sided 30-page automatic document feeder, high-dpi scanning and a 250-sheet tray. The specifications that are similar to HP’s, at nearly identical price points.

Both companies are targeting the same customer but sets them apart? Epson focuses on its ink technology that is fade, smudge, and water-resistant. HP however, focuses on mobility, a sector that’s exploding and has yet to show even a fraction of its potential, according to industry experts. The type of printer businesses opt for largely depends on their industry standard, brand recognition, and reliance on mobile devices.

The good news is that with large companies like HP and Epson targeting the small-business sector, startups have more choices than ever before and can buy products that perform at levels that only enterprise companies could afford in the past. Ink and toner included.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Top 4 Things to Consider When Buying Ink or Toner

If you are shopping around for replacement ink or toner for your printer, there are a few criteria that should be considered as essential.
Before you buy any inkjet or toner cartridge, you should be thinking about :
  1. Cost of the ink / toner
  2. Quality of the printouts
  3. Convenience of getting the ink or toner that you need
  4. The Environmental impact of your purchase / use of ink or toner
Depending on where you buy your ink and toner cartridges, you may be trading off some of the above considerations, but you don't necessarily need to.  
Buying original brand cartridges (such as Original brand name HP cartridges, Epson cartridges, Lexmark cartridges, Dell cartridges etc) will probably yield the best overall quality, but the cost will be much higher than other alternatives.  Convenience of ordering original ink or toner cartridges may be about the same as compatible alternatives, but the environmental impact of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) brands is surely higher than refilled / remanufactured equivalents.  It takes hundreds or thousands of years for an empty cartridge to decompose, and it takes lots of oil to manufacture a new one.  
Buying professionally refilled or remanufactured cartridges will save you usually 30-50% as compared to buying original brand printer ink cartridges.  Quality could be equivalent, or below the original brand quality standards, depending on where you buy your refilled ink cartridge or refilled toner cartridge from.  The quality of 123 Refills brand refilled or remanufactured cartridges is held to very high and rigorous standards, ensuring that the quality of the ink or toner cartridges is as close to the original as possible.  DIY Refill Kits can save you even more (often around 40-70% off original cartridge prices, even more depending on the model), and quality is only slightly less than professional refills because the parts of the cartridge have wear and tear.  Typically, quality is around 95% to 100% on the 1st refill (not noticeable), and drops by around 5-10% per additional refill, so we recommend refilling the same cartridge 1-2 times before switching to a new cartridge (or professionally remanufactured cartridge), and then starting the refill process again.  Some customers even refill their cartridges 3-5 times with no significant or noticeable quality issues.  Of course, the number of refills you can get before noticing a drop in print quality depends on the type of cartridge you are refilling, and the wear and tear of parts inside your cartridge - some cartridges wear out faster than others.
Convenience is an important part of buying any product.  Finding the printer ink supplies you need quickly and accurately, and having them delivered to your door as fast and economically as possible is very important.  123 Refills offers fast and accurate shipping options, including free shipping on US orders for ink or toner (currently free shipping is offered on orders over $60).  123 Refills also offers ink cartridges, toner cartridges and ink refill services in store, see for locations.  
Finally - consider the environment before you buy a new inkjet cartridge or toner cartridge. It takes thousands of years for an inkjet cartridge or toner cartridge to decompose, and millions land up in landfills. US consumers also use over 700 million gallons of oil a day.  Considering that it takes around 3.5 quarts of oil to manufacture a new toner cartridge, and 2.5 ounces of oil to make a new inkjet cartridge, buying refilled cartridges (or doing your own ink refills or toner refills) will help save the environment and conserve valuable natural resources. 
123 Refills has been saving its customers on ink and toner for more than 7 years and helping to save the environment at the same time.  Rethink how you ink...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Investopedia ranks printer ink as the 5th most outrageously overpriced product

6-outrageously-overpriced-products: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

"You may be able to buy a surprisingly affordable printer at your local office supply store, but don't start celebrating just yet. The printer companies make their biggest bucks on ink.
Over the life of your printer, you'll probably pay more than 500% of the total price of the printer itself on ink refill cartridges. At $30, a 42ml cartridge of black printer ink comes out to 71 cents per ml. On the other hand, the Red Cross charges $200 for 500 ml of blood, which comes out to about 40 cents per ml."

