Good Printer & not have to mortgage for ink?

Micro-star international / Ms-7252
May 20, 2011 at 19:29:32
Specs: Windows XP, 2.009 GHz / 495 MB
I realize that my question is somewhat subjective,....but just wondering what some of your experiences have been related to finding a decent inkjet printer, that doesn't require a second mortgage just to buy ink cartridges. I now have a Canon Pixma MP450, which is a great printer,....but the cartridges cost as much as a printer,.....and don't seem to last too long either. They supposedly have a chip on them, which negates the opportunity to buy generic ones,....and there aren't a wealth of refill places around either. So, my question again, is has anyone found a good printer that has cartridges that are reasonably priced,....and/or can be replaced with cheaper generic ones? I'd be most interested to hear! Thanks in advance!

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#1
May 21, 2011 at 02:00:46
The higher the wall the longer the ladder someone will make to surmount it.

Check ink supplier websites (e.g. jrinkjet.co.uk) to see if there are instructions on refilling the ink cartridge for the printer in question. JR already sell re-manufactured cartidges for such.

You do not advise where you are, but here in the UK, laser and inkjet cartridge refill shops are many. Clearly there is a demand for their services.

Advise back how you get on.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#2
May 21, 2011 at 03:08:48
Youtube is a good place to see how to refill cartridges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSc-...

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#3
May 21, 2011 at 09:27:25
My experience - refilling has a loss of quality. Black not so black, etc. It is cheaper. It clogs print jets.
Manufacturers are giving away printers to get you to buy and use their supplies. Judging the cost of the printer to ink is invalid because of this <IMHO>.

Many reviews have been made using page count as a basis. Might search a few reviews at tom's hardware. I like the Canon and Epson printers with the individual print tanks. Especially for images. I have looked at lasers. Most inexpensive of the bunch if $100 per cartridge is not a problem. 5000 pages average is a good run. How many are we getting out of the ink jets? 1000?


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#4
May 21, 2011 at 10:11:55
"My experience - refilling has a loss of quality. Black not so black, etc. It is cheaper. It clogs print jets."

Unless you are printing photos on photo paper, what does quality matter when you might just be printing word docs.

If, you are finding the jets get clogged, I must be lucky, I don't seem to have that problem.
If that was a problem I would have thought all the cartridge refill shops on the High Street would have gone bust by now.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#5
May 21, 2011 at 10:31:48
..or I could be exceptionaly unlocky with this.
Lost a piezo print head in an Epson. Cost of print head was too high to replace.
Tried a few, re-fill yourself and retail refilled. Not worth the savings to me.

"If that was a problem I would have thought all the cartridge refill shops on the High Street would have gone bust by now. "
How true. The market does seem to make or break depending on demand.

http://www.consumersearch.com/print...


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#6
May 21, 2011 at 13:37:39
Get a dot matrix printer. Ink is like $10.


Stop printing off every cotton pickin page.

Reduce print to lower settings.

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#7
May 22, 2011 at 12:48:42
Hi;
Thanks everyone for your posts. First off,....I'm in Canada,....Vancouver actually,...and most of the ink-refill locations have left the malls,...and are few and far between from what I can see. I hadn't thought about the personal re-fill route before now,....since my last experience was less than successful. But from the videos,....the processes seem to have improved.
I guess what I was hoping for more than anything else, was any experiences folks have had with their printers and the replacement costs of cartridges. My last printer, an HP wasn't as expensive as this one for ink,....so I guess I'm just going to have to do more research on-line as well as talk to sales folks at computer stores, etc.
Thanks again,.......Pat

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