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Need printer with cheap ink! HELP PLEASE.

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April 24, 2009 3:06:01 PM


I'm so tired of spending $30 for stupid ink. I keep ending up with printers that have the print head on the cartridge so it makes the ink very expensive. I don't print a lot but when I do it's coupons, resume's (Thx Bush, I lost my job), and a few color pic's. I'm not that picky on quality. I've never owned a printer that the quality was an issue but I usually buy middle upper priced ones. I hope someone has the answer...


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April 24, 2009 5:19:03 PM

I use a canon 1500 pixma, which is discontinued. Look at venders such as for cheap generic replacement cartridges. I got about 20 cartridges (10 black, 10 color) for less than $40 shipped for mine.
April 24, 2009 5:26:27 PM

I think most Cannon and Epson cartridges are relatively cheap. There are lots of websites that sell compatible generic cartridges much cheaper than oem $4 vs $15. Another good place to look for ink is ebay.
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April 24, 2009 5:31:48 PM

Most people make the mistake of buying a Lexmark printer because it's very cheap, but don't look at the price of the ink before hand.

I would recommend either Canon or Epson, I haven't used Canons so can't really comment on there quality or reliability. I have however had a couple of of Epsons and they are very good.

My current main printer is an Epson R220 (cost around £60/$90 at the time), and I use a continous ink system so buy ink in 250ml bottles (equates to around £0.30 ($0.45) per cartridge), it's a 6-cartridge printer so very good quality and since had it I've probably printer 25,000+ full colour pages and it's still going strong.
April 24, 2009 10:16:12 PM

Ever thought about a laser printer

I've got a Samsung ML-2240

very economical and very fast, u could just use your inkjet printer for color and use the laser for black.

a Toner cartridge can print about 1500pages and costs about 80$
May 3, 2009 8:41:16 PM

^Hmm... that's not a bad idea.

Btw, please don't weak dead threads.
December 21, 2010 10:09:16 PM

I'll go with 'get a cheap laser printer' and get refill kits for the toner cartridge from ebay. My samsung laser cost $50 and $30 for the 3 refill kit. Its been 2 years and I haven't gone thru the 1st refill yet though I did use up the starter toner cartridge.

Newegg has a samsung personal laser printer for $40 shipped...

December 22, 2010 12:01:46 AM

Im a printer tech myself and take it from me, get a cheap laser printer. Regardless of what people will tell you about how many pages you get from an ink cartridge, it never comes close. Head cleans, purging when installing new inks, all wastes ink. Refilled/non-genuine inks are more hassle than theyre worth as the ink is not designed for the printer it dries up and blocks the head, forces you to do more head cleans etc. Inkjets are only good if your using them for high quality photos and use them frequently. dont use them for a month and the head will be blocked. get a laser printer!
December 22, 2010 5:10:13 PM

Thank you all so much. Very good feedback. My luck with cheap non OEM carts is terrible. They just don't seem to work. Looks like a laser for me...

Thanks again!
December 22, 2010 6:54:03 PM

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