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Archive for the ‘Pricing’ Category

Internet shopping could kill off original manufacturer printer supplies

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 - Posted in Comparisons, Managed Print Services, Pricing, Printer Market, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

News items appear in the media at least once a year (at Christmas), informing us of the scale of growth of internet shopping.  Time was when locating Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) supplies for your printer was easy and users wanting to hold fast to their principle to buy OEM consumables had a choice of many suppliers. Now? Not so easy! In fact, a user may have to work really hard to find OEM supplies at all, let alone have a decent choice of where to buy them.

BBC Watchdog program again raises thorny issue of the cost of ink but ignores half the story

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, News, Pricing, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1304 – As you know, CharisCo Printer Labs is passionate about Total Cost of Printing and the best interests of the customer/consumer/user. Therefore, I have responded to an item on the BBC’s Watchdog primetime consumer program last week (1st May, 2013) to alert the presenters, producers and researchers to the fact that there is a very positive message for consumers about the cost of ink. Read on for my letter to Watchdog ….

Has Xerox hit on a scheme that might effectively cap consumables prices in the channel as well as drive customers towards original supplies?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Posted in Pricing, Printer Market, Strategy, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1303 – Describing it as a ‘fun’ way to buy printer supplies, Xerox launched a new loyalty program a couple of weeks ago that seems to include a number of potential implications at the same time as seeking to encourage customers to buy original supplies and protecting against counterfeits. For instance, ‘Will large companies allow employees to participate?’, ‘could the program have the effect of actually capping prices in the channel?’

Future of inkjet in the office more assured with arrival of 70ppm Officejet Pro X

Monday, March 4th, 2013 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Print Technology, Printing culture, Reliability, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1302 – Inkjet technology has never looked so good for office printing. Having applied its Scalable Printing Technology to large format commercial printers for a couple of years, Hewlett-Packard now considers the business/office environment is ready for a genuinely fast inkjet device that also cuts the cost of printing by as much as 50% over laser – the Officejet Pro X family.

“Best value” printer? When is this true?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Pricing, Printer Market, Special Offers, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1210 – I’ve just received a marketing email from an online retailer that includes an element boasting ‘Best Value Printer’. This sort of claim is guaranteed to catch my eye and just has to be looked at more closely, doesn’t it? But what does the claim actually mean? What do marketing emails ultimately say about the company that produces them?

Is it time to reverse the printer price war of the 90s and noughties?

Monday, March 5th, 2012 - Posted in Financials, Pricing, Printer Market, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1203 – Poor, if not frightening, first quarter results from market leader Hewlett-Packard, together with a not-so-good outlook for the printer industry as a whole, are a pointer that the printer industry absolutely cannot sit back on its laurels and expect to survive on past business models and product ranges.

A3 Office inkjet multifunction segment bolstered by Epson Workforce A3 but with disappointing Total Cost of Printing

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1202 – Having enjoyed the first A3 inkjet multifunction devices from Brother two and a half years ago, and witnessed Brother’s dramatic cut in supplies costs with the introduction of the LC-1280XL series cartridges a year ago, it is both encouraging and disappointing to see Epson’s entry joining Hewlett-Packard’s also disappointing contender, launched 18 months ago.

Wow! Epson undercuts Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro for Total Cost of Printing!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

#1201 – There is nothing like a good challenge to exercise the mind and it seems that Epson has delivered a mighty challenge to Hewlett-Packard in the office inkjet arena. The big questions, though, are, ‘what is the nature of the challenge’?; ‘how big is the challenge’?; and ‘what does the challenge mean for users and for Hewlett-Packard’?

Lexmark Genesis, Part 2 – fast, high quality printing or slow, financial black hole?

Friday, May 20th, 2011 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Print Technology, Total Cost of Printing, Workflow | No Comments »

Issue #1112 – Genesis undoubtedly has its upsides and the innovative use of flash scan technology in a desktop device is effective. However, as reviewed in the first article about Genesis, there are downsides to Lexmark’s implementation of the technology and, although print quality is excellent, Total Cost of Printing is appalling. In this article we look at installation, usability, print quality and cost of printing.

Aggressive but humorous marketing of low cost commercial printing

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Posted in Pricing, Special Offers, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1111 – As companies fight to gain business in a tough environment, one commercial printing company is taking an aggressive stance in its targeting of new customers, deliberately hoping to discredit its competition as committing price-crime.