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Compatible Toner And Ink Cartridges

compatible toner and ink cartridgesDo you ever wonder about the difference between compatible toner and ink cartridges vs. those that come from the original manufacturer? I mean, other than price? And what about remanufactured cartridges?

The price issue is certainly significant. And it does make you think… What about reliability and safety for your equipment? Can you really save all that money and still get high quality performance out of your printer?

Read on and find out the differences and similarities, along with the best options for YOUR needs. Which one should you buy? The difference in price between the cartridges from the original manufacturer as compared to the compatible cartridges or the remanufactured ones is quite significant. Does that also reflect a matching difference in quality?

Knowing the answer to that question will help you decide which type of cartridges to get while preserving your peace of mind. After all, you need high quality print output. You don’t want any smears, smudges, or fuzzy print on your document!

What is an Original Cartridge?

The cartridges we generally consider original are brand new, and they have been made by the same manufacturer whose name is also on your printer. Since HP is one of the most common brands for printers, an HP cartridge would be considered an original one, also called an OEM product.

Many people really value the trust factor, and are willing to pay a significant premium for getting an “original” cartridge. However, there are alternatives, as we’ll see below.

Compatible Toner and Ink Cartridges

Compatible Toner and Ink Cartridges are also brand new. They have been freshly manufactured… just not by the manufacturer who made your printer.  There are quite a few third party manufacturers who create cartridges that are basically identically to the original ones.

Most of those so-called third party manufacturers create the same high quality products as the original manufacturer.

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Remanufactured Cartridges

Unlike compatible toner and ink cartridges, remanufactured cartridges are not brand new. They have been used, generally once. Then, they have been returned to be cleaned and refilled. Of course they are also tested before being sent out to be used again.

Why is there such a big difference in price?

Consider the price you’ve paid for your printer…  generally, printers are comparatively inexpensive. Sometimes, they even throw one in for free when you buy a computer! Yes, even (and especially) brand name printers!

The reason for that is that the printers’ manufacturers’ sell their printers at a steep loss, expecting to make their money back on the back end, i.e., by selling the ink and toner cartridges.

But with the increasing popularity of compatible and remanufactured cartridges, the math no longer works as expected.

What about Print Quality?

For quite some time, people placed a lot of trust in brand names and paid a premium to get the “real deal.” But word got out that the print quality was essentially the same. The ink formulation of the compatible cartridge is virtually identical to that of the brand name cartridge.

Whether it’s the colour reproduction, the print quality in general, or the ease of use, there’s really no difference between the two options.

What about failure rates? The failure rate is indeed slightly higher, but it is very insignificant in the grand scheme of printing. Consider that the brand name cartridges have a failure rate of less than 0.5%, and black remanufactured cartridges have a failure rate of 1%. Consider how many cartridges you would have to buy before that difference becomes significant!  Just do the math!

Depending on how much you’re printing, this means one or two failed cartridges every five years or so, at most. Chances are that you won’t ever encounter a bad cartridge.

What about the warranty?

You may be wondering whether using compatible toner and ink cartridges can void the warranty of your printer.  And you’ll be happy to know that the answer is “No!”  Thanks to the Competition Act passed in 1998, there are clear guidelines that protect you as the consumer and give you free choice of where you purchase your cartridges.

Which toner or ink cartridge should you choose?

As you’ve seen, there are three types of options – OEM, compatible, and remanufactured cartridges. And they all are manufactured to the highest standards, and are virtually guaranteed to work for your printer.

Why not purchase a compatible or remanufactured cartridge with your next OEM order and do a comparison test yourself! Both kinds come with a satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t like them, you can return them.

Our customers have been very happy with both our compatible cartridges and the remanufactured ones. And if you aren’t for some reason, we’ll gladly take them back and issue a refund.

We’re so happy with compatible cartridges, that we’re having a special promotion right now. Just call us on July 19 on 0800 007 5566 to ask about our specials and get your compatible cartridges to do your own test! Of course you can also use our Live Chat.

Missed the deadline? Call us anyway, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

We’re looking forward to helping you look good – and crisp, accurate printing is certainly part of that!

