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Cartridge One, 7382 Two Notch Road: late 2015   8 comments

Posted at 1:52 am in closing



It seems a number of toner refill stores have closed recently. This one, at the corner of Two Notch Road and O'Neil Court closed, I believe, late in 2015. I am pretty sure it was not flood related as this side of Two Notch was relatively unscathed.

The last time I needed toner for my LaserJet 1300, I had the cartridge refilled at Forest Park, but when I needed it again last week, I found a new cartridge on Amazon for under $30, so perhaps the business model works less well than it used to.

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  1. Niche businesses generally have short life spans. CB radio shops, game centers, car stereo, pc stores have all come and gone. Getting in early on the next fad is the key and knowing when to sell before going broke is essential.

    I used to like reading Entrepreneur Magazine to see what new businesses were popping up across the country.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    24 Apr 16 at 10:09 am

  2. I have an HP color laserjet printer (CP1025nw) and the thing I've noticed is that when it comes time to replace the cartridges is that HP has a prepaid UPS label (it accompanies the package) that I can attach to the old one to send it off for recycling where all I have to do is take it up a UPS store and it'll be on its way so I have found myself doing that and I think that is adversely impacting stores like this (though I'm happy to do my part to contribute to HP's recycling efforts)...


    24 Apr 16 at 1:03 pm

  3. I think it's a crime when it comes to the cost of ink cartridges for HP's. I have an old HP InkJet 6122 that works fine and does everything I need it to do. I have been either purchasing refilled cartridges or refilling my own for years. From day one, it cost almost as much as the printer cost just to replace the ink.


    25 Apr 16 at 2:50 am

  4. Give away the razor and make your money on blades..

    Laer toner is a lot more reasonable than ink though. I don't need color often enough to go Inkjet. Old Laser printers were built like tanks too. We had a set of about a dozen identical ones when I started my first job in 1985, and were still using at least one of them 15 years later. (Unfortunately my LaserJet 1300 is not built like that, on the other hand I don't pound on it like we did those either..)


    26 Apr 16 at 12:21 am

  5. I know about the longevity of old laser printers. At work we have an old IBM laser printer, something like a model 1300. That thing has run and run for almost 20 years now and keeps on trucking. I do a lot of photo stuff so I need a printer that has great resolution. My HP 6122 is photo quality but it drinks up the ink like crazy when printing hi-res images. If anyone knows of a relatively economical photo quality laser printer that is compatible with Windows XP and Windows 7, I'm all ears!!


    26 Apr 16 at 2:27 am

  6. I'm fairly certain the old HP LaserJet III's and 4's would survive re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. Nobody's making anything like that anymore, and from a sales perspective, why would you?


    26 Apr 16 at 11:30 am

  7. I tried printing on photo paper with my HP Color Laserjet shortly after I got it and it didn't work out well...I still have an old inkjet printer that I got in the fall of 2001 but I wish I could find a good photo quality printer as that is something I would get my use out of but I find myself resorting to drugstore photo printers (I go back and forth on CVS vs. Walgreens as to which is best) to get stuff printed when I deem it appropriate...I also haven't been impressed with some of the younger photo paper that I've found...

    My parents had the same refrigerator when they first got married in 1973 until 2006 and I've heard that the lifespan on younger appliances isn't anywhere near that (though I'm noticing a number of high tech capabilities on some of them that were unheard of in the early 1970s such as digital temperature regulation and even several individual compartments that allow you to adjust the temperatures)...I hypothesize that something similar is happening to printers...


    26 Apr 16 at 11:45 am

  8. @Jason -- you aren't kidding! The same could be said of the Canon engines in the old Apple LaserWriterPlus printers (and many other brands under different nameplates).


    27 Apr 16 at 12:54 am

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