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Summer has come early at Ink N Toner UK!

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After a shockingly cold winter, the sun has finally reared its head over the UK and we at Ink N Toner UK are living for it! Whilst we are cooped up here at work, we want to help everyone make the most of this sweet (and most likely short) streak of hot weather!

With temperatures approaching 28 degrees on Thursday the 19th, it means that it has been the warmest day in this month in almost 70 years. The reason for the sudden increase in temperature is due to warm air rising off the coast of Portugal. (Thanks Portugal!)

This is a great opportunity for everyone to take advantage of the summer weather so we want to help you out a bit, in case you do not have any good ideas to be going with. Do bear in mind some of these ideas will be mainly for printables, meaning that if you do not have it, you will need to purchase ink. Luckily, for you we have that in abundance so you need not worry!

ice lollies

Frozen foods

During this mini heatwave, it is always a good idea that you stay hydrated and that you keep cool and refreshed. We recommend you stock up on cool beverages and many ice-lollies. If you are a D.I.Y kind of person, you may want to consider making your own ice-lollies. If you need to know how to do this, we have instructions on how to make your own ice-lollies.

barbecue grill

Barbecues

If you really have the time and you want to make the most out of the summer vibe we are getting. Having a barbecue is a great way to achieve this all you need is family, friends, and a grill to cook the meat on!

picnic

Picnics

Picnics are a great way to relax and pass the time, all the while catching the rays just grab some food, drink and a large cloth step out into the great outdoors!

origami fansPrintable Fans

Why buy fans when you can design your own and print it out! Keep yourself and others cool in this heat!

From us at Ink N Toner UK enjoy what is left of the summery weather and have fun with it!

 

 

Friday the 13th!

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Friday the 13th Today is Friday the 13th. If you are not in the least bit superstitious, this day probably does not mean anything to you and you are only excited about the fact that it’s Friday and you do not have to work on the weekend (I know I am!)

If you do have a superstitious leaning, you have probably just looked at your calendar, clocked its Friday the 13th and thought no more about it.

 black cat friday the 13thIf however you are like everyone else, and are very superstitious I’m sure you will be on high alert employing every trick you know so you don’t incur the universe’s wrath. There are many different ideas about where this spooky date came from; some believe it dates back to the last supper, where 13 people were there the night before Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. (Which also happened to have apparently fell on Friday the 13th) Whilst others suggest that, it was born from the disappearance of a navy ship called HMS Friday, which set sail on Friday the 13th, never to be seen again.

At Ink N Toner UK, we know how people get on this particular day so we want to reassure that no matter how spooky your days get, we will always be here to provide you with the inks you need to get through them! We are pretty sure after you hear that you’ll be feeling lucky in no time!

 

Happy New Tax Year!

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Happy new tax year!Happy New Tax Year everyone! Today marks the start of the new tax season. Along with that comes changes to categories like the Personal allowance, Income tax, National insurance and a few others. Here are some of the changes coming to some of the taxes.

Personal allowance

The amount you can earn without paying income taxes has risen from £11,500 to £11,850, which works out as a tax cut of £70 for most people.

National Insurance

Will be charged 12% of income on earnings above £8,424, up from £8,164 until you earning more than £46,350, after which the rate drops to 2%.

Income tax

The starting point for paying 20% basic rate tax will be £11,850, while tax will start on earnings above £46,350 (up from £45,00)

Nevertheless, do not fret! At Ink N toner UK, we will not be making any changes to our prices for the new tax year so you won’t need to worry about through the roof we pride ourselves on keeping our prices as low as possible so you can get great value for money!

The Ink Cartridge scam.

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Ink Scam A YouTube video from Gregory Austin McConnell has surfaced and recently gone viral. He highlights how original Ink Cartridges are so expensive when compared to the printers you buy. He first clocked onto this while working in a technical support role, when replacement cartridges with a manufacture cost of 0.23 cents end up retailing for a whopping price of $59.95.