 

Summer Business Success Tips

summer business successAre you worried about the summer slowdown? Sure, Summer Business Success would be nice, but quite a few of your customers may be on holiday, and business may be slower than usual. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are many ways to actually take advantage of the different dynamics during the hot days. Let’s take a look at three of them.

1) Summer Business Success in spite of the “thinner” crowd

I’m sure there are people you might want to make contact with or stay in touch with to grow your network. Perhaps they are influencers who can put you in touch with many potential new clients. Or they are key prospects you want to turn into clients. During the rest of the year, they are often too busy to make the time. But during summer, they are likely to welcome a lunch invitation.

2) Find Summer Business Success By turning your clients and customers into VIPs

Yes, some of your clients and customers will be out of the office. But most of them will still be around. Now is a great time to let them know just how much you appreciate them – and establish a stronger bond with them.

With VIP days, special summer offers, and particularly special events, where they get to enjoy summery treats, you can draw them in. After all, they too will probably have a little more time than usual.

3) Participate in community events… or create your own

I believe that participating in community events can be an excellent business building activity. They are great opportunities to get in front of your potential prospects and clients. But what if your community doesn’t offer many (or even any) of these types of events?

Just create your own! You can either offer them all by yourself, or team up with fellow business owners and organisations, and create profit boosting events that can benefit you all – and give you lots of extra visibility in your community.

The key to summer business success is to plan early so you can get these items into the hands of your prospects and customers before they go away on holiday. Of course, they also make excellent give-aways and prizes for the community events I mentioned above.

As you can see, there’s a lot you can do to give your business a big boost during the supposedly slower time of the year. What are your favorite summer marketing activities? Please leave a comment below.

For more information about what we do, please visit us at http://cranebusinesssolutions.com. And please check out http://CraneFranchise.co.uk to find out more about our franchise

Crane Franchise Benefits: Choosing the Right Franchise

crane franchise benefitsToday, I’m going to share more details about our new franchise, how both franchisees and their customers as well as our regular customers can tap into our Crane Franchise Benefits.

As I mentioned before, we have created really great back office systems and processes. Those benefit our current customers and allow us to deliver outstanding customer service. They also benefit our franchisees – and THEIR new customers, so more and more business owners and customers will benefit from our systems.

In the meantime, I’ve been getting questions about our new venture, and I’d like to answer some of them right here:

Who is an ideal candidate for a franchise?

If you’ve always wanted to start your own business but you’re not quite ready to strike out completely on your own, franchising may be ideal. It offers you a tested business model, ongoing help and support, and greater access to finance.

What makes our products ideal for a franchise?

We sell products that businesses need on a daily basis. If you take a look around your office, you’ll likely see several (or even dozens) of the kinds of items we sell. Paper, pens, ink, staplers, business cards, stationery, envelopes, promotional gift items (yes, including pens), calendars, desk organisers, and many more. This means that our (potential) customers are just about everywhere.

Crane Franchise Benefits From The Perfect Combination

When I first started, one of my mentors told me to focus on consumable items – and I’m glad I followed his advice! Almost all of the products we sell are used up quickly, so our customers need to get more on a regular basis.

If you look at franchises around you, you’ll probably see McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks, and many other food-related brands. They all offer consumable items. Unfortunately, their items are also perishable, which causes certain challenges.

Our Crane franchise offers the best of both worlds – our products “run out” and need to be replenished, but we don’t have to worry about them actually going bad and having to be thrown out!

Could you run a Crane franchise as a part-time business?

Since we’re doing most of the back office work for you, and you can hire a sales person or three to help you grow your customer base, you could indeed run your new Crane franchise on a part-time basis! Depending on the size of your customers’ businesses, you may be able to break even with as few as 30 accounts. That’s very achievable! Anything beyond that takes you straight into profit!

How Crane Franchise Benefits You

If you’d like to know how you can tap into the Crane Franchise Benefits, why not request more information and a prospectus. Just click here:

http://CraneFranchise.co.uk

And watch our video here!

 

Secure Document Storage Service London

secure document storage service LondonWe recently started offering our new secure document storage service London and archival service, and I’ve been getting quite a few questions about how it works. So here are some answers along with more details.

