1. As Amazon Has Grown So Has the Number of Printer Supplies Sold on Its Marketplace Amazon’s rise has sparked a fundamental shift toward e-commerce that has altered how consumers and even businesses purchase products, including the ink and toner cartridges used in printers. Today, a huge number of printer supplies are sold on Amazon.
As we detailed in Part 3 of this series, printer OEMs are doing a lot to stop sellers from hawking counterfeit and infringing printer supplies on the Amazon marketplace. These efforts include following Amazon’s take-down procedures, filing a bevy of lawsuits against sellers, and working closely with authorities worldwide on enforcement issues to prevent the importation
The Age of Amazon has wrought changes that are both beneficial and detrimental to consumers, other businesses, and communities. Plenty of articles have been devoted to the “Amazon problem,” whether that means the closing of retail stores and emptying malls and strip malls, the bankruptcies of once-major retail chains, the types of jobs lost and
As we explored in Part 1 of this series, over the last 24 years, Amazon has grown to become a critical channel for a wide variety of products, including printer supplies. Gaining access to tens of millions of customers has been great for ink and toner cartridge vendors, but Amazon has also adversely affected the industry.
Of the many forces shaping the imaging supplies industry today, one stands out as having truly transformed how all industry participants do business and the market conditions they face: e-commerce and the rise of online marketplaces. Today, there are many online marketplaces including Taobao, Tmall, eBay, and JD.com. While it may no longer be the
The Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC) has announced that it will host its 2018 conference on counterfeiting and fraud in the imaging supplies industry from September 12 to 14, 2018, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. The theme for this year’s event, which marks the 17th time the ISC has held this conference, is “The
Local authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), working with anti-counterfeiting officials and HP, carried out a series of raids in Dubai between December 2017 and February 2018 that netted tens of thousands of illegal printer cartridges and components. Officials said the raids targeted commercial outlet stores, secret workshops, and hidden warehouses, according to a
Printer OEMs leverage many different tools to encourage end users to purchase OEM supplies rather than aftermarket alternatives. These can include intellectual property lawsuits and threats thereof, incentives to channel partners, firmware updates, and more, but one perhaps underrated tool is clever marketing and advertising. Although it does not appear to be new, Brother has
For the second time in just over a year, Chinese aftermarket cartridge manufacturer Ninestar Image Tech Limited has issued a warning about the unauthorized sale of G&G-brand products in Argentina. Ninestar released a statement on February 9, 2018, warning consumers that it has found that “there are G&G products which are not provided by Ninestar
Every so often, printer OEMs and remanufacturers issue statements warning consumers about the dangers of counterfeit cartridges. Samsung Printing Solutions, which is now owned by HP Inc. (see “HP Completes Acquisition of Samsung’s Printer Business”), has added a fresh twist to the usual claims about poor print quality and the corrosive impact of patent-infringing piracy: