Seeing Things From Both Sides – All You Need To Know About Duplex Printing


Duplex printing is a feature of computer printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) that allows the automatic printing of a sheet of paper on both sides. Print devices without this capability can only print on a single side of paper, sometimes called single sided printing. Consumer and low-to-medium volume office printers use a duplexing unit that reverses a piece of paper after the first side has been printed.

Duplex print devices, depending on options, software, and printer settings, can print single-sided page to single-sided page (1:1) or double-sided page to double-sided page (2:2).

Duplexed documents can be printed as if to be bound on either the short edge or the long edge. This functionality is mostly available on printers that come with a duplexer. It can be verified in the printers properties whether or not a specific printers supports the settings.

Single sided printers can still print duplex jobs; however, the user has to manually turn the print job over and re-initialise the printing of the document. In that process it is important to determine which edge and side the printer prints on. If the pages are re-initialised on the wrong side and print face the printing will occur on the wrong direction. A simple print test is required to define the print face by writing a letter on a blank sheet and running it through the printer.

Whether at work, school, church, or elsewhere, printing on both sides of paper ensures that you cut your paper use nearly in half. This protects forests, avoids pollution, and saves money.

 How to encourage double-sided printing in your office

  • Get your company to establish a double-sided printing policy. This should include:
      Setting defaults on all printers and copiers to duplex printing mode

    • Ensuring computers also default to double-sided printing
    • New equipment purchases—all new print-ready machines must include duplexing capabilities
    • Require double-sided copy on all reports, RFPs, publications, and assignments submitted to your staff.
    • Post clever signs at all printers, copiers, and fax machines encouraging people to reduce paper waste by double-siding. Choose pre-designed options or make your own!
    • Advertise the double-sided printing policy through email reminders and meeting announcements.
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The Benefits Of Managed Print Services V’s A Traditional Printer Fleet Model

z1You already have printers that are working well so why would you choose a Managed Print Service over the traditional printer fleet model? Well, the benefits are wide and varied and whilst cost savings is always a key factor and one you can expect to feature highly as a reason to consider this option, it is only one of many. The benefits will vary depending on your current printing practices but you can expect to see any multiple of the following:

Cost savings and control

  •  According to independent market research companies who implement a full Managed Print Service can save up to 30% against traditional printing methods
  •  You can budget and plan your printing costs far more effectively, hence giving you far more control over your spend
  •  By consolidating various vendors associated with the support of your fleet you can reduce your back office time and costs associated with managing your printer network
  •  The requirement and associated costs with holding a spare set of cartridges are eliminated
  •  The majority of Managed Print Services packages come with finance arrangements so you can roll out the solution without any capital expenditure. In the majority of cases the cost savings are such that there is still a huge saving even after the finance is paid



  •  Greater control of supplies such as paper and toner will reduce wastage and the carbon footprint of your printer fleet.
  •  Introducing newer more energy efficient models into your fleet will reduce your demand for energy consumption.


User Satisfaction

     Standardisation of the hardware and vendors will give a clear consistent offering to users that once trained will ensure greater ease of use.  A single point of contact for the delivery of your printer environment will result is less downtime and greater user satisfaction as a result.  By utilising the latest technological advancements in hardware the users are given the best experience possible and the efficiency that these improvements can bring.



  •  Allow the organisation to focus on its core business and remove the need to commit resource or time to the printer network.
  •  Greater business continuity as one provider supports the entire printer environment which will reduce the risk of downtime and interrupted service.
  •  A proper Managed Print Service will be flexible enough to move with the changing needs of an organisation so that they can be accommodated well in to the future.
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Printer Ink As Featured On BBC’s Watchdog

th6b370f12-dde2-3949-1b44-0000227b944b_empty ink cartridgeThe price of printer ink recently featured on the BBC’s Watchdog programme, which found that ink is more expensive than vintage champagne!

Read the full article on the programme here:


Printer Ink

HP, Canon, Epson – between them they manufacture up to three quarters of the printers in UK homes. It’s a profitable business – particularly because ink is now far more expensive than vintage champagne!

It’s a familiar story – your ink runs out, everything goes smudgy, and you have to buy more. It’s frustrating, and very costly. Printer ink is one of the most expensive liquids you can buy and HP’s inks are particularly pricey.

Sarah Dyckhoff, Managing Director of Cartridge World Aylesbury, says “an HP 301 cartridge, which is one of their newer ones that has 5ml of ink in it. It costs £12, if you add that up it would mean that one lire of ink would cost you £2,400”.

That makes this ink over 4000 times more expensive than a litre of crude oil and 1800 times pricier than a litre of petrol. That’s the same price of 68 bottles of premium whisky or 21 bottles of vintage bubbly.

The big question is this: why do we have to shell out more often? How come cartridges seem to be running out a lot quicker than they used to?

