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SPRING GROVE, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 12/04/12 -- Although President Obama's 2013 budget supports more than $16 billion in small business loan guarantees and tax cuts, one of the biggest problems small businesses are currently facing is weak sales, says the National Federation of Independent Businesses. So, with a new budget year right around the corner, many businesses are combating lackluster sales by reducing operating expenses.

A simple way to improve the bottom line is to reduce office supply spending, says Cartridge World. In fact, the company says businesses can cut office printing costs by 25 percent or more by making a few simple changes.

According to www.Reduce.org, the average office worker can use 10,000 sheets of paper every year.

"Considering there are more than 21,000 U.S. and Canadian firms with 500-plus employees, that's a huge volume of printing," says Tom McLaughlin, Marketing Director for Cartridge World North America. "There are three ways businesses can immediately reduce their printing costs. Reduce the number of pages printed. Reduce printer ink and toner expenses. Use the right printer."

With 600 stores in the United States and Canada, Cartridge World is the largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges for the home and office. Each Cartridge World store serves hundreds of business customers and can provide cost-saving solutions:

1. Reduce paper use:

•Use duplex (two-sided) printing on all "draft" documents•Reduce margin areas on each page to print 10 percent more text



2. Reduce ink/toner printer cartridge cost:

•Purchase recycled / remanufactured printer cartridges instead of OEM to save 25 percent or more•Use high-capacity printer cartridges that provide cheaper per-page printing



3. Use the right printer:

•Low-cost printers may cost more in the long run. Confirm what kind of ink or toner cartridges they use first. •Check your printing volume. You might save by upgrading or downsizing your equipment.



PC World magazine may say it best, "If you buy a cheap inkjet printer, you're going to pay a small fortune for the ink to run it (assuming that you use the ink that its manufacturer specially designed for it)." If you buy a $100 inkjet printer and print 10,000 pages per year (40/day), you can use 23 standard ink cartridges per year. At a cost of $20 per cartridge, you'll pay $475 for black ink alone. In three years, you could pay 15 times the cost of the printer for ink. Plus, you could pay up to three times more if printing in full color.

Selecting the right printer to meet the demands for your office, and confirming the cost of replacement printer cartridges should determine what kind of printer to buy. When buying a color inkjet printer, opt for a printer with four separate color cartridges, not tricolor (three-colors-in-one) cartridges. With tricolor cartridges, as soon as one color is empty, you need to replace the entire cartridge.

"Office managers and executives don't always realize how much they can save by changing printers and their ink and toner provider," explained McLaughlin. "If you're using the wrong printer, it pays to switch ASAP. Plus, if you buy remanufactured printer cartridges, you can easily save another 25 percent or more."

Cartridge World helps businesses of all sizes save money by selling remanufactured ink and toner printer cartridges. Rather than purchasing brand new cartridges every month, customers can simply recycle their recycle their empty cartridges at Cartridge World and buy remanufactured cartridges -- saving hundreds on their office printing expenses. Cartridge World stores sell printer cartridges for all major brands of office printers -- backed with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.

Businesses can save even more money by taking advantage of Cartridge World's free printer program -- available at many stores. Business customers may qualify for a free loaner printer if they sign a 12-month service agreement to purchase printer cartridges exclusively from their local Cartridge World store. To participate in the free printer loaner program, call or visit your local Cartridge World store.

"Like most other businesses, we are always looking for ways to cut spending," said Christina Potenza, an Executive Assistant in Tampa, Fla. The company she works for, ProCare, has participated in Cartridge World's free printer program for several years.

"We have a huge call center and purchase ink and toner monthly. By using Cartridge World, we're saving 30 percent off what we would pay for other brands, and they deliver it for free. Plus, as part of the free printer program, they help us with any equipment issues that arise." Since 2007, she estimates ProCare has saved nearly $13,000 by using Cartridge World cartridges.

If you have questions about what printer is right for your office, what cartridges are best or how to start recycling printer cartridges, contact your local Cartridge World store.

To learn how much your business can save on office printing costs, use Cartridge World's online savings calculator. For more information about Cartridge World's eco-friendly products ink and toner products, visit www.CartridgeWorld.com.

Cartridge World is the leading ink and toner refilling retailer and franchisor in the $80 billion printer cartridge industry. Cartridge World stores offer customers a tremendous cost-saving alternative to buying new printer cartridges, offering a 30-40 percent discount over full-priced OEM cartridges. Cartridge World offers a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. The company refills and remanufactures printer cartridges, using state-of-the-art processes and high quality inks and toners. Voted No.1 in the category by Entrepreneur Magazine, Cartridge World has more than 1,600 franchised retail locations in 50 countries. For more information about Cartridge World products or franchising opportunities, call (815) 321-4015 or visit http://www.CartridgeWorld.com



Contact:
Thomas McLaughlin
Director of Marketing
Cartridge World
Phone: (815) 321-4400
E-Mail: tmclaughlin@cartridgeworld.com

Candice Hudson
Fishman PR
Phone: (847) 945-1300 Ext. 248
E-Mail: chudson@fishmanpr.com