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#16 francescob

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:01

Overpriced ink and dodgy printers which won't allow you to print when the carts are low or if one colour is out. Printer makers are *******s. 

 

Even worse are the printers that when the black cartridge is empty start printing black using all the color cartridges, emptying them in no time. Or those that print black with the color cartridges when you print on both sides (some crappy Canons).




#17 cork1958

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:14

What's really surprising is that the cost of ink hasn't come down much since I got my first printer back in 1997!!

 

What's worse than that is I have to go out and buy a new cartridge when I do mostly because the dang ink has simply dried up so bad it's unusable!



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 17:36

Today's lesson kids:

 

Refill your ink cartridges with your blood !

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#19 +Nik L

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 17:47

Absolute scam.  But then again, 3rd party replacements and refills are also worthless...



#20 jren207

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 17:56

It depends on cartridges that are either just simple ink tanks, or whether they have a print head built into the cartridge.

I own an Epson printer, and they are just ink tanks, so it means I can't recycle them for money, as they are worthless to anyone else, however they are still quite expensive because of being "genuine high quality ink".

Also you need to have a bit of ink still left in the cartridge, because if it dries out completely, then the print head will be clogged and damaged.

Luckily there are people who bulk buy genuine cartridges for printers, then if their printer dies, they sell them on eBay, then I bulk buy them myself, and use them, or do the same should mine die! :D

#21 Max Norris

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 18:02

Cheaper just to buy a new printer more often than not.  Kind of wish I hadn't gotten rid of my dinosaur Okidata line printer for simple stuff that didn't need to be pretty.. that thing would go forever, and cost near nothing to re-ink.



#22 n_K

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 18:38

Cheaper just to buy a new printer more often than not.  Kind of wish I hadn't gotten rid of my dinosaur Okidata line printer for simple stuff that didn't need to be pretty.. that thing would go forever, and cost near nothing to re-ink.

Ironically the printer manufacturers got smarter on that front, the ink cartridges you get with new printers are only about half full.



#23 perochan

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 18:43

the ink will also dry up if I don't use it a lot. so... ya... ink is a gold digger.



#24 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 17:00

I gave up on the whole ink drying up issue and went out and bought a laser printer instead.

 

No more ink drying out!



#25 +primortal

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 17:03

Consumer Reports just did an article on this, http://www.consumerr...r-ink/index.htm



#26 Roger H.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 19:38

Moved to Jokes & Funny Stuff



#27 Rohdekill

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 19:53

Perhaps it's just me, but I haven't had a need to print anything for freakin' years now.  

 

Work is different as I need to print a form to capture customer signatures...although I've been arguing for years now that a tablet would actually save us money, time, ink and paper.



#28 papercut2008uk

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 21:36

Today's lesson kids:

 

Refill your ink cartridges with your blood !

 

that makes a lot of sense, must be the reason you get a syringe with refill kits. 



#29 +D. FiB3R

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 21:46

CISS_CANON_MP500.jpg

 

Get a CISS. It's soooooooooooo much cheaper to run in inkjet printer with one of these.

 

I have one hooked up to my Canon MP810 and it's great.



#30 Aergan

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 22:18

They covered this recently on Watchdog in the UK. Also the amount of actual ink per cartridge has dramatically reduced since 2006/7. Cannon, HP and Epsom being the worst offenders in the program - all justified it by "ink saving techniques in modern printing".

 

As a HP inkjet printer owner, I get bled dry over the cost of ink.





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