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September 2nd, 2002

Inkjet Cartridges Cost Too Much

A simple gripe: inkjet cartridges cost too much.

A bit over a year ago, I purchased a new HP DeskJet printer that would work with my PC and with my future Mac. The printer cost around $120, brand new, which was a fantastic deal given the quality of output. My previous printer was a few years old and functioned fine, yet cost around double the new one when I bought it.

Since I bought the DeskJet, though, I’ve had to replace ink cartridges either 3 or 4 times. Not unexpected… but at $35-$40 a pop, I’ve already spent the cost of the printer on cartridges! HP is following the old “give them the razor, sell them the blades” philosophy when it comes to printers, for sure.

So now I’m on a mission. I have been traditionally rather scared of those inkjet refill kits – they seem rather messy and of low quality. What I’m looking for is a really good refill kit, with good quality ink, for a fair price. The ultimate, though, would be the same kit from an environmentally-friendly company that offers soy-based inks.

Wish me luck.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 2, 2002 -- 11:28:15 am
I tried those refill kits, once. I made a huge mess, got ink everywhere, and still ended up buying replacement cartridges. If you find a solution let me know.



FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 2, 2002 -- 12:13:25 pm
Sounds pretty icky, Chris.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday September 2, 2002 -- 1:56:44 pm
Paul -- If refills aren't your favorite, I've found that Office Depot's recycled injet cartridges work great and sell for about $20. Not bad.



FROM: jk
DATE: Monday September 2, 2002 -- 11:30:13 pm
For my dad's birthday this year, we bought him an ink cartridge so he wouldn't feel wasteful when he prints out emails for my mom to read. (We bought him other stuff too! But with my brother emailing them from Russia everyday, he was printing a lot.) I suspected that the refill kits would make a giant mess.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday September 3, 2002 -- 1:02:06 am
Finally a topic that I am stirred up about. These things are freaking rip-offs. I wish I could just write everything on paper with pen. Not waste $40 for ink.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday September 3, 2002 -- 3:06:11 am
I've actually never had too much of a problem with the refill kits... I've just found that you can't refill unlimited times, but usually at least a few.



FROM: mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 3, 2002 -- 7:15:55 am
We get Print-Rite replacement cartridges for our Epson Stylus Color 460 from my mam's friend's husband. We pay 15 for 3 black and 3 colour cartridges. Compare that to the 16 I paid for a black cartridge last time I bought an Epson one, and you'll see what a bargain we've found.



FROM: Logic 3:16
DATE: Saturday October 12, 2002 -- 11:27:11 pm
It's all due to "razor blade" type marketing - sell the printer at dirt cheap prices, but have the customers by the nads when they need to get refills. Same idea with video game systems - the computer itself is only 100-200 dollars, but the video games cost over $50 each. I've always had good luck and saved lots of money with inkjet refill kits, and they're really not that messy if you practice and watch what you're doing. But nowadays companies like Epson are really starting to rip off their customers by planting "smart chips" in their injet cartridges to prevent anyone from refilling them. Still, there are ways to defeat these chips.......



FROM: Lucy [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 17, 2003 -- 11:54:09 am
Hi,

It's so good to read your hope to find an inkjet refill from soy ink. I contacted the Soy Ink organization a few months ago and they said they were working on personal ink refill products but that it would take years.

Considering the terrible health risks associated with carbon black and black ink, I am really hoping they can do something alot sooner.

Pls email me if you ever find soy ink for home use.

Thanks so much,
Lucy



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 17, 2003 -- 2:05:40 pm
About 3 months ago, I went to get an ink cartridge for my printer (Canon BJC-4200) which I had had for about 6-7 years. The cartridges are soared in price so much (at least in this area), that it was cheaper to get a NEW printer altogether (Color/BW cartridge: $52 NEW Printer Sale: $49)

That one was a no brainer.



FROM: tropical smoothie
DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 2:56:10 am
"That one was a no brainer."

uhm, you do know you bought a printer having "starter" cartridges that will only last a few pages don't you?




FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 18, 2003 -- 9:31:14 am
So far, I've printed out 35 pages with no problems or lack of ink..maybe it's just certain types of printers that give 'starter' cartridges.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2004 -- 2:02:46 pm
For the record, I've still got plenty of ink in the original cartridges.



FROM: Moe
DATE: Wednesday February 18, 2004 -- 1:05:41 pm
Wintec International Inc. does a 99 cent inkjet refill kit that works very well. At 99 cent you can't loose - give it a try. There phone number is 602-243-0063.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 18, 2004 -- 1:28:34 pm
Do they offer a spell/grammar checker as well?



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday February 18, 2004 -- 4:07:16 pm
I would hope I never, ever loose.



FROM: don
DATE: Wednesday May 12, 2004 -- 1:43:29 am
I have an HP 932c and a Canon i450 and I have used the Wintec refills noted above. The kits cost me 1.99 each and I have had no problems refilling these two printers. Kit includes instructions. Can do a refill of a cartridge about four time before getting a new one.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 12, 2004 -- 6:19:17 pm
RIP My Printers first black ink cartridge! Printer several hundred pages with no problem..still have plenty of color ink, too..

Lasted from April 2003-May 2004. Not too shabby.

The Canon i320 Series is really good on ink. :)



FROM: Pauline
DATE: Monday September 26, 2005 -- 4:48:32 pm
I too am looking for vegetable based ink cartridges. I'll keep you posted on my progress.



J A Walson January 4, 2009, 5:36 pm

Am looking for a vegetable ink-jet ink (soy?)

so that I can make watery transfers of prints

in the way Robert Rauschenberg did in his late

transfer work. If privy to this “secret”, please

share with this confounded artist.

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