McConnell describes printer ink as one of the most expensive liquids in the world per gallon. He then goes on to use the various tactics OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) use to prevent competitor branded or compatible cartridges from being used instead of their products.

As well as the methods used by the OEM’s to force people into buying more ink despite them not actually needing to, he talks about the fact that most printers now stop working when only one colour cartridge expires even if you only wanted to print in black. The reason for that is that even if you only want to print in black, the printer will use a little bit of cyan ink for a different shade of black. Why they do that we have no clue!

Towards the end of the 12-minute video he takes his printer and destroys it with a sledgehammer all the while calling for a revolution against the OEM’s that charge you exorbitant prices for inks.

 inkntoneruk compatible inksAt InkNTonerUK we have our own high quality compatible inks, which are not only cheaper and better value for money, but they work just as well as the Original products. If you want to see for yourself how good our inks are check them out on our website https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/

Sport Relief at Ink N Toner UK!

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What is Sports Relief?

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, sport relief helps to bring all of us together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised during comic relief is spent to support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and worldwide. Sport relief had already started on the 17th of March- and it finishes tonight on the 23rd of March after the television show airs on BBC 1 tonight at 7pm.

Getting involved.

Sport relief is encouraging the public to get active and get fundraising for sport relief in whatever way they want you can even download the sport relief app to compete against people you know in a league, join a celebrity challenge or even take on the Nation’s Billion Steps Challenge. You can find out more about this on their site here.

sports relief custom card

You could also use the inks you buy from us at Ink n Toner UK to print out our simple custom card with the sport relief logo and one of their many slogans you can stick it anywhere. In addition, even if you are not donating you can at least spread awareness to those who do not know that sport relief is even happening.

Have a great Friday and an even better time having fun and raising money for sport relief.

Stephen Hawking, a brilliant cosmologist.

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Born on the 8th of January 1942. Stephen Hawking, a brilliant mind and a great scientist who overcame a debilitating disease to pursue his goals, probing into the mysteries of the universe, had sadly died on the 14th of March 2018.

Hawking suffered from ALS a neurodegenerative disease, which is usually fatal within a few years. To put that into perspective, Stephen was diagnosed with the disease in 1963, when he was just 21! The disease left him wheelchair-bound and paralyzed. He remained very optimistic in his life and despite his shortcomings, he said this. “I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many.” This clearly shows the drive he had and that even something like the ALS disease did not keep him from his goals of discovering the secrets of our universe.

We at Ink N Toner UK and the rest of the world are sad to see him pass. However, he will remain a key figure in the world of science for the rest of time.

Mother’s Day at Ink N Toner UK!

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Mother’s day is around the corner and we at Ink N Toner UK hope you have gone out and bought everything you need to show your appreciation to the maternal figures in your life. (If you haven’t already, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!) Mothering Sunday, or mother’s day, is a Christian celebration that has now become a worldwide event where we show our mums how much we appreciate them. We typically do this by giving them cards, gifts, flowers, breakfast in bed, and just generally being extra nice to them.

If by this time, you are still struggling to think of mother’s day ideas do not fret, we are here to help you get over that arduous task by giving you some great ideas to get you started!

Mothers day custom cards

  • Cards and flowers

Let us start with the obvious, the simplest way to show your appreciation to the maternal person in your life. A simple cared with the right words can really make all the difference between a regular gift and a special one. And of course, adding flowers into the mix elevates that to new heights!

Mothers day chocolate

  • Chocolates

Chocolates are a staple for many gift combinations. Just make sure you do not use them as the only gift. Combine them paper boxes or other printables with the ink you buy from us to make them really stand out.

 

We at Ink N Toner UK have helped you get that perfect gift for mother’s day and to all the mothers out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

Chinese Lantern Festival, Get Creative!

