Gas Prices Up, Consumers' Pockets Running on Empty

Cartridge World Offers a Way for Consumers to Save Money

Jun 13, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cartridge World

    EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As the price of gas
 increases, consumers are looking for options to keep money in their pockets
 when it comes to their day-to-day expenditures.
     At a current average rate of $3.00 per gallon of gas, motorists can
 expect to pay an additional $572 this year for each car they own. Consumers
 don't realize that another commodity that is frequently used as much as gas
 is printer ink. In fact, approximately 50 million ink cartridges are
 purchased per month in the United States alone. Although, we can't
 negotiate gas prices with oil companies, consumers do have a choice when it
 comes to purchasing printer ink. Fortunately, Cartridge World, the world's
 fastest growing retail chain of replacement ink, has a solution.
     Customers can bring their empty name-brand ink and toner cartridges
 into Cartridge World locations and have them refilled while they wait, swap
 out an original cartridge, or purchase one already refilled. The refill
 process is quick and offers a 100 percent money-back guarantee on quality.
 At the same time, it offers consumers and businesses up to a 50 percent
 savings and helps the environment by keeping used cartridges out of
     According to research, 24.1 million printers were sold in the United
 States last year. All printers will eventually need replacement ink
 cartridges. With printer manufacturers making more of their profits on ink
 and toner cartridges than on the actual printers they produce, consumers
 should be thinking twice about where their hard-earned money is going.
     "We're trying to educate consumers on the benefits of ink refilling,
 one being that a gallon of oil is saved for every laser cartridge that
 isn't created," said Burt Yarkin, CEO of Cartridge World North America.
 "With the current gas/oil situation, refilling your ink or laser cartridge
 helps save oil and just makes dollar sense."
     A typical price for an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) color
 laserjet ink cartridge is $89.99, but Cartridge World's compatible ink is
 available to customers for approximately $44.99. Why would you pay double
 if you don't have to? Consumers can simply go to Cartridge World and find
 solutions for all their printing needs for half the price.
     About Cartridge World
     Cartridge World, founded in Australia in 1997, is the world's fastest
 growing ink refilling retailer in the $80 billion printer cartridge
 industry. The company refills empty ink cartridges for inkjet printers,
 laser printers, fax machines and photocopiers with top quality,
 brand-specific ink and toners; at the same time offers consumers and
 businesses up to a 50 percent savings, a money back service guarantee and
 helps the environment by keeping used cartridges out of landfills. Voted #1
 in the category of toner replacement services by Entrepreneur Magazine
 Franchise 500, Cartridge World has more than 1,300 franchised retail
 locations in 27 countries. Emeryville, CA-based Cartridge World North
 America was founded in 2003. There are currently more than 425 locations
 open in the United States with 500 locations expected by summer of 2006.
 For more information, call (888) 99-REFILL or visit .

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