Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Early last year I was talking to a friend who was in charge of a chartered accountancy business. It was a successful business which he had built up over a long period of time, and it used five printers altogether. I suggested that he  might avail himself of our compatible &/or remanufactured cartridges and save costs.

He replied that yes, he would dramatically save costs by purchasing them, but that he was not prepared to compromise the quality of his printing, nor risk downtime by using non-genuine cartridges. I did not pursue the discussion any further with him, applying the well known adage, ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink ‘!

To my surprise and delight, I recently received an email from the accountant, asking if we had compatible cartridges for his printer models. He placed an order, and has since reordered. He had seen the light.

Many print cartridge consumers believe the quality and quantity of print will not be of the same standard as genuine ones. However compatible toner cartridges are manufactured to the exact OEM standards of your laser printer. They are guaranteed to be as good or better than the original cartridge. They will print the same number of pages with the same quality.

Did you know many major printer companies are selling you compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges? The problem is, you're paying full price for their brand name toner cartridge. Look at your package label. You will see in most cases the notation, "manufactured from new and recycled parts". There lies your answer.
There has been considerable improvement in time with the manufacturing standards of compatible cartridges, both in toners and ink jets. The technology used to produce compatible toner cartridges is now as good as the technology used to create OEM toner cartridges. The days of drill and fill are over. Reputable toner companies use many of the same components as outlined in OEM specifications, i.e., toner, new drums, rollers, etc.
If after reading this, you still prefer genuine cartridges, then you will have peace of mind, at a price.
Check out the following web page by Larry Andrew…..
and another by Adam Haigh
We at ABC Print Supplies welcome any queries you might have about us. Our reputation for selling reliable cartridges, our service, technical support, and warranties are second to none.
Tony Cotton



Remanufactured cartridges have been recycled to meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications. When an empty cartridge is returned they are taken apart and cleaned, all of the old seals are removed, the wipers, drum and rollers are removed. The recycling and reprocessing process involves disassembling, inspecting, replacing worn parts, reassembling, and filling the toner or ink. Once the remanufacturing process is complete, the cartridge is then print tested, sealed, and packaged for resale, in clean environmental factory conditions.

They are manufactured under ISO 9001 international standards with page yields equal to, and in some cases higher than the originals. These cartridges will cost you about 40 to 60 percent less than using an genuine cartridges, which in themselves often partly use generic components.

They should not be confused with refills, which is where bore holes are placed in cartridges to refill them, and then plugged up. Refills do not have a high reliability level.

 Remanufactured cartridges are also very "Green" or environmentally friendly. It takes approximately 2 litres of oil to manufacture a brand new toner cartridge and thousands of  tonnes of wasted cartridges are taking up space in land fills each year. 

There are organizations such as Planet Ark  that you can leave your used cartridges at for recycling. They advise, "Through our hugely successful and innovative 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, we've recycled over 15 million printer cartridges!" 

Australians throw away more than 18 million printer cartridges every year. This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill.
When printer cartridges break apart in landfill, they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment.

For your printer cartridge requirements, visit ABC Printsupplies 

Tony Cotton

Sunday, 21 August 2011



From time to time a new customer contacts us to say they want a replacement, or their money back, because their cartridge(s) doesn’t work because it’s not recognized by the printer.


But there is a simple procedure that overcomes this problem be it a Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, or any of the other compatible brands in the market place.

Each cartridge has its own identification or serial number that is used by the printer to know if the cartridge is present. Occasionally, if you install a new cartridge the printer is still looking for the previous cartridge and won’t recognize the new one’s ID or serial number.

To avoid this problem, you need to follow a few procedural steps. Follow these steps when the printer either shows an error message or a flashing light.

1)    Remove the cartridge from the printer.
2)    Turn the power off at the wall socket (not the printer on/off switch)
3)    Wait at least 90 seconds
4)    Turn power back on at the wall socket
5)    Reinstall the cartridge, referring to the operating manual instructions on cartridge installation or the leaflet often supplied in the box with the cartridge.

And voila, back to printing those urgently required papers!

