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There are approximately 24 major brands of printer cartridge you can buy, so which one is the most popular?

At ABC Printsupplies, we have been selling genuine, remanufactured, and compatible ink & toner cartridges since 2010. During this 7 year period, we have maintained complete records of our sales.

We have sponsored all brands equally, and with the use of Google Analytics, we have a comprehensive record of what brands consumers in Australia prefer.

Five brands stand out from the pack. These brands are Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, and Fuji Xerox. This is no reflection on the quality or pricing of other brands, whose brand names might lack the marketing strength of the forenamed suppliers.

Below are the 5 most popular brands, along with their percentage of sales when compared with each other:

Fuji Xerox        6.96%

Epson           17.22%

Canon          19.61%

Brother         22.56%

HP               33.7%

From the above, it can be seen that HP enjoy approximately just over one third of the complete sales, remembering that these figures also include compatible and remanufactured printer cartridges, both toner & ink, as well as drum kits.

In recent times HP have increased their pricing on a number of occasions - so it remains to be seen how this will effect their portion of the market place when it comes time for their users to replace their printers

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WHICH ARE THE MOST POPULAR PRINTER CARTRIDGE BRANDS

There are approximately 24 major brands of printer cartridge you can buy, so which one is the most popular? At ABC Printsupplies, we have been se...

Many printer users are still anxious about using compatible cartridges, and for that reason they have to pay substantially more for genuine cartridges. If you pay a lot more then it is better..yes...no, read on.

We promote and sell both genuine and compatible printer cartridges. But we believe it is important in providing support to our users, that we pass on to you, information we come across, to assist in your  decision making. 

The following information is provided by a major compatible printer cartridge wholesaler:

Will compatible ink and toner cartridges work just as well as genuine?

Compatible ink & toner manufacturers have developed their own solutions that work just as well as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products...if not better.

They have had the opportunity to reverse engineer the OEM product and develop outstanding print & toner solutions to ensure the quality of the finished printed page is of the same high quality that you are familiar with. The print quality is guaranteed to be the same as the OEM printer cartridges. 

Don't be bullied by OEM print machine manufacturers.

          Because if you do, you'll lose the opportunity to make significant savings.                         At times, dealers technicians advise that a printer is not covered by warranty                   because the customer is not using genuine cartridges. By saying this he is                       not complying with Australian law, which states that a non-genuine made for any             machine and used will not void the warranty unless the OEM (the dealer) can                   prove it is the toner that has caused the damage to the printer. This needs to be in          writing. 

Australian consumers are entitled to a number of statutory guarantees pursuant to Schedule 2, Chapter 3, Part 3-2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (“Act”). If a part is “not genuine”, but is interchangeable with a “genuine part”, then the non-genuine part would still be seen as being fit for the appropriate purpose and would therefore not void any manufacturers’ guarantee/warranty.

 Our advice to the user is this. Try a set of remanufactured or compatible cartridges the next time you order. If you find they are not to your satisfaction because of inferior quality, send us a photo of the resultant print, and we will refund you your payment. That is our confidence in non genuine cartridges.

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WHY CHOOSE COMPATIBLE PRINTER CARTRIDGES?

Many printer users are still anxious about using compatible cartridges, and for that reason they have to pay substantially more for genuine cartri...

 

A new compatible range of printer cartridges have been released to the market.

                                    BROTHER MFC J5320DW PRINTER

They are the Brother LC 233 black, cyan, magenta, and yellow ink cartridges, with a yield of approx. 550 pages, for each colour.

If you are a heavy user, you might be more interested in the High Yield, or as in the case of the black, the extra High Yield. In this range, the colours have a yield of 1,200 pages each, and the black has a yield of 2,400 pages.

The high yield ink cartridges do provide much more 'bang for your buck', although the standard size presents good savings when compared to genuine prices.

The Brother printers that use these ink cartridges are the DCP J4120DW, MFC J4620DW, MFC J5320DW, & MFC J5720DW for the standard and high yield sizes, but that the Extra high yield black cartridge is only available for the MFC J5320DW &     MFC J5720DW printers.

So if you are considering purchasing a new ink printer, and you are favourable towards the Brother brand, then this might be the way to go.

Highlighted is a review of the Brother MFC J4620DW printer..

To find the prices of the compatible cartridges, go to Brother LC233 ink cartridges.

 

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Brother LC233 newly released compatible Ink cartridges

  A new compatible range of printer cartridges have been released to the market.                                     BROTHER MFC J5320DW PRINTER ...
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10 February 2016

Words such as 'toner', "laser', 'remanufactured', 'compatible', 'yield' etc, can be confusing for many computer printer users (cont..)

When searching for a printer cartridge, you should always search by the model number for the printer, unless you know for certain what printer cartridge model it is that you require. For instance, the Epson Expression Photo XP850 printer model has 6 different colours of dye cartridge with a standard yield C13T277192 to C13T277692. Then there are also a further six cartridges that have high yield C13T278192 to C13T278692. So there are 12 possible cartridges for this printer. The best way to see all of these options is to search for 'XP850'. This should throw up all 12 options, plus bundles if applcable.

By searching by the printer model, you also eliminate  transposition errors that can occur by incorrectly entering a digit in a cartridge model number For instance, Brother brand has the TN2150, the TN2250, and the TN2350 printer cartidges. An incorrectly entered digit as indicated by the bold digits above would result in sa getting a cartridge for the Brother MFC2703DW printer instead of the Brother HL2142.