Buying compatible ink from 123 Refills saves customers around 50% on average compared to buying original brand ink from office supply stores.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Products :. 123 Refills

New Products :. 123 Refills

At 123 Refills, we strive to provide our customers with the largest selection of ink and toner cartridges in the world. With more than 5,000 unique ink and toner cartridges and refills and growing, we are able to offer our customers choices. Choose from OEM (original brand) cartridges, compatible or remanufactured cartridges, refill kits or bulk ink / bulk toner.
The following printer ink and toner cartridge selection represents our latest inkjet and toner product releases

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dell 1100 Refill Kit universal with Samsung ML2010 and more

Uni-Kit toner refill kit for the Dell 1100 is also universal with Samsung ML-2010 / ML-1610 / SCX-4321 / SCX-4521 - Xerox PE220 and more.

Dell 1100
Dell 1110
Samsung ML-1610
Samsung ML-2010
Samsung ML-2510
Samsung ML-2570
Samsung ML-2571N
Samsung SCX-4321
Samsung SCX-4521
Samsung SCX-4521FG
Xerox Phaser 3117
Xerox Phaser 3122
Xerox Phaser 3124
Xerox Phaser 3125
Xerox WorkCentre PE220

*Required (sold separately): Only needed for Dell 1100 and Samsung ML-2010, replacement fuse sold separately

Currently $17.99 or less.

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $60

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $60
FLAT RATE SHIPPING only $4.95 on orders under $60

Orders over $60 shipping to the contiguous US enjoy FREE shipping (HI, AK, APO, PR, Guam, etc. not included). Typically, orders under 2 pounds are shipped through the US Postal Service and heavier orders are shipped UPS Ground. Orders usually take 1-3 business days for delivery to the West Coast and 2-5 business days for delivery to the East Coast.

Orders to non-contiguous US States (HI, AK, APO, PR, Guam) pay $6.95 flat rate on all orders.

Limited time offer...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Chips for Samsung CLP310 / CLP315 now available

First to market - 123 Refills is now offering chips for the Samsung CLP310 and Samsung CLP315 (CLP-310 / CLP-315) toner cartridges. These chips will allow your printer to recognize a refilled CLP310 / CLP315 toner cartridge as new (100% full).

Uni-Kit refill kits are available with the CLP310 chips (or chips also available bought separately).

Monday, July 5, 2010

Canon CLI8 and PGI5 Refill / Reset Instructions by Uni-Kit

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Brother TN210 Refills now available

123 Refills has released the toner refill kits for the Brother TN-210 cartridges which are also known as TN230 / TN130 in other markets.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Canon CLI221 / PGI220 resetter now available

123 Refills has released a new resetter for the popular Canon CLI221 / PGI220 inkjet cartridges. The resetter is battery operated and will reset any OEM Canon chip for the CLI221 and PGI220 cartridges. The resetter will have a starting MSRP of $34.99.

Friday, March 26, 2010

New store opened for 123 Refills in Los Angeles

123 Refills has opened its new store in downtown Los Angeles. The new store is located at 705 A South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90014. Located between 7th and 8th streets, the store is perfectly situated to continue its long standing service to the Jewelry and Banking districts. The store offers curbside service for customers who call their orders ahead of time and need to drive to the location, and is convenient to the downtown customers for easy walk in.

The store is redesigned based on the new fresh look of 123 Refills, and offers refilled and compatible cartridges for all ink and toner cartridges. Also available is in store and on-demand refill services for popular inkjets, or exchange services (bring in your empties and exchange them with pre-filled cartridges, or have your empties refilled). Now with even more convenient options!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

123 Refills opens in Larnaka / Cyprus

Larnaka, which is the 2nd largest commercial port for the country of Cyprus, now has its own 123 Refills store. This is the 3rd ink and toner refill store opened by 123 Refills in Cyprus, which has a total population of around 750,000 people. Stores have been established already in Limassol and Lefkosia (Nicosia). The total number of stores that offer the 123 Refills line of inkjet and toner cartridges and ink refill / toner refill services in Cyprus is three, with another store in development plans for the city of Paphos. 123 Refills is proud to welcome the Larnaka store to its international portfolio, bringing the total number of 123 Refills locations to 32 worldwide.

Sunday, February 21, 2010



19th - 22d OF FEBRUARY 2010

HELEXPO PALACE, 39 Kifisias Avenue, Marousi-Athens

123 Refills is exhibiting its franchise model this weekend in Athens, Greece. Greece was the springboard for the brick and mortar franchise expansion of 123 Refills. The concept was founded in the USA, but having grown through franchise expansion in Greece and Cyprus, the expansion of the franchise brand is now continuing to other parts of Europe and the Middle East. Malta recently opened its first 123 Refills store, and more stores are in development for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

twibs - 123_refills on Twitter - Ink Refills, Toner Refills, Printer Ink, Ink Cartridges, Toner Cartridges, Inkjet,

twibs - 123_refills on Twitter - Ink Refills, Toner Refills, Printer Ink, Ink Cartridges, Toner Cartridges, Inkjet,

123 Refills store to open in Larnaca, Cyprus (3rd store for Cyprus)

123 Refills continues to enjoy solid growth in the country of Cyprus. The 3rd store for Cyprus is planned to open soon. With refill stores already in Limassol (Lemesos) and Nicosia (Leukosia), the Cyprus market has shown strong demand for the company's quality ink refill and toner refill services and refilled cartridges. The Larnaca store is scheduled to open soon and will offer a wide variety of remanufactured and compatible inkjet and toner cartridges and refill services for popular cartridge models. For address locations of all the Cyprus 123 Refills stores please visit the 123 Refills Stores in Cyprus link. A message from the 123 Refills master franchisee in Cyprus:

Το να κερδίζουμε λεφτά απο την ανακύκλωση των μελανοδωχείων... Δεν σημαίνει ότι θα πρέπει να συμβιβαζόμαστε με χειρότερη ποιότητα. Στην 123Refills η μοναδική τεχνογνωσία μας τριών σταδίων στο ξαναγέμισμα εξασφαλίζει ότι τα προιόντα μας θα συμπεριφερθούν ακριβώς όπως και στα αυθεντικά. Η 123Refills παρέχει στούς πελάτες της 100% γραπτή εγγύηση γιά όλα της τα προιόντα.

Monday, February 15, 2010

123 Refills in downtown Los Angeles is moving to a new and better location

123 Refills in downtown Los Angeles will soon be moving to a new and exciting location just across from the current location. The new location is across the street and next to 7 Eleven (which is at the corner of Olive and 7th Streets). The new address is 705 A South Olive Street and will continue to offer on site ink refills for popular ink models, as well as off-the-shelf remanufactured and compatible cartridges for all printer models (ink, fax and toner). OEM (original equipment manufacturer) brand cartridges will also be for sale. Save an average of 50% and enjoy the convenience of buying in store! Visit us at our new location.

123 Refills Los Angeles
705 A S Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90014
Tel: 213-488-9404

123 Refills is open in Malta

The first 123 Refills store in Malta, Europe, is open as of January 2010. Located at 197, Naxxar Road, San Gwann (in front of HSBC), 123 Refills is now offering its low cost and high quality ink and toner refill services and cartridges to the residents of Malta. The store map is located at:

Or call ahead at 21384913.

Now servicing all popular ink and toner models.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cartridge Components

Did you know that 123 Refills sells a wide range of printer cartridge components? These cartridge components are used by professional remanufacturers to assemble and remanufacture ink and toner cartridges. This includes OPC drums, Gears, Wiper Blades, Doctor Blades and other cartridge parts. PCR's and Mag Rollers too.

123 Refills is on Twitter

Follow 123 Refills at and get timely notifications of product alerts, coupons and inkjet / toner news alerts. 123 Refills is one of the largest ink and toner companies on Twitter with more than 5,000 followers and growing.

Tell a friend about 123 Refills and get 5% off for you and your friend

Click on the "tell a friend" link on the bottom left of the home page of 123 Refills to send a message to a friend, and both you and your friend will get a 5% off coupon sent by 123 Refills. This will be a limited time coupon and can be used once per person. Send the coupon and referral to as many friends as you like. You can also subscribe to the 123 Refills newsletter and get monthly emails with new product alerts and promotions.

The cost of ink

Did you know that the cost of inkjet ink to a typical consumer (per ml) is about 400 x the price of Evian water?

Printer manufacturers make their money by selling high priced cartridges (consumables). The printers are sold for cheap, sometimes at or less than cost. It is equivalent to the razor / razor blade theory. Get the razor cheap (or free), and you're stuck buying expensive consumables for it. Same thing with ink.

Some printer manufacturers have tried to buck the trend. Take Kodak for example. Kodak is selling higher priced printers and cheaper cartridges. But even Kodak isn't much different. It is true that the Kodak cartridges are "cheaper" than other printer cartridges, typically costing around $10 for a black cartridge or $15 from a color cartridge from a Kodak authorized reseller like Best Buy. However, take a closer look at how much ink is in those Kodak cartridges. You'll find its around 1/2 the volume of ink than more expensive HP inkjet cartridges for example.

No surprise then that there has been a recent push by regulatory bodies to force printer and cartridge manufacturers into labeling their products more visibly with the amount of ink that they hold. The National Conference on Weights and Measures for example has been pushing for tighter restrictions on the way printer ink cartridge manufacturers must label their products.

