Friday, July 21, 2006

Information Technology Tidbits: Era of Substitutes and Temporary Replacements

Wise people will think of a way to build businesses and discover replacements. Sounds like a scientific approach but it is better to consider it as something that stems from curiosity and studies.

Business entrepreneurs often study the market for attractive undertakings that will be feasible prior to considering a business. A lot has been developed, particularly in the Information Technology Fields. Such businesses include:

Online Multi Player Role Playing Games (RPG
Online Gambling
Online Auctions
Cheaper Computer Parts Importing (Clone PC’s)
Article/ Content Writing
Printer Ink Substitutes

It is evident that sticking to the branded category does indeed cost. People can only afford so much, and this alone opens the door for study, substitutes if we will call it, so that bargain and better deals can be expected. Such has been the trend, especially for ink cartridges today. Some have offered refilling stations, while others have developed a step lower, Class A cartridge. Most companies, such as Hewlett Packard, Epson, Canon and Lexmark, have warned their clients that only original cartridges are advised, but do it make a difference? My hunch is that it depends on the quality of the cartridge being used. But a Class A quality is not as cheap as that of refilling an ink cartridge. Refilling cartridges make use of the same old storage, although it will only be good for a number of uses since it would result in eventual leaks that will not be good as far as final printing is concerned. Refilling may be good, but it only acts as a temporary solution. It does not intend to take the place of original ink cartridge parts. To make it short it only aims to prolong for a month or two, the useful life of a cartridge, but going over it after some time shall eventually be already harmful to the printer itself.

Class A cartridges, mostly coming from China and Taiwan are as good as the original ones. The method of packaging, the quality of printing is practically the same. Perhaps something that branded printers could do is specify the actual problem, the effects it would have on ink cartridge heads rather than just remaining general to allow people to be aware and of what they should expect. The only known fact is that once an ink cartridge head breaks down, it costs almost the same as actually buying a new printer. So broadening the preventive maintenance issue for printers, particularly the leading brands as Hewlett Packard and Epson, may wake up the consumers of what they should be fully aware of.

Information Technology Resources
Cheap Ink Probed
Subsitute for a Computer Mouse?

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