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES EXPLAINED - INSTALMENT B

Words such as 'toner', "laser', 'remanufactured', 'compatible', 'yield' etc, can be confusing for many computer printer users (cont..) When search...
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14 September 2015

Words such as 'toner', "laser', 'remanufactured', 'compatible', 'yield' etc, can be confusing for many computer printer users.

So following we unravel some of the mystery of the printer cartridge world.

You recently buy a printer, and need to replace your cartridge, after what seems a short period of usage. This is because the printer manufacturer usually only provides that cartridge which was supplied with the printer at 40% capacity. As it comes with the printer, who's complaining.

So its time to buy your first printer cartridge, and this can be a confusing ordeal, as you get all these variants thrown up at you. For instance you have brought an HP LaserJet Pro P1102 printer, what cartridge should you get?

You enter the above printer model along with the word 'cartridge' on an internet search page and all these confusing options become available to you: HP #85, CE285A, genuine, compatible, remanufactured, toner cartridge, laser cartridge, etc. What to do?

In the above example, #85 is simply an abbreviation that HP uses, starting at #1, and rising to #971. For any individual #, there can be a number of different printers that use that cartidge.

The OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer code for this cartridge is 'CE285A', which is the definitive model number for the cartridge. In some cases, where the brand supplier sells a high yield cartridge as well as the standard, then the coding could be say Q5649A (#49A) for the former, and Q4649X (#49X) for the latter.

In each example above (CE285A & Q5649A/X), the printer cartridges are referred to as 'Mono Laser' cartridges. This is the same as saying black toner cartridges. Mono means 'one' or 'single', as in no colour. And laser is the electronic filtering that enables the toner powder to form into pixels, be it text or image.

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PRINTER CARTRIDGES EXPLAINED - INSTALMENT A

Words such as 'toner', "laser', 'remanufactured', 'compatible', 'yield' etc, can be confusing for many computer printer users. So following...
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27 August 2015

There are printers  (and relative printer cartridges) that are best suited for photo quality. We are not talking professional printers here, which are extremely costly, but more the amateur & professional photographers (prosumer photo printers) and graphic artists, who desire good quality.

These are among the best of colour printers currently available on the market. It is not a review, but a click & paste of any of these models will provide you with detailed descriptions of each printer.

For those of you who want a photo quality printer, here are a number of choices in 2015:

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF Inkjat Printer- colours are bright and solid, with phot prints detailed and clean, with natural colours
Canon Maxify MB5350 Photo prints are tremendous

CANON PIXMA MG7520 a very capable six-color photo printer, the MG7520 delivers quality photo prints that will make amateur photographers happy -
a flagship photo-capable home printer

EPSON STYLUS PRO 3880 prosumer model
- it’s not a printer for the part time user. It produces the highest quality images, even if you don’t know a thing about color management; for those who
, it is capable of developing color and monochrome prints up to 17 x 22 inches in size with extra pizazz that’s suitable for hanging in a public place

Epson Artisan 1430 wide-format inkjet printer - This printer gives extremely high quality print-outs on photo paper when using high resolution images

Canon PIXMA iP8720 Ink Jet - For the advanced photographer to the small business or studio, this would be a perfect printer to create beautiful prints up to 13 × 19 inches
as well as all the business documents you may ever need - .create high resolution 9600 x 2400 dpi full color prints.

Canon Pixma Pro-100 ($499) is a serious photo printer for those serious about their photography.
It probably won’t give you the same quality as one of the prosumer photo printers in the $1,000 price range, but someone would have to look very closely to see any difference.

Other highl rated colour printers include:
HP Photosmart C310A Canon Pixma iP100 HP Photosmart D110A Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225
Canon Selphy CP800 Canon Selphy CP780 Canon Pixma Ip90v Printer

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2015 BEST PHOTO PRINTERS

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03 August 2015

You have an urgent print run to do, and just as you start, the printer no longer functions.

What should you do to rectify the problem? First things first. Make sure that the printer is switched on, and that it is connected to your computer, and that the computer knows the printer is there. If someone changed your settings, then you may have a problem.

But the above is not normally the reason for a non-print, especially if you are the sole operator of the computer/printer. The next step is to check that there is ink/toner in the installed printer cartridges. Usually the printer will provide a message on a LCD screen advising if the ink/toner levels are low, or ceased.

If the cartridge is low, then you might take it out and give it a not too strenuous shake, and replace it into the cradle, as there is often  residue of ink/toner left in the cartridge that the sensors have failed to register. If levels appear adequate, then if the printer has a drum cartridge, that may be the culprit. Or the printer might be suffering from over usage, or some other mechanical problem. Check your user manual, for troubleshooting. That should put you in the right direction.

All of the above, with the exception of a mechanical failure, should be ascertained in a very short period of time. The next step is to replace the printer cartridge. If after doing this, the printer is not working, then firstly check to make sure yo have followed the cartridge installation instructions from your user manual, where you were advised, amongst other steps, to remove any plastic tabs that are stoppers to prevent the ink/toner from leaking.

Next, make sure you ordered and are using the correct cartridge for your printer. This often happens, as printers can have very similar model numbers. For instance, the Brother HL2142 and HL2242 printers use Brother TN2150 and TN2250  cartridges respectively.

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PRINTER CARTRIDGE NOT WORKING? WHY NOT?

