Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Smaller and Bigger

Where are my car keys, so I can clip this on to it.  Oh wait, where are my car keys.  

The new Sony MicroVault Click is a simple, elegant design – no cap to lose – and trouble-free plug and play operation. With its huge 32GB capacity on tap, it’s now an easy matter to transfer heavy contents between devices. The colorful line-up offers Hi-Speed USB 2.0 data transfer and storage capacity of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. The MicroVault Click range has a bright design, with one color per capacity via an LED indicator light.

Although the PC is the most obvious beneficiary, MicroVault Click can be used to transfer HD video to BRAVIA TVs, or to/from Blu-ray Disc players. Owners of sophisticated DSLR cameras like the Sony a will appreciate the ease and convenience of so much capacity at their fingertips when it comes to managing serious quantities of high resolution still images.

The MicroVault Click can even go beyond the 32GB mark thanks to unique Virtual Expander data compression software pre-loaded onto each unit. This gives people the option of tripling capacity with a simple drag and drop function.

MicroVault Click 32GB is available this month and is covered by a 5 year peace of mind warranty.

Back in Black - Dell Printer

New from Dell, the Dell 3330dn Laser Printer combines reliability, speed and user-friendly design with advanced networking and productivity features for business users in a slick black box.
  • Productivity: Network-ready, integrated 2-sided printing
  • Performance: Up to 40 ppm print speed (letter) (actual print speed will vary with use), true 1200x1200dpi (max) print resolution
  • Intuitive Design: Easy to operate and manage
  • Standard Duplexer: Save time and paper with automatic 2-sided printing.
  • Blazing Print Speeds: Reduce waiting time with print speeds of up to 40 pages per minute (letter) (actual print speed will vary with use) and first print-out time as fast as 7 seconds.
  • Sharp, Professional-Quality Prints: Native print resolution of up to 1200dpi x 1200dpi for exceptionally crisp, clear text and graphics.
  • Expandable Capacity: Meet even higher print demand with optional additional memory power, USB font card and 550-sheet paper feeder.

Supplies for the Dell 3330dn - These smell like a Lexmark keyed toner cartridge
  • Dell 3330dn 14,000 Use and Return Toner Cartridge, U903R, 330-5207, Retal $215
  • Dell 3330dn 7,000 Toner Cartridge, P981R, 330-5209, Retail $220
  • Dell 3330dn 7,000 Use and Return Toner Cartridge, U902R, 330-5210, $160
  • Dell 3330dn 14,000 Toner Cartridge, P982R, 330-5206, Retail $300

  • Dell 3330dn 30,000 Drum Unit, DM631, 330-5208, Retail $35 - Huh? Typo?



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chalk One Up for Office Depot

Interesting press release about retracting statement about Office Depot that we found on Yahoo.

  • Source: National Office Products Alliance (NOPA)
  • On Monday September 28, 2009, 10:28 am EDT
The National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) is retracting a statement that it issued in a July 21 press release in which it referenced the allegation it made to the California Attorney General of ‘kickbacks’ NOPA claimed were made to U.S. Communities. NOPA acknowledges it has no knowledge of ‘kickbacks’ being paid to U.S. Communities nor does NOPA have knowledge of any investigation of U.S. Communities as an organization. It regrets that its statements may have suggested otherwise.

Accordingly, NOPA has removed the July 21 release from its website, along with testimony of one of its directors in the California legislature on August 19 that also referred to ‘kickbacks.

Our comments:
This has been an interesting run on the Office Depot Stock in the past six months. Buy on bad news and sell on good news.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

It All Starts in China - HP Patent infringement

More patent infringing cartridges have been flowing
into the US. First we hear of the Epson inkjet cartridges, now it's the Hewlett Packard 02 cartridges.  After reading the complaint, we noticed two companies in particular that have come up both lawsuits.  Mipo and Zhuhai Gree Magneto-Electric.  Let's take this one step further, Mipo has been selling the HP cartridges in question on Amazon, eBay and Craigslist.  C'mon Amazon fix your item file for inkjet and toner cartridges, you have way too many brands of compatible cartridges.

HEY AMAZON, A TIP HERE! - you might want to take those Mipo cartridges off of your website.

The Hewlett Packard 02 cartridges in question for the lawsuit are:

C8721W          C8730W
C8731W          C8732W
C8733W          C8734W
C8771W          C8772W
C8773W          C8774W
C8775W          C8719W
Plus all of the multi-packs

From the ITC 337 Law Blog
On September 23, 2009, Hewlett-Packard Co. (“HP”) of Palo Alto, California filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to section 337.

