Thursday, July 17, 2014

Extreme Makeover: TomatoInk's New Website Announcement

One of these days, you may check www.TomatoInk.com and realize that you landed on a totally different website. Keep calm and say hello to the new and improved TomatoInk homepage!

New TomatoInk Website

As your leading ink & toner provider, we want to improve user experience and make your shopping a lot easier and faster. We’ve taken the time to review your feedback, from the surveys you submitted, and managed to design a website purely based on the information you provided. Here’s what you can look forward to in our new website:
  • Better mobile compatibility
  • Improved accessibility for all users
  • A well planned information architecture for easy navigation
  • A well-formatted content that is easy to scan
  • Faster Load Times
  • Consistent browser compatibility
  • Better error handling
  • An appealing color scheme
  • Overall, a much more engaging site
Within the past year TomatoInk has grown tremendously, thanks to the support of our loyal customers. We want to make sure we continue to give you our best, not only in money-saving products but also in high quality service. With a sense of commitment to maintaining our 99.9% customer satisfaction rate, look forward to a new and improved TomatoInk.com. Check out the screenshots below for a sneak peek of the new website:

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Did You Know This About Ink?

Colorants, pigments, dyes – call it what you will, but ink is rather a weird and wonderful thing; with a rather weird and wonderful history. Used since ancient times either for drawing or for communicating thoughts, ideas and emotions, ink in its various forms has some rather fun facts associated with it. The way that ink is made, as well as the  price of ink and other facts related to ink, are rather interesting.

    Printer Ink
  1. 90% of ink made today, is made for printing and not for writing.
  2. Ancient Indians were known to use ink in the 4th century BC – the ink was made from burnt bones, pitch, tar and so on. There is evidence of Chinese ink that dates back to 256BC – some early Chinese inks were made from fish glue.
  3. Ink can be organic or non-organic. Some animals produce ink, for instance, octopuses produce a cloud of ink to deflect predators. Some inks naturally produced by animals have other uses as well. Squid ink is sometimes served as pasta sauce in fine dining restaurants and inks produced by some cephalopods could have medicinal uses a well
  4. Non organic inks are made from soot, petroleum and even heavy metals. Not too long ago, inks contained lead; this has led to a destruction of some children’s books printed in the past
  5. Inks were also made from natural materials such as resin of a pine tree, minerals such as graphite, from soot obtained from burning things.
  6. We don’t think of ink as being toxic but it can be – it may not induce death, but it can cause skin problems, severe headaches and even nervous system damage.
  7. A single ball point pen can draw a line as long as 4,000 to 7,500 feet
  8. Ink can cost more than human blood! You read that right – by volume, printer ink is the most expensive fluid in the world; costlier than perfume and French champagne.
  9. Black ink is not just black – it’s actually comprised of a whole rainbow spectrum of colors. To see for yourself, just take a non-permanent black marker and draw a line on a white coffee filter. Place this at the bottom of a glass and pour in a little water to see various colors surface!
  10. People have tried all sorts of things to create invisible ink – ranging from lemon juice to semen!
Ultimately, liquid ink is a very interesting consumer product. Being that it's currently the most expensive liquid in the world, you can always save more on printer ink cartridges by shopping at TomatoInk. So feel free to subscribe to our newsletter and like us on Facebook for special discount offers and much more.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Common Cartridge Problems & How to Avoid Them

It is possible for anyone to encounter printer problems from time to time. There could be poor quality of printouts, drying out of printer heads, paper jams and so on. Let's look at some common printer ink cartridge problems and toner cartridge problems and how you can avoid or resolve them:

The printer won’t print

Firstly, ensure that you have the right type of ink cartridge installed for your printer brand and model. It isn’t necessary that you buy expensive OEM or original manufacturer cartridges – compatible cartridges are made to exact printer specifications and work just as well. However, it is necessary that the correct cartridge for the brand and model be used.

Then check to see that the ink cartridge or the toner cartridge is properly installed and seated/aligned in the correct position. Make sure that all the cables are properly connected and all the requisite software installed. See that the printer trays, doors and so on are in the proper position for printing.

Also, ensure that your printer is not out of paper and that the paper is properly placed in the tray. If there is still a problem, try restarting the system.

Poor quality printouts

The most obvious cause of this could be that the printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge is exhausted and may need to be replaced. However, there are other reasons why you may not be getting the best quality printouts. Check the following to see what the problem could be:
  • Check the print settings – the setting could be “Draft” which may need to be unchecked to get better quality printouts
  • Have you not been using your printer regularly in the recent past? If so the print nozzle could be clogged and the printer head could be dry, thereby preventing proper printouts. Use your printer regularly to ensure it is in good working order.
  • Follow the recommended cleaning and maintenance procedures as set out in the instructions. Note that different printer brands and models will typically have different maintenance and cleaning instructions, so don’t assume that the same instructions will apply for different printers and cartridges.
If you have tried everything and you are still getting poor quality printouts – patchy, lined or faded looking- it could be a simple matter of your printer ink cartridge or toner cartridge being exhausted. Simply replacing the exhausted cartridge with a new one will resolve the problem.

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