Franchise Spotlight: Printer Cartridges
The rising demand for affordable ink replacement options means this is an industry offering a range of franchise opportunities.
Statistics show that the ink manufacturing industry in America was worth an impressive $3billion in 2021 (Ibis World). Originally, ink printer cartridges which had run out had to be replaced by the original equipment manufacturer - at high cost to the consumer.
Printer Cartridge franchises have given customers the option to refill their cartridges and replace ink without having to return to costly dealers. As this market expands, franchisees offer entrepreneurs the chance to take advantage of this growing sector and provide a service to consumers looking for more cost-effective ink replacement alternatives.
Most printer cartridge replacement/refill companies are also keen to highlight the environmental benefits of using such a service - refilling old cartridges is more much appealing to the eco-aware consumer than buying new and disposing of old cartridges in landfill.
A Caboodle Cartridge franchisee can own and manage their own store providing remanufactured cartridges for printers as well as copy and fax machines. For franchisees looking for a more mobile opportunity, Cartridges on Wheels are a van-based model offering printing supplies ‘delivered to your desktop’.
Printer Cartridge Industry Analysis
Franchisees looking to invest in the printer cartridge sector will need good managerial skills, business acumen and a passion for sales and customer service. Most companies offer full training in all areas of the business and do not expect franchisees to have previous experience in the printing industry.
With a range of options available to franchisees - from mobile, van based business models to high street shop investments, franchising in the printer cartridge sector can be lucrative. Industry research suggests that up to one million ink cartridges are thrown away every day. With consumers looking for greener and more cost effective solutions, franchising in the printer cartridge refill industry could prove to be a successful investment.