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Welcome to my blog at Carefreeoffice.com. My intention is that here, on occasion, I'll post some tidbit of information related to the great big world of office imaging or maybe a helpful "Technical Tip" on how to get the most from your paper-producing armada of printers, copiers, multifunction systems & scanners.  I offer my advance apology for any other random thoughts appearing here.

Carefree December Free Printer Giveaway / Winter Coat Drive

Written by Chris Jones Monday, December 01, 2014 08:00

man with winter coates

Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

We have an exciting December ahead of us. We are giving away some free printers and we're also collecting winter coats for those in need. Read on to learn more...

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Save on Toners plus Win 4 Tickets to see the Washington Nationals!

Written by Chris Jones Friday, September 05, 2014 07:54

On September 27th the Washington Nationals will be playing against the Marlins and we would love to send you four tickets to this game!

To be entered into the drawing to win four Nats tickets, just purchase toners from Carefree by September 22nd and your company will be entered into the drawing.

Read more: Save on Toners plus Win 4 Tickets to see the Washington Nationals!

   

Case Study: American Society of Civil Engineers

Written by Chris Jones Friday, August 08, 2014 08:00

With the help of Carefree Office Technology, ASCE transformed their aged printing fleet to an optimized, streamlined and energy efficient managed print program.

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So, You Want A Proposal for your Copier or MFP, But Don't Have Time To Meet?

Written by Chris Jones Friday, February 21, 2014 12:07

It happens every day. We get an email or phone call from a potential new customer needing to upgrade a copier or MFP. That’s great! We appreciate the opportunity to earn a new client relationship… that’s one of the things that makes our world go round! So, the first thing we do is schedule an appointment to meet the prospective new customer and learn face-to-face about their unique requirements and do what we call a Site Survey.

Most of the time, we agree on a time to meet at the client’s office. However, occasionally the prospective new client is hesitant about actually meeting in person - they’d prefer that we just send a quote based on the short list of requirements that they are aware of….

Ahhh, this is an important ‘red flag’ which can cause us to respectfully withdraw from the ‘opportunity’. Why is this bad news for us if the client won’t meet face-to-face? 25 years of experience has taught us the following about potential clients that won’t take the time to meet us for an information gathering visit:

Read more: So, You Want A Proposal for your Copier or MFP, But Don't Have Time To Meet?

   

4 Costly Mistakes You Could Be Making When Refreshing Your Copier

Written by Chris Jones Thursday, February 06, 2014 12:17

Customers commonly make these four costly mistakes when replacing their obsolete copiers and multifunction devices or MFDs (the modern “copier” is actually an all-in-one that can copy, print, scan & fax).

Read more: 4 Costly Mistakes You Could Be Making When Refreshing Your Copier

   

Copier at end-of-lease?

Written by Chris Jones Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:49

Time to lease or purchase a new copier? -- Despite changing business demands, many organizations turn to the same vendors contract after contract. Frequently, these vendors suggest deployment of newer versions of equipment with similar technology, in essence maintaining the status quo for another contracting cycle. However, taking a strategic approach to these activities can result in significant savings.

Read more: Copier at end-of-lease?

   

Join our Newsletter

Written by Chris Jones Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:27

Join our eNewsletter subscriber list--  Here at Carefree, we've developed a monthly newsletter designed to keep you informed on the happenings in the great big world of office imaging. For instance, we use this once-monthly email newsletter to:

  • quickly inform you of special promotions and discounts at Carefree
  • communicate ways to save money on office printing
  • pass on helpful technical tips that will help you get the most from your office printing, copying and scanning technology
  • announce fun contests for tickets to local sporting events and other great prizes

Would you like to be among the 'first to know' when things are happening? If so, please click on the following link to subscribe to our newsletter:
http://www.carefreeoffice.com/newsletter

   

My Favorite Movie of the Last Ten Years

Written by Chris Jones Tuesday, November 08, 2011 14:51

The Best Movie for Families (and especially Fathers) is at theatres now-  It's called "COURAGEOUS" and I highly recommend it for the whole family (maybe 8 and older).  But hurry, because it likley won't be at theaters long as all good spiritually-based films seem to have short showings these days (think "Soul Surfer").  Plenty of cop excitement for the teenage boys (mine are 14 and 17 and they loved it) and lots for the girls and moms to like too.  A real Life-Changer movie!  Rated PG.  See a review here and don't miss this movie:  

http://www.courageousthemovie.com/themovie

   

Announcing Lexmark Printer Authorized Service Certification

Written by Chris Jones Wednesday, November 02, 2011 13:51

Lexmark Printer Warranty Service and Repair Authorizations now held by Carefree Office Technology, Inc.-  While our printer technicians have been qualified and highly experienced to provide Lexmark repairs and maintenance for many years, COT only recently decided to become Lexmark printer certfied for both warranty and non-warranty printer issues. Now, our clients with Lexmark printers, mfps and all-ones can receive Lexmark warranty service too. Onsite service is available! Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 703-385-1700 for more info!

   

HP Printer Support: Avoiding a Printer Service Call for Paper Jams

Written by Chris Jones Thursday, October 27, 2011 13:40

HP Printer Support: Avoiding a Printer Service Call for Paper Jams-  One of the most common HP printer problems in the popular Hewlett-Packard LaserJet  4200, 4300, 4250, 4350, P4015, P4515, and the P3005 series of printers is that the adjustable guides in the paper trays are not set correctly for the size of paper being used.  If the paper is not getting pulled up and out of the paper tray and into the printer, then this is most likely your problem.  You need to check and set both the side & the rear guides to match the paper size that you're using.  Pull out all of the paper and look at the bottom of the tray to examine the adjustable guides to make sure they are in the correct position for your paper.  If you still have paper input jams after following this advice, give us a call or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll be in your office in a hurry!

   

Lexmark and Low Cost Compatible Toner

Written by Chris Jones Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:02

It's not a good thing when a printer manufacturer tries to keep end-users from utilizing lower cost compatible toner supplies...See how Lexmark has the U.S. Int'l Trade Commission fighting this battle for it: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-international-trade-commission-rules-in-lexmarks-favor-2011-09-30?reflink=MW_news_stmp

   

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