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Friday, May 29, 2009

Consumers look out for your money because no one else will!

Are you wasting good money because of FUD?
Major printer manufacturers have long used the Theory of FEAR-UNCERTAINTY-and DOUBT.
(F-U-D) to convince consumers that any cartridge, ink, ribbon or toner will harm the printer if the consumable is not their brand.


Millions of consumers have already come to realize that white lie and have switched to using alternative products that usually save on average 20%-50% of the cost for branded merchandise. Today remanufactured and compatible products account for about 20% of the market share. In my opinion it should be 60% -70% of the printer consumable market, which would amount to billions saved by consumers.

Of course, if you are printing for some commercial purpose and the color match must be exact or you want that absolute perfect photo color then certainly use the brand name patent inks and toners.

However, like many of us (about 96%) that print to read something and shortly thereafter toss it. Then that document or picture may not require exactness of color tone or blackness. I for one print in “draft mode” to save on ink consumption and regular text mode if I’m sending the document to someone else. Those options are available of every printer and are easy to switch back and forth.

Why would you want to see your hard earn money end up in the trash?

Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Brother and other brand manufacturers have all raise their prices on products since the beginning of the year. They want to keep their bottom line healthy at your expense!

One manufacture has even gone to the extent of an “ink system failure” to really scare people. Yes, HP the great technology giant appears to have experimented with a preset defect.

Seems your printer all of a sudden stops working. Generally when you have exceeded the warranty period. It could happen when you replace ink cartridges or when you have shut down the printer. The error code starts with 0xc18a / 0xc19a ... and states:

If you have an HP Photosmart printer or you suspect that your printer suddenly stopped working as you reached your warranty period, you may want to read the following article found at “Out of

HP service techs will ask if you have used any non-HP printer cartridges, simply to instill the “Fear Factor” or create “Doubt” in the consumers mind. They won’t say these products caused the problem because they know that would be a lie.

Some consumers suspect the predetermined failure of the Photosmart printers allows HP to trade you up to another model of HP printer that has been refurbished by the company. A small upgrade fee and shipping and your on your way with a refurbished HP.

A very shrewd idea on their part”.

However, as an informed consumer, you make the final determination.

As previously stated, many individuals have come to the realization that these large conglomerates can’t be trusted. They are in it for the money and the new “chip technology” allows them to control the service life of their products, so it seems. There just couldn’t be that many “ink system failures” otherwise they should have a product recall!

Take notice of the current consumer spending trend. Americans are careful where their money is going. Hopefully, not in the trash.

NRF: April retail sales show continued focus on necessities

• 13 May 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers need more proof that the economy is slowly turning around as April retail sales show people continuing to cut back on their discretionary spending. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for April (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) decreased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted from March and dropped 1.7 percent unadjusted over last year.

April retail sales released today by the U.S. Commerce Department show total retail sales (which include non-general merchandise categories such as automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants) decreased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted over March and decreased 9.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

"A depressed labor market and lack of consumer confidence continues to play a role in what people buy and how much they spend," said Rosalind Wells, chief economist for NRF. "Noticeable changes in consumer spending will take some time as the economy continues to rebuild itself through the rest of the year."

Spring weather helped get many people out of their homes and into stores to buy new garden and sporting goods. Sales at building material, garden equipment and supplies dealers increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from March but decreased 10.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month but decreased 2.4 percent unadjusted over last April.

Thanks in part to consumers focusing on necessities instead of discretionary items, sales at health and personal care stores increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 5.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Even with an Easter holiday in April, people still cut back on groceries, apparel and gifts. Sales at electronic and appliance stores decreased 2.8 percent seasonally adjusted from March and 11.9 percent unadjusted from last year. Clothing and clothing accessories stores sales decreased 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Grocery stores sales also decreased 1.1 percent seasonally adjusted from last month but increased 0.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

This article can be viewed at: Retail Customer Experience

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Holiday Commercialization

Maybe some will be offended but I have to express my honest feelings.

I'm tired of these "Holiday Sales" and the commercialization of special days in our history.

The people we love and care for do not care if their gift was purchased with a 20% discount!

I know my Mom, when she was with us only cared to have the family close by that special day. Making her breakfast and going off to the Zoo was her special treat. Not a gold chain or a pair of discounted undies!

