Sunday, December 31, 2006

January Special

To mark the start of 2007, all new customers will receive free postage upon mentioning this advertisement. There is no minimum quantity to purchase. Previous customers, introduce a new customer to us and both of you will receive free postage. Remember to let us know who you referred.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Weekly Tip No 25 - Stay safe this festive season

Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to see you again in 2007!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Weekly Tip No 24 - Print your own christmas cards

Even with a basic printer, you can create and print your own customized christmas cards for your family and friends. ECB Inkjet provides good quality paper and ink for this.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Weekly Tip No 23 - Service Utility for Epson

SSC Service Utility allow you to do many amazing things with Your Epson printer :
1) Work directly with CSIC in Epson Stylus printers cartridges.
2) Reset or rewrite any chip using special addon device.
3) Freeze internal ink counters.
4) Reset internal ink counters even with empty cartridges.
5) Separate cleaning of color and black heads for all Epson inkjet printers, powerful cleaning mode.
6) Hot swapping of cartridges supported.
7) Resetting of protection counter (even then it is already full).
8) More then 100 different Epson printers supported
Get it at

Friday, December 01, 2006

December Special

This month, send an email to with the subject 'Merry Christmas', and you will receive a mystery christmas gift from us.

Weekly Tip No 22 - Waste Ink Counter

Whenever you clean a cartridge, the cleaning ink will end up in a waste ink absorber pad. When this pad is full, the printer will stop working and show a message saying expired part or counter full. By researching on the internet, you can save a healthy sum for a simple reset and clean procedure at the repair shop.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Weekly Tip No 21 - All-in-one multifunctions

All-in-one multifunctions are compact and convenient. However, when it stops working, so are all the included functions (print, fax, copy).

Weekly Tip No 21 - All-in-one multifunctions

All-in-one multifunctions are compact and convenient. However, when it stops working, so are all the included functions of the machine (fax, copier, printer etc).

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Weekly Tip No 20 - ink drying time vs ink consumption

A printer with quick drying ink will be more easily clogged. Therefore, it will be programmed to clean the printhead more frequently. The result? Higher ink consumption. So put this into consideration if you are shopping around for a printer.

Monday, November 06, 2006

November Special - Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Free postage for orders above AUD50.00 is here to stay for good. In the month of November, buy any 3 Canon, Epson or Brother compatible cartridges and get an extra one free of charge upon mentioning this advertisement. Free cartridge must be equal or lesser value than any 3 of the cartridges purchased.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Weekly Tip No 19 - Ink Consumption

One factor that will affect your color ink consumption is the cleaning cycles of the printer. Printers are designed to automatically purge and clean all of the inkjet nozzles on a programmed schedule. During the cleaning process, the printer draws out a small amount of ink to remove air bubbles from the cartridge and to remove dust and dried ink from the nozzles and channels. This ensures high print quality and helps to prolong the life of the printhead. This process is common to all ink jet printers.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Weekly Tip No 18 - Storage of printers

Epson printers should always be stored with the ink tanks in place, whether they are empty or not. Removing the cartridges exposes the ink feed tubes directly to the drying effects of air. This applies to most other brands as well.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Weekly Tip No 17 - Tips for choosing the right printer.

The price of laser printers and inkjet printers is making headline news these days. You can buy a laser printer for under $100, an inkjet printer under $50. So, maybe it is time to buy a new printer now, but which type and model of printer is good for you?
Here is a short list of things to consider before you make your purchase decision:
1. Your need - what do you do with your printer? printing photos? documents? artwork? How many pages do you need to print each month? If you want to print a lot of photos, you should consider the photo printers. The color output and printing quality are much better than the standard color inkjet printers. Laser printer is usually not good for printing photos but it is good for printing lot of documents.
2. Printer price - what is your budget? With the steep drop of printer price, you will have a lot of choices for under $100.
3. Functionality - if you are buying a photo printer, do you want it to be compatible with your digital camera so you can download the photos directly from the camera's memory card without connecting to your PC?
4. Resolution - printing quality at different settings (draft, normal, fine). Photos and artwork would obviously require a high resolution.
5. Printing speed - how many pages of photos/documents can it print per minutes?
6. Printer drivers and software support - does the printer manufacturer provide good technical support including easy to install printer drivers, free software?
7. Noise level - can the printer run quietly? It is also an indication of printer quality.
8. Cartridge design - if you are buying a color inkjet printer, does the printer use one color cartridge for all colors or does it use separate color cartridges? Using separate color cartridge means that you only need to replace one color cartridge if that color runs out of ink. It may save you money in the long run.
9. Print output - how many pages can each cartridge print? High yield cartridges are obviously better. It saves both cartridge expenses and reduce cartridge waste (good for the environment)
10. Printer head and cartridge design - some printer cartridges have smart chips installed or printer head incorporated. This makes it impossible to recycle / refill the original cartridges or use compatible replacement cartridges.
11. Taking pts 8, 9 and 10 into consideration, estimate your printer cost. If your cartridge is low yield and you are forced to buy expensive genuine name brand replacement cartridges, the printing cost can be substantial over a short period of time.

