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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.


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!


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.

What’s Up With The Prices On Our Website?

Question about pricesYou may have looked at our new website at
and gasped when you noticed the prices there…

So today, I’d like to explain what’s going on.

First of all, you can safely ignore those prices. Really! You won’t have to pay anywhere near that much. The prices on our website are the official “Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Prices,” also known as RRP, and they are mostly outrageously high. We cringe every time we look at them.

YOUR Prices Will Be Much Lower

You probably already know that our prices are actually much lower and nowhere near those RRP prices. And if you’re not aware of that yet, you should know that all you have to do is sign up for an account, and you too get our preferential and very competitive prices.

So why in the world does our website list those really high prices? Won’t that turn off all those visitors? We’re afraid so, and that’s why we cringe.

Here’s what’s going on:

Unfortunately, we only have two options when it comes to handling prices on our website: 1) list the RRP prices or 2) omit the prices. We tried option 2), i.e., leaving the prices out, and that doesn’t work. When we didn’t list any prices, our visitors suspected that we were trying to hide something.

But those RRP prices are mighty off-putting as well.

So why can’t we put our real prices on our website?

We have some 40,000 products on our website, and it’s simply impossible to add our “real” prices to each of them. So we use the automated version instead, which uses the RRP prices. It’s a catch-22.

We’re working on a solution, though the solution will mostly involve alerting our visitors to the pricing issue and asking them to PLEASE IGNORE those prices. They’ll get our best prices simply by signing up for an account.

How to get our BEST prices

In the meantime, you can use our website to check out our products and services. Just IGNORE those prices.

Then sign in, or sign up for an account (the link is at the top of our homepage), and you’ll be getting our real prices, which are very competitive.

Hope this helps. The next time you look at something and see the high price, just remember to ignore it. That’s not what YOU pay!

The only area where the prices are accurate is our special offers section with constantly changing clearance items. Just click below to see them:

Want help with anything? Just call us on 0800 007 5566.

Five Ways To Save On Business Supplies

save moneyOur website is still new, and it still has a few bugs… (see below for the worst one).

But overall, it’s working just like we were hoping it would. And we’re still celebrating and probably will be for a while.

The idea is to help you find what you want AND get the best prices for it.

So if you want to save on your business supplies, your office furniture, your printing, your promotional products, and on everything else you need to run your business, you’ll find that we’re eager to help you.

In fact, we have five ways to help you save money, and they’re all laid out for you below. But before we continue…

A Note About Those Horrid MRR Prices On Our Website

We shudder every time we look at those prices listed on our website. We’re working on fixing it, but for the moment, the public view of it lists the Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Prices. And as you probably know, those are WAY more than what you would want to pay if you ordered from us.

And they’re also way more than you should expect to pay. And the good news is, our prices are far lower than those listed. We just wish there were an easy way to update them all, but alas, it’ll take a lot of doing. Until that issue has been resolved, we’d like to ask you to…

Please Ignore Those Prices!

First of all, our apologies. As I said, we’re working on figuring out a way to fix this. We want to let you know what our prices really are. And there’s a way to find out, but it does involve getting your own account. You’ll find out more about that in point 1 below. And that’s not the only way you can save big. There are FIVE ways you can save.

1) Our FREE Office Supplies Audit

We offer a free audit for all your office supplies and business needs, where we look at what you’re paying now for these various products and services. In 95% of all audits, we’re able to save you a substantial amount of money for the same bundle. Occasionally, you are getting such a good deal on your particular selections that we’ll tell you to stay where you are. Either way, you win. You’ll save and you can stop worrying about paying too much.

How can you get your free audit? Just call our office on 0800 007 5566 and request it, and discover how much you can save!

Want to know more? Just click here:

2) Our “Save Time and Money” Special Report

Some of the savings don’t actually come from comparison shopping. You can’t see them in the catalogues EVEN if they list the correct prices. They have to do with how you shop for your supplies…

We’ve assembled a special report on how you can save time and money on business supplies, where we tell you about a number of ways to save that you may have never thought about. And they can make a big difference.

In addition to the report, you’ll also get a subscription to our weekly newsletter, which includes great tips as well as frequent special deals and coupons. You can claim yours here:

And just in case you’re wondering… if you should ever decide you don’t want to get our newsletter anymore, there’s a handy unsubscribe link at the bottom of every single email!