Does every holiday have to be tagged with a "Special Discount" offer or is it the simple fact that the holiday means nothing as long as we can feel good about spending our money.

As Memorial Day approaches I wonder if the men and women who served our nation really give a hoot about the size of the DISCOUNT you'll get on the mattress?

When you really think about it, we do live in a Commercialized Life.

Here is an excellent article that covers 25 of our popular holidays. You may want to read it and pass it on to your loved ones.

The Commercialization Of Our 25 Favorite Holidays

Think about this picture for a bit this Memorial Day.

At our company we will celebrate holidays for what they are. Spend time with our families and loved ones. Honor those that have served us and gave us the freedom we enjoy. We don't celebrate Hallmark Holidays.

Every day we will do our best to bring you the finest products and excellent value. We are here to serve you with a personal and professional attitude.

That's the Priceless Relationship... a holiday each day.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Swine Flu H1N1 Scams

Are you not tired of Internet scams already?

This swine flu scare has made fools of reasonable and intelligent people. It truly is unbelievable how we have reacted and fallen into the sinister Scammers network. Who are buying Swine Flu vaccines, survival kits, masks, vitamins and herbal products on line and providing their credit card information.

Just Don't Do It!

The internet is becoming a more dangerous place to shop every passing day. Just in our industry of printer supplies we see new websites opening and closing down within months. Are they collecting personal identities from consumers looking for those super-priced buys.

Here's the Business Plan.

A. Design a spicy looking site with "flash" features and buy those online website certificates (which mean little and protect you even less) and trust companies such as BizRate. You can join online BBB and list yourself on price comparison sites, such as "", etc. In less than a month your online company will look as though it has been around for years. Cost @ $5,000

B. List the products at prices well below market wholesale. I you lose $5.00 per item that's OK. Base the business on a life cycle of 90 to 120 days.

C. Ship the first round of products and advertise aggressively through Google and Yahoo!. Stop shipping to new clients within 30 days of closing and never send the 2nd order to repeat clients. (You'll make up a good portion of the losses incurred in the initial sales cycle even to the point where you may break even.

D. If done the proper way you should have at least 5000 – 7000 unsuspecting new identities to sell. You have their Name, Billing Address, Telephone Number Credit Card (maybe 2 cards) information.

E. Bingo! You have just completed a successful business venture. Your list of new identities will probably bring you $75 to $100 each. Do the math, it's a very profitable venture and you can move on. Maybe setting up the next business with one of those new identities you retained.

Friends, these are the same people out there selling your "Miracle Swine Rub". Please be careful and use common sense when shopping online.

PIC INK has been processing online orders for more than 10 years without a single issue of loss of personal data. Our prices are competitive and our service is personal.

One last comment: During the past week 3 children overdosed on Pepsi and Twinkies, why are we not talking pandemic. Thanks for reading, we hope you benefited from the insider info.

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul
can always depend on the support of Paul."
- George Bernard Shaw

Monday, May 04, 2009

A Slap on the Back for HP

Is it true? Are the uber-corporations of America finally stepping up to the plate, or is this recent “greening” just a banal corporate fad? According to information obtained from HP's annual Global Citizenship Report for fiscal year 2008, by the end of 2010 the company predicts it will meet its target goal of recycling two billion pounds of materials.
It wasn’t always that way. For many years consumers wanted a choice but the only choice was to buy the manufacturers overpriced, over packaged cartridges (including HP) or do without.

Recycling fads will come and go and public interest will wane. That is unless companies like Priceless Inkjet, online retailer of remanufactured inkjet cartridges and laser toner cartridges persuades folks to see things their way. If sales are an indication then the people have spoken. Priceless Inkjet has experienced an ever-steady growth in sales in spite of the downturn in the economy. People need to print; it’s as simple as that. In today’s market the consumer is looking for ways to save. Buying a remanufactured cartridge for a fraction of the price makes sense. Priceless Inkjet was founded on the principals of a better way.

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Since 1999 we have been a major supplier of original brand (OEM), compatible replacement and remanufactured Premium Quality inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges and other printer supplies. Our customers range in size and include the United States Government, small and large businesses, schools and individuals. Each of our customers is equally important to us and is treated with the same friendly professionalism. Visit us at Price Less Inkjet Cartridge Co.