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Drug Chains Court Home Printers

10/05/2006 09:04:00 AM Eastern

New York — Two major drug chains announced new services designed for consumers who print or upload their images from the comfort of their homes.

Walgreens courted home printers with a new inkjet cartridge refilling service while Longs Drug Stores announced a partnership with Hewlett-Packard’s online service Snapfish.

Walgreens will offer black and color inkjet cartridge refilling at 1,500 of its roughly 5,500 stores using TonerHead’s Ink-O-Dem refilling station. According to a Walgreens spokesperson, the refill takes 15 minutes and will cost approximately half of what a new cartridge would command. Prices will vary based on cartridge type.

The Ink-O-Dem station is operated by store personnel and supports most of the popular inkjet printers on the market except for Canon, the spokesperson said.

Longs Drugs’ online photo Web-site will now include a host of new photo-editing tools courtesy of its Snapfish tie-up. It will also allow the drug chain to offer over 90 different photo gifts and accessories, such as books, calendars, mugs, and t-shirts, through its online store.

Longs currently uses HP’s Photosmart Studio kiosks in 100 of its stores. The kiosks are capable of making photo gifts – such as books and wide format posters – in under an hour in-store.