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22 July 2015

What type of toner printer is the best option for your business needs, whereby cost is an important factor, but quality is a high priority?

 

You are the IT manager of a large business, or the bookkeeper in a smaller business, or a mum & dad business that is quickly growing, and you have to make a decision on what is the best toner printer(s) for your business.

When setting out your requirements, it is not only the printer you should be considering, but the printer cartridges they use as well.

In the first instance, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What quantity of printing do I require to be done, now & into the perceivable future
  • Are my printing requirements in mono only or do I require colour as well and in what ratio to black
  • Do I require the printer to do multi functional requirements, such as copying, facsimilies (rapidly becoming scarcer), etc
  • Do I require high quality  colour graphics.

By asking yourself these questions you will be arriving at a choice of what type of printer you want.

But there is another qualifying requirement you should undertake - what printer cartridges should I be using?

Yes. we all know in this situation we are talking toners, which are generally but not always best suited for businesses's heavier needs, but there are toners that are mono toners, and coloured toners. And then there is the yield capacity of the toner, whether genuine, remanufactured, or compatible.

Normally, the more printing you require, then the larger yield toners. And yes, they are normally more costly in that toner powder is the most expensive element in the whole setup. But another advantage of the higher yield toners is that they directly relate to faster printers, which in themselves can save you time & money.

So, in summary, determine your printing requirement, and then determine your cartridge yield. And then check out the supplier's printers, but before you buy, go away and look at the reviews.

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THE BEST TONER PRINTER FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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26 May 2015

Printing is becoming less of a requirement in business and in homes.

Recently, I booked  tickets to an event through  ticketek, on the computer, and was wondering if the printer had enough ink because how bad would it be if I went to print the tickets at the last moment, to discover the printer was refusing to cough up (I know, I should always have spares, but hey..).

Anyhow imagine my surprise when I found that the booking along with barcode is downloaded straight to my mobile phone, and then when I get to the advent, at the turn-style (they still exist), I put my mobile lcd up against the sensor, and, hey presto, I'm in!

This is just another example of where the cloud is taking over the necessity of having to use expensive print ink or toner.

For the time being, the lack of need of printing for storage records due to the cloud has been offset by the increase in the number of people been able to avail themselves of computers/printers as a result of lower prices, and increased user ability. But eventually that will reach saturation point, if not already so.

The following Google trend graph indicates  the fall in interest in printers via google searches since 2004.

The numbers on the graph reflect how many searches have been done for a particular term, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time

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WILL PRINTERS/PRINTER CARTRIDGES SURVIVE THE CLOUD?

Printing is becoming less of a requirement in business and in homes. Recently, I booked  tickets to an event through  ticketek, on the computer, a...
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25 March 2015

Based on the analogy that the most ordered cartridges are such because they are the best, we examine what have been the most sought after Canon Ink & Toner cartridges from over the last few years from ABC Print Supplies.

In our previous blogs, we have determined that for Brother the most popular ink cartridges are the LC67 range along with the Brother TN240 toner cartridges, and the Brother TN2150X compatible with a massive 4,500 page yield.

Also we looked at the HP printer cartridges, with the CE278A proving the most popular. It is a mono laser cartridge which has a high acceptance from businesses.

 

For ink cartridges, Canon is far more successful than for its toners, according to our research. The most popular ink cartridges from Canon include the following:

Canon Compatible PGI5/CLI8 B,C,M,Y Bundle (5 carts)

Canon CLI-8M Genuine Magenta Ink Tank

Canon PGI520 / CLI521 B,C,M,Y Bundle Pack Compatible

The most popular  popular toner cartridge for Canon is the Canon FX9 Fax Toner Compatible 

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WHICH ARE THE BEST CANON PRINTER CARTRIDGES?

Based on the analogy that the most ordered cartridges are such because they are the best, we examine what have been the most sought after Canon Ink...
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03 December 2014

We have advised from our sales activity over a number of years what are the most popular Brother printer cartridges used. We now look at HP.

From 2010, we have access to Google's analytical records of the type and quantity of cartridges we have sold. From this, we can see what are the most popular HP toner cartridges that our customers prefer.

Today we are looking at both mono (no colour) and colour toner cartridges, and advising of the printers that they use.

The HP CE278A, otherwise known as the HP 78A is the most popular mono toner printer cartridge used by our customers. It has a yield of 2,100 pages and is used by the following printers:

LASERJET PRO M1536, LASERJET PRO P1566, LASERJET PRO P1606, LASERJET PRO M1530. of this range of printers, the LASERJET PRO P1606 is the most popular.

The CE278A is followed closely by the CE285A mono toner cartridge with a 1,600 page yield. With compatible prices at around $29 plus delivery, this is a cartridge that provides big dollar value.

The CE285A cartridge is used by  the LASERJET PRO P1102W printer with a RRP of AUD$149.00.

For HP coloured toner printer cartridges, the CB540B, CB541C, CB542Y, and CB543M, and the HP540 Bundle are the most popularly used, again as a reflection of a low price for yield of 2,200 pages for the black, and 1,400 pages for the coloureds.

The HP 540 coloured toner cartridges are used by the following HP printers:

COLOUR LASERJET CP1215, COLOUR LASERJET CP1515, COLOUR LASERJET CP1518NI, COLOUR LASERJET CM1312, COLOUR LASERJET CP1210, COLOUR LASERJET CP1510

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THE MOST POPULAR HP PRINTER CARTRIDGES ARE...

