A friend of mine recently posted on FB about an order he placed online. It arrived damaged. When he called customer "no" service to explain what he had ordered had arrived in pieces, he was told that they don’t deal with orders placed on the internet. WHAT? He was told to reorder it and would get a credit in a couple of days. Is this seriously what has come of ordering online?
This just reminds me to know who you are ordering from and what their policy is for product damaged in shipping and returns.
So why do I bring this up? I recently read a great article and on top of my friends story, I thought how many consumers just go to the internet to find the lowest price. Well buyer beware especially when you are looking for toner cartridges. As the excerpts below from the article I read suggest, there are counterfeit cartridges hitting the market, even with measures being taken to seize counterfeit product. These cartridges could damage your machine. They may not give you the page yield that a non counterfeit or quality remanufactured cartridge will give you.
Remanufactured toner has come a LONG way in the past 10 years. But you still have to look for quality. This means it may not be the rock bottom lowest price. At Allegro Business Products we have done our research on remanufactured toner and our toner is very high quality. Less than a 1% in defective cartridges.
"Continuing efforts to protect customers from counterfeit consumables and products, Xerox recently conducted raids in China and Dubai and introduced a new program to help detect imitations.
The raids resulted in the seizure of more than 55,000 boxes of counterfeit consumables and parts for numerous Xerox products – merchandise slated for distribution in the United States, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and South America.
According to The Imaging Supplies Coalition, the estimated impact of counterfeiting in the imaging supplies industry is more than $3 billion annually worldwide. As a member of the Coalition, Xerox works with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to combat illegal activities in this industry." – Recharger Magazine
It’s sad to say, Tangerine Tango is no longer the “IT” color. Pantone has released its color of the year for 2013 and it’s – drum rolls please –EMERALD aka 17-5641. Each year Pantone polls designers and brand experts and releases a new favorite color.
According to Pantones press release, “Emerald is a lively, radiant, lush green”. So if you are looking to liven up any of your promotions in 2013 add a little Emerald to it.
Here’s a list of Pantone’s past colors of the year.
2012 – Tangerine Tango
2011 – Honeysuckle
2010 – Turquoise
2009 – Mimosa
2008 – Blue Iris
2007 – Chili Pepper
2006 – Sand Dollar
2005 – Blue Turquoise
2004 – Tigerlily
2003 – Aqua Sky
2002 – True Red
2001 – Fuchsia Rose
2000 – Cerulean
Tomorrow is trash day. This means big green trash cans on the street and sometimes a large recycling container. This is what is seen in the typical neighborhood. At your office you simply take the trash bags out to the dumpster and voila it’s gone. Many more people recycle at home, but you use toner and ink jet cartridges at home and at work – do you recycle those?
Now think about work – do you even have a recycling bin? If not, do you at least recycle your toner and ink jet cartridges?
Is recycling important to you not only at home but at work too?
One of the most overlooked recyclable items to make it into the trash can and subsequently into the landfill is your used toner or ink jet cartridges. Most small to medium offices have 3-4 printers which means you could be throwing away at least 1-2 cartridges a month. If your printer takes 4 cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, and yellow) you’re looking at double that amount. Throw away your cartridges at home may not appear to be such a big deal until you imagine everyone in your neighborhood or town throwing at least 1 into the landfill a year. For our county that’s 82,789 or more cartridges making it into the landfill from just homes a year.
Here’s a shocking statistic – Each discarded laser cartridge adds approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic waste to our landfills. Even more shocking this waste will take as long as 1,000 years to decompose. Read that again, 1,000 years to decompose.
What can we do to cut that number down? Think recycle when your printer runs out of ink.
If you are not currently recycling your toner and ink jet cartridges, contact us, we will send you a prepaid label – YES it is that easy!!
So what are you waiting for?
Have you ever had one of those days where you thought, I should go back to bed?
Today was one of those days for me. Mornings rarely change for me when I have my kids. Get up way too early hear #1’s alarm going off and she makes no move to turn it off so it’s blasting as I am getting my robe on. Off to wake kid #2 up. He is always cranky and doesn’t want to get up. I have to go back into his room about 3 times before he finally with 15 minutes left jumps in the shower and runs around like a mad man. In the meantime, I’m waking up #1 so she can turn off her alarm clock.
So where did my morning go wrong?
No one should ever have to deal with stupid people before they have had a shower. Well yep, that was the first sign that I should go back to bed (but that’s a real long story). Then I go into my office, start the computer up and BAM black screen. That right there is enough to send me right over the edge. Sometimes I amaze myself, shut down, restart in safe mode, restore to an earlier saved point….technology has saved me from technology. Oh the irony.
As I’m dealing with the computer #2 misses his bus. I think ok here we go another reason to go back to bed. Take him to school. Get home finish rebooting and #1 misses her bus. WHAT – really. So I think to myself it is most definitely time to go back to bed.
Then as I’m driving home after a stellar conversation with and dropping #1 off, I realized I got an extra 15 minutes of individual time with each of my kids. It’s amazing when things work out that way and even better that I realized it. So now off to start my “work” day.
Blogging can be a bit daunting. What am I going to write? Will I be able to offer my expertise that I have developed over the past 22 years? After all, I am still learning too. Will it be relevant? These are only some of the questions I asked myself. My answer, I thought, was simple enough – you won’t know if you don’t jump in with both feet.
So here I am.
What am I going to be blogging about? That is a great question. Well simply or not so simply, it will vary. I will categorize my blogs so you are able to easily find what you are looking for Financial News, Promotional Products, Case Studies (those are very helpful), Office Supplies, Banking Supplies, Forms and more.
For 20 years my primary focus was on the Financial Industry. In 2010, I opened Allegro Business Products. In 2011 we introduced the Promotional Products Division. We continue to add products we feel best fit the needs of our customers. Our customers are primarily B2B, but we also work with individuals and PTA’s –anyone we feel we can serve under our motto – saving our customers money while providing unparalleled, personal service, and superior quality products.
Most importantly, I am here to connect with you; don’t be shy, comment, share and let me know who you are and what I can do for you.
Welcome to Allegro Business Products new blog. I am learning all the ins and outs of blogging and learning how wordpress works, where I am sure I just need to jump in with two feet. I can’t wait to “talk” to you. Stay tuned for more to come. In the meantime, make sure you visit our recently updated website at www.allegrobusinessproducts.com