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aalim is the "Creative Guru" at Ink N Toner UK, and writes the intriguing blog articles you all love to read. When he is not writing about things related to printers, he is exploring his mind to find other wonderful things that you will be happy to read about.

ETIRA responds to HP’s misleading info about remanufactured cartridges!

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The European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers Association responds to Hewlett Packard after they released a leaflet with misleading information about remanufactured cartridges

ETIRA responds to recent HP flyer on cartridges
HP has issued a new leaflet entitled “The truth about clone cartridges” where it warns of the use of clones, remanufactured and counterfeit cartridges. In the leaflet it states “used HP toner cartridges that are emptied, refilled and resold by other manufacturers do not adhere to quality, safety or environmental standards”.

While the leaflet has some merit, the comments regarding remanufactured cartridges are misleading and inaccurate.

Businesses working in the remanufacturing industry are required to comply with regulations and standards and the WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a perfect example. The WEEE directive sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods. Another fine example is ETIRA (European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association) which has set out a clear code of conduct for its members to “guarantee clients a high quality competitive and environmentally friendly product and service”.

ETIRA’s response to HP’s leaflet is as follows:

“General marketing speak is OK, but you cannot say things that are not true. ETIRA regrets that HP’s new product marketing material is again lowering the bar. Their September 2017 flyer on printer cartridges may be generally correct on clones and counterfeits, but speaks nonsense on remanufactured cartridges: it has a baseless generalization which gets it wrong on all three counts: quality, safety and environment.”
“ETIRA will reach out to HP management to stress that the flyer is misleading and constitutes false advertising, and must be reworded.”

Do you want to create your own scary T-Rex illusion!

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T-rex illusion

Do you want to be imaginative and have fun with illusions? How about you print off your own T-Rex today by going through the instructions and be creative. All you have to do is watch the video below to make a scary dinosaur which will always be around wherever you go! Ready to blow your minds with an illusion check the video out by watching it below.

This is how the illusion works:

This is the instructions you should follow to create the T-rex dinosaur:

What you will need to make your own frightening T-Rex illusion:

  1. You can use any printer to print out the cut-out. If you have ran out of cartridges you can order them from Ink N Toner UK where you get the best quality ink and at the same time you save money…what a bargain hey!
  2. 1 x Piece Of Paper
  3. 1 x Scissor
  4. 1 x Cello-tape or if you prefer glue

To make your T-Rex illusion all you have to do is print off the images in this page and create the T-Rex chosen from your liking. From a click of a button you can start creating your T-Rex illusion by cutting it out and building it up with your stationary which is required (from above). As soon as you finish you can leave it anywhere you want to fool your friends and family. When you move, it will create an illusion that the T-Rex’s head is moving and is following you. This is awesome to play with. It is very fun you can go back or fourth side to side and it will follow you around. It is like looking at an object and the head is turning, looking straight back at you. This T-Rex illusion is suitable for any age as it brings fun to your family and friends.

When making it you can also try out different designs, however if you are willing to try out your own designs (which will be a  lot fun) please be careful and follow the steps properly otherwise the illusion may not work. The fun part is you can create your own creature for example a giraffe, lion, tiger or elephant. To make your scary creatures stand out, we recommend you use cartridges from Ink N Toner UK as they provide you with best quality inks. If you want to make it as a kid toy for your kids to play, don’t scare them with a T-Rex you might want to go for something more friendly and suitable for a child. You can use the illusion for anything such as placing it on a window so when people look past the T-Rex, it make scare them as the T-Rex head is moving with you. The T-Rex illusion can also be used for pranks on YouTube e.g. Get a life size T-Rex or a different design and frighten the life out of the people. This will be an amazing prank to play on your friends and entertain your viewers.

Halloween is coming up, so this T-REX illusion can be the perfect gift to put on your window or outside your house even at parties to give a good scare. You can use any design you want such as a zombie, Frankenstein, mummy and other scary monsters to give you the creeps. All illusion goes great with Halloween.

If you are not keen on the normal green colour T-Rex maybe go for the red colour or purple colour as it looks more exciting , but if you are scared and you are a lover of pets create your own illusions with cut-outs of cats, dogs, rabbits or even your favourite animal.

scary t-rex illusion

TEN OUTRAGEOUS THINGS TRUMP HAS SAID SO FAR!!

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Donald Trump is surely the most outspoken, outrageous and downright politically incorrect United States of America president that the world has ever seen.

It’s fair to say that he divides opinion all over the world as well as all over the United States, but surely the one word he cannot be described as is “dull”.

