Friday, 5 December 2014


What printer cartridges are the most popular of them all?

Brother, Canon, HP, Xerox, Samsung, et al, would have you believe that their's is. 

Our sponsor ABC Print Supplies, has been marketing genuine, remanufactured, and compatible ink & toner cartridges for over 5 years, and have researched this information over that period of time, using Google Analytics, to determine which is the most popular printer cartridge.
They advise that they sell approx. 4,000 different cartridges of all the above types, through 24 brand names.
Of the 24 brands, there are 5 brands which stand out from their competitors, whether, genuine, remanufactured, or compatible.
These brands are: Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, and Xerox.
Of those brands, the following market share, consisting of both genuine and compatible/remanufactured printer cartridges,  indicates their popularity:

Xerox            6.94%
Epson           17.24%
Canon          19.64%
Brother         22.59%
HP               33.65%

As indicated, HP accounts for approx a third of sales of the 5 most popular brands over a five year period
The most popular cartridge offered by HP for ink is the HP920XL black and colour cartridges for the OFFICEJET 6000, OFFICEJET 6500, OFFICEJET 7000, OFFICEJET 7500A HP printers, and the HP# 78 (CE278A) Mono laser Cartridge for the LASERJET PRO M1536, LASERJET PRO P1566, LASERJET PRO P1606, LASERJET PRO M1530 printers

Remembering that this is for a five year period, and that more recent printers might be currently more popular than those mentioned above.

We thank our sponsor, ABC Print Supplies, for their support

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


fREQUENTLY you  hear commercial printer users state that they would never risk using a compatible or remanufactured cartridge. The reasons given include:
1) The printer service representative states that they will clog up my printer and you'll have to get another one
2) We can't afford to produce low quality print which will reflect on us from our customers
3) I tried some that I picked up on Ebay at a really low price and they didn't work, and when I tried to contact the seller I couldn't.
So these reasons are enough to give you nightmares. But what of the many businesses that do use them and continually reorder generic cartridges? They have to have something going for them.
If you do your purchasing through a reputable vendor, either on the internet or through a retail shop, then you are assured of good quality or your money back.
Its an interesting observation that many retailers such as Officeworks are stocking and selling more generic printer cartridges than ever before. Why? Because they work, and they work well.
This in turn is a reflection on the confidence people are expressing in the reliability from using them. It also demonstrates the savings they are making in their purchases.

We thank our sponsor, ABC Print Supplies, for their support

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Mono, or  black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and others. Confused? 

There are many types of printer cartridges. For a start there is Ink and Toner. The first is a liquid, the latter a powder, with the Toner also called a laser because of the process used in putting print to paper.
Then there are genuine, compatible (generic), and remanufactured printer cartridges. And refills.
And just when you think you know it all along comes 3D.

But today we are not concerned with types of cartridges, but with the different colours.

You will often see a printer or printer cartridge advertised as 'mono'. This simply means that there are no colours associated with that printer (cartridge). These printers are used for text printing, where no colour is normally required. Mono is more usually associated with Toner, where yield is higher and speed is faster (think commercial).

Then there is the more usual combination of four coloured cartridges - black, cyan, magenta, and yellow, although the purists will advise that black, as with white, is not a colour. But in printer cartridge jargon it is.
This combination of colours allows you to print in the complete kaleidoscope of colours like the rainbow.
The combination of cartridges is more commonly used where a business wants flexibility in printing. For instance their statements might be black text with a minus balance in red, but their logo is in say blue. In this case, black will normally  be used in a much greater quantity than the colours so it is in the users interest to order multiple blacks to individual colour cartridges. Home users also will have a preference for this type of printer, in that there is often a requirement to use colours, especially when children are involved.

But there is more. For the graphics specialist or the professional photographer, there is higher quality colour, particularly in regard to ink cartridges, which are recognized as having a higher vibrancy than toner colour.
For instance Epson with their Stylus Photo R3000 have a nine colour combination of ink cartridges:

Photo Black Ink Cartridge
Cyan Ink Cartridge
Magenta Ink Cartridge
Yellow Ink Cartridge
Light Cyan Ink Cartridge
Light Magenta Ink Cartridge
Light Black Ink Cartridge
Matte Black Ink Cartridge
Light Light Black Ink Cartridge

have you noticed that there are 4 different shades of black included in this selection.
Enough for the most fastidious of  colour printer users.

We thank our sponsor, ABC Print Supplies, for their support