It turns out that there’s a very good reason for that – our ink is the latest product to shrink. If you look inside different three HP cartridges from the last 9 years show you’ll be amazed how much smaller the sponge inside the cartridge has become over time.

Sarah Dyckhoff: “Until you actually open the cartridge, you would not know from the outside what you’re actually getting on the inside. These cartridges are all very similar on the outside. If you lift it up – the size of the sponges changing dramatically”.

The sponge is the bit that holds the ink, and over time this sponge has got steadily smaller, meaning that the 2011 model can fit significantly less ink than the one from 2004.

To be fair, these newer HP cartridges are cheaper – nearly half the price. But don’t be fooled. The cartridge price may have gone down, but it now holds less than a third the amount of liquid, making the latest standard black HP ink is almost twice as much per litre as the 2004 model.

And it’s not just HP. Since 2005 Canon have cut the amount of ink in their cartridge too – meaning the price per litre has increased by 25%. Meanwhile, since 2006 Epson have almost halved the amount of ink in their cartridges. Epson too have also halved the price of their cartridges – but according to the price on their own website, that still means their ink is the equivalent of £1,410 a litre.

So, what does all this downsizing mean for company profits? How much does it cost to set up your own printer ink cartridge company?

We spoke to Chris Brooks, the Technical Director of the UK Cartridge Remanufactures Association, who supplied us with the wholesale prices of the cartridge parts. After adding it all up we reveal that the cost of making a cartridge – without counting the cost of labour, production costs or overheads – is 29p.

Company Responses


HP cartridges are precision-engineered with sophisticated electronics and unique inks formulated by our chemists to perform in precise ways. People expect to create great looking, long lasting print-outs with minimum hassle. The price of our cartridges reflects the huge investment, effort and care we put into developing the technology that makes this possible.

HP printers and cartridges offer the best quality, but we also appreciate household budgets are under great pressure. There are some simple steps everyone can take to reduce their printing cost without compromising on quality. First, make sure you buy the type of printer that best meets your needs. Second, choose the right settings for each job – our printers have options that save time and ink. Third, consider buying high-yield cartridges or multi-packs, which reduce your costs over the long term. Finally, use original cartridges because they are guaranteed to avoid waste or damage to your printer.


The inkjet technology within our print heads has advanced significantly in recent years. This means they are able to produce a greater number of pages with an equivalent amount of ink.

There are many compatible ink cartridges available on the market at varying prices and of very varying quality. Epson’s printer customers are free to use whichever brand of ink cartridge they prefer. Epson can only guarantee printer performance when used together with Epson ink.

Click here to find out more about printer ink from Cartridge Green.

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€5 Ink Cartridges Are Here For You

th350ee8b1-1020-7c69-7a15-0000501e0712_fiverWe are delighted to launch a new money saving package called Fiver Foreverwhere you can avail of ink cartridges for only €5. There are no time limits and no commitments. And the really great news is, you already have the printer that is used for the Fiver Forever package.
Simply drop into your nearest Cartridge Green store and get a full set of cartridges refilled at the standard refill price and we will switch you to the Fiver Forever package for free. And if your ink requirements increase at anytime in the future, you can always change to the Total Freedom package and enjoy unlimited ink again. No matter what your ink requirements, Cartridge Green has a money saving option just for you!

Bray Novara Avenue, Co. Wicklow (01) 211 6376

Dundrum Taney Road, Dundrum, D14 (01) 296 7626

Leopardstown The Mart, Leopardstown Rd, D18 (01) 207 0575 leopardstown@cartridgegreen.

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Printer Ink Cartridges: Why You’re Paying More But Getting A Lot Less

th6e80c60c-41eb-8989-7ba2-00000d6d50a9_invisible-ink-pic-008It’s a busy morning at Cartridge World in Aylesbury, part of a chain of almost 200 outlets across the UK that sell branded and refilled printer cartridges. It’s a thriving business. The shop has seen turnover double in the past five years.

But store owner Martin Dyckhoff says customers come to him time and again with the same complaint: the branded inkjet cartridges they have bought run out of ink too quickly.

The sky-high price of printer ink – measure for measure more expensive than vintage champagne – has been well documented. Less well-known is the fact that the amount of ink in the average cartridge has shrunk dramatically. “Newer cartridges contain a fraction of the ink a similar product contained a decade ago,” Dyckhoff says. “The amount can be minuscule.”

For example, the Epson T032 colour cartridge (released in 2002) is the same size as the Epson colour T089 (released in 2008). But the T032 contains 16ml of ink and the T089 contains just 3.5ml of ink. It’s a similar story with Hewlett Packard (HP) cartridges. A decade ago, the best-selling HP cartridge had 42ml of ink and sold for about £20. Today, the standard printer cartridges made by HP may contain as little as 5ml of ink but sell for about £13.

