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Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:14 AM
Winner: The About-Time Award
Kevin Salwen on Business

Do printer cartridges drive you crazy too? They're expensive. They're wasteful. Printer companies have tried a series of strategies over the years to Band-Aid the problem: Offering discounts, putting recycling pouches in packages of new cartridges, dangling givebacks (like free reams of paper) for bringing back cartirdges.

Today's Wall Street Journal reports the latest effort to help both lower prices and the environment: refill machines. In two months, Walgreen will begin installing the machines at 1,500 stores; ink prices will be half of a new cartridge. The chain follows on the heels of small tests of a similar service by OfficeMax and Office Depot.

You bring in your cartridge, you fill it at the machine. Lower cost, less waste. Bravo...


2 comments

Mark Sicignano - 1/29/2006 9:25:46 PM
The problem with refilling ink cartridges, as far as I understand it, is that the ink is of lower quality than what you buy when you buy an original manufacturers ink cartridge, or it's not of the same formulation so it doesn't work as well with the same paper (In particular when you have a 'photo printer'.

So when you bring in your ink Epson T007/T008 cartridge into Walgreens, are they going to put a compatible ink into it so that you're guaranteed the same quality. Will my photo's last 30 years? Or will my photo's look washed out...

Coley - 1/26/2006 10:48:16 AM
It's always the most simple ideas that are the most brilliant. Kudos to Walgreens!

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