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January 20, 2014 by

Have you ever sat down and added up all your printing costs? The ink or toner, the paper, extra parts such as the drum or printheads – these items are costly and add up very quickly, especially if you are working in a high-volume business or office.

 

We have talked about ways to save costs on printing in the past; it is an important issue that not everyone thinks about, but one that affects many people.  Everyone should understand that there are huge savings waiting to be accumulated, and it doesn’t take much to accomplish.

 

A good way to start is by purchasing a printer that offers ink or toner efficiency. These printers come equipped with many energy and ink/toner saving options available for use in different printing situations.

 

You can then set the default options for printing in your office or business, and lock the printer so that it is stuck using the best ink or toner saving options. A password is required for anyone wishing to use different settings. As long as your office employees are on board with keeping the printing costs as low as possible, you should see huge long-term results.

 

Purchasing low-cost compatible ink or toner cartridges is another great way to save a lot of money on office printing. The savings can be up to 70% off the price of an OEM ink or toner cartridge, making it worth looking into.

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December 23, 2013 by

While everyone is busy printing holiday-themed cards, flyers, or other types of advertisements, manufacturers of all-in-one ink cartridges are also busy making a lot of money and profit selling replacement ink cartridges.

 

It is generally always a good idea to purchase a printer that has separate ink tanks. Nothing is more frustrating and wasteful in an office environment than to throw away or recycle an all-in-one ink cartridge that still has a lot of ink left, which you would have to do if you only ran out of one of the colors.

 

Especially around the holidays, you might find that you are using a lot of reds and greens. You may be left with a good portion of your black ink still in the cartridge while the other colors are low or empty. Rather than having to replace the entire ink cartridge, you would only have to replace the empty colors. It makes sense to use a printer with separate ink tanks with this perspective.

 

If you are using a printer with only one ink tank, consider purchasing a compatible ink or toner cartridge. They are more cost-effective and it won’t hurt quite as much when you have to replace the entire unit when you are only out of one of the colors.

 

When you purchase compatible ink or toner cartridges from a reputable retailer such as TonerLand, you are also getting our guarantee that the compatible cartridges will perform just as well as any brand name ink or toner cartridge.

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November 18, 2013 by

In the United States, Black Friday falls on the Friday after the fourth Thursday in November, so the actual date changes every year. Black Friday is known as a day for low prices and huge savings on retail items, and most retailers participate.

 

If you are thinking about purchasing a new printer, or any other large or expensive office items for your business, Black Friday is the day to do it. This year, the date is November 29th, 2013.

 

Black Friday printer deals are offered at retail outlets as well as online, in most cases. Some stores carry only a limited number of available products at the reduced price so it’s a good idea to do some research and figure out which items you would like to purchase beforehand.

 

Best Buy is starting their sale the day before at 6pm, and many others will do the same. Don’t show up late on Friday and expect everything to still be in stock, you might end up leaving empty handed.

 

Retailers such as Staples have some excellent Black Friday printer deals, check out Staples’ flyer page, which includes very reasonably priced Canon and HP printer models. In many cases, you can save up to 50% or more off the regular price.

 

Pair those savings with the amount you can save by purchasing low-cost compatible ink and toner cartridges and your office or business will be on budget with minimal effort.

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October 18, 2013 by

If you are a business owner with people working for you, one of the greatest investments you can make in your staff members are workshops geared toward bettering their skills. There are thousands of different workshops with scheduled dates in cities or towns all over the world, with highly skilled and experienced instructors.

 

Workshops for small or medium sized businesses cover office skills such as customer service, loss prevention, basic accounting, learning MS Office, basic computer skills, and almost anything else you can think of. It may be that technology or rules have changed and you want to make sure your team of staff is up to date, or you have changed equipment at your office and everyone needs to learn how to make the transition. It may even be that your staff’s customer service makes customers feel unwelcome and uncomfortable shopping at your store, or utilizing your products, and they need a refresher course.

 

Most times, it is more cost-effective to promote a staff member internally, rather than put up an advertisement, conduct interviews, hire someone, and then provide training. Your experienced staff members are more valuable than you may realize, and taking advantage of targeted workshops to build their skills and help them to better represent your business is a wise decision.

 

Doing a simple online search for workshops in your area will bring up many prospects, and you can choose the ones that are right for your current needs.

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October 4, 2013 by

When you buy a printer, the manual always encourages you to purchase costly OEM (original equipment manufacturer) ink and toner cartridges. The printer itself may be low-cost and you probably feel as though you have gotten a great deal. When you see the price of OEM cartridges however, you will soon realize that any money you saved on the printer itself will end up being spent on costly OEM ink or toner.

 

The original equipment manufacturers will tell you that any ink or toner, other than theirs, is of poor quality and will end up costing you more in the end. There are articles published frequently from all the major printer companies warning you that compatible cartridges will ruin your machine, and produce low-quality prints. They want to scare you into thinking that any other cartridges will cause damage.

 

This is simply untrue. OEMs want you to think their ink is best so you will purchase it from them only, causing them to turn a huge profit.

 

In reality, compatible ink and toner cartridges are a great way to save up to 70% over the cost of OEM cartridges, without compromising the quality of your print jobs. We discussed this in an earlier article for further reading.

 

Why buy ink and toner compatibles? We use only the best quality ink in our compatibles, and we use only the highest quality manufacturing processes. We want to help you save money so you can watch your business grow.

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September 25, 2013 by

Many offices will have memos hanging everywhere, some with valuable information, and others, not so much. It can make your office look cluttered, and uses expensive items in the process.

 

Using email rather than printing out memos is another great way to save on ink, toner, and paper costs. As sender of the email, you can even request that the recipients make it known to you that they have read and acknowledged it, and keep a digital record of said acknowledgement.

 

Try sending memos through email instead. You will save both time and money, and your office will be more aesthetically pleasing. Appearance matters to prospective customers.

 

As well, you might consider setting up your email to send the same memo message at pre-determined intervals, to avoid people using the excuse that they “forgot” or “didn’t see the memo”. If you also use the above idea about configuring your email to require the recipients to acknowledge your messages, you know your employees have seen it.

 

Any extremely important messages may still be better off with a hard copy left near the site. Fire exit routes, safety precautions, etc., are all easily forgotten if an emergency should arise, and are, in many cases, mandatory in your state or city.

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September 20, 2013 by

When looking to purchase paper for your home and office printing needs, a quick Google search for “printer paper sales” will tell you which retailers have the cheapest prices at the time. In many cases, you will be required to register as a member to earn the savings, but signing up is free and often worth it, especially if you will be buying paper on a regular basis. These sites will frequently allow you to build up member points, which are redeemable toward future purchases.

 

Office Depot just had an online sale where you purchase two 10-ream cases for $41.99 each and get the third box free.  This deal works out to $2.79 per ream of 500 sheets. There is a limit of two free boxes; in a smaller home or office environment, this may be enough. These sales are constantly coming and going, making it is wise to do a few minutes of internet research before you buy – many retailers offer similar deals. This takes the worry out of missing a sale; other retailers will eventually have a sale of their own.

 

They also have decent prices regularly for bulk paper buyers. If you are a larger office, you may look into Office Depot’s 40-carton pallet. $1200 will get you 400 reams of printer paper, 500 sheets each, at a cost of only $3 per ream. You won’t have to scour the internet for deals and the best part is they offer free shipping on orders above $50, in most cases.

 

Remember to check for current prices before you buy, online sales and prices change often, and no one wants to be stuck with an unanticipated bill.

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