Basically, our storage solution is designed for sensitive information you can’t shred just yet. There are government requirements that you store certain documents for up to six years and be able to retrieve and produce them for inspection on short notice.

Clearly, if you store those documents in your office, they will occupy an ever-growing portion of your space. So if your boxes take up too much room or if it’s difficult to lock them up securely, it’s time to look into a secure document storage and archival service.

Why we started our Secure Document Storage Service London

That’s exactly what happened in our office, and since we had quite a bit of extra capacity in our warehouse, I’ve decided to move our archival documents there. It’s really great to have all that space back in the office and be able to put it to better use.

We’ve also decided to offer our secure storage and archival service to our customers in the London area as well as in Kent. Here are the details…

Our secure document storage service provides:

  • Secure storage in our local warehouse
  • Full tracking of your document boxes
  • Secure and fully trackable transportation of your boxes from your office to our warehouse and back, as needed
  • Delivery of your documents back to your office whenever they are needed, i.e., for audits and similar purposes
  • Secure shredding when you decide you no longer need to keep some or all of your documents

Here’s how our secure document storage service works:

First, you number the boxes and create a record of what’s inside each box. Then, we’ll pick them up, take them to our secure warehouse and keep them there until you either want them back permanently or are ready to have their contents securely shredded.

If you need your documents after they’ve been safely locked away in our warehouse, we’ll be happy to bring select (or all) boxes back to your office so you can access your documents. Once you’ve finished with them, we’ll return to pick up your documents and put them back on the shelf in our secure warehouse.

So if you find that you’re getting crowded out of your own office by those boxes of paperwork, you can count on us.  Just call our office on 0800 007 5566 or use our Live Chat to get more details about our Secure Document Storage Service London and make the arrangements to reclaim your space!

Save Taxes By Organising and Planning Ahead

save taxesIt’s March, and for most businesses, this means the end of another fiscal year, and time to get ready for filing your taxes. Getting all the documents together, the numbers tallied, and those taxes filed can be a chore. Today, I’d like to share a few tips on how to make it a bit easier… and how you can save taxes too.

1) Organising the paperwork

First, you need to organise your various documents and receipts. Sure, you may have most of your receipts on the computer, but sometimes it’s easier to sort the information if you print it out so you can look at it and then sort it into folders and envelopes.

Besides, not everything that’s tax deductible resides on your computer. Whether you buy the occasional deductible item in the supermarket or have receipts from business lunches and other events, you probably have quite a few paper receipts. Those can be gathered in envelopes and folders.

2) Save Taxes by including everything you can deduct

Of course, you probably remember to include all the obvious things, and your accountant will remind you too. But don’t forget the extras, for example the conferences and networking meetings you’ve attended, along with all the associated expenses.

Also be sure to remember industry-related magazines, calendars, membership dues, coaching and consulting fees, as well as any deductible mileage. If you’ve donated to charity, make sure you include that too.

3) Have the organising tools on hand

Be sure you have everything you need, so you don’t have to interrupt your work to order (and wait for) any of the organising tools. You also don’t want to lose any receipt by having them fall through the cracks or get lost altogether.

Here are just some of the tools you may find useful: lever arch files, other files, file boxes, envelopes, labels, markers, highlighters, notebooks, storage boxes, organisers, paper clips, fold back clips, clear tape, a stapler and staples, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, as well as ink cartridges.

4) Save Taxes by planning ahead

Of course all the tools mentioned above are tax deductible, along with many more items you may buy for your office, including, yes, coffee for the break room, a new supplies cupboard, chairs, printers, and more.

In addition, if you haven’t gotten around to updating your business cards, now would be a good time to do so, and get new letterhead and envelopes as well. You could also stock up on promotional gifts to hand out at events, along with new brochures.

If you pay for these items before the end of the month, you can save taxes by deducting them this year and getting part of your investment right back. If you wait until later, you will also have to wait until 2018 before you can deduct them.

5) Save time with our one-stop shop

Finally, the last thing you need is extra busywork. Why not save time (and money) and order it all at once from your trusty one-stop shop? We’ll be happy to help you make the most of the opportunity to save on taxes. Just call us on 0800 007 5566, or use our Live Chat anytime during business hours.