Ah, Free Enterprise. Don't ya love it?I have a friend who
worked for HP before moving on. He told me that WalMart required HP to fill
cartridges less than half full but HP refused and threatened to expose the
WalMart scam if WM raised a fuss.Whatever happened to honest
business practices? Now it sounds as if even HP isn't standing up for
consumers. I know I've paid more than a small fortune for HP printer ink.
They've even rigged it so I can no longer take cartridges to the mall for a
refill.I'll bet that if just one person started an HONEST
business making these things, they would blow all the other manufacturers
completely away. Why doesn't someone try it?
HP seems to be the worst. Their toner and ink is hideously expensive, and they
have always seemed to be able to keep aftermarket manufacturers from getting in
on the market, unlike some others. Not only that, at least with my printer, if
you get a refill cartridge from one of the aftermarket places, the printer
refuses to accept it and you have to find a cheat online to make it work. What a
rip off to the consumer, let alone encouraging people to ditch their printer for
one cheaper to operate.
Nothing wrong with free enterprise. Manufacturers can choose to do whatever
they want. I'm just not stupid enough to fall for it. Companies
eventually reap what they sow.I buy after-market ink and it works
fine on my Epson Workforce printer. There are multiple choices for doing that
too. You can buy replacement cartridges or you can acually get large reservoirs
that attach to the outside of the printer that have hoses running to the
cartridges inside. They would last for years all for the price of what the OEM
cartridges would cost to purchase once.I think the market/consumer
should get educated and make wise decisions. What comes around goes
around...which is exactly why there is a plethora of after-market options for
Once you have the ink cartridge(s), just refill it/them at Costco!
The world is full of conspiring men who just want to make money any way they
can. They will sell a half full cartridge and giggle. Nice scam they have
My suggestion? Buy an older printer.I own an HP 1220c which has huge
cartridges and seems to printer forever. The resolution isn't quite as high
as the newer printers, but it does an excellent job of printing virtually
anything I ask of it. Best of all, I can use the inexpensive after market inks.
My costs are 1/10th of what a new HP cartridge would cost me.
I was having mine refilled at Costco (HP printer) and then the printer
wouldn't take them saying they were 'expired'.
I thought it was common knowledge that the ink in a new printer wasn't
full?As far as using 3rd party ink... I guess if you just printing
casual stuff it probably won't matter, for anyone looking for accurate
color fidelity and consistency/quality 3rd party ink usually won't cut it.
Here is a real secret no one seems to know. The bigger the printer
you buy the more economical the ink becomes. Step up to a 13" wide printer
and the ink drops in price per/ml. Step up from that to a 17" wide printer
and the ink drops even more per ml, then go up to a 24" wide printer (okay
the 24 inch printers are HUGE)and the ink drops even more per ml. It's not
just a little bit either, the ink per ml is astronomically cheaper in the larger
printers. If you do much printing run the math and I think most people would
realize it's actually cheaper to buy the more expensive/larger printers in
the long run, the cheaper ink offsets the initial expense of the printer, plus
you get all the benefits those printers provide.
I just quit buying printers altogether! How many other consumers are taking
this path with me?
Capitalism at its best, consumer beware anything is fair when trying to make a
@jrgl"I just quit buying printers altogether! How many other
consumers are taking this path with ust print at the office!"I'm with you. Just print at the office! : )
I beat the system:I use an Epson Artisan 710 color photo printer for
my home based business. I have been using it for at least three years and have
never purchased any ink from Epson. I use a Continuous Ink Supply System from
Amazon (buy from Amazon because they require their sellers to take returns and
not all CISS systems are created equally).A CISS is a ink system
with a tank and small ink tubes leading to the print cartridges. Mine lasted for
two years before I had to refill it and it only cost me $64.00 including
shipping and handling. It has never given me a problem. When I did run out of
ink I refilled it from the CISS I bought from another company (bad idea,
don't ask Straight FFFF rating at the BBB). I have printed the
labels on over 1500 CDs and DVDs and more than 400 letter size full color glossy
photos, plus thousands of regular letter size pages. I figure the ink costs me
less than $.01 a page and about the same to print a full color label on a DVD.
One word:Laser Jet:)
@A voice of Reason"One word:Laser Jet:)"The most reason I ever heard out of this guy! I agree!
What I don't think the article ever actually answered is the burning
question of WHY (in the heck!!!) does printer ink COST SO STINKIN' MUCH in
the first place???Is inkjet ink made from special dust collected
from the surface of Mars (at a cost of $1 billion per pound)?!!I
mean.... REALLY!! WHY is the stuff SO expensive??
LValfre,While I'm not so sure I'm too happy to hear that
being my 'most' reasonable moment, I'm glad someone sees the
sense in Laser Jet printers. lolInspectorC,No no,
it's official now. Mars-harvested Ink, by HP!