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02-04-2006, 06:53 PM
From the New York Times:

"Bill Powell, a sports photographer in Tulsa, Okla., shoots high
school and college games and sells his work to the players and their

"He prints on a Canon Pixma photo printer, but he does not use Canon
ink. For the last eight months he has been buying refilled cartridges
from Cartridge World. "I couldn't tell the difference, and my
customers couldn't tell the difference," Mr. Powell said. "It saves
me about 50 percent."

"On the face of it, the logic of buying refilled ink cartridges seems
pretty obvious. A new HP 26A cartridge, for use in about two dozen
Hewlett-Packard printers, costs $29 at Staples. Buy a $21 Staples-
brand remanufactured unit and you save 28 percent. Go to Cartridge
World and you pay $18.39, a 37 percent discount.

"Walgreens is installing cartridge refilling machines in the photo
department of 1,500 of its 5,120 drugstores. Office Depot is testing
the same kiosks in Charlotte, N.C., and Minneapolis. These machines,
called the Ink-O-Dem, cost about $40,000 and can refill a cartridge
in about 2.5 minutes. "We cut out the middlemen," said Harry Nicodem,
chief executive of TonerHead, the maker of the kiosk.'

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02-04-2006, 10:09 PM
Being an employee of Staples, I can tell you that our remanufactured cartridges are just as good of quality as the name brand, and are backed incase of any problems that you may come across. Also, it's considerably cheaper than buying the brand name ink, which in some cases, can run you close to $60 per cartridge.

In order to get cartridges to use for our remanufactured ink, we run an ink recycling program. For every empty cartridge you bring back to Staples (any brand, as long as we carry it), we will give you a $3 off coupon for each one. The coupons can be used towards your purchase of anything in the store. The program just gives you an incentive for supplying us with cartridges for our remanufactured brand.

Personally, I have never used Staples brand ink in our printer since I began working at Staples about 5 months ago. However, I have heard good things about it and haven't heard of any problems occuring.

As far as the registration for the NY Times article, just use bugmenot.com: