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Buying Toner in Calgary and Edmonton

Those who have to get more toner for their printer will absolutely need to make sure that they carefully review the options they have before deciding on anything in particular. The more time and effort you put into doing this research the better, because you will have to know that you are getting the kind of deal you need on toner for your printer. Although toner can be expensive in some retail stores, you will also be able to buy it online for half the cost, but only if you know where to shop.

For years now the internet has been an excellent resource for saving money on a wide variety of things, including printer ink and toner. Those who are currently in need of more toner for their printer because they are all out will want to consider buying online because of how much money can be saved. Those who are on a particularly tight budget will have to consider going online to get their toner, simply because the prices that are charged in most stores are simply outrageous. If you want to avoid paying more than you have to for the toner you need, it will be important to think about going online for it.

Buying Calgary and Edmonton Printer Supplies For Less

Anyone who owns a printer, either for personal or businesses uses, knows that printer supplies can be very costly.  In fact, many people put off buying the items that they need until they can’t wait anymore.  In fact, most consumers have gone to purchase their printer supplies such as toner and ink and have suffered a serious case of sticker shock.  If you don’t want to pay more than you have to for the supplies that you need, you might want to think about buying your supplies from somewhere else.

Instead of visiting your local office supply store, you might want to think about buying your supplies online.  When you buy online you will find that you can save quite a bit because you are not necessarily paying full retail price.  You are doing away with the overhead costs of a retail store, so the savings are passed down to you in the form of more affordable supplies so that you don’t have to spend too much or suffer from a serious case of sticker shock.

Printers Calgary and Edmonton: Getting Your Printer Serviced Quickly

If you rely on your printer for all of your business needs, you know that it can be devastating when suddenly the printer is not able to handle the workload or stops working all together.  If you have tried to fix the problems and you are not having any luck, don’t waste anymore time, instead you should call in a professional who can help determine what the problem is, how it needs to be fixed, and will get on the repair job right away.

Not only can you get the printer fixed with ease or have it repaired or replaced in less time than you had thought, you may even be able to get the toner and the ink cartridges that you need for less when you work with a well thought of and respected printer repair and replacement professional.  Anytime you can keep your printer in working order and get a better deal on the ink and toner that you need is a good day and a good opportunity to save money.  While you may have thought that the printer couldn’t be saved and you’d have to purchase another one, a professional may be able to get the printer back in working order sooner than you had thought was possible.

Make Your Office Greener and Reduce Your Colour Printing Costs

Have you noticed that when you make life changes to reduce your impact on the environment, it often takes more work? Whether it’s rinsing glass jars and plastic tubs before recycling, remembering your reusable shopping bags, hang-drying your clothes, riding your bike rather than driving…it all takes more time and effort!

Thankfully, there are people willing to trade convenience for more environmental behaviors, but we could use more. Out of (perceived) necessity, convenience often rules our busy lives. Are there any ways to simplify AND be greener? When it comes to printing, the answer is YES!

Solid Ink printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) use cartridge-free ink sticks that are incredibly easy to load. Just insert the uniquely-shaped stick into the correct color slot and you’re done. And you can top off the ink at any time to ensure you don’t run out during a large print job. No big, bulky print cartridges, or fusers, fuser oil or imaging units found in a typical color laser printer. Besides Solid Ink sticks the only other replaceable item is a maintenance roller/cleaning unit, which lasts for tens of thousands of pages and only needs to be replaced a few times throughout the life of your device.

Ok, that explains how life gets easier, but what about greener? Well, Solid Ink printers and MFPs produce 90% less printing waste than comparable laser products due to their cartridge-free design. And their compact packaging means fewer delivery trucks on the road.

Think globally. Act locally. Solid Ink packaging is made from post-consumer waste that can be recycled locally where options are available.

Additional ways Solid Ink products reduce environmental impact are that they’re ENERGY STAR qualified, they produce the same vibrant images on recycled paper as on high-quality paper, and the desktop printers and MFPs have a smaller carbon footprint over their entire lifecycle.

Back to the easy side of things, the new Xerox ColorQube 8700 and ColorQube 8900 boast a large colorful touch-screen user-interface that simplifies their many features, and even provides helpful videos. There’s a built-in “convenience stapler”, as well as a print-from/scan-to USB input right on front of the user interface. In addition, all customers who are connected to a Xerox solid ink printer or MFP can download GreenPrint software for free, which avoids the printing of unwanted pages.

PrinterWorks West has been servicing and supplying solid ink print technology for over ten years in Alberta and has recently included the ColorQube 8900 in its Managed Print Services Program. The reliably, features and colour costs made it stand out from other MFP’s from HP and Lexmark.

Finally, something that is easier and greener.

Toner Cartridges - Where Do Yours End Up?

Every year Canadians throw out 35 million printer cartridges with a 12 percent annual increase. That is more than 1 cartridge per second! Many don’t realize it, but cartridges take 450 years to decompose. Each brand new toner cartridge requires the burning of over 2 quarts of petroleum in the manufacturing process.

In North America alone, more than 200 million liters of petroleum are used to sustain the production of new toner cartridges with the majority of these cartridges ending up in the worlds landfills once empty.

Each year, suppliers such as HP, Lexmark and Xerox produce and distribute millions of supplies for printers, copiers and plotters.   These providers of printing solutions and the ongoing stream of consumables & supplies have a unique environmental responsibility.

By recycling printer cartridges, we conserve natural resources and energy by reducing the need for virgin materials. Up to 97 percent of the materials that make up a printer cartridge can be recycled or reused if taken care of. Recycling one color copier cartridge saves 3.5 pounds of solid waste.

Most have several convenient return options and service to recover and reuse or recycle spent toner cartridges. The result is less solid waste and fewer resources consumed. Collection programs are usually free to the consumer and are designed to be easy to use. Compatible or replacement toner cartridges are not always the best environmental answer as ninety-four percent of remanufactured cartridges sold will ultimately be thrown away.

All HP toner and ink cartridges recycled through HP Planet Partners go through a multi-phase recycling process where they are reduced to raw materials that can then be used to make new metal and plastic products such as HP cartridges, auto parts, roof tiles, microchip processing trays and parts of some HP products, or they are recovered for energy. If you laid all the HP LaserJet print cartridges that have been returned and recycled through HP Planet Partners end-to-end along the equator, they would circle the earth 1.21 times.

Lexmark strives to be an environmentally responsible provider of products and services. From the way they design with the environment in mind, to how they engineer their packaging to reduce materials, all the way to the collection programs Lexmark provides an environmentally progressive approach to recycling.

Xerox, through their Green World Alliance collection/reuse/recycling program for spent imaging supplies, customers return more than 2.5 million cartridges and toner containers annually. Over the last 20 years, our supplies recycling programs have kept more than 145 million pounds of waste out of landfills.

Remanufactured doesn't necessarily mean environmentally friendly.  Remanufactured or refilled products are very likely to still end up in the landfill.  The best way to avoid this is to ask questions and see if you supplier can provide details about their environmental programs and practices.

Learn To Save Money On Ink Cartridges

Going digital with files means never having to worry about clutter, being able to archive documents and images close to infinity and being able to search for files with ease through indexing. But for those who prefer the feel of paper in their hands there are printers that can transform digital files into hard copies. This comes at a price, however, which is an expensive one owing to the exorbitantly high cost of ink. Thankfully, there are a few tricks one can apply to get the most out of printer cartridges.

Cram

Cram as much information in a page as is possible without going over the top. The result should be legible and uncluttered yet mustn’t have overly wide margins or too much spacing between the lines.

Font size

Use font size that is small but readable. Point size 11 to 12 is fine for the text’s body while headings can be increased to 14-16 and subheadings can be made bold.

Grayscale

If there are no images in the document then print it in grayscale. Don’t worry, the text won’t come out grey but will just be a little lighter than black.

Refill

Refill ink cartridges instead of purchasing new ones. It is cheaper, works just as well and refilled cartridges can hold 20 percent more ink!