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Canon IPF 8300 Ink, OEM vs. Aftermarket Compatibles

I have a Canon IPF-8300 that is coming up on that time when all 12 inks need replacing. 6 now, and 6 very soon. Canon certainly doesn't want me to use the aftermarket compatible tanks, and I am curious as to try them to save 60-70% over the OEM tanks. The machine is 3 years old and Canon was nice enough to fix a couple of issues with this machine, plus replace both the print heads this week. Very unexpected, and surprising. Do the compatible tanks work? Will the ink in them not keep the print heads as clean as the OEM ink? Tough questions because these tanks range from $90-$319 each.......
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    I assume you use it for printing photo images, as I do with mine.

    Word of warning - avoid compatible inks if print quality and printer life are important to you.

    In a moment of weakness I bought a set of compatible inks for a Canon Photo Printer I no longer have (because I had to bin it).
    Not only was the photo output inferior to genuine Canon inks, after 3 weeks the printhead was severely blocked and nothing would unblock it, not even an all-night soak in warm soapy water.

    For a budget-priced printer used for everyday printing, compatibles probably make more sense, since the money saved will easily pay for another budget-priced printer if it packs up.

    But for an expensive, pro-quality printer such as your Canon IPF-8300, no way would I risk using cheap compatibles.
    That's like buying a Porsche and putting bargain-basement remould tyres on it.
  2. Phillip Corcoran said:
    I assume you use it for printing photo images, as I do with mine.

    Word of warning - avoid compatible inks if print quality and printer life are important to you.

    In a moment of weakness I bought a set of compatible inks for a Canon Photo Printer I no longer have (because I had to bin it).
    Not only was the photo output inferior to genuine Canon inks, after 3 weeks the printhead was severely blocked and nothing would unblock it, not even an all-night soak in warm soapy water.

    For a budget-priced printer used for everyday printing, compatibles probably make more sense, since the money saved will easily pay for another budget-priced printer if it packs up.

    But for an expensive, pro-quality printer such as your Canon IPF-8300, no way would I risk using cheap compatibles.
    That's like buying a Porsche and putting bargain-basement remould tyres on it.
  3. Thank you Phillip. I was leaning in the direction you mentioned, and since Canon just put in 2 printheads for me free, along with 2 circuit boards, I feel a little compelled to go along with their policies. It is a luxurious machine, so why put junk in it. Next thing I know it will be all screwed up and I am without support from canon. I like the England cross, a buddy I work with is from Leeds, and he had the tire cover on his jeep made to look like that. Cheery bye :)
  4. I concur with the above. No way I'd put aftermarket ink in a high end printer.

    All of my aftermarket ink experiences have been sub-par. Either individual carts, or a CIS system. Either the print quality was bad, or it eventually clogged things up, or both.
  5. Yeah, I would save a thousand dollars to start, and then spend 2-3 thousand to fix later......
  6. What yall need to do is stop buying crappy ink cartridges that were made in China. Sounds to me like you all got burned by low cost inks which were most likely made in China.... I'll admit, I tried some inks in the past that jammed up my print heads... these were no doubt inferior products. I only blame myself, I tried to find the cheapest replacement cartridges online. I was planning to go back to the original but a colleague of mine recommended a few US companies who sold compatibles with inks that were made in the USA. He uses many Canon 8300's so I decided to give it one more try. The inks worked perfectly and I couldn't be happier... I'm saving a lot of money and I'll never go back to OEM.
  7. This sounds like a sales pitch, but I'll bite. Who is the ink cart. supplier you are referring to, and are they really made in the good ole' U S of A?
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