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Starting an ink refill business without any machine?

Discussion in 'Retail Refillers Forum' started by oroszi, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Jul 23, 2013
    oroszi

    oroszi Newbie to Printing

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    Hi there.
    My wife recently lost here job, and I was thinking to help her with an ink refill business. The only "problem" is that she doesn't like machines, computers etc.
    Is it possible to start this kind of business without using (at least at the beginning...) a refilling machine?
    Thank you!
     
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    Simon R.

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    You can start by using refill kits to refill inkjet cartridges, but I don't see much profit unless you have high demand, which you would be able to supply using just the refill kits.
    Solely my opinion. Anybody else?
     
  3. Jul 24, 2013
    PeterBJ

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    Injecting ink into an ink cartridge with sponges and built in print head is easy. Getting the the cartridge to work properly after refill is not always easy. How would you test the cartridge without a printer for that cartridge or without a special test printer/machine? You will need a lot of different printers or special test equipment. I have refilled many of these cartridges and my success rate is well below 50%.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2013
    ghwellsjr

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    You also have to be concerned about customers who take a refilled cartridge home and find that it doesn't work or that the ink fades after a few months. I don't think refilling is a business that anyone should start if they have to ask questions like the ones you're asking. Are you in a location that doesn't already have lot's of well-established ink-refillers already? Even many drugstores are offering this service. Why do you think anyone would go to your wife?
     
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    oroszi

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    Thank you all for your replies.
    To Ghwellsjr: I'm asking this question, because (besides my wife doesn't like tech) where I am located, it's very difficult (and twice as expensive) to get a refilling machine. Also we thought about this business because there actually no companies, drugstores, or ink refillers that provide the service.
    With no offense to PeterBJ, I heard better numbers (less than 50% success rate) searching n the Internet. However, is there any way to increase that number?
    Again, thank you all for your help.
     
  6. Jul 31, 2013
    ghwellsjr

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    Are there several places where people can buy OEM or third-party ink cartridges?
     
  7. Jul 31, 2013
    oroszi

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    As far as I know there are 3 or 4 places downtown, and the majority of the population lives in a neighborhood 4 clics away, where I live... and no ink sell or refill in the hood.
     
  8. Aug 1, 2013
    ghwellsjr

    ghwellsjr Printer Master Platinum Printer Member

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    How many people live in your neighborhood and how far away is 4 clics?
     
  9. Aug 1, 2013
    cls

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    clicks is a military destination term for 1000 meter or 1 kilometer (0.62 miles)
     
  10. Aug 1, 2013
    PeterBJ

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