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Compatible Ink Cartridges

I am posting this in General Chat, because I think it will get more "exposure" and help more people .

 

I have just received a consignment of Replacement Ink Cartridges, from PRINK.  My printer is only a few years old... ( probably less than 5 ).. It is a Canon MG 6851

there was an "Important Notice".. enclosed with the invoice.  which I shall reproduce here, in full...

 

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                                         IMPORTANT  NOTICE  

Please read fully on receipt of your cartidges.

 

Dear Customer

 We have recently been made aware that you cannot mix compatible cartidges with genuine Epson cartridges in the latest range of Epson Epression and Workforce printers.

 

Please make sure that you install a complete full set of compatibles when switching from your genuine Epson cartridges otherwise it is probable that your printer will reject the compatibles and render them permanently unusable.

Once you have made the switch to compatibles, then you can change the cartridges individually as and when needed as long as you stick to the same brand.

 

Please make sure that you keep the genuine Epson cartridges in a sealed plastic bag. These could be reused if you ever wish to revert back to genuine Epson cartridges and, should a problem occur, they can come in useful for troubleshooting purposes.

 

It is imperative that you should not update the firmware when using compatibles or if you intend not to use your compatible cartiges fro some time. If you have your printer driver set to update the firmware automatically, then we suggest that you turn off this feature.

These cartridges are guaranteed to work with the lates and older firmwars at the time of purchase. We cannot guarantee comptiblity with future updates

 

The above is true when using any brand of compatible cartridge for this range of printer. It is not an issue that is limited to our brand alone. This is a trait that is now being inbuilt to all Epson inkjet printers and there is currently no workaround.

 

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While the above is specifically talking about EPSON cartridges... I am sure that other manufacturers will be sneaking in this "lock" software, as an "update".. if not already applied, to more recent printers... probably will be pretty soon..

 

S0   DO NOT UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE..... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.....

 

Whilst I can "kinda" understand Epson, and others, taking this route, to make users buy only "their" ink, and thus increase their profits, It does rankle with me... it is akin to buying a car, and then being told you must buy only genuine tyres ( supplied by the car manufacturer)  at grossly inflated prices .

 

Surely this is against the "competition" law of this country ?  It also goes against the "free trade" idea of commercialism, too....

 

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Re: Compatible Ink Cartridges

This also happened several years ago. At the time a new Epson printer complete with a set of cartridges cost about the same as a set of cartridges.

As a result I scrapped a perfectly good printer, swore that I would never buy another epson product and got a Canon MG5751. Since getting it I have ignored all messages advising that a newer version of firmware is available!

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We have a Canon MG450 printer/copier and I get no end of trouble if I use anything other than a cartridge it does recognise as 'one of theirs'. Gets right up my nose having to pay so much for them, so much so that I cannot remember the last time I used a coloured one and as for black, in fact any printing, only when really necessary which thankfully these days is not very often.

Time was about fifteeen years or more back they would last for ages and I could print out loads in colour - my old HP inks certainly did when I was running my own small business. 

Just a trade off for buying really cheap £30 printer, or are the more expensive ones better value. Maybe it's time to change over to one of those laser printers?

 

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I thought this was made illegal but maybe wrong. 

 

I have a Lexmark Laser colour printer and so far that has been quite happy to use compatible cartridges. Saves me £150 (full set) over genuine Lexmark. The price of a refill does tend to hit home when you have to buy one (£50 - 70) but at 3000 pages each colour and 4000 pages on black it does work out much cheaper. And it'll quite happily forgo printing a colour if I tell it to do so. And it just prints, double sided as well. Had it now about 4 years and never a problem. Replaced 2 cartridges that came with it from new in that time, with the third screaming at me now to say its got no toner.Smiley But it still prints. 

 

Not so the HP, all in one. It might be handy to have, doing scans, copies etc but it gobbles cartridges like as if they forgot to put the ink inside. Lucky to get 150 pages from a tri colour catridge. And when it has used just one colour, that is it. All stop. It will use compatible cartridges but they are no worse or better than the originals and not that much cheaper.

 

One thing I gave up on is using ink refills. I no longer go there.

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Re: Compatible Ink Cartridges

I have been fortunate in respect of printers, use a Canon ip 4500 had it for many years and use only fo photos and refill my own cartridges, I have a small device that resets the cartridges, no idea what I will do if this printer breaks

Also have a Brother laser printer 3150 cdw, excellent for printing maps and all other non photo stuff, non original cartridges are cheap for the laser and work.

But I agree forcing you to buy a specific item is a racket and should be made illegal, the cost of ink in those carts costs more than their weight in gold.

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@idonno 

No idea of the model of Lexmark printer you have but it might be worth checking on ebay at the cost, the ones used by my Brother Laser 3150 are fairly cheap...,.and work.

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I have a multi-function HP printer which I now only use for scanning and it does a sterling job. The ink ran out 5 or 6 years ago and at that point decided there was no reason to continue with colour printing.

 

I bought a brother mono laser and use compatible toner which work out cost effective for my needs.

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Re: Compatible Ink Cartridges

Canon printer including ink cartridges from Aldi thirty quid. Just Cartridges for the same after a (very) quick check... thirty quid.

Is it just me, or is it just easier to buy a nice new printer? Smiley   

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I think that's the way I'm heading! 

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Hi Minivanman & @Mav 

Quite a few of new printers come with starter cartridges which have much less ink in them just enough to test the printer and therefore only last a few sheets

I think the best thing to do is to check the price if the ink cartridges

I have found Brother printers good value and the replacement cartridges are reasonably priced as previously said 

 

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I did sort of think that might be the case but the last couple of printers I've had (the one previous was a HP) the ink has lasted quite well. 

It just locks you in to paying through the nose for those cartridges I guess and almost like being given a free sample in the hope you will buy the supporting products.

Now where have I heard that before? Wink

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Printers. How quaint...
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The "consignment" I have just received from PRINK, was 3 PGB cartridges, and 2 yellow cartridges.. cost just under £10.00 inc free postage... the deal is that you can specifiy any combo of the cartridges, so you only need to buy the one`s you need replaceing..  PGB are the main one`s use for just ordinary black text printing.. so they are generally replaced more often... I have 2 each of the others son that is convenient for me.


I used to have HP deskjet printer... and that had a tri-colour cartridge... used to use compatibles,.... but as already mentioned.. if one colour runs out, the whole thing is useless...  so I started to buy  100ml bottles of ink and inject them using a previously purchased ink syringe... can be a bit messy, but kept me going ...

 

 

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@DaveyH wrote:
Printers. How quaint...

Why? They do have their uses, although I admit mine isn't used as often recently.

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For business maybe but for home use really?  What are you all doing to generate enough waste paper to justify a printer

 

 

I took my last one to the tip about 5 years ago after the cartridges dried up from lack of use and never bothered to replace it, and I can count on one hand how many times I've needed to print something since.

 

 

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Well, I sadly lost my mum a month ago, and the number of organisations wanting copies of various paperwork proved the advantages to me - half-hour trips to the library every day weren't on my list of preferred activities.

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