Cut open a HP inkjet cartridge and you’ll find what is going on. The size of the sponges inside, which hold the ink, have progressively reduced over the years. The rest of the cartridge is now simply empty space. In Epson cartridges, meanwhile, the ink tank has been systematically reduced in size.

“The strategy has been to nudge the consumer towards a high frequency of purchases,” says David Connett, editor of The Recycler, a trade magazine covering the remanufacturing industry. “The big printer manufacturers have reduced the amount of ink in a cartridge, encrypted the chip technology, and used aggressive marketing tactics to discourage refills.”

Chris Brooks, technical director of industry group the UK Cartridge Remanufacturers Association, is more forthright: “The big printer companies do all they can to squeeze ever-increasing amounts of cash out of the poor consumer in exchange for less ink.”

Worst value, say the experts, are the colour cartridges. All three leading players, including Canon, sell single tri-colour cartridges – cyan, magenta and yellow – often with less than 2ml of ink per colour. “They’re very bad value because when one of the three colours runs out the entire cartridge stops working,” Dyckhoff says. “We always recommend people buy a printer with a separate cartridge for each colour.”

The shrinking amount of ink in cartridges has enabled manufacturers to offer a remarkable new product – called “XL” (extra large) but almost exactly the same size as the standard cartridge. For example, HP makes the HP300, which contains 5ml of black ink and sells for about £13. It also makes the HP300XL, which has more ink – about 16ml – and sells for around £20-£25. But both are nearly identical in size. Indeed, some makers’ “XL” cartridges may contain less ink than standard cartridges issued a few years ago.

XL cartridges are an “insult” to the consumer, says Patrick Stead of cartridge recycler Environmental Business Products: “HP sells half-full cartridges, then sticks an ‘XL’ on, fills them up, and sells them for even more money. The difference in manufacturing costs is pennies. It’s a shocking rip-off.”

The printer companies dispute that they are squeezing consumers to ramp up profits. “Focusing on any single factor such as the point of purchase, the up-front cost of the cartridge or printer, the cost per page, or the millilitres of ink in a given cartridge is not an accurate way to measure the cost of printing,” HP said in a statement. It says consumers should focus on the cost per page of printing. It claims that on its Officejet Pro models, ink costs on a per-page basis have been maintained at the same levels since 2009.

Epson, meanwhile, argues that print heads are more efficient compared with 10 years ago because of advances in technology. “They are able to produce a greater number of pages with an equivalent amount of ink,” the company said in a statement.

Of the leading manufacturers, Canon has been the least aggressive in its ink reduction, but volumes have still shrunk. Its recent PGI-525BK inkjet cartridge, for example, contains 19ml of ink compared with its 26ml BCI-3BK issued in 2005. The company has also introduced standard and XL cartridges.

Critics accept there have been improvements in technology and modern print heads are more efficient. “But these improvements cannot justify a five-fold decrease in the amount of ink in a cartridge,” Brooks says. “The cost of printer ink is the lowest it’s ever been, a few euros for a litre. Many cartridges cost less than 50p to make. The mark-up is enormous. The consumer is paying far more pro-rata today than a decade ago for cartridges containing very little ink.”

There is an intense battle between manufacturers (HP, Epson and Canon) and “remanufacturers”, represented by Brooks, who refill cartridges to sell at a discount. Remanufacturers have grabbed a third of UK sales, at the same time as counterfeit cartridges from China are flooding into the country.

In addition, aggressive competition from new entrants such as Kodak, which threw itself into the market in the mid-2000s offering cheap plastic printers and even cheaper cartridges, has eaten into their bottom line. (Kodak said last year that it was pulling out of the inkjet market.)

“The big three have seen a year-on-year erosion of their market share,” Brooks says. “They had to do something drastic.”

The response has been to sell cheaper printers and recoup the money on low-ink cartridges, which consumers have to replace more often. A decade ago, the average household printer cost upwards of £150, but today they retail for as little as £30.

Many new printers come with “start-up” cartridges that contain tiny amounts of ink so the owner has to buy new cartridges almost immediately. Others have embedded technology to block cheap refills. “The logic is simple,” Stead says. “Once a consumer buys a HP printer they have to buy HP cartridges, no matter what they cost.”

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Free Print Cost Analysis For 2013

th153e8dbe-03b2-7aa9-d38a-000060b616af_captureAre your Printers leaking money? Get a free print cost analysis and save in 2013.

Your printers are probably leaking money and you don’t know it. Now it’s time to be smart with your print cost and printer management by cutting waste and ensuring efficiency. The result will be spending less money on print and ending up with a higher quality product in the process. What better way to kick off 2013 then by scheduling a free print cost analysis!