The complaint alleges that the following proposed respondents (collectively, “Respondents”) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and sell within the U.S. after importation certain inkjet ink supplies and components thereof, which allegedly infringe HP’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,959,985; 7,104,630; 6,089,687; and 6,264,301 (“the asserted patents”):

* Zhuhai Gree Magneto-Electric Co., Ltd. of China
* of Canoga Park, California
* Mipo International Ltd. of Hong Kong
* Mipo America of Miami, Florida
* Shanghai Angel Printer Supplies Co. Ltd. of China
* SmartOne of Hayward, California
* Shenzhen Print Media Co., Ltd. of China
* Comptree of City of Industry, California
* Zhuhai National Resources and; Jingjie Imaging Products Co., Ltd. of China
* Tatrix International of China
* Ourway Image Co., Ltd. of China

According to the complaint, the asserted patents relate to specialized printing fluid containers. In particular, the inventions relate to printing fluid containers that have enhanced alignment and latching features, the ability to hold different volumes of ink, and the ability to electronically communicate with the overall printing system regarding the amount of ink remaining in the container.

HP discloses in the complaint that simultaneously with the filing of its ITC complaint, HP filed a complaint against Respondents in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging infringement of the same four asserted patents.

HP further discloses in the complaint that on August 1, 2006, HP asserted two of the four patents that are asserted in the current complaint against parties other than Respondents, both at the ITC (Inv. No. 337-TA-581), and also in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The ITC investigation and the district court litigation both settled.

Regarding potential remedy, HP requests that the Commission issue a permanent general exclusion order, or in the alternative, a permanent limited exclusion order. Additionally, HP requests that the Commission issue cease and desist orders directed to all Respondents.

I wonder if they've checked those inkjet cartridges for lead???!!

Xerox Phaser 6140/N Color Laser Printer

Not much to say, but this looks like an upgrade of the Xerox Phaser 6130

Quick Specs of the Xerox Phaser 6140:

Printing Technology
  • Recording System: Tandem electro-photographic system using OPC Drum and direct transfer by the Transport Belt
  • Exposure System: 4 semiconductors laser beam scanning system
  • Transfer System: Four-color finished toner image is transferred onto the paper
  • Fusing System: Thermal fusing system by Free Belt Nip Fusing (FBNF)
  • Resolution / Addressability (dpi)
  • Standard 600 x 600 x 1
  • Enhanced 600 x 600 x 4
  • Print-Quality Mode 600 x 600 x 1bit (Standard)
  • 600 x 600 x 4bit (Enhanced)
  • Printer Life 100,000 pages
  • Maximum Duty Cycle: 40,000 pages/month
  • Warm-Up Time Less than 30 seconds from Power On
  • Operating System Windows 2000/ 2003/2008 Server/ XP/ Vista / Macintosh OS 10.3.9 through 10.5 / Linux Redhat, SuSe

Supplies for the Xerox Phaser 6140
106R01480 - Black Toner Cartridge, 2,500 Page Yield
106R01477 - Cyan Toner Cartridge, 2,000 Page Yield
106R01478 - Magenta Toner Cartridge, 2,000 Page Yield
106R01479 - Yellow Toner Cartridge, 2,000 Page Yield
126K26570 - 110 Volt Fuser
675K69244 - Imaging Unit

Starter capacity cartridges are packaged with the printer when shipped from Xerox. These starter cartridges are not available for order which have a page yield of 1,000 pages at 5% coverage.

There are other supplies for different regions of the world - to see that information, check out this toner cross reference database.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Muratec New Devices

PLANO,Texas (September 17, 2009) — - Muratec America, Inc., manufacturer of multifunction office equipment and business productivity solutions, announces today the availability of three new workgroup multifunction devices, the F-315, MFX-1950 and MFX-3550 Professional Edition. 

Read the entire release at Muratec's website for spec sheets and detailed information of each model.

Supplies are the following:

TS-300 – Toner Cartridge
DK-2030 – Drum Unit

TS-2030 – Toner Cartridge
DK-2030 – Drum Unit

DKT-3550 – Toner/Drum Unit

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Change in Distribution

We saw an interesting letter that was sent out to dealers. 

Dear Valued Customer,

As you know Folex USA was closed down end of May 2005 and the business was taken over by the former President Peter Criddle who established his own company PC Imaging Supplies LLC, also based in Fairfield, N.J.