We have advised from our sales activity over a number of years what are the most popular Brother printer cartridges used. We now look at HP. F...

ABC Print Supplies have been selling thousands of printer cartridges since the company began business in 2010, and have good insight into what are the most popular printer cartridges that people use.

So let's start with Brother for two reasons: they are the first major brand name in the alphabet, but more so in that they are a very popular brand. We will do similar blogs for the other major printer cartridge brands including Canon, HP, and Xerox in the near future.

For our sources we are relying on Google Analytics, which registers all our internet sales since 2010. Internet sales account for 90% plus of ABC  Print Supplies' business, so this should be a reliable indicator. 

One proviso though is that new printers come into the market which enjoy strong demand, such as the Brother TN1070 low cost mono (no colour) 1,000 page yield laser cartridge, used with Brother HL1110, DPC1510,and MFC1810 printers, and will not be truly represented over the four year period for this analysis.

The most popular cartridges for Brother from our perspective are as follows:

 

PRINTER

CARTRIDGE

TYPE

PRINTER MODELS

 YIELD (PAGES)
TN2150

TONER

MONO

DCP 7040, HL 2140, HL 2142,

HL 2150N, HL 2170W,

MFC 7340, MFC 7440, MFC 7840W

2,600
TN2250

TONER

MONO

DCP 7060D, DCP 7065DN, FAX 2840,

FAX 2950, HL 2240D, HL 2242, HL 2250DN,

HL 2270DW, MFC 7240, MFC 7360N, MFC 7362,

MFC 7460DN, MFC 7860DW

2,600
TN240

TONER

COLOUR

DCP 9010CN, HL 3070CW, HL 3040CN,

HL 3045CN, MFC 9120CN, MFC 9125CN,

MFC 9320CW, MFC 9325CW, HL 3075CW

2,200 BLACK

1,400 COLOURS

LC67

INK

DCP 185C, DCP 385C, DCP 395CN, DCP 585CW,

DCP 6690CW, DCP J715W, MFC 490CW, MFC 790CW,

MFC 795CW, MFC 990CW, MFC 5490CW, MFC 5890CN,

MFC 6490CW, MFC 6890CDW, MFC J615W

460 BLACK

650 COLOURS

 

 The TN2150 mono cartridge (no colour) is very popular for small business or home users who do not require colours. To these users, the advantage of the TN2150 cartridge is that you obtain a high level of print yield.

The standard genuine toner cartridge provides 2,600 pages and a compatible high yield provides 4,500 pages, as per ISO standards.

A printer such as the MFC7460DN can be purchased for approx $200.00, and although there are ink printers that sell for around $80, if you have reasonably regular print requirements, it will not take you too long to acheive a saving on your investment through the higher yield the TN2150 provides.

Likewise with the TN2250 for mono toner print cartridges, which however is marginally more expensive for the same yield.

The Brother TN240 black, cyan, magenta, and yellow bundle of toner printer cartridges is the most purchased Brother coloured toners

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WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR BROTHER PRINTER CARTRIDGES

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What makes the Brother TN2150X compatible laser cartridge stand out from the TN2130 and TN2150 compatible printer cartridges? In a word - 'Yield'. 4,500 pages of it (@5% coverage as per ISO9001 Yield Specifications).

Brother has produced a range of printers including the DCP 7040, HL 2140, HL 2142, HL 2150N, HL 2170W, MFC 7340, MFC 7440, MFC 7840W, which use the above different sizes of cartridges.

So why have the different sizes?

Well, to start with, when you purchase any of the above Brother printers, they come with a TN2130 printer cartridge. This is in fact a TN2150 cartridge, but with an approximate lower yield of 1,500 pages @5% coverage. The reason that the TN2130 has only 57% capacity of the TN2150 (2,600 pages @5% coverage)  is two fold.

Firstly, the lower capacity minimizes the chance of leakage during transportation. Secondly, as it is supplied with the printer, it is included in the price of the printer, so is a freeby in a sense. Naturally enough, Brother would like to see you going out and buying a replacement cartridge as soon as possible, and even better if it is a TN2130 because of the low level of toner in it.

The next size of cartridge, the TN 2150, has a 'standard' yield of 2,600 pages  @5% coverage.This is the maximum size for the genuine cartridge.

But for compatibles, which by copyright, have to be 25% or more different in shape and size, the difference is in the size of the tank that holds the toner. In the case of the TN2150X, that is a massive 4,500 pages  @5% coverage.

You might think then, that the compatible TN2150X @ 4,500 pages would be considerably more expensive than the genuine TN2150 standard at 2,600 pages. Not at all. The genuine TN2150 has an average internet price of approx. AUD$75 to $85, whereas the compatible TN2150X sells for $35.90.

Now that's a bargain if ever you'll  find one.

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BROTHER TN2150X BLOG COMPATIBLE CARTRIDGE WITH HUGE 4,500 PAGE YIELD

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15 April 2014

 

Dye Inks offer more colour vibrancy, pigment inks offer longetivity, but which is the one for you?

For most users of ink printers, this is not a concern, as the printer they have will either use the dye constituted ink, or the pigment. And for most home users, the difference between the two types of inks need not be an issue.