Remember the price of printer is a fixed, one time investment, but buying replacement cartridges is a variable, continuous expense. So don't just look at the price tag of a new printer, consider other variables. Having the flexibility of using different types of printer cartridges (such as the remanufactured or compatible cartridges, refill kits) is a clear advantage for users with a tight budget.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Weekly Tip No 16 - Avoiding A Mess

When refilling cartridge for the first time, one thing most people probably forget is to have plenty of newspaper and old rags around to catch any stray ink. So, before you get too excited about saving money by refilling, make sure you don't end up spending more by damaging some precious things by the ink.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Weekly Tip No 15 - Don't Fry Your Printer

While you should regularly clean your printer, electrically powered cleaning devices such as vacuum cleaner should never be used to around your computer or printer. They can cause a tremendous amount of static electricity and fry your printer's circuit boards. Use a battery operated vacuum or compressed air to clean your printer.

October Special - Free Postage + Goodies

Free postage offer for orders worth $50 dollars and over has been extended through the month of October. What's more? Orders above $100 will receive a $10 voucher for you to spend in our store next time.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Weekly Tip No 14 - Use your printer regularly

Even if there is nothing to print, it is a practice to print a few test pages. This will keep the print head moist and the ink flowing, reducing the chances of clogging.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Weekly Tip No 13 - Cleaning The Paper Feed Rollers

Take a piece of thick matte paper, inexpensive water color paper or other absorbent paper, and spray one side of it until slightly damp with ammoniated window cleaner like Windex (NOT soaking wet so that it disintegrates). Next, load it through the printer several times with the LOAD/EJECT button, flipping the paper around one side and then the other. If the paper dries out, give it another spray and repeat a few more times. This may also clean some ink spills on some of the rollers. Then send some normal bond paper through the printer to dry everything off.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Weekly Tip No 12 - Switch off your printer properly

Switch off your printer using the on/off button. Don't switch it off directly at the power source. Switching off at the on/off button ensures that the 'capping' mechanism to be fully engage, sealing the outside air from the printhead. And you can keep your printer longer.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

September Special - Tell Your Friends About Us!

Due to popular request, August Special (Free postage for orders above $50 upon mentioning this advertisement) has been extended through the month of September. Yay!

To keep our prices low, we rely on word-of-mouth from our customer, the cheapest and arguably the best method of advertising. In the month of September, we will reward you for doing just that! Simply tell your friends what you like about ECB Inkjet, be it the low prices, quality products or the friendly people (*grin*), and we will give you a $5 credit to spend in our store!

After telling your friends, simply claim your reward by sending an email to with the subject 'ECB referral'. And when you order from us, we will take $5 off your total.

Weekly Tip No 11 - How to get more out of your toner

When many toner cartridges start to skip, streak, miss, etc., they still have 10-15% of their toner left. This is more often the case with copiers and faxes when they show vertical streaks on the printed page. Remove the cartridge and gently shake, tip and rotate to redistribute the toner. Then just put it back in the machine and keep working. You will usually get 10-15% more out of your cartridge this way (you can do this two or three times to get most of it out).

Friday, August 25, 2006

Weekly TIp No 10 - Never Run Back-to-Back Cleaning Cycles

It just makes things worse! Give the cartridge a chance to let some ink flow in between cleaning cycles. After running a cleaning cycle, always print a "nozzle check" or "test print" between cleaning cycles. Then, wait a few minutes. Print two or three pages of a color pattern or a color-balanced image (this will purge air bubbles or foamy ink that a cleaning cycle may not get). If the printing is still not looking good, repeat the above.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Weekly Tip No 9 - Make your own printhead cleaning cartridge

When refilling the cartridge, add about 5% of cleaning solution together with the ink. And everytime you print with the cartridge, you will be cleaning the printhead at the same time.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Weekly Tip No 8 - Dye and pigment Ink

Pigment ink will last longer than dye based ink and is waterproof. But it comes at a higher price.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Weekly Tip No 7 - Recycling

When you thought you were paying for a brand new toner cartridge. Some of the parts and components inside are actually "Recycled Parts"!
Here's proof:
...and the sad part is, original manufacturers still charge you that same "New Toner" price.

August Special - Free Postage

What's better than already low price quality products? Free postage of course! In the month of August, orders worth $50 dollars or over will be free from postal charges. Hurry, it ends this month!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Weekly Tip No 6 - Air bubble when refilling

When refilling a normal cartridge, the sponge inside will trap air bubbles which will result in inconsistent prints. A spongeless cartridge is the solution.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Weekly Tip No 5 - save ink

Some printers automatically charges ink whenever it is switched off and back on again. So save more ink by keeping your printer on

Thursday, July 20, 2006

New stock arrival

We are pleased to announce that compatible cartridges for the iP4200 iP5200 iP6600 MP500 MP800 MP950 are now available. Check them out at our online store or eBay store

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Weekly Tip No 4 - Boot up faster

Your computer will load faster if the printer is switched off or disconnected, because it doesn't need to load the printer software.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Week Tip No 3 - dried up ink

If you have not use the printer for quite a while, the ink around the cartridge nozzle could be dried up and block the ink flow. To solve it, run some warm water near the nozzle (but becareful not to let the water in).

Friday, June 30, 2006

July Special

Rank the following according to what you look for when purchasing inkjet products online and we will give you a $5 credit to spend in our online store.

(a)Quality (b)Price (c)Fast despatch (d)easy to use website (e)Able to return when product is faulty (f)good customer service

Weekly Tip No 2 - Refilling Ink Cartridges

Refiling is best carried out when the cartridge is one-fifth full

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Weekly Tip No 1 - Temperature

Ink is best stored at room temperature. Too hot, it will evaporate and degrade, too cold, it will crystallise and block the printhead.