So we decided here at www.inkntoneruk.co.uk to poke some fun at The D by listing our favourite 10 most outrageous Trump quotes. We are totally sure that there will be many many more to come, but these are our favourites so far:

1. “We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”

Well that didn’t happen did it Donald?

2. “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”

That’s a particularly low blow we think.

3. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

No racist abuse here then Mr President!

4. “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

You certainly need self confidence to be President but this is a bit too far isn’t it?

5. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

This is just wrong on any and every level!

6. “Look at those hands, are they small hands? And, Rubio referred to my hands: ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”

Presidents are not meant to make innuendo comments about their penis. Once he’s gone they never will again.

7. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”

Ever the feminist Donald, ever the feminist.

8. “40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan and now it’s the tallest.”

Yes Donald, that’s because of 9/11 isn’t it?

9. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.”

Errm …….. you can Donald!
10. “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”

Wrong again!

What is the circular economy and why does it matter?

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The circular economy is defined as an alternative to a traditional linear economy where a product is made then used then disposed of. In the circular economy, which www.inkntoneruk.co.uk is proudly a part of, we try to keep essential resources in use for as long as possible by re using materials to extract the maximum value from them without compromising on quality.

There are many household names that use circular economy principles, like Tesco and Philips, but the question is do they truly believe in the circular economy? In these times of low oil and carbon prices, which have fed through to low commodity prices, the incentives to replace virgin resources with recycled alternative materials has dwindled somewhat.

The problem is very simple: It is often cheaper to use new virgin materials rather than use recycled materials or existing products. That cost driver is the biggest threat to the circular economy.

Statistics recently issued by the European commission have shown that businesses becoming more ecologically sustainable could reduce global greenhouse emissions by 2-4%.

Younger people are particularly interested in what’s known as zero waste markets, which makes it clear that as these younger people are the parents of the future, the big corporations are going to have to take notice or else!

Governments must act and enforce these principles either via punitive measures or via incentives but act they must and www.inkntoneruk.co.uk is ready to take up the challenge.

HEWLETT PACKARD ARE AT IT AGAIN WITH NEW CARTRIDGE ERROR MESSAGE!

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Hp new cartridge problem error

This time last year Hewlett Packard (HP) released what they called a “security update” which locked out a widespread number of printers for people who were using non-original cartridges. This caused an outcry throughout the industry and from many HP customers, which resulted in an apology from HP and a statement that they would reverse the update within a matter of weeks, which they did do.

They did however warn that they would endeavour to block the use of non-HP cartridges in the future.

Well now exactly 1 year on they’re at it again with a new firmware update for it’s range of Officejet printers resulting in “cartridge problem” error messages. No doubt uproar will ensue but it looks like HP are willing to take the flack.

As a consequence the following message may show for some customers using non-original cartridges in their Officejet printers:

“One or more cartridges appear to be damaged. Remove them and replace with new cartridges.”

This years security update however is a little different from last years and not quite so nasty, because HP are offering a way to resolve the issue by downloading new firmware from their support page, which you can access HERE.

Learn How To Save More Money When Buying Ink & Toner Cartridges

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saving money on cartridges

Are you paying more for printer ink cartridges and printer toner cartridges? Some people pay more for an inkjet/toner cartridge than an entire printer.

As you may know most printer manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and Canon have adopted the same marketing model as razor blade companies. For example, they will sell the razor at a very cheap price and even at a loss but then make money of the blades with a bigger margin. The same applies to printer manufacturers as they will sell their inkjet printers or laser printers at a loss, and make their money back from when you buy their genuine original (OEM) cartridges. However, you do not have to fall into that trap and buy the OEM cartridges as here at www.inkntoneruk.co.uk we can show you various ways of reducing printing cost quickly and therefore having a bigger saving for when you do printing.

Printer manufacturers will do all they can to convince consumers that third party cartridges e.g. compatible cartridges or re-manufactured cartridges are inferior and not reliable as their branded cartridges. They will go as far as saying that the compatible cartridges will “break” the printer if you use them. They will throw at you all the scare tactics they can as they need to recover the cost of the printer that they sold to you by getting you to purchase the cartridges supplies.

