Get The Real Scoop On Printer Ink Cartridges

I do not think I have to tell you that printer ink cartridges are expensive and that you have options out there to “supposedly” save you money; such as, refilling the cartridge (with a kit), buying recycled cartridges or buying generic brand cartridges.  But, are you really saving money by using any of these options?

Ink. Nozzles. Cartridges

If you want the real scoop on printer cartridges and whether the alternatives out there (as I have indicated) are worth your time and money, then you need to read “Ink. Nozzles. Cartridges” .

This article, “Ink. Nozzles. Cartridges” is from a tech that I have great respect for and I totally agree with his analogy and advice on this subject. You do not see many techs write about printer issues, including  myself, due to the fact we despise printers. They can be hard to troubleshoot, hard to work on and just knowing you get the printer at a cheap price and pay big time in the long haul for ink is a big turn off in my book.

I would like to hear your input on printers and whether or not cartridge refill kits, recycled cartridges or generic cartridges are worth it or not???


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  1. I gave up on trying to buy refilled cartridges a long time ago and now just buy the original. I’ve used Epsons for years and have had a good experience with them. My last Epson (CX4800) started having scanning issues but would still print fine so when I saw a NX305 on sale for $29.99 it was too good to pass up. That was 2 months ago and still haven’t replaced original ink cartridges.

    So, when people start complaining about their printer I tell them it’s easier and cheaper to just go buy a new one rather than attempting a repair.


  2. Big Geek Daddy,

    I think we all have tried the refills and end up going back to the originals. I have HPs and just may have to give an Epson a try next go round. I really try not to print anything.

    Your advice is “right on” when printer issues occur.

    Thanks for dropping by.



  3. WordPress was an abomination today. It took 10-15 minutes to download the article on Ink cartridges. It would download some then take it back an start again and then finally after a couple of closing and reselecting the article,it finally downloaded the article you refer us to read. I really admire and look forward to your advice but the presentation today was terrible.


    1. Andy,

      WordPress and connectivity I have no control over. I am sorry to here that you had a difficult time. Hopefully the connectivity issues will resolve itself.

      I thank you for the end comment…



  4. There was a “fact” about printers/ink I purposely left out of my article.. but Big Geek Daddy’s comment sort of points it out: there are many folks out there who have developed the practice of getting a whole new printer when the ink runs out… and argue that it’s cheaper (even if the new printer comes with 1/2-filled ‘starter cartridges’) in the long run.

    Something about that practice rubs me the wrong way (environment/electronic waste, for one) but, $30 for a new multifunction vs. $45 for some refills… I can see their point.


    1. TechPaul,

      I wonder how many people actually follow that practice, as you described? I never thought of it before and really doing this could be quite possible; yet destructive to our environment. Hmmm… One could follow this practice, turn around and sell the printer for half of what they purchased it for… All in All, printer manufacturers have set up a process similar to what you described in your article as being like razors and razor blades. You can read TechPaul’s article [ HERE ] .



  5. I have been using a continuous ink system for my Epson 2200 for nearly a year now and have printed many images to A4 and A3 size. I have beautiful results and have had no problems. It is soooooo much cheaper than the Epson cartridges.


  6. Re: Printing Article.

    I think that the Tech Guy article is WRONG & borders on fear mongering, (a USA & general Corporate marketing favorite). My experience with refilling is opposite to his & to others that made comments. Like anything computer related, there is a learning curve, method & one needs to learn that & to source good supplies / inks & to practise a bit.

    I’m a professional photographer and I do a lot of printing, both of photographs & office documents. Daily, I use my 3 year old Canon ip4200 & recently a new ip4700 ($49). I stopped buying Canon OEM ink when I got the ip4200. I gave up on Epson printers due to too many clogs & wasted ink in cleaning cycles. Canon doesn’t clog much but it also wastes ink for cleaning cycles. What a RIP OFF!!!!!

    Early on, I did try one refill kit from Costco that was not great. But that was just my intro & after some research, I found some great inks, good methods & tips & have never looked back. Refilling with good inks (not expensive) is VERY WORTHWHILE & EXCELLENT QUALITY. Source good inks as not just any are good.

    I got my inks from a German source in 1 Litre bottles, but I’ve since found that there are some good inks now in the US & Canada (see the link below). These German Inks & the Ink cartridge code Resetter, provide me with excellent prints up to 8.5×11 from my ip4200/4700 that I can’t tell from the Canon inks. The quality & tonal range is excellent. The inks have shown zero fading in several years of exposure. I save sooooo much money by refilling myself that it is just crazy to buy OEM inks. Sadly, there just don’t seem to be refill inks for the large format pro printers, otherwise I’d be trying them.

    Try this forum for lots of tips & sources to supplies & STOP BUYING OEM RIP OFF INKS!!!!

    Be aware that Canon & probably other Mfgs. with their newest printer models have changed the OEM ink cartridges so that they are black, so one can’t see the ink to know how much to put in & the new chips so far can’t be reset. It seems Canon is doing all it can to prevent refilling. That was the reason that I found & bought the ip4700 vs. the newer ip4820, as the 4700 is the last of the Canon small printers that can be refilled & with chips that can be reset.


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