After over four years of handling the Folex business Peter Criddle has decided to pursue other business interests, but in order to continue the excellent customer service and supply of quality Folex products, Folex and PC Imaging Supplies have worked hard to transfer the business to a new distribution partner:

As of September 18, 2009 the Folex business in USA and Canada will be handled by:

Coastal Business Supplies
St Louis, MO
Phone: 314-447-2100 or 800-562-7760
Fax: 636-537-5501

Also, your existing phone/fax contacts for PC Imaging Supplies are being transferred to Coastal and will still apply.

Coastal has been in business for 20 years and has a long business relationship with Folex. We are convinced that the Folex business will be in very good hands. Please be patient with us during this transition period; PC Imaging and Coastal staffs are working closely together to fulfill your needs. Coastal will contact you directly in the next days to introduce themselves and let you know the relevant contact persons.

To assist in the smooth transition we would ask you to place any new orders to the account of Coastal Business Supplies from now on, however, payment of invoices dated September 14th, 2009 or before should still be made out to PC Imaging Supplies, LLC at the usual address.

On behalf of PC Imaging Supplies and the staff, Peter would like to thank you most sincerely for your support and trust over the last four and a half years.

We hope that you will pay Coastal the same loyalty as you did Folex and PC Imaging over all these years and we are sure that you will not be disappointed.

We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation again and remain.

Robert Meier
Vice President
Folex AG

Peter Criddle
PC Imaging Supplies

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Oh Canada, Oh Lexmark!

New Lexmark inkjet printers from out of Canada.

These seem to be very familiar with the new Lexmark US #100 IJ Cartridges out of the US. Are they the same or keyed?

Here are the Lexmark reorder numbers for the printers in Canada.
PROSPECT SE PRO 208 - (90T6009)
INTUITION SE S508 - (90T5009)
INTERPRET SE S408 - (90T4009)
IMPACT SE S308 - (90T3009)
INTERACT SE S608 - (60S0026)

#108 Supplies for the Lexmark Printers:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

And the Battle Continues - Nu-Kote & Office Depot

Nukote International, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Office Depot in Nashville’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court to tune of $217 million stating “egregious fraudulent misrepresentations and breaches of contract” in which Nukote lays the blame of their second Chapter 11 filing in the company’s history squarely on the shoulders of Office Depot.

This past May Nukote and Office Depot severed their 20 year vendor/retailer relationship despite consistent assurances from senior representatives at Office Depot that the relationship with Nukote was secure. The vendor/retailer contract was not due for renewal until July 2010. Nukote had once provided Office Depot with an estimated $85 million in product annually. In the lawsuit Nukote claims Office Depot had not paid them as consistently as they had in the past, then forced Nukote into a bidding war to keep Office Depot’s business. The delay of payments, time and money spent on the bidding war that ultimate resulted in the loss of Office Depot’s business “brought the Debtor (Nukote) to its knees” financially.

Office Depot responded to the filing in a statement which said "Nukote was significantly past due on amounts owed to Office Depot and, in fact, Office Depot still holds a significant receivable balance for Nukote. Indeed, it is not Office Depot that is indebted to Nukote, but it is Nukote that is indebted to Office Depot."

The statement further says that Office Depot did not breach any contracts with Nukote by changing suppliers. Office Depot claims Nukote stopped shipping product and "This interruption in service caused Office Depot to experience low inventory and out-of-stocks, and ultimately required Office Depot to quickly ramp up inventory with alternate suppliers". The response goes on to say "Office Depot intends to vigorously defend against Nukote's allegations and monetary demands. Further, Office Depot fully intends to seek reimbursement for the amounts Nukote owes to Office Depot."

So I say lean back, kick your feet up and watch the battle rage on in what is sure to be a lengthy fist fight in which no winner may ultimately claim victory. At least it makes for juicy office products industry gossip!

This is our opinion of what actually is happened.

Many years ago in a land far, far away Office Depot investigated their viability in the compatible toner and inkjet cartridge business. NuKote proved they were Office Depot's solution to this notion and won the business with set contract-pricing, rebate dollars and co-op dollars. The years go by and Office Depot's employee turn over, increasing pressure to source lower priced product coupled with shrinking margins squeeze Nukote into a no-win situation.

Fast forward to early this year: Office Depot wants their rebate dollars but NuKote doesn't want to pay because they've discounted their product so far below contract prices it makes them ineligible for rebate dollars (unless they give it away for free). Office Depot says "No...!" we want our rebate dollars or we'll take the money from our payables to you. Now Nukote is being short paid on outstanding invoices. Subsequentially Nukote starts to see the writing on the wall with their bank and the serious decline in A/R from Office Depot. Pushed to the brink, Nukote files for protection in bankruptcy court. And inside bankruptcy, Nukote files claim against Office Depot for $217 million in damages putting the blame for their second Chapter 11 filing in the history of the company squarely on the shoulders of Office Depot.