3) If you want MORE

We also have an extra cool special report on how to get even MORE from your business solutions supplier. We understand that getting great prices aren’t the only thing most of our customers appreciate about us. They also enjoy feeling appreciated and getting great support and extra perks.

I’m sure so do you. So if you want to get the best prices AND extra perks along with VIP service, you’ll find out how in that report. You can get it here:

And yes, this report also comes with a subscription to our newsletter with tips, coupons, and special offers. What if you want both reports? Go ahead and get them. You won’t get two copies of the newsletter, just one! What if you want to share? Just forward it to your colleagues and friends.

4) Special Deals

If you want REALLY big discounts or great gifts with your purchase, you don’t want to miss our new “Specials” section! Yes, we now offer clearance sales!

We constantly negotiate with our suppliers, and some of them let us have outstanding deals on their overstock or closeout items. And of course, sometimes they run specials themselves, and we’re happy to pass the savings on to you.

Just click the link below to check out our current deals:

5) Our Coupons… and how to get them

Yes, we have coupons too. Through July 24, you can claim your special launch discount! Just use coupon code “WEBLAUNCH” (no quotes) and you’ll get 10% off any order between £100 and £500 (excluding VAT)! This means you can save up to £50! You just have to act fast.

But what about future coupons? Sure, we’ll tweet about them quite a bit, and we’ll also mention them in our blog post, but if you want to make SURE you get them in a timely manner, just subscribe to our newsletter.

And the best way to do that is by subscribing to either the money-saving report in point 2 above, or the one in point 3 about how to avoid the 5 biggest mistakes when it comes to sourcing your business supplies (and be treated like a VIP).

There you have it. Five ways to save money. But first, you need to ignore any prices you see on our website, at least for the moment. If there’s something you like, just give us a call on 0800 007 5566. We’re always happy to help!

Business Supplies Website Launch Celebration

Website launch celebrationWe’re celebrating our new Crane Business Solutions website and we’d like to invite you to join us in our launch celebration!

It’s been MONTHS in the making… I can’t believe how many moving parts needed to be sorted out. But it’s finally ready, and we’re excited.

Click on the link below to check it out:

What’s New On Our Crane Business Solutions Website

As you’ll see, we’ve completely overhauled it from the ground up. Not only does it look a lot more attractive (we like to think). It’s also much more user-friendly and provides more information.

If you want to check out our products and services, you can either search our entire catalogue by typing the item name into the dark blue field that says “Search Our Entire Catalogue…”

For example, if you type in “Stapler,” you’ll be shown a whole collection of staplers. You’ll be amazed at how many kinds we carry. Go ahead and type in the product of your choice.

You can also click on the link at the top left that says, “Shop by Category.” It will take you right to the items you’re looking for.

Right underneath the “Shop by categories” link, you’ll find another link called “Popular Categories,” which offers another way to search for items.

If you’re not looking for a particular item but simply want more information about our various products and services, just go to the bottom of the page and check out “Services Offered” for more details.

Business Supplies Website Features ALL Our Products and Services

As you know, we at Crane offer so much more than “just” office supplies. And our new website reflects that – and makes it easy to find out about ALL the products and services we provide.

Just check it out, click on the various links and images, and you’ll see what I mean. We have sections on business interiors, catering, and corporate gifts, now integrated with our website.

We also have a cool ink finder tool that’ll help you find the exact ink cartridges you’ll need for your printer. Plus there’s a big new section on eco-friendly products and recycling, with countless ways to help you protect the environment.

What about printing and design? We have a new print platform where you can place orders and even make changes to your existing designs, for example when you have a new staff member. The platform will let you create new business cards, make the necessary edits, and order your new cards. They’ll arrive within a couple of days.

Just visit our shiny new website and check out what we’ve got:

Save Big On Business Supplies

Also be sure to check out our “Specials” section! We now offer clearance sales – with BIG savings!

Just click here to check out our current deals:

So how are we going to celebrate our new website? With a special launch discount! Just use coupon code “WEBLAUNCH” (no quotes) and you’ll get 10% off any order between £100 and £500 (excluding VAT)! Please note that the coupon code can be used only once. Also, use it soon. It expires on July 24th.

Of course, as always, we’ll be here to help you. Just call us on 0800 007 5566.