So what? Well for instance, if you use say an Epson Stylus Pro 9600, then you can choose to use pigment ink cartridges, or dye ink cartridges. Confused? Following is an explanation of the strengths of either type of ink:

A)  Dye Ink 

This type of ink is normally water soluble. Because of this they do take longer to dry than pigment inks, and are more susceptible to smearing from any residue moisture (a drop of coffee spilt for example). They also take longer to dry. They are also more susceptible to fading from direct strong light as they are thinner on the page than pigment inks, although this is not as severe a problem as it was in the past owing to improvements in chemical solution resistance techniques. So this shoulcd not be seen as a problem for normal everyday usage.

But on the positive side, they have greater colour vibrancy, meaning the dye's colours are more pronounced (brighter) than with pigment inks. Consequently they are the preferred ink for colour photographs or other pictures, as long as they are not subject to sunlight for a period of time.

And they are cheaper!

B) Pigment Ink

Pigment ink is comprised of a colourant powder where the agents used do not dissolve completely into the liquid they are mixed with, leaving a more indelible foot print on the surface fibres of the material it is printed to, making it more difficult to remove.

Print Quality 

As mentioned earlier, dye colours are more vibrant than pigment colours, with dye based inks also tending to be preferred for text printing, as pigment inks are a shade lighter than dye inks.

Pigment inks will give you a better result on transparencies or other smooth surfaces, and because of the pigment inks longevity, are preferred by professional businesses such as law firms and accounting practices, who do not have much need for colour, but for  printed documents often stored over time. In this regard, mono (no colour) printers, such as the Canon BJC2000SP using the BC 20 OEM cartridge  will usually run on pigment ink

But the printer manufacturers will normally determine whether their machines will use ink or pigment inks, and by investigating the reviews on printers prior to purchasing one, you can determine what your usage is most suitable for.

 

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DYE AND PIGMENT INKS ARE DIFFERENT. HOW?

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Using the internet for the first time to buy your printer cartridge(s), and not too sure how to go about it? Then the following information will assist you.

It doesn't matter whether you're buying  genuine brand, remanufactured genuine, or compatible ink or toner cartridges, there are different ways of accessing your sought after product on the internet.  In the first instance you need to be able to access the internet, using such Internet managers as Internet Explorer, which if you have Microsoft Windows installed on your computer (over 98% of users do), you can then utilise it, or otherwise download Chrome (from Google) or Mozella.

The most popular way with any of the above  is to use a search engine dialogue box, the best known being Bing,Google, Netscape, or Yahoo. Using this search page, you enter what you think is the best way to finding your ink or toner cartridge. Their query can be anything from " cheapest HP toner cartridges" to "HP CE278A toner cartridge", or just "CE278A". Here I have used these three particular examples, because they can all lead to the same web pages in internet searches. The first entry is a more round about way, and will require you to do a further search(s) to get to where you eventually want to be.

You will then be offered numerous pages  from the competing suppliers for that item - from individual suppliers, such as ABC Print Supplies, to E-commerce merchants like My Shopping, or Get Price, or Shop Mania, who in turn rely on data product feeds from the retailers to provide their stock. Pricing is readily available for shoppers to compare, and they can then go to the selected products web site to have a closer look at what that supplier is offering, including delivery times, courier charges, support, references etc.

Beside the individual suppliers and the E-commerce merchants, you will also find the products advertised in eBay and Amazon. But be wary of the pitfalls there. Not from the server provider themselves, but from the supplier who offers no support, refunding, nor quality guarantee. The quality of the ink or toner is very important and they in themselves are not cheap. So a very cheap product advertised on eBay will in all likelyhood have a poor looking page print.

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BUYING INK, TONER CARTRIDGES ON THE INTERNET

Using the internet for the first time to buy your printer cartridge(s), and not too sure how to go about it? Then the following information will as...
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10 December 2013

Are compatible printer cartridges reliable has to be the most asked question I get from curious/concerned customers.

And why is this so?

I believe there are two major reasons that cause users to reach out to establish for themselves an answer to this vexing problem.

The first is that the brand name retailers have been advised by Brother, Canon, HP etc and their agents.that  compatible printer cartridges damage the life of their printers through clogged up print heads, inferior ink/toner damaging the photo-electrical components of drums, blades etc. In today's market, if you deal through any respectable internet supplier, who only deal in tested compatible cartridges. this is an untruth. If their compatible cartridges were of an inferior nature, people would cease to buy them, and the supplier's reputation would wither and die.

In fact if you were able to do a chemical analysis of the ink/toner from a compatible cartridge, you would find very little difference in its componentery from the genuine ink/toner

The second reason is that the price of the compatibles is so much lower than the price of the genuine brand cartridges. Then why is that so? The printer user's first thought is, "If its cheap, then it's no good". But then the user asks himself,"but if that is so, why am I continually seeing compatible printer cartridges for sale". The reason simply is because people who use them come back for more, again and again.

And they come back for more because the compatible ink/toner cartridges do work, and normally just as well as the genuine cartridges. 

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ARE COMPATIBLE INK & TONER PRINTER CARTRIDGES RELIABLE?

Are compatible printer cartridges reliable has to be the most asked question I get from curious/concerned customers. And why is this so? I believe...
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06 September 2013

 If you compare the cost of printer ink, you will be amazed to find that the more expensive champagnes are cheaper.

So why do some printer use higher quantities of ink than other printers? When reports from Consumer Groups such as Consumer Reports complained that the quantity of ink used seemed excessive, tests were consequently conducted to determine what caused this to happen.

