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Are you happy to use independent inks?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Damien_Demolder, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    I don't, but like others here I hardly ever print as the cost of Canon ink is so high. If they reduced the price I would print more.

    The last time that I used the printer was to return a favour by doing some passport photos for a friend. The cartridges just about emptied themselves doing a nozzle clean - all for 6 tiny prints!

    Currently looking for a reliable commercial printer, preferably based in the NE, who does not insist upon glossy paper and who will discuss with me the preparation of the images :confused:
  2. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Have you looked at Colorworld? They're in the North East and offer a colour checking service, and will also give you a couple of free prints to check against your monitor. You probably wouldn't want to use them for snaps, but they're a much better option, IMVHO, than printing yourself for more significant prints.

    I was supposed to be travelling up to see them today, but a vomiting child last night put paid to that plan so I'm going up later in the week.
  3. mike_j

    mike_j Well-Known Member

    I have an Epson R1800 which is cripplingly expensive to run using Epson inks. After many trials I have ended up using 7day ink and paper and it is fine. I do about 10-12 A4 photo quality prints a month and a big run of A3 (100+) on 'ink jet quality' paper twice a year for an art exhibition.

    What annoys me, especially at Epson ink prices, is the ink waste when a cartridge is changed. It's all the more obvious because I have diverted the waste ink pipe to a bottle outside the printer.
  4. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    Thanks Barney, I'll look them up.
  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Have just replenished my most used inks from 7dayshop at a cost of £24.72 (for 8 cartridges - I ignored one).
    At the same time, Epson have a special offer on the 'real' cartridges for the R2400.
    Each cartridge would have cost me around £13.

    I'm happy to use the compatibles! If I wanted to print for sale, obviously that would be a different matter, but for everyday use, they satisfy my requirements.
  6. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Having visited them, I wasn't too impressed with their range of albums, books frames etc, though the sample prints they sent me were okay.
  7. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    I have a Canon Pro9500 and because of clever design of the cartridge chip (so I'm told) no one can offer third party inks.
  8. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    I am aware of the arguments pro and con. I won't bother with them and will simply answer the question as asked.

    I would never ever, ever use independant inks. Broadly speaking this is for the same reasons that I would never order drugs from the internet or buy a car from ebay. I'm not saying you can't get bargains but its not a risk I am prepared to take.

    BTW Damien, thanks for the link giving me the opportunity to vote for whether or not I use a neutral density filter ;) :)

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  9. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    When I have to buy OEM inks because of clever technology, I will give up printing!
  10. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Well that is the current poll - not his fault you're answering an old one. ;)
  11. spangler

    spangler Well-Known Member

    No, I've bu@@ered up three printers over the years using indie inks.:mad:

  12. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    So have I, but I have saved myself oodles of cash along the way, certainly enough to buy a new printer, out of the savings, when necessary.
  13. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    I used third party inks on my old Epson A3+ printer and saved a fortune and never had a problem either. I think there is a lot of mystique about printer inks, propagated by the big manufacturers. A lot of it is bull**t in my view. Before using 3rd party inks, I had a Canon printer using their own ink and the head needed replacing. So what does that prove? It's anecdotal and worthless information.:D
  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Agree. Been in exactly the same position. Apart from which, I hated that Canon printer and donated it to my husband! Haha!

    Best thing I learnt to do was to only switch on the printer when I needed it. Surprising how many people leave them on all the time - and I know the given evidence that not switching them on is detrimental - but I've never found it so.
  15. BrianWall

    BrianWall Well-Known Member

    Now my advice has always been to leave the printer ON !!:) Because then the heads are periodically wiped to prevent clogging and drying. My disaster with heads was due to not printing often enough I was told.

    Hope your husband doesn't read this forum!
  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Haha! Hubby knows - and uses my Epson frequently!
    I know they say that about heads clogging up, but honestly, as long as it is on sometime in the week, I find it is OK.
  17. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Ah - hah! That would explain it :p


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