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The anatomy of an inkjet/laser printer: How the magic happens

The anatomy of an inkjet/laser printer: How the magic happens

A printer. A black or grey or white box-shaped mechanical object. It takes ideas that exist in a virtual space where we can’t touch them, and magically brings them to life, on paper. Let's look at what takes place after you hit print, to make the magic happen.

Make school holidays creative and fun with awesome home printables

Make school holidays creative and fun with awesome home printables

Keeping the kids occupied and enjoying themselves doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are plenty of great ideas that will let them get creative these holidays. All you need is your home printer and some art supplies.

The pros and cons of working from home

The pros and cons of working from home

Depending on the industry, many more businesses have in recent months, and out of necessity, initiated the 'work-from-home' option for their employees in an effort to comply with Covid-19 social distancing and lockdown regulations.
There are, of course, pros and cons to working from home. Let's take a closer look at both.

Printable Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper

Printable Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper

‘Tis the season to be jolly and cut down on those Christmas costs. At The Inky Shop, we always encourage our customers to make the most out of their home printers. It's the perfect time to get creative! Here are the printables you need to create your own cards, gift tags and wrapping paper.

Unpacking Page Yield

Unpacking Page Yield

Page yield. This printing industry buzz term is often misunderstood and can lead to frustration if you don't get a handle on what it really means. Set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this benchmark was developed to help consumers more easily compare functionality and performance of different printer brands and models. Contrary to popular belief, it isn't an accurate indicator of how many pages your cartridge will print. Read more to find out why.

10 Ways to Save Money

10 Ways to Save Money

Right now, many of us are feeling the pinch. This is especially true for those who have been retrenched or taken pay cuts during this period. It’s a tough time for a lot of people, which is why we all need to find ways to do more with less.
If you’re interested in a few life hacks that’ll help save you money, keep reading. We’ve got ten to share...

Inkjet vs. laser printing: Which should you choose?

Inkjet vs. laser printing: Which should you choose?

The time for a new printer has arrived, but with so many options to choose from, even the experienced buyer might feel overwhelmed. The first question you must ask yourself, before being distracted by all the fancy features printers come with these days, is whether you want to buy an inkjet printer or a laser printer?

Enjoy a stress-free holiday with these printable activities for kids (with download links)

Enjoy a stress-free holiday with these printable activities for kids (with download links)

The holidays are here. Keep the kids busy with activities that will entertain and educate them - all thanks to your printer.

Printer firmware: Things you should know before clicking ‘update’

Printer firmware: Things you should know before clicking ‘update’

Unfortunately, some updates are designed to restrict the use of third party consumables. Once this update is in place, you're limited to using the expensive original brand printer cartridges. If you prefer using after-market consumables of your choice, such as The Inky Shop's quality, affordable alternative cartridges, updating your firmware isn't always the best idea. It's advisable to read through the information before agreeing to the firmware update.

2020 Resolutions for small and home business owners

2020 Resolutions for small and home business owners

A new year means a new mindset for many of us, especially as we get back into the swing of things with life and work. For those who own small businesses or work from home, there are a few ways in which some of your everyday processes can be made easier. We’ve even got a couple of ideas on how to bring in a little fun too.

Caring for your printer cartridges

Caring for your printer cartridges

Keeping the printer fed and happy is a costly affair, cartridges can be expensive. The less you have to replace the ink the better. Buying alternative cartridges can help cut down costs, but proper care and handling can also go a long way to helping your ink cartridges last longer.

Why generic printer cartridges won't void your printer warranty

Why generic printer cartridges won't void your printer warranty

“You shouldn’t use no-name cartridges. Your printer warranty will fall away!” If we had R50.00 for every time we’ve heard that one, we’d own an island in the Bahamas by now. And if there was some truth in that, our business might have even gone under. We’re here to set the record straight…