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

Is A Franchise Right For You?

is a franchise right for youAre you thinking about buying a franchise? There could be very good reasons why a franchise is right for you. But there could also be reasons why you should NOT buy a franchise. So before you start choosing a franchise model, ask yourself: is a franchise right for you!

The fact is, it really depends on what you expect from a franchise and how it fits with your personality. So how do you find out whether a franchise is the right solution for you… or not?

Is a franchise right for you? How to find out

Here’s what a franchise actually is…

For each franchise, there’s a franchisor who created a company, and who gives you the opportunity to own a piece of their company. As a franchisee, you’ll get to use the same branding. In addition, the operations manual has been designed to allow you to be successful.

The key is that you are running a business with the same name of the franchisor’s business. As a result, your customers expect to encounter the same products and/or services they would get from the original company.

To be successful as a franchisee, you have to follow the rules. If that’s not your strong suit, you should take a deeper look at your motives. This will help you decide whether a franchise really is the right option for you.

Do you want to call the shots or can you stick to the rules?

As a franchisee, you would have to stick to the “rules” of the franchisor. There’s really little room for experimentation and new additions. You’ve committed to staying faithful to THEIR business model.

If you prefer to call the shots, being a franchisee is not your ideal solution. You won’t enjoy it, and chances are you’re not going to be successful. You may even lose your franchise license.

Imagine a McDonalds franchisee who would prefer to run a vegetarian restaurant. He would not last long. He made a commitment to run McDonalds according to the McDonald’s operations manual and their extensive training. Major deviations that run counter to McDonalds’ philosophy would not be tolerated.

If you bristle at the thought of being restricted by rules in this way, a franchise is not going to be right for you. That is, unless you find a franchise that fits your own philosophy 100%.

So if you’re an entrepreneur with a strong independent streak, be sure to ask yourself if a franchise is right for you before you jump in. Are you someone who likes to experiment and call all the shots? Do you like to make changes every time you come up with a new idea? Then a franchise is not the right solution for you. Instead, you should start up your own business… from scratch.

What if you really want a J-O-B?

On the other side of the equation, a franchise is also not the right solution for you if you really want a job. That means you expect to show up for work, do your thing, and then get paid a salary. If you do, you’ll find being a franchisee very disappointing.

A franchise involves risk. It involves a commitment to owning the business and doing whatever it takes to make it successful.  Of course you’ll need to stick to the operation manual’s rules.

As for getting paid… remember that a franchise is a business. Your revenues and profits will depend on your (successful) efforts. Sure, you’ll get lots of help and support from the franchisor.

Still, depending on the franchise you choose, it can take some time until your new business becomes profitable. This means that you’ll have to be prepared to fund your basic living expenses yourself until you can take payouts from your franchise.

If you expect a steady paycheck, find a job instead of buying a franchise. You’ll also save the cost of the initial investment!

If you STILL want a franchise, consider buying one you can work on part-time, while also still continuing with your job, at least until your franchise fully supports you. It could keep you very busy, but if you’re committed, it could work for you – and allow you to have it both ways.

Is a franchise right for you? How to be sure.

The answer is yes if you love the idea of stepping into a ready-made business. You love benefitting from the hard work the franchisor has done. This includes branding, business operation, setting up systems, and more.  If all that’s the case, a franchise may be perfect for you.

Are you ready to make the initial investment, learn the system, and follow the rules? If so, and you are also a team player, you’ll likely be a happy franchisee.

It also helps to have a successful business and/or management background. Add a possible background in sales, and your chances of being successful as a franchisee are excellent.

Of course, once you’ve decided you want a franchise, choosing the right one is your next step. But before you choose, you should really be sure that a franchise is what you really want, and that you’re ready to commit to making yours successful!

And if you decide to choose our Crane Business Solutions Franchise, we’ll provide all the support and training you need to help your new business thrive.

 

The Right Office Fans For A Comfortable Workplace

 

office fansIt’s summer, and time to choose the right office fans for a comfortable workplace. You may not need them every day in the UK, which is why most offices don’t have air conditioning. But when it gets hot and steamy, you’ll be glad you have them…

Last weekend, we got a preview of what’s to come! With temperatures in the very high 20s and up, now is the season for time on the beach. And I will definitely be enjoying some beach time myself… whenever the weather cooperates… cooling off with a swim and enjoying the breeze…

But what to do when Monday rolls around? Clearly, we can’t bring the ocean (or the pool) to the office. But we CAN bring the breeze… That’s when it’s time to bring out the office fans!

How to choose the right office fans

Check the fans you still have from last year, make sure they’re in good working order, set them up and turn them on. You’ll have a chance to put them to the test on Monday! Do they have enough cooling power, or will you have to supplement?

Depending on how your office is set up, you may need several types of fans – large fans designed for keeping entire rooms at a comfortable temperature, and smaller fans to provide some additional cooling power for teammates who need an extra breeze to feel comfortable.

Large office fans for a comfortable workplace

When it comes to large fans, you have several options, depending on the layout of your office. First there are floor fans! They’re efficient, effective, and you can move them around to focus the breeze where it’s most needed.

Their only drawback is that they take up valuable floor space. If that’s the case, you can also opt for ceiling fans, wall-mounted fans, and tower fans. Tower fans work much like floor fans, but they take up a lot less space while keeping the office well ventilated.

Personal office fans

In addition, having smaller fans available that can be placed where they’re most needed, including on individual desks, will be much appreciated.

Branded fans help you reach prospects and clients

Want to take advantage of the heat to reach your prospects and clients? Branded fans, especially personal ones, are ideal for putting your name front and center right on your prospects’ desks… and making them think of you fondly. We have several types of branded fans, some fairly inexpensive, and some quite spectacular. Check them out here:

http://www.cranepromotionalitems.co.uk/index.php?go=products&k=fans&km=a

For promotional fans that really stand out, take a look at this one:

http://www.cranepromotionalitems.co.uk/product/Desk_Fans_445979

Other ways to stay cool

In addition to fans, access to plenty of cold water and other beverages will help everyone stay cool. Run a quick check to make sure your ice maker is in good working condition, and you have lots of water, either in a special water cooler or in bottles. And those bottles should be kept cold… Take stock to make sure you have enough space in the fridge or in coolers.

Helping everyone in your office stay cool and comfortable will not only keep your staff happy but also ensure that productivity stays high even as temperatures go up.

You’ll find more information about fans and how to choose the right ones for your office in my article here:

http://www.officesuppliesexpert.co.uk/comfort-and-productivity-staying-cool-in-summer/

And if you’d like some help with selecting the best fans for your office, just give us a call on 0800 007 5566, or contact us on our Live Chat! We’re always happy to assist you!

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!