Heavens, how'd we get here! Pause and take a breath! Imagine if the top dogs of both companies sat down face to face, human being to human being and talked it out. Could things have been salvaged? Would both companies have to be in such horrendous situations today? Who knows because obviously egos got in the way. So where are we in present day? Well, there's a full fledged dog fight happening to determine who's responsible for who did what to who and how much its all worth. More to come as it unfolds.

So who did wrong, Office Depot or Nukote?
A new type of calculator - not your normal graphic calculator.

The Calculator video camera is a hidden wireless camera on its side so that you can discreetly record video and audio. It comes with its own digital receiver which has a built in LCD screen so you can view and also record whatever the calculator video camera sees. The specs for the camera are:

  • Resolution 320x240 pixels
  • 128MB memory, external memory 2GB
  • Video Capture Format: ASF, 25fps
  • Transmission Range: 15 meters line of sight
  • Built In Microphone: Max Audio Range 4 Meters
  • Audio Record Format: 4bit WMA
  • Camera Power Source: Internal rechargeable Li-ion battery (Approx 45 minutes operating time)
  • Calculator Power Source: 1x AA battery
From Ubergizmo

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brother Laser Printers & AIO's

Brother HL-3000 Series Printer models

New Models: HL-3040CN, HL-3070CW

HL-3040CN key features:
  • Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
  • Up to 600x2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
  • Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
  • Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces
  • Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
  • One-year exchange limited warranty
  • Estimated Street Price: $299

HL-3070CW key features:
  • Built-in wireless network interface
  • USB direct interface, allows users to print from their USB Flash memory drive (PDF and JPEG)
  • PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulations
  • Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
  • Up to 600x2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
  • Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
  • Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces
  • Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
  • One-year exchange limited warranty
  • Estimated Street Price: $349

New Brother MFC-9000 Series All-in-One models

Brother MFC-9010CN key features:
  • Offers print/scan/copy capabilities
  • Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
  • Up to 600 x 2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
  • Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
  • Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Interfaces
  • Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
  • One-year exchange limited warranty
  • Estimated Street Price: $399

Brother MFC-9120CN key features:
  • Super G3 fax
  • Offers print/scan/copy capabilities
  • Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
  • Up to 600 x 2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
  • Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
  • Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Interfaces
  • Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
  • One-year exchange limited warranty
  • Estimated Street Price: $449

Brother MFC-9320CW key features:
  • Built-in wireless network interface
  • USB Direct Interface, allows users to print from or scan to their USB Flash memory drive (PDF and JPEG)
  • Super G3 fax
  • Offers print/scan/copy capabilities
  • Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
  • Up to 600 x 2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
  • Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
  • Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Interfaces
  • Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
  • One-year exchange limited warranty
  • Estimated Street Price: $499

Printer Supplies Cross Referece

Kodak New AIO's

Kodak recently announced the addition of two new all-in-one (AIO) printers - the ESP 3250 and the ESP 5250 - to their photo printing lineup.

With Kodak AiO Printers, users can print vivid color documents and Kodak lab-quality photos at home for less, saving an average of $110 a year on ink compared to other leading consumer inkjet printers on the market. Hmmm, HP?

The 3-in-1 devices which can print, scan, copy - feature print speeds up to 30 pages per minute ppm in black and 29 ppm in color, a front side USB drive connection, intelligent paper sensors and the new scanners with 1200 PPI at 24 bit.

The ESP 3250 offers a 100-sheet paper capacity, 1.5 inch LCD, which can print a 4x6 photo in less than 30 seconds.

The ESP 5250 adds built-in Wi-Fi and a 2.4 inch LCD into the mix.

The ESP 3250 and the ESP 5250 are available now on Kodak's website for $129.99 and $169.99.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Xerox Numbers

We ran across the unusal compatible supply part number from Xerox.