At inkntoneruk we give you more options for buying cartridges for your printer. That is why we prefer our consumers to use our search function on the site and search by printer name and model and thereby they can see all the options for their printer. We recommend our consumers to go for compatibles where it is available to save more money on their printer supplies. With www.inkntoneruk.co.uk , you have plenty of choices for printer supplies, and we can proudly say that you will save a huge amount of money with us compared to purchasing elsewhere. We offer a money back guarantee and will deliver for free to your doorstep. Here are few tips for saving money on printer ink and toner cartridges:

Buy Premium Compatible Ink Cartridges | InknTonerUK offers two types of compatible ink cartridge. They can either be a brand new copy made by a third party or a remanufactured cartridge depending on what type of printer you have. You will generally have good luck with compatible cartridges as the quality is very good and they generally last longer than the original ink cartridges.

Buy Budget Compatible Toner Cartridges | These are new build cartridges manufactured by third-party that meet or exceed your expectations. Again, with these budget compatible cartridges you will generally have good luck with them as the quality is very good and they generally last longer than the original toner cartridges.

Buy Premium Remanufactured Toner Cartridges | If you are looking for the highest quality compatible that you can get then the remanufactured cartridges is your best bet. These premium remanufactured cartridges are tested to verify that they perform exceedingly well and they frequently cost a fraction of price you pay for new original cartridges.

Buy Multipacks or Twin Packs (Value Packs) | Combine the savings by buying more than one cartridge e.g. a whole set of cartridges or a dual pack in order to save more money. That is one of the best way to save on printing costs.

Replace the Toner Cartridge Drum | If the toner cartridge does not make good quality prints, then replacing just the drum can be less expensive than replacing the whole cartridge.

Buy in Bulk Quantity | If you use a substantial amount of ink or toner; buy it in quantity. The more you buy with us of the same cartridge the more you save as we offer quantity discounts on all cartridges.

While all of these tips can help you save money on printing, the biggest money saver of all is buying ink and toner cartridges from us at www.inkntoneruk.co.uk as we offer a Price Promise Guarantee that our prices are the lowest you can get online for any type of cartridges. With us you can buy new original cartridges, if you want, or buy third party compatible or remanufactured cartridges. Ordering with us is very easy and finding the right cartridges for your printer is very simple.

 

So what are you waiting for? Start saving money on printer ink and toner cartridges by shopping with us by clicking this link here!

What is a counterfeit cartridge and can the issue be stopped?

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spot the fake counterfeit cartridges

Cartridge counterfeiting is when a cartridge is sold as if it’s an original product that’s been made by the manufacturer of your printer when in actual fact it’s nothing of the sort. A counterfeit cartridge is a copy that is inferior to an original and damages their reputation as well as potentially your printer!

www.inkntoneruk.co.uk believes that this is a wretched industry that needs to be stamped out.

In June 2017 a new anti-counterfeiting tech firm said that it could “kill the fake markets instantly” by simply using QR codes.

World Trademark Review reported on Validactor, a technology company based in Italy, which launched new technology that adds “unique QR Codes to products so consumers can obtain information about them, including whether an item is authentic, expired, stolen or recalled.”

The company told World Trademark Review that by giving free access to its technology the company has the ability to “kill the fake markets instantly”.

The article describes that Validactor’s founder and head of development Dino Sergiano said at the launch event in June this year: “The biggest innovation we are implementing is the empowering of the biggest army in the world: customers. Each one, with their smartphones, may today be the biggest weapon available.”

According to the article, “the company’s social media presence is strong, with nearly 70,000 followers on Twitter at the time of publication and 14,000 on Facebook.”

Sergiano told World Trademark Review “We all have to move on a more social standpoint: fake products kill people, fake market revenues destroy economies, and we all have to fight this; therefore, we are taking a more social approach through the involvement of smaller companies and granting any of them free access to any Validactor feature.

“It is totally free, since we think that in order to ‘kill the fake markets instantly’ we need to have this technology present worldwide. Our vision is to provide free codes to as many companies as possible.”

Sergiano also said: “Anti-counterfeiting measures must employ the customer base, that is the only way to fight fakes. The main error that brands are making has been, and still is, the distance that they put between themselves and the final customer. My wife, just as an example, tried to verify the authenticity of a major Italian brand garment: it has been nearly impossible and is tricky and time consuming.”

Riot Games, Brother, 3M, Giuseppe Zanotti and Sennheiser are only a few of the brands the article names that already have an authentication service available via their websites.

An effective solution to end a problem as significant as counterfeiting requires entrepreneurs with pioneering ambitions. Additionally, rights holders would embrace any tool that looks likely to succeed in this battle. However, the fight against fakes is a multi-dimensional one and it remains to be seen whether there is the consumer will to shun counterfeits on the required scale, or a single solution that can succeed where others have not. For now, the end of counterfeiting remains a holy grail.