This may in the long run put pressure on ink prices, which won't be a bad thing for the consumer. 123 Refills has long been promoting more ink and more toner whenever possible in the same cartridge shape that OEM cartridge manufacturers would put less ink. The 123 Refills compatible cartridges for Brother LC51 for example hold up to 4 x the ink volume as compared to Brother OEM cartridges. The HP Q2612a toner cartridge can also hold about 50% more toner than HP puts in their cartridge. Many brother printer cartridges also hold more toner than is first sold with the cartridge when you buy a new printer. The Brother TN460 is an example.

Prepeat rewritable printer uses no ink, no toner - CNET Asia Blogs: Tokyo Shift by Rick Martin, Japan

Prepeat rewritable printer uses no ink, no toner - CNET Asia Blogs: Tokyo Shift by Rick Martin, Japan

Sounds like a great concept... inkless printer and rewritable paper. But at what cost, and at what quality? It would be unfair to speculate about the quality (except to comment that its targetted for "documents" which require less resolution of course and have less quality concerns than regular home or office printing jobs), but we can talk about the cost since Sanwa (the manufacturer of this ink less and toner less printer) has published that it will probably be priced around $5600 per printer and the paper at $3360 per lot (1000 sheets of paper per lot).

That sounds like a lot of money to any small business...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

123 Refills reaches 5,000 visitors on Twitter

Ink / Toner Refills (123_Refills) on Twitter

123 Refills has reached more than 5,000 followers on twitter, making it one of the most followed after-market ink and toner cartridge and refill reseller on Twitter.

Inkjet Visual and Near Infrared Reflectance Management with NICIA

Inkjet Visual and Near Infrared Reflectance Management with NICIA

Easy Group was awarded a research award by the US ARMY for its efforts in developing a complete visual and Near Infrared (NIR) reflectance inkjet camouflage management system.

Its NICIA (Near-Infrared Chemistry Increased-Load Adaptive-flow Ink and Software System) has been selected for award in response to the U.S. Army's needs for a fast turnaround system that enables rapid camouflage item production for pattern evaluation purposes.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Toner for Samsung :. Catalog :. 123 Refills

Toner for Samsung :. Catalog :. 123 Refills

Refill kits for Samsung laser printers. Includes monochrome Samsung such as Samsung ML-1710, ML-2250, SCX-4200, ML-2850, ML 2151, ML 4050 / 4550 / 4551 (20,000 page yield, high capacity), ML 3050 etc (with and without chips needed for refill). Also color laser printers such as CLP300, CLP310, CLP350, CLP600, CLP660, CLP500, CLP510 and more.

INKFINITE Continuous Ink Printer Bundle

INKFINITE Continuous Ink Printer Bundle

Brother Continuous Ink System Bundle now available, get a $979 value for less than $200. Over 40 cartridges worth of ink + a Brother inkjet printer for $200.

This is an incredible value deal, and makes sense for just about any home or small office use. The printer is the Brother IntelliFax - 1960c Color Inkjet Printer. This printer boasts a full-color fax and Message Center solution with a 5.8GHz cordless handset and built-in answering machine. Ideal for small office or home office environments, it’s a perfect communications tool that delivers impressive fax, phone and printing features. Among its features are a 5.8GHz digital cordless handset, High speed 33.6K bps SuperG3 fax modem, 16MB memory and more.

This printer has an estimated street price of $169.99 by Brother, and comes with 1 cartridge per color (black, cyan, yellow, magenta). Consider that each cartridge holds around 12ml of ink.

Now consider the value proposition of the Inkfinite Bundle:

1 x Brother factory refurbished Intellifax 1960c Printer
1 x Continuous Ink System (holds around 100ml ink per color)

Thats the equivalent of around 40 cartridges worth of ink PLUS the printer, all for under $200.

If you bought 40 cartridges, those would run you over $700. Add the cost of the printer, and you'd be around $1000.

So its really like saving around $800 worth of ink!

Kodak Reports Its First Profit in 5 Quarters -

Kodak Reports Its First Profit in 5 Quarters -

Kodak inkjet sales helped push Kodak into a profitable quarter. Kudos to Kodak for selling lower cost ink compared to other OEM ink resellers. Although Kodak ink cartridges are cheaper than others like HP or Lexmark, they also hold much less ink than the average HP cartridge. Good marketing and a good concept, but still expensive.

123 Refills saves its customers about 1/2 the price compared to Kodak ink.

10% off offered by 123 Refills

Get 10% off any order (excluding OEM cartridges), valid until Feb 10, 2010

Choose from any product in the ink and toner category (inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, ink refills or toner refills) and get the 10% off as long as you order by Feb 10 2010. Not valid on original brand inkjet or toner cartridges.

123 Refills has over 4,000 unique products for sale on its site making it probably the largest online superstore for ink and toner with its own distribution facility out of Los Angeles, CA for quick and accurate shipping across the US.