Friday, July 29, 2011

Refilled Toner Cartridges

I have a HP Color LaserJet 2605dn printer.  I like the printer except for the cost of replacement toner cartridges.  A full set of cartridges is about the same cost of the printer!

As a way of saving some money, I brought a full set of cartridges to Jiffy Laser in Omaha.  I had them clean my printer so knew they could refill my cartridges.  I was sure that refilled cartridges would be less expensive than new, OEM cartridges.

I was mildly shocked  when I picked up the cartridges and saw the invoice - $89.00 per cartridge!  My bill was $356.00 plus tax.

Lets do some comparison shopping.  Office Max in Council Bluffs sells the HP color cartridges for $91.99 and the black for $82.99.  That's a total of $358.96.  But wait, they also sell a package of the 3 color cartridges for $247.99.  Add in the black and that full set would cost $330.98!  All of these were new OEM cartridges.

Office Max also sells store brand cartridges.  Color cartridges are $74.99 each and the black cartridge is $69.99 for a total of $294.96!

I should have asked the price before I dropped off the cartridges for refilling. The "refilled" cartridges came in boxes marked as "Premium Compatible Cartridge".  There are no other supplier information on the box.

Finally, it took 2 1/2 weeks from the time I dropped off the spent cartridges to when refilled cartridges were back.  The bottom line is that refilled cartridges (at least for my HP 2605) from Jiffy Laser is not a bargain!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Lake Manawa Sunrise

This photo was taken during my early morning bicycle ride (before its too hot to ride).  Stopped along E. Manawa Drive  for the photo.  The land jutting into the lake is Boy Scout Island.

Canon PowerShot S95   f/4.5 at 1/500 sec.   Three bracketed exposures (2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV).  9.6 mm, ISO 100.  Processed with HDR Photo Pro.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alien Endo

Just for fun.  Alien endo?  Skills area at Midwest Mountain Bike Festival

Canon EOS Rebel T1i   f/5.0  at 1/500 sec   25.0 mm,   ISO 100  Cropped from original file.  Processed with Photoshop Elements with ACR 6.4

Riverfront Trail

Riverfront Trail,  Bettendorf, IA   Trek 7200 FX
Canon PowerShot S95  f/4.0 at 1/1600 sec  Three bracketed exposures (2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV)  6.0 mm  ISO 100  Processed with HDR Photo Pro

Parkview Loop

Parkview Loop, Scott County Park, Eldridge, IA.  Trek Fuel EX7.  Taken during Midwest Mountain Bike Festival

Canon PowerShot S95   f/2.0 at 1/30 sec   Three bracketed exposures (2.0, 0.0, -2.0 EV)   6 mm  ISO 250  Processed by HDR Photo Pro