 A result of these tests showed that a considerable quantity of ink was consumed when the printer was idle for a period of time. By not using the printer for a while, then more ink is needed for maintenance chores such as cleaning the print heads.

In tests, a page was printed 30 times intermittently over 21 days for a number of ink printers. To quote from Consumer Reports, "The worst models – the HP Officejet Pro 8600 and the Lexmark OfficeEdge Pro 4000 - used as much as $120 worth of ink a year on maintenance chores. That ink was never used to print anything."

The majority of printer brands used excessive ink for non-printing purposes. But also there are print models that are frugal with ink usage on self maintenance operations. In the tests conducted using dozens of printers, Consumer Reports found that the three Brother printer tested were stand outs for how little ink was required for non-printing requirements. And of those three printers, the stand out was the Brother DCP-J140W. For a video review of this printer, click here 

The ink cartridge for the Brother DCP-J140W is the Brother LC39, which costs $22.18 for the genuine black, or $6.90 for the compatible.

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WHEN PRINTERS USE MORE INK THAN OTHERS

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26 August 2013

 If you think you are paying too much for your genuine ink cartridges, you might be justified, as expressed in the following report from 'The Recycler': 

AUSTRALIAN PRESS JOINS DEBATE OVER OEM PRICING

Smarthouse suggests Australian authorities investigate OEMs over 
inkjet price markups.
Following reports by British newspapers the Guardian and the 
Daily Mail, Australian technology news site Smarthouse has 
published a piece decrying the extortionate pricing of inkjet 
cartridges and the shrinking of such consumables by the OEM.
Noting that in Australia “printer manufacturers are going out of 
their way to make it difficult to reuse their cartridges”, the site adds 
that “this has not gone unnoticed” by the Australian Competition 
and Consumer Commission, which told Smarthouse such behaviour 
could “constitute restrictive trading”.
The site contends that OEMs are “ripping [consumers] off blind”, 
using the example of the Epson Expression Home XP-100 printer, 
which costs AU$59 despite a complete replacement set 
of cartridges will cost up to AU$247 . It adds that “a 
single cartridge […] costs less than a dollar to manufacture”, 
meaning that for a four millilitre cartridge people would be paying 
an equivalent of AU$4,000  a litre.
Using the analogy that the barriers to third party ink are similar 
to “Ford or General Motors designing cars to only take their 
components or tyres”, Smarthouse also adds references to the 
Daily Mail’s findings that the amount of ink has shrunk in inkjets 
throughout the past few years, and quotes The Recycler’s David 
Connett and UKCRA and Promax’s Chris Brooks, who were both 
interviewed by the British newspapers for their own reports on the 
situation.

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WHY GENUINE INK CARTRIDGES CAN BE TOO DEAR

 If you think you are paying too much for your genuine ink cartridges, you might be justified, as expressed in the following report from 'The ...

 Why are printer cartridges running out much earlier than you expect. You have read that a cartridge might have a 400 page yield - yet you swear you haven't even used 100 pages when your printer says it's out of ink/toner.

There are a number of reasons for this which we can examine:

A) When you buy a new printer, a cartridge is supplied with it free of charge. But the supplied cartridge is often less than 50% of the normal yield capacity of the standard cartridge for that printer.                                                                                                                          An example of this is the Brother HL-2140 printer which is supplied with a Brother TN-2130 toner cartridge that has a standard yield of 1,500 pages. But the supplied cartridge will only have 40% of capacity. It's supplied at no extra charge to the purchase of the HL-2140 printer. So no problems, other than it doesn't last too long.                                                                                                                              When it is time to replace it, you are better off getting the Brother TN-2150 toner cartridge, which has a standard yield of up to 2,600 pages, in accordance with ISO/IEC19752. Otherwise, if you prefer to use the generic toner cartridge, you could purchase the TN2150X,    which has an ISO rated yield of 4,500 pages.

B) All printer cartridges have a rated yield that is expressed in terms of either millelitres (ml) or pages, with the later becoming the more popular. The measurement is weighted according to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in conjunction with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This international standard measure was set up in 2004, and has been accepted by the brand names and respectable generic brands.                                                                                                                                                 Published standards include the following:      

  1) ISO/IEC 19752 for monochrome toner cartridges (black only printers)                                                                                                         2) ISO/IEC 24711 for colour inkjet cartridges (December 2006)                                                                                                                       3) ISO/IEC 19798 for colour toner cartridges

The yields quoted in all cases achieve an average of approximately 5% coverage par page. What this means is that in practice, you will get considerably less pages printed than the stated yield.

 

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ARE PRINTER CARTRIDGE YIELDS LOWER THAN YOU EXPECT?

 Why are printer cartridges running out much earlier than you expect. You have read that a cartridge might have a 400 page yield - yet you swear yo...
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15 July 2013



When you search for a printer cartridge, you want to be sure you're going to get the right one at the right price.

With all the different types of ink and toner cartridges, including sizes and colours, it might appear a bit daunting.

So what should you do?

As with anything else if you are doing an internet search via Google, Yahoo, Bing, or any of the E-commerce merchants that are offering their services/products, you need to be relevant in your search. So if you're looking for a printer cartridge, then you enter the words 'printer cartridge' into the search box - WRONG. Why wrong? Because it's not as relevant as other words you could enter. You will have all the advertisers showing you their web sites, but then once you've chosen one because it has a self placed line of rating stars, or loosely tells you that you are going to save money (even up to 75% - from what), you are then possible eliminating yourself from some 'gold nugget' opportunities. Plus you then enter that particular website, and then enter a particular cartridge that you are looking for. This all takes time, especially when you then have to go back out to enter another web site to find your same cartridge.

