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Message posted by BRYANMITCH on 25/7/2018 at 10:35pm
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If like me-you have a printer at home just for the usual stuff like insurance policies and the odd family photo...and if you cry every time you have to replace the ink! ££££. I may have found the solution to all your problems. I have an epsom printer..nothing exciting and have just had to replace the set of 4 cartridges.As an example argos price was £47..I bought some from the internet (genuine)for£30 and was chuffed with myself.Then I found some compatible ones on Ebay..I have never yet found compatible ones that work and have had numerous arguments with my laptop/printer set-up!They know you see!--Thats not the proper ink! buy the proper ink etc etc Until I came across Bluebox compatible..The man said they will work no problem..the price was right..I tried them..and they do work .The printers happy (and well fooled) and I am happy --The price? £5 for the four with free postage Go to auction site..search for BLUEBOX compatible. Very good..and Im not a salesman!Just spreading the joy

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Interesting you brought this up as my printer (a Brother) has just died after 12 years (all on compatible inks with no complaint) and I've got a new one, an Epson. Whilst it's supposed to be provided with sufficient ink for one year of say 200 pages a month, I was concerned about the ink price. I rarely print photos, but I do do around 150 pages a month of type, diagrams, spreadsheets and maps. With duplex printing, I'll save some on the paper (far too fiddly to manually print double-sided an 80 odd page document), but this could be really useful and I've made a note of it - thanks.

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Hi Bryan,
The cost of ink replacements is ludicrous to the point with some models it is cheaper to bin the printer and buy a new one.
One paper stated people were paying nearly £1000 a pint.Not sure if that is right or not.
I have used compatible inks for my Canon for some time now.
£70 for a full set genuine, Chinese compatible that work just as well £11 for two sets.
No contest.
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We needed inks for our Epson Printer - cost £48 via Epson, or £23 via alternatives.

Argos were selling HP2632 printers, with a full set of inks, for £14!

Guess`what we did.

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Printers are normally sold with part filled ink cartridges, just sufficient to set-up the printer and make a few prints.
I use comparable cartridges in both a canon and high end epson printers for photographic printing; I couldn't afford to print at the manufacturers retail prices.
Epson ink prices workout at more than £1 a millilitre so yes, that is over £1000 per litre; make gin look very cheap.

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Compatibles can often buggier up your printer, or to be more precise the print heads.

This is because compatibles often only contain dye based inks, whilst most modern day 4 colour printers use a combination of Pigment and Dye based inks.

The Pigment Black ink is for printing onto Plain paper, when the printer is producing a Photo print, it will create the Black element of the image from the 3 remaining colours.

Of course some printers will have 5 colours, which include 2 Blacks one Pigment and the other Dye aka Photo Black ink.

Most genuine ink cartridges contain anything from 3ml to 6ml of ink, and will cost around £15 a pop.

Never compare the amount of ink in a compatible cartridge to that of a genuine cartridge, due to patents, a compatible will often come with 50% more ink, only to give the same page yield as a genuine cartridge.

My advise would be to ditch your cartridge inkjet machine a buy a inkjet that uses a CISS system.

The Epson ET-2650 costs around £170 (street price) the equivelent cartridge machine would be about £50.

But the ET-2650 comes with 280ml of ink (4 bottles) replacement 70ml bottles of ink are just £10 for genuine Epson ink.

Do the math, Epson EcoTank machines are a no brainer, even if you only print small amounts.

Both Canon, HP and Brother also produce CISS inkjet printers, but they are not as widely available in Europe, like what the Epson models are.

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Which recommend some compatible inks but printer cos try to put you off and send messages to say it will damage the printer as they recognise your compatible ink.

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I have had an Epson printer for years and all that happens if you use non-genuine cartridges is a little window pops up telling you that you have used non-genuine cartridges and asking if you wish to proceed anyway. Just click yes and it prints. It is annoying but doesn't stop the printer working.

The last time I bought Tesco compatibles, it worked fine with no pop up window but I think I bought my last lot from Sainsburys and get the pop up.

It is always good to know where one can get cheaper ink though.

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I do tend to use genuine inks while the printer is under guarantee, just in case. After that I use 999 inks or cartridgepeople. Both sell good compatibles for about a third of the price of genuine Canon ink.

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I have a Canon printer. I print photos and all kinds of documents, etc. I buy my inks on line, they are perfectly satisfactory, and a fraction of the cost of Canon inks.
Probably no different in spec and quality - just that the branded inks demand a massive profit margin.
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My printer is a HP Photosmart and is well expensive for inks.

I've just been mugged by th d-i-l to print off about 30 photos for the grandsons birfday, managed to do it as the Yellow ran out.

I've just bought 12 cartridges from Inksquid for under £30.

All colour, no black as I've got plenty left, so all in all, a good deal.

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Francais, my Epson is a ET-2750. The black is 127ml and the colours 70ml - where are you getting Epsom inks for the price you quote, please? I'd rather use Epson ink whilst in warranty. Thankfully, my printer came with two black ink bottles and one of each colour. I've already printed 360 pages, including OS colour maps, and the ink level has hardly dropped. So easy to use, too! Impressed!

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Yep ficklejade, you made a good choice going for the ET-2750 albiet at £270 the equivelent cartridge machine is around £100 but cost's around 20 times as much to run on ink if using genuine.

In fact out of the box the ET-2750 is good for 14,000! pages printing in Black, whilst most cartridge machines out of the box, will yield a modest 200 pages at best, before you have to go out and spend £40 or so on ink if using genuine.

The coloured inks for your model are £10 (70ml) and the Black £14 (127ml)

The ET-2650 that I mentioned, has all 4 colours as 70ml, and the Black is dye based, unlike the ET-2750 which uses a Pigment Black to allow for Duplex (Double Sided) printing.

Although in theory the ET-2650 would produce better photo prints than the ET-2750 due to all 4 colours being Dye based ink.

Having said that neither the ET-2650 or ET-2750 are classed as Photo Printers, for that you need to go for the ET-7700 which is the the Photo model EcoTank using 5 colours of the bottled ink.

For those interested both ET-2650 and ET-2750 models are Curry's exclusive, although a few have slipped outside the channel to other retailers.
Check there web site for current genuine Epson ink bottle prices.

The ET-7700 is a little harder to find, but is available from John Lewis to name but one retailer.



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I use premier inks in Leamington Spa, I have ordered inks and got them in 24 hrs. You can buy the original inks or compatible ones the compatible ones are guaranteed to work. I have used the compatible ones for my canon with no problems at all.
The compatible ones are cheap but good
https://www.premier-ink.co.uk/




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Thanks, Francais, very informative. My son got mine via Amazon Prime (sale) and it cost £199.99. I'll use Epson inks whilst it's under warranty. I was a bit disappointed in some of the parts - quite flimsy compared with my old Brother - and the back rest for the paper feed could be higher - you have to take the paper out else it bends, but having the duplex printing is a Godsend.

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Quote: Originally posted by les + june on 01/8/2018
I use premier inks in Leamington Spa, I have ordered inks and got them in 24 hrs. You can buy the original inks or compatible ones the compatible ones are guaranteed to work. I have used the compatible ones for my canon with no problems at all.
The compatible ones are cheap but good
https://www.premier-ink.co.uk/




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Prices seem good but I'm curious about their saying DPD only deliver to UK mainland - we get DPD deliveries and they can be timed/next day. Only proviso on the latter is ferry technical/weather issues and that's an issue for Royal Mail, too.

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