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How many inkjet cartridges are needlessly discarded?
Virtuoso 
2/9/08 3:14:21 PM
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We all know that the hardware companies sell their inkjet printers cheap, so they can gouge us on the replacement ink cartridges.

But I recently discovered another aspect of the inkjet scam, which I'm sharing with you here...

I don't print that much. Maybe a page or two a day. However, my Canon inkjet reports, usually within just a month of having new cartridges installed, that 'some cartridges are running low on ink and need to be replaced'. And it nags me about this every time I try to print.

Then, after about a month, it just refuses to print any more, reporting that 'cartridges are empty and need to be replaced'.

However:

I've found, if I just turn the power to the printer off, and then plug it back in, magically, the cartridges seem to get enough ink to print again.

In fact, I've been printing with some allegedly 'empty' cartridges for 2 months now, without any apparent signs of degraded printing performance.

Fucking scamsters.

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bowiee 
2/9/08 3:22:35 PM
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Not only that but some printers, Epson for one, have it fixed so you can not use non genuine cartridges thereby ensuring they get you coming and going :(

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SquallStrife 
2/9/08 4:35:40 PM
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Quote by bowiee
Not only that but some printers, Epson for one, have it fixed so you can not use non genuine cartridges thereby ensuring they get you coming and going :(



In all fairness, it does also deter you from putting cheap inks in there that can kill your printer. It's almost as much about raping your wallet as it is about protecting reputation.

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1shot1kill 
2/9/08 5:03:57 PM
SuperHero
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Quote by Virtuoso
We all know that the hardware companies sell their inkjet printers cheap, so they can gouge us on the replacement ink cartridges.

But I recently discovered another aspect of the inkjet scam, which I'm sharing with you here...

I don't print that much. Maybe a page or two a day. However, my Canon inkjet reports, usually within just a month of having new cartridges installed, that 'some cartridges are running low on ink and need to be replaced'. And it nags me about this every time I try to print.

Then, after about a month, it just refuses to print any more, reporting that 'cartridges are empty and need to be replaced'.

However:

I've found, if I just turn the power to the printer off, and then plug it back in, magically, the cartridges seem to get enough ink to print again.

In fact, I've been printing with some allegedly 'empty' cartridges for 2 months now, without any apparent signs of degraded printing performance.

Fucking scamsters.



It's easier if you just take the cartridge out, put it back in and tell the printer that you've changed the cartridges.

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Goonit 
3/9/08 10:11:42 AM
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47 million cartridges, that's over 5000 tonnes are disgarded to landfill each year - this is increasing ofcourse.

You can get around the prompts and keep using the cartridge till it's actually empty, on most printers anyway.
Also refill them yourself or at any number of business that do it for you.

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Master_Scythe 
3/9/08 1:48:24 PM
Titan

Quote by bowiee
Not only that but some printers, Epson for one, have it fixed so you can not use non genuine cartridges thereby ensuring they get you coming and going :(



Then again, Epson also realeased their $7 'budget ink' range. so you cant complain.

I use canon. The ink is $15ish a color, but contains double the ammount of ink that a HP, LEXMARK (tripple this), Brother and the other brands do.

I only need to change ink about twice a year. and i print flyers and what not in the hundreds.

Just set Contrast to +1 and 'Intensity' to -1 and it saves ink and you dont notice a difference.

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smadge1 
3/9/08 1:59:11 PM
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I've sworn off HP inkjet printers after a bad experience. try forking out $170 for new ink for 2 printers, only to discover that the printers themselves wouldn't take any ink cartridges. (they could be reset by an authorised repairer for a fee)

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Girvo 
3/9/08 2:07:50 PM
Immortal

I use a HP Laser at home.


GG toner! :P

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Jeruselem 
3/9/08 3:01:36 PM
Guru

At home, we refill until the cartridge dies ...


Edited by Jeruselem: 3/9/2008 03:01:48 PM

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