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Lexmark Printer and Supplies Price Increase – Effective Immediately


Lexmark International Inc., Lexmark, is announcing price changes to select service parts. These changes affect both the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and the Distributor/Reseller Price.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

2015 Lexmark Canada Price Action – Announcement Letter


Printer Buying Tips

Some great tips when making a decision on which new printer is right for your needs.

How an Inkjet Cartridge Works!

From the PC to the printer
You click the “Print” button, and your document or photo prints a few minutes later. So, what happens during the steps in between? Your computer creates an image of your document and sends data to the printer through a series of dots. Much like the pixels on your monitor, your printer places dots on a page in an arrangement that makes sense.

What actually happens when you hear all of those noises?
You send the document to the printer and immediately, you hear a series of grinding and mechanical noises. So, what is actually happening? While the printing information is sent to the printer, the printer itself if preparing for the physical work. This includes cleaning the print heads and making sure that the paper path is clear.

Once the information is in the printer’s hands, its roller guides the sheet of paper into the print area. The print head controls the release of ink onto the paper. It moves back and forth along a belt. The print head sprays dots of color on the paper, creating the printed document.

How do the dots work?
Color inkjet printers mimic the four-color printing process used by commercial printers. Depending on the manufacturer, the four colors– black, cyan (blue), magenta (red) and yellow–are housed in one cartridge or four individual cartridges. HP printers typically have a black cartridge and a three-ink cartridge, housing the cyan, magenta and yellow.

The print head sprays the dots in a specific order and with a specific concentration in order to create secondary colors or shades of a color. The printer software sends signals to the printer and print head, triggering the order and release of ink.

The result of this arrangement of dots is your document.

Here’s a great video from HP:

Creating a Green Office Environment

Business owners everywhere are on a constant quest to save money where they can. Although saving money and cutting costs may be on the top of their priority lists, business owners everywhere also understand the concept of corporate responsibility. Creating a green office environment contributes to a cleaner environment overall and ensures that businesses are doing their part in minimizing their carbon footprint.

Contributing to a cleaner environment starts with your company and your corporate culture. Thankfully, a natural byproduct of creating a greener office environment is also cutting waste and saving money on the reuse of equipment. This creates a win-win situation for both business owners and the environment. Implementing green office solutions today will help you save in the future.

Some ways your office can go green include:

  • Employing Smart Printing Tactics- These include printing on both sides of the paper, proofreading your documents to cut back on having to print documents again, and being diligent in the amount of paper that is wasted on unnecessary printing.
  • Investing in Energy Efficient Products- New products are designed to be energy efficient to both benefit the environment as well as save you money. They use fewer materials, use less electricity to operate, and turn off when not in use.
  • Implementing a Recycling Program- Having a recycling program in place at your office helps in reducing your carbon footprint and by reusing products to save money. Recycling rubbish is one technique, but what is often overlooked is recycling used materials like cartridges and equipment.
  • Turning Off the Lights- Turning off the lights when leaving a room or leaving for the night is great way to start becoming more conscious of the environment. It’s a very simple method of saving money and cutting down on wasted electricity when you can. You’ll be surprised by how much money you are able to save.

Becoming more conscious of our environment is important as a company because it’s the right thing to do and it saves your business money in the long run. Get on board with green initiatives today and help reduce your carbon footprint!

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Ten ways to print less – Save a tree, save money!

For all our talk about environmental sustainability, we are still buried under piles of paper. We’re continuing to consume huge quantities of paper. These easy tips should help keep the dead tree count down.

1. Reformat
Reduce font size and margins in your document before printing.  If you must print out PowerPoint or other slideshow presentations, configure your print job to options like the Handouts View where you can choose a multiple number of slides to print per page.

Solutions like HP Smart Print cut out unnecessary information, such as banners and adverts, when printing material from the web.

2. Double up
Isn’t it great when the store has your favorite item on a two-for-one sale? Get as excited about winning two for one with every sheet of paper! Print on both sides. Make double-sided printing your default setting.

3. Portable Document Format
PDFs are the new paper. “Save as” or print directly to PDF. Scan paper originals to use, save, or distribute instead of making paper copies.

4. Print Preview
Take a few minutes to preview your print. Say good-bye to the single straggler line of text on one page, and avoid making a copious paper trail of your quest to perfection.

5. Print on Demand
Use print on demand capabilities. Publications and documents are not printed unless actually needed.

6. Streamline Access
Print release technology such as pull printing and access control forces users to physically log in or input a code at the printer to start the actual print job, preventing mounds of unclaimed papers.

7. Take the paperwork and cost out of admin
Did the term paperwork become synonymous with administrative forms around the same time that the phrase “lost in the paperwork” came into use? Paper is also expensive; Europe wastes 40 billion a year on paper invoicing.

Administrative management software and web programs such as Turbine handle a range of tasks from record-keeping to performance reviews to invoicing to accounting, tying all your employee management into a single affordable, accessible, searchable system.

8. Collaborate online
Use online collaboration tools like Google Drive or Dropbox to access and work on the same documents.

9. Stop printing your email
Printing does not equal saving. Email is already storable, savable, and sendable. Plus mobile options these days give you easy access to email and calendars.

10. Stop printing the internet
Instead of printing online material, use services like Instapaper or Pocket, which will save and store articles and pages you want to read and provide easy-to-read online and mobile formats.

What brand of printer are you using in your home or office?

We are constantly amazed at the variety of printers and manufactures in the marketplace and what type of printers our customer are using to get their in-house printing job done.

So we are ask you what brand of printer(s) are you using in your office or home?

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