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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.

Printer manufacturers’ response to CISS concept migrates to laser printers

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Printer Market, Printing culture, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System), conceived by the third party ink supply industry many years ago, has so challenged the printer manufacturers that in the last year or two several of them have come up with a couple of different ways to combat the threat to their own original ink supplies.  Obviously seeing some success in its implementation of a CISS response with some of its inkjet printers, HP has now launched a laser printer using the same concept of ‘2-year’s-worth’ of toner.

Poor buying decisions by UK government affects print quality

Monday, June 13th, 2016 - Posted in Comparisons, Managed Print Services, Print Technology, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | 1 Comment »

I have just, this morning, received my postal ballot paper for the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union. Guess what? The weather is not great at the moment, it is raining, and it turns out that the envelope the ballot paper was posted in has been printed using dye based ink! Result? Smudged text!

New ColorSphere3 toner formulation, Page Maximiser technology & JetIntelligence from Hewlett-Packard boost print speed, reduces size – plus more

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - Posted in Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Aware that business customers are concerned about a raft of printing issues, including space, economy and security, Hewlett-Packard claims its latest range of laser printers and MFPs, announced last week, are the ‘-est’ LaserJets ever produced thanks to its new ColorSphere3 toner formulation and Page Maximiser technology – grouped under the ‘JetIntelligence cartridge technology’ banner – and JetAdvantage Private Print technology.

Ink & Image Durability – a study by CharisCo Printer Labs

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - Posted in Comparisons, Reliability, Supplies, Third party supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Despite the fact that third party, or ‘compatible’, ink cartridges are priced to undercut the original cartridges from the printer manufacturer (often by a huge percentage), testing shows that the quality of the compatible inks and cartridges does not match the quality of the printer manufacturer’s original inks and cartridges, severely compromising the printed result and even the health of the printer itself. The user experience may be badly affected even if the costs of running the printer are reduced by buying the cheap ink.

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?’

CharisCo Printer Labs seeks beta testers for Total Cost of Printing app

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 - Posted in Managed Print Services, New Products, News, Productivity Tools, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing, Total Print Management | No Comments »

Issue #1207 – CharisCo Printer Labs has reached an exciting juncture with its brand new Total Cost of Printing calculator, tcprojector, now at the beta testing stage. The online application is targeted initially at printer dealers and MPS providers to educate printer purchase decisions by projecting long-lasting value over initial savings and we would like to invite resellers to apply to have free access while beta testing the app over the next few weeks.

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’?