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Lantern Festival

Today marks the last day of the Chinese New Year festival, which also means that today is the Chinese lantern festival. The lantern festival falls on the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar symbolizing the return of spring (which cannot come fast enough we’ve had enough of this winter chill!) and the reunion of families. The Lantern festival can be traced back 2,000 years ago which means it is a very old and sacred part of Chinese culture.

During the festival people get together on the night to celebrate with many activities. These include, enjoying the sight of lanterns in all their glory, flying drones, and guessing riddles written on lanterns, eating tang yuan (sweet dumplings), lion and dragon dances, and walking on stilts!

With all these activities to do us at Ink n Toner UK would definitely advise you get involved to celebrate such a colourful celebration. As well as that, we have some great ideas to get you flexing those creative muscles to make the most of this occasion!

Chinese new year E-Card

E-cards

Use the ink you purchase from us to design your own or print out our template for an E-Card! They can really help to brighten up someone’s day and you can get them sent to loved ones if you are not able to be with them.

 

Chinese New Year 2018

Posters

If you want to make a bigger spectacle of things try designing your own poster to put up on your wall at home or at your place of work to brighten up the place!

 

Origami Lanterns

Lantern design

For those who are really daring, try making your own Chinese lanterns through origami here are a few ideas for those who need some inspiration

From us at Ink N Toner UK have a great rest of Chinese New Year and bring on the Lantern Festival!

Lexmark and their new universal printer driver update!

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Lexmark LogoAre you fed up of the constant driver updates that come along with owning a printer? At Ink N Toner UK we definitely are. If you own a Lexmark printer or are thinking of buying one then now would be a great time to own one. Lexmark are coming out with their own Universal Printing Drivers. This will allow for user-friendly access across all Lexmark printer systems and will make it easier to help fix your printer whenever it does come across any issues.

Lexmark printers

It does this by updating its interface to reflect the features of the printer’s configuration showing only the corresponding printers settings and features. This will limit a ton of confusion for the customer, as the updates will not change how they use their printer or how the settings they are comfortable with.

With only one package to manage, Lexmark themselves will be able help their customers across the board as everyone will be on the same driver settings and updates/fixes can be made and distributed across the board which will help promote a swift and uncomplicated service. For Lexmark this works out to be cheaper too. Time spent on installations, as well as a reduction in cost for IT Support to help make any changes.

We at Ink N Toner UK think it is important to keep you in the know about any and all upcoming changes in the world of printing. We hope we’ve helped! And if you want to check out any Lexmark printers feel free to visit our website at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/

Valentine’s Day at Ink N Toner UK!

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With Valentine’s Day just over the horizon (tomorrow to those who are not with it!) We are sure that all of you are running around thinking of gifts for your significant other. Or, stressing about if your valentines crush likes you back. That being said, we at Ink N Toner UK are looking forward to valentines this year. And being the helpful bunch we are, we are here to help you out this year!

custom card

First, up we have the generic but timeless idea of cards! These things are a staple on Valentine’s Day, for the simple reason of being able to write your thoughts on paper and giving it to your partner to cherish forever. You cannot go wrong with a nice well thought out card. However, that can never be the only gift you get for Valentine’s Day. On its own, it will be seen as lazy. Its best appreciated with a bunch of flowers or some chocolate. Here is a few ideas to get you thinking.

valentines flowers

Origami flower

Going off from what we just said Flowers are another great gift idea and depending on your style, you can choose to be subtle with a simple rose or go the whole distance and gather a massive bouquet it is all up to you. As well as that for those creatives out there, you could make your own printed origami flowers to put some thought into it!

 

valentines coupons

Love coupons are also a nice touch. Maybe your partner really wants something but could not get it immediately. Get them a gift card and disguise as a love coupon to really brighten up their day.

If you need any inks for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we have your back! Moreover, for those of you who spend £20 pounds or more between now and Friday will receive some lovely Belgian chocolate hearts!

Happy Valentines from us at Ink N Toner UK!