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      22.04.2009 14:06

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      INK2U are highly recommended. On the one occasion when I needed to contact them the phone was answered by a human being, not an option menu. The lady was very polite and knowledgable and sorted the problem immediately. Their despatch is second to none, unlike another company I used to use, who hung onto my money for 2 months on the promise that the cartridge would be in stock soon!

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      17.06.2003 17:25
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      With so many inkjet sites on the Internet all offering pretty much the same service it is nice to see a company that does things differently. Working for Age Concern Torbay it is important that we get not only the best prices but also the service to back it up as we use a large amount of ink in our offices and when they run out of ink we need it replaced yesterday. All orders so far from Refresh Cartridges have been received by the next day which is impressive since they don't charge for delivery. We had a single HP cartridge which was faulty and a replacement was with us for the next day at which point we returned the faulty one via a freepost address. The majority of the cartridges we use are the JetTec branded Epson compatibles which usually cost us around £3-£4 including the free delivery and we find the print out to be identical to the Epson originals. Placing an order via their Internet site is always easy although most of our staff prefer to order by phone. I would recommend giving them a go next time you need a bit of ink; their prices are low and we've never had a problem with their customