Printer OEMs’ efforts to promote the benefits of OEM supplies offer over non-OEM alternatives are nothing new. Every few months it seems we see a flyer, a study, or other marketing efforts aimed at exactly that. The latest such effort comes from HP, whose Andy Binder, vice president and general manager of office supplies solutions
Citing recent court rulings and lawsuit settlements upholding OEM patents, Clover Imaging Group (CIG) has published an industry white paper arguing that new-build compatible “clone” cartridges are just too risky for dealers despite their low costs. The report, Risk and Reward in the World of Printing: Remanufactured Cartridges vs. Newly Built Compatible Cartridges, warns print
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.
On May 9, Canon issued an announcement that should worry aftermarket supplies industry players: it has filed a second lawsuit against Ink Technologies Printer Supplies LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. This is not the only litigation from Canon that Dayton, OH-based Ink Technologies Printer Supplies is facing. The company,
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
TriMega Purchasing Association has done an about-face and notified dealers that it continues to support a range of toner cartridges marketed by Arlington Industries, including certain NXT-branded SKUs. The news follows a stern warning from the buying group last month telling dealers to stop selling allegedly infringing new-build toner cartridges like those in the NXT
TriMega Purchasing Association, a nonprofit buying group serving about 485 independent office product dealers and technology retailers in the United States, recently warned its members about the dangers of carrying new-build compatible toner cartridges for HP and Canon laser devices following the patent-infringement complaints that Canon filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and