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Old 11-01-2015, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If you do a lot of printing, I suggest investing in a laser printer. Those things last forever on a single cartridge, and cost per page is far lower than inkject. Printer ink is the biggest scam of all time - they really should regulate the prices of those.

But for now, laser printers are the way to go, despite the higher initial cost.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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NorthStarDelight, I probably don't print enough for a laser printer, plus aren't those types of printers all bulky & space-consuming? I'll have to think about getting one of those.
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Old 11-01-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I have a Canon MG8220 printer (because I need to be able to print on CD and DVD disks).
It has separate ink cartridges, two of them black.
One of them (a narrow one) claims to be *photo black* and the other (wider), I guess *regular black*.

I can buy a whole set if necessary from Amazon for a rather low price, and they are all the high capacity ones.
When you look at the cartridges, you can fill them up all the way or (I guess) only half way ...

The printer came with one set where it only seemed filled halfway !!

I have been buying via Amazon for about 3 years now and never had a *problem*, but ...
You need to open the cartridges over a waste basket, especially if you live over 2000 feet ! (I am at 6000 feet)
You open the package anywhere else, you WILL have ink on your hands, fingers, desk or carpet !!
Been there, done that !!

BUT ... If you want, especially *photo* prints to last forever ...
Then invest a true original replacement cartridges.
These refills last only about two years, and then the colours fade !!

Be honest with yourself, do you know where your two years old hard-copy photographs are ???
99 percent of all my pics are on disk !! The rest is on my phone !
Also, I am not a professional who needs umpteens of hard copy day in day out !!

I do not complain for a measly amount of less than 6 dollars !!!
You get what you pay for, and most of the time (for me !!) black is black !!
The colours are OK, for the time I mentioned !

Costco refills:
I used to get it done by them, but if you have an HP printer, the secret lies in refilling them while only half empty !!
Any less, and most of the time they will not *register* with the printer !!
*Problem* there is that they still a full price for half the ink !!!

So I junked my HP printer, and got a Canon.
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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NorthStarDelight, I probably don't print enough for a laser printer, plus aren't those types of printers all bulky & space-consuming? I'll have to think about getting one of those.
Yes, they are a bit bigger than regular printers, but they don't take up that much space, imo.

I don't print a lot either, but I was filled with such rage at being ripped off by the price of replacement cartridges, I was like "never again!"

It's the same reason I wished fire and brimestone to rain down on Polaroid - them selling those ridiculous cameras for cheap and having to pay a dollar for each "instant" photo - back in the 1970's. (!)

I tried doing the self-fill once - I still had ink on my hands a week later...lol.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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LD Products. Another reputable company.
2nded. Been using for years. Even started buying ink for work through them.



Printer Ink and Toner - Inkjet Cartridges - 4inkjets
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP back. Thanks guys!

irman, I had a Canon in the past which I didn't personally like because it took 5 cartridges as opposed to the usual 4, which is enough (& it wasn't a photo printer).
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Canon Inkjet Printer Litigation Home

I just found out there's a Canon Inkjet Printer Litigation going on & above is the site about it.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:01 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Canon Inkjet Printer Litigation Home

I just found out there's a Canon Inkjet Printer Litigation going on & above is the site about it.
Hmmm ... Thanks for the heads up.
I have been using mine for a long time and never had a problem with it.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I had a business some time ago where I refilled toner and ink jet cartridges. There is about $4 worth of toner and about 3 cents worth of ink in those cartridges. They get you with the low cost printer but get you hooked on the very expensive cartridges.
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