We have been stumped before, but any help in the supplies community would be appreciated? What are these cartridges, our guess they are a new compatible toner cartridge.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Konica Supplies...We got'em

New Konica Minolta Supplies Part Numbers

TN-319K - Black Toner Cartridge
TN-319C - Cyan Toner Cartridge
TN-319M - Magenta Toner Cartridge
TN-319Y - Yellow Toner Cartridge
DR-311 - Drum Unit
TN-216K - Black Toner Cartridge
TN-216C - Cyan Toner Cartridge
TN-216M - Magenta Toner Cartridge
TN-216Y - Yellow Toner Cartridge
DV-311K - Developer
DV-311C - Developer
DV-311M - Developer
DV-311Y - Developer

See what machines these new supplies from Konica go to - Sign-up for a free trail to the imaging supplies cross reference.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lexmark Info

We did a post about the new Lexmark inkjet printers and the new names that are coming out. Well here they are. So which major retailers are going to make room for these new printers. Office Depot seems to have a few of these Lexmark printers in stock.

IMPACT S305, Reorder Number (90T3005)
PROSPECT PRO, Reorder Number (90T6005)
INTERPRET S405, Reorder Number (90T4005)
INTUITION S505, Reorder Number (90T5005)
INTERACT S605, Reorder Number (60S0000)
PREVAIL PRO 705, Reorder Number (90T7005)
PRESTIGE PRO 805, Reorder Number (90T8005)
PLATINUM PRO 905, Reorder Number (90T9005)

With these Lexmark machines, there are alot of new supply SKU's, Non-Return, Return, High Yield, Low Yield, multi-packs. Not just a few simple 4 supplies, it's just got to get complicated.

Perfect for us...So if your customer wants a Lexmark 100 cartidge, you are going to ask, WHICH ONE?

Black Cartridges
  • LEXMARK #100 INK CARTRIDGE, BLACK, 14N0918, 100A

Multi-Pack Cartridges

Cyan Cartridges
  • LEXMARK #100 INK CARTRIDGE, CYAN, 14N0920, 100A

Magenta Cartridges

Yellow Cartridges
We have loaded all of their supplies and accessories into the cross reference system.

But check out Lexmarks microsite for these new printers - Business Card Scanner feature - Nice..

What is a Sticky Tool?

Why do you need one?

Do you have a website? Do you have traffic? Do you want people coming back to your website?

The purpose of a sticky tool, is a tool on your website that makes a prospect or customer come back to you site, day after day.

If you do searches for SEO tools, SEO Gadget, you will find there are alot of useful tools that can be used free of charge. So if you are doing self SEO, these are the perfect tools for you to come back to their site over and aver again.

We created a few sticky tools just for the office products dealers. The first one is an Office Depot, Staples and Office Max price comparison tool - simply enter up to 10 Office Depot or Office Max internal or OEM number, click submit, a few seconds later you will see all of their prices they sell for products for online. Now you don't have to go to their site and enter in one part number at a time. This tool will cut your time in researching the competition 10 fold...

Our next tools are Pricing calculators for resellers. If you sell on a marketplace like Amazon or or take payments from PayPal or Google CheckOut, it always helps in finding out how the fees will cost you. Or best yet, what you need to price your products at to cover the transaction fee expense of using their services.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

6 New Canon Powershot Digital Cameras

Canon (NYSE: CAJ) has also announced that it has six new point-and-shoot digital camera to its PowerShot line.

The new model of cameras are the G11, S90, SX20 IS, SX120 IS, SD980 IS and SD 940IS.

The PowerShot G11 is a 10MP camera with a 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization and a 2.8-inch variable-angle LCD. The camera has two dials for easy access to ISO and exposure settings, and supports RAW format. The G11 will be sold in early October 2009.

The Canon Powershot S90 is also a 10 MegaPixel camera with a customizable control ring to access the settings. The device has a 3-inch LCD and a wide rage of shooting modes including support for RAW + JPEG. The S90 will ship in October.

The Canon Powershot SX 20 IS has 12.1 MegaPixel resolution and a massive 20x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The camera can also shoot 720p video and HDMI output. The rear LCD is 2.5-inches, and it runs on AA batteries. The ship will be in September.

The Canon Powershot SX 120 IS is a 10 MegaPixel camera with 10x optical zoom and image stabilization. The back is 3-inch LCD and offers a simple mode for quick and easy shots. The SX120 IS uses AA batteries and will ship in September.

The Canon Powershot SD980 IS has a 3-inch LCD rear touch-sensitive and is capable of 720p video recording. The camera has a 5-fold optical zoom lens with image stabilization and a 12.1 MegaPixel sensor. The ship will be launched in October.

The last camera is the new Powershot SD940IS. It also has a 12.1 MegaPixel sensor, 4X optical zoom and image stabilization. The camera can be 720p HD video and HDMI output. The rear LCD is 2.7 cm and the camera ships in September.

Check the battery cross reference for digital cameras from Canon.