Today is National Colouring Book Day

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Colouring in and colouring books have always been popular with children and over the years adults have got more and more involved with their kids activities and even started colouring on their own for pleasure. Adult colouring is now a great pastime and many adults are finding that it is not only great fun but also a good way to reduce stress and spend time with friends.

This National Colouring Day we invite you to spend some time colouring with your friends, children or grandchildren or just by yourself. Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life!

Print out the colouring sheets below and start your fun time of colouring in right now.

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flower-sketch

Canon Continues to Grow In The Printing Industry

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Canon

The outlook for Canon is good for an expected 40 percent increase in operating profit for the year ending December due to extremely strong printer sales.

Nikkei Asian Review reported that the “consolidated operating profit for the year ending in December is expected to jump 40% to 330 billion yen ($2.94 billion) thanks to strong printer sales in emerging countries, successful acquisitions and automation.”

www.inkntoneruk.co.uk has certainly seen a huge increase in Canon’s market share over the last few years especially.

Canon updated the profit outlook in April but Nikkei reports another update is likely to be made soon “since its current performance is ahead of its 270 billion yen ($243 million/ €209 million) estimate. Sales are also expected to top the company’s 4.02 trillion yen forecast, climbing 20% to nearly 4.1 trillion yen ($3.7 billion/ €3.2 billion).“

The article reports that growth of laser printer sales was seen in China and Southeast Asian emerging countries. Popular models reportedly are the new high-speed models. This increase in printer sales consequentially meant an increase in toner and other highly profitable consumables.

That’s where www.inkntoneruk.co.uk comes in of course because our mission is to reduce your printing costs and to fight against the ever-increasing cost of living.

Other changes made by Canon include the purchase of the medical division from Toshiba in 2016 and Axis Communications in the previous year, which also increased profits.

Another new area boosting profits is the cost cutting exercise through automation. Nikkei reports: “ The introduction of robots to the company’s single-lens reflex camera factory in Oita Prefecture has helped reduce the number of necessary workers for certain tasks from some 40 to just three or four. Automation at printer and other factories has also contributed to earnings growth by improving productivity.”

Quality is the key when buying third party cartridges

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The results of a survey done by Consumer Reports suggest that it pays to be cautious and to search for quality and not just price when buying third party cartridges.

The article stated that consumers turn to third party cartridges mainly because of lower prices but that they should be cautious because quality can be inconsistent.

That’s why shopping at www.inkntoneruk.co.uk pays dividends in both the short and long term.

According to Consumer Reports survey, 37 percent of people had bought third party cartridges because they were cheaper and pointed out that OEM cartridges can cost the best part of $700 (€613) (£542) over five years.

Third party cartridges come as re-manufactured, refilled (not that www.inkntoneruk.co.uk refills!) or compatible and are sold at a lot less than OEM printer inks. The article noted that the outcome of the Lexmark v. Impressions case where the judge ruled that third party businesses could refill and reuse toner cartridges originally made by Lexmark or any other OEM meant that smaller businesses now had more freedom from the restriction of patents.

This outcome was praised by consumer groups and Jessica Rich, Vice President for Consumer Policy and Mobilisation, Consumer Reports, commented: “We believe this is a positive step for competition, innovation, and consumer choice. It’s a win for consumers and small businesses.”

Even so, the article warns that these products have their set backs and do not always operate as well as the originals and that some can void the printers guarantee. Consumer Reports survey said 63 percent found that third party cartridges were just as good as OEMs while 36 said they were not as good.

Consumer Reports testers found inconsistencies with third party cartridges and Rich Sulin, Leader of Printer Testing Programme said that some samples worked without problems while others set off “warning messages from their printer or failed to print a test page” while others clogged printer heads.

Sulin and www.inkntoneruk.co.uk advises customers to use cartridges as soon as possible after purchase to test them out and to make sure there is a money back guarantee, which of course there is with us!

The article stated that: “Consumer Reports doesn’t rate third-party inks because the marketplace is so fractured—a large number of manufacturers offer a rapidly changing line up of products for different printer models, making comparisons difficult.”

The article reiterated the OEM warranty warning about using non-OEM cartridges and said as an example Lexmark states “that its warranty does not cover failures from “refilling or remanufacture by a third party of products, supplies or parts.” Consumer Reports also warned that smart printers could tell which cartridges were being used and could alert the manufacturer.

Consumer Reports suggested buying supertank printers to save money on ink or using an ink subscription service which according to HP Inc could cut costs in half.

We are of course highly sceptical of this report’s conclusion because our mission is to provide quality whilst saving our customers money and we are certain that our many long standing customers would agree!