This analysis considers your printer set-up and will include recommendations on printer-type, reduction in your printer numbers and the cost-benefits of centralised printing. The analysis will include a projection on how much Cartridge Green can save you – both in money and in time.

Call us today to schedule your free print cost analysis!
It’s not going to cost you anything to find out!

We can repair your printer – so you can smile again!
Printer or copier acting up? Don’t throw it out the window just yet.
Our repair and service team can whip your machine into shape in no time.
Dont Agonise over it, get it sorted today…

Printers, copiers, multifunctions – you name it.
We supply everything frombasic inkjet printers to large photocopiers.
You can contact us for advice and service and we don’t dissapear after the sale.
We are happy to have a chat with you and recomend a machine that will fit your usage and your budget.

Why is your business still buying printer cartridges? Our managed print service means you only pay for the pages you print. Setup is easy, so what are you waiting for?

Kind regards,
Cartridge Green

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Control Print – The Must-Have Tool In 2013

th36d727b3-2b0d-cf08-c2c1-000011884c0f_childhood 1Control Print for Early Childhood Services. The ONLY custom printing solution tailored specifically for Irish Early Childhood Service providers.

We take control of your printing, making it dramatically cheaper, easier & more professional.

With CONTROL PRINT all you do is press the print button! We provide you with a high-specification multi-function printer, manage its supplies, service it, provide free cartridges and monitor your usage to make sure it is the most efficient and cost-effective solution possible. You only pay for the pages you print!


  • Never order and pay for cartridges again
  • Only pay for what you print
  • Eliminate the cost of stocking spare cartridges
  • No upfront payments
  • One monthly print bill
  • Monthly usage report
  • Never run out again! We manage your usage and supplies
  • Use colour to promote your creche with posters & flyers
  • Print Siolta and Aistear paperwork in a hassle-free way


How much could you save with Control Print?

Childcare Facility using Non-Branded Printer Cartridges

Current monthly print costs: €187.29

Control Print monthly cost with same usage: €143.65

Annual Savings of €1,417.44!

Interested? Contact us today and start saving

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We Will Collect Your Empty Cartridges!

th37908123-cc30-fe09-cae6-00005e38b122_cartridgesDid you know that if you are a Cartridge Green business customer, we will be happy to collect your empty cartridges for free whenever you make an order? And that’s all year-round, not just at Christmas!

This is just another service we provide in order to make your life easier. So have a clear out before Christmas and get those empties replaced and ready to go for the New Year.

We look forward to serving you in 2013. And you can be sure that whatever aspect of our service you avail of, you can always count on our reputation for delivering a high quality product or service in an expert and efficient manner!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas from Cartridge Green!

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Business Users – We Do More Than Just Supply Printer Cartridges!

Did you know that Cartridge Green does so much more than just provide printer cartridges?

Here at Cartridge Green we are constantly asking ourselves what we can do to improve our service to business customers. Did you know we can repair and supply printers, photocopiers and multifunction printers?

Did you know our managed print service, Control Print, was created specifically for SMEs, meaning you only pay for the pages you print?

Whatever we do, and whatever aspect of our service you avail of, you can always count on our reputation for delivering a high quality product or service in an expert and efficient manner!
We can repair your printer – so you can smiles again!
Printer or copier acting up? Don’t throw it out the window just yet. Our repair and service team can whip your machine into shape in no time. Don’t agonise over it, get it sorted today…
Fix my broken printer and/or copier
Printers, copiers, multifunctions – you name it
We supply everything from basic inkjet printers to large photocopiers. You can contact us for advice and service and we don’t disappear after the sale. We are happy to have a chat with you and recommend a machine that will fit your usage and your budget.
Contact us today
Business printing costs out of control…..then why are you still buying printer cartridges?
Why is your business still buying printer cartridges? Our managed print service means you only pay for the pages you print. Set up is easy, so what are you waiting for?
Click here for Control Print



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7500 Subscribers Now Enjoying Unlimited Free Ink!

A crèche based in Bray, Co. Wicklow has become the 7,500th subscriber to Club Cartridge Green, a product that gives subscribers a brand new printer and free unlimited ink for only €12.99 per month.

“The growth and success of Club Cartridge Green has been phenomenal since we launched it last year and we are now on target to hit 10,000 subscribers by the end of this year,” said Cartridge Green Managing Director, Niall McConnell.

“This is a busy time of year as kids are printing out volumes of paper to help them prepare for school and we are expecting our rapid growth to continue right up to May 2013.”

“We are now selling Club subscriptions online and are getting customers from all corners of Ireland, attracted by the great value and peace of mind that free unlimited ink offers them. We have also noticed a considerable increase in word of mouth referral sales which we are especially happy about – it seems the good news is travelling!”

To subscribe please visit our website

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