So why not be more relevant. Preferably enter the cartridge model straight up e.g. TN 240. You will still be confronted with plenty of choices, but at least you are in that part of the shop that sells you what you want, so you can then look at the alternatives to decide what is best for you. And you don't have to enter Brother TN240, TN 240 cartridge, or Brother TN 240 toner cartridge.

If you are not too sure what the model of your cartridge is, then enter the printer model, e.g HL3040CN. There will be an option from your search query for 'toner' which if you click on will lead you to the TN 240 cartridge.

Remember though that when you are about to select your cartridge, check to make sure that the printer model shown with that cartridge is the one you have. 

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HOW TO BEST SEARCH FOR INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES

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03 June 2013

 Recently I was asked the question, "Which Brother TN240BK lasts longer, the genuine or the compatible?"

I can understand a customer wanting to obtain the maximum usage for their purchase. 
There could be such answers as it depends upon what you are printing, e.g. pictures use a lot more ink than text, or using more colour than using black will lessen the usage of black. Or even relating to the printer head, which in turn relates to the quality of the ink/toner used.
But the correct answer to the above is none of the above!
The answer is it depends on the yields offered by the genuine and the compatible TN240BK toner cartridges.
And in both cases the rated yield is 2,200 pages, meaning that the one type of TN240BK doesn't outlast the other. Be wary though that each cartridge type will  only print approximately 5% of stated yield as according to ISO9001 (International Standards).
If your question though, was "Which Brother TN2150 high yield lasts the longest, the genuine or the compatible?" Then the answer would most definitely be the compatible one (TN2150X) as it has a yield of up to 4,500 pages, as compared to the genuine high yield TN2150 with a yield of 2,600 pages (both ISO ISO9001 Quality Standards).
So the idea is to look at the yield advertised with each printer, remembering that in most cases the yield for the genuine and the compatible will be the same.

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GENUINE OR COMPATIBLE PRINTER CARTRIDGE - WHICH RUNS LONGER?

 Recently I was asked the question, "Which Brother TN240BK lasts longer, the genuine or the compatible?" I can understand a customer wanting to o...

toner cartridges

When you go to buy a new printer for business purposes, or for frequent printing from home (home/office), what toner cartridge yield size should you consider?Toner cartridges

Your first thought will probably be 'the bigger the yield, the more pages I can print before having to buy another toner cartridge'. And for the most part, that is true. But big is not necessarily beautiful.

Often, when you look at the printers that use higher yield cartridges, you will find that they also have faster print speeds. Even better you say. Sure, if you have money to burn.

 In the case of businesses that have a high demand for printing, such as professional printers or mail out organisations, then you will definitely get a return from your investment by by printers that use high yield with fast output.

But what is you are a business that say only has a high demand for printing at the end of the month (statements say), then you will have an expensive piece of equipment doing very little to earn its keep for the rest of the month. So what if the printer takes 4 hours rather than 1 hour to do an end-of month run. 

For instance you can buy a Lexmark X854e MFP for ONLY $17,000 with a monthly duty cycle (maximum recommended monthly usage) of 300,000 impressions. It has an output speed of 55 pages per minute and can hold 5,100 sheets. For many businesses this would be akin to using an elephant gun for shooting rats. The Lexmark cartridge for this number cruncher is the X850 at an approx. cost of $200 each, but with a massive yield of 30,000 pages, or $0.06c each page -good value if you can afford the machine.

For a majority of users, the Brother HL-4570CDW at $475 would prove attractive usage wise, with an output of 30 pages per minute, with a monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages, and a holding capacity of 250 sheets. It reviews very highly. It is an ideal printer if you have a need of printing dozens of pages a day, printing at 28 pages per minute for both black & colour. The laser toner printer cartridge for the Brother HL-4570CDW is the TN340BK with a 2,500 page yield, at approx. $80 per cartridge, or the TN340BK compatible, with a 4,000 page yield at $64 per cartridge..

So as you can see from the two different printers, its really usage which in turn effects price (for both the printer and the cartidge), that is the signifacent determiner as to what you get.

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WHAT TONER CARTRIDGE YIELD SIZE SHOULD YOU GET?

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18 January 2013

 When making a choice of what printer to use - do you look closely at the cost/performance of the printer cartridges? Because if you don't, you should. 

When people choose a cartridge, they often will go to the reviews, and fair enough too. It is a good way to start your investigation, after you have decided to what purpose you want to put a printer. Speed of print output, quality, multi-functional usage or mono usage - these factors all come into the equation, not to mention the reviewers verdict e.g. 'the best printer of its type since sliced bread'.

But before you grab for your credit card, it is well worth looking into just what quantity of print you are going to get for your dollar. For instance, a toner cartridge that might appear very expensive because it costs four times the price of an ink cartridge. If you do the maths however, by looking at the yield of each type of cartridge, you might be surprised when you discover that the toner will print say eight times the quantity of the ink cartridge.

If you are only printing 5 to 10 pages a  week, then this is even then probably not a significent factor in your purchasing decision. But if you have a high print requirement, then the cost of printer cartridges can prove very expensive with time. A saving in the cost of a printer in the short term could prove very expensive in the longer term.

