*NEWS*BOOMING TRADE IN EMPTY INKJET CTGS

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Date: Tuesday September 12, 2006 11:08:00 am | Views: 177
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    Booming trade in empty inkjet cartridges
    Business Booming For Computer Ink Refillers
    GRAPEVINE, Texas — It’s one of those things every one who owns a printer comes to figure out.
    The real money in the devices comes from being able to sell replacement cartridges — whether it be ink for ink-jet printers or toner for laser printers.It’s an expensive proposition — over time, printer users spend many times more than the cost of the machine in replacement supplies. But these days, a growing number of people are turning to refilled ink cartridges.One businessman in Texas said doing so has knocked his monthly outlay from $600 a month to about $400 a month. Lyra Research tracks the printer industry — and said refilled cartridges account for less than a quarter of ink sales in the United States.But analysts said the number of is certain to go much higher, and that’s expected to pose a threat to big printer makers like Hewlett Packard, Lexmark and Epson.

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