This is not the only solution to troubleshooting genuine, compatible and remanufactured cartridge problems, and future troubleshooting information will be supplied by ABC Print supplies to ensure you have minimum disruption to printing.
Or you might also want to take a look at this link, Trouble Shooting Your Ink Cartridge Problems to help sort out your problems.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011



I remember upon first coming into the industry my confusion with all the different types of cartridges. But really, there is not so much an array of different types of cartridges as with the proliferation of names.

Fundamentally there are two different types of cartridges – those that use ink, and those that use toner - a dry powdery substance. And for toners there is also the Drum Unit which you rarely need to order.

Usually the former i.e. the ink cartridge, the inkjet cartridge etc. are at the lower end of the cost range. They usually use a smaller cartridge that can fit onto the palm of your hand. As to be expected, they normally have a much lower yield capacity, often printing from approx 100 pages, but at times overlapping toner yield cartridges with output over 6,200 pages (Epson T0967 Light Black Ink Cartridge).Yield is the number of pages your toner cartridge should print based on 5% coverage per page (approximately one paragraph). 

The inkjet printers are more often to be found in the home/office environment for family/small business requirements.

If you have a heavier printing requirement, then you will probably use a toner cartridge. What is a Toner cartridge (also called laser toner, mono toner etc.)? It is the consumable component of a laser printer which contains the material (toner) used to produce the image onto the paper. During the laser printing process, the toner is electrically charged (static) so that it is attracted to the printer drum. The toner is then transferred to the paper via a fuser which melts the laser toner to create the paper image.

The cartridge is cylindrical in shape, and is often the length of a freestanding computer keyboard. The toner cartridge usually starts at a higher capacity than the Inkjet, at around 1,500 pages for the Compatible Canon CART312 Mono Laser Cartridge. The highest yield cartridge in our stock is the Compatible Ricoh Type 6210D Mono Copier Cartridge at 43,000 pages.

At ABC Print Supplies, we have available all of the above cartridges as well as drum units, either as original, compatible, or remanufactured.



For my printing purposes, I use ABC Printsupplies as they have amongst the lowest priced printer cartridges in the Aussi market. So a bit of coverage here:
ABCprintsupplies is a family business supplying Ink & toner original, compatible & remanufactured cartridges nationally in Australia.
They do not supply stock from the premises to the public but deliver on a next day basis if ordered before 1PM AEST via road or air courier.
Their compatible & remanufactured cartridges are usually the lowest priced in Australia, which you can verify for yourself by comparing prices from alternate suppliers on the internet Following are links to some of the competitors:
 http://www.inkstation.com.au/ ,  http://www.cartridgestore.com.au/ , http://thecartridgewarehouse.com.au/

Technical support is at hand if you are having problems installing your cartridge or feel that it is defective, by phoning 1300 123 978. They will also answer any of your queries on the same number.


Ever wondered what page yield actually means to you?

Whether you are buying a genuine, compatible, or remanufactured cartridge an
important consideration should always be how many pages can I print from the

Now Mr. Mc Scrooge would meticulously keep a record of each and every printed
page, and be contacting his solicitors for false advertising if the numbers of printed
pages was below the quoted quantity by the supplier.

But do you wonder why a T0621 compatible cartridge might last say only 6 weeks on
your Elson StylusC68 printer, after the previous one from the same supplier at the
same rated page yield lasted 3 months. “Something’s wrong with the cartridge” you
cry. But probably not.

Often the reason is due to varying levels of usage. For instance the cartridge
that lasted only 6 weeks might have had to produce the invitations to the annual
school fete, which you had volunteered to do as a member of the parents & citizens
committee of your local school. Also that invitation contained an image of last year’s
fete, along with attractions on the reverse side.

Another reason that the printer cartridge appears to expire before the quoted
number of pages is due to the page coverage. Page yields are based on the industry
standard of 5% page coverage, although page yield is different for every printer.
Thus there is no single page sample that would represent 5% page yield for all

In the above example of the Epson T0621 compatible cartridge, at ABC Print
Supplies we quote a yield of 450 pages (at 5% coverage). But if you were printing at
a page coverage of 10%, simple maths tells us that you will only achieve 225 pages,
and if you were printing multiple images, then perhaps you should order two or more