There are today inkjet cartridges being manufactured that do have high yields, with prices that are reasonable. Toner cartridge printers only really come into their own when your print volumes reach commercial levels

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PRINTER CARTRIDGE COST/PERFORMANCE CAN DETERMINE PRINTER

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28 November 2012

Printer Cartidge disposal done correctly saves the environment

 There is real concern today for the environmental impact caused from the dumping by home users and businesses of Inkjet and toner printer cartridges without any thought given to how the toxic residue in the cartridges can effect us.

Unfortunately, printer cartridges are not bio-degradable, and put long term pressures on land-fills etc if not disposed of in the right way.
Today, there are a number of ways to 'do the right thing' by our environment in getting rid of used printer cartridges.
As a home user, you will find many of the retail stores that deal in cartridges will have a collection centre to deposit your used inkjets & toner cartridges. There are also institutions such as the post offices in some countries that also have collection centres. 
There are also businesses that for a small fee will collect used cartridges from your business if you put a bin aside for such a purpose.
What happens to the used cartridges is they are taken to centres where the cartridge is broken down for various parts to be shipped out to the original manufacturers for re-use. Otherwise the cartridge parts are converted into parts that are used as input into other types of product.
The cartridges that are new in appearance are taken to factories where they are remanufactured and refilled with toner for further use. This can occur a number of times. The International Imaging Technology Council (IITC)is an association in Texas championing the cause for remanufactured cartridges.
An example of environmental saving given by the IITC is with the Texas Department of Transportation who are purchasing 40,000 remanufactured toner cartridges over the next two years, saving themselves 50% of the purchase price for original cartridges. That's 40,000 cartridges that could have otherwise being place in land fills.
Unfortunately the manufactures of the original cartridges are doing everything they can to prevent remanufactured cartridges from being reusable. This includes implanting smart chips which monitor the toner usage in the cartridge and stop the printer when that chip records that the cartridge is empty.
Consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of protecting the environment, and therefore the health of the world, by not purchasing printers from those brand manufactures who make it difficult to remanufacture their toners.
There is also a move by businesses to move more towards a 'paperless office' environment. With computer storage memory  falling in price it is no longer impractical to keep information in large capacity storage disks which could only have been dreamt of in the not too distant past. Also major servers with massive data storage capabilities are now becoming repositories for what was previously printed and put away in storage rooms. that data can easily be downloaded is helping in the reduction of the usage of paper which in turn is minimizing the destruction of our forests, the 'lungs'of the world.
International analytical reporting is showing that the volume of sales of printer cartridges in the world is declining. So from the influences stated above, it is becoming evident that the world is becoming a healthier place in which to live - from a printing usage point of view.    


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ENVIRONMENTAL PRINTER CARTRIDGE DISPOSAL

 There is real concern today for the environmental impact caused from the dumping by home users and businesses of Inkjet and toner printer cartr...
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25 October 2012

 Printer cartridge jargon is confusing


Are you confused with all those words describing printer cartridges, and how important are they? I know I was.

You have recently bought your first printer and it is time to get another print cartridge so you look up the internet, to be confused with a plethora of expressions that leave you absolutely baffled. It can make it hard for you to make the right decision as to what to get.

We will define some of the expressions used here to help you understand what they mean:

Compatible/Genuine/Refill/Remanufactured: You can have all of these types of alternative cartridges even though they apply to the one printer.For a fuller description of these types of cartridges, click here.

Drum Cartridge: The drum cartridge can also be called the drum unit or drum roller.

It is used with toner cartridges which generally fit inside the outer drum cartridge. Whereas the toner (laser) cartridge holds the powder , the purpose of the drum cartridge is to distribute the powder in image /text form onto the paper. When the quality of your printing is deteriorating it is usually the drum cartridge that needs replacing, normally after every 3 to 4 toner cartridges 

Laser Cartridge:  A laser cartridge is really a cartridge that uses toner powder. It is not the cartridge itself that is laser but the printer that uses a laser ray to focus a beam of magnetic charged light to transfer images and text onto the paper. The expression laser cartridge really means a toner cartridge that disperses powder onto the electronical charged paper as dictated by the laser beam.

Mono: The printer only uses black cartridges - it does not have colours. More often used in an office environment for text printing, usually at higher speeds.

OEM Cartridge: Means Original Equipment Manufacturer, and refers to the model code for the cartridge as supplied by the original manufacturer. For example Brother TN2130....TN2130 is the OEM as supplied by Brother.

Toner Cartridge: refer to Laser Cartridge above.

Yield: This is the amount of available toner or ink that determines what quantity of print you will achieve. It will normally be measured in millilitres or pages that can be printed. The term is often not a good measure in that there are many variables that effect yield, including the efficiency of any particular printer, the density of print (image/text) to the page, the mix of black, cyan, magenta, & yellow etc. There is now an International standards organisation accepted measurement that determines a page as approx. 5% of an A4 size sheet in text printing. So when a user sees yield 5,000 pages, in fact it might be more like. 1,000 pages achieved.


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PRINTER CARTRIDGE JARGON

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Reviews

I’ve just been contacted by support – such quick service!! After significant button pressing, the cartridge is working (we just needed to help the printer along in recognising it).

Thank you both for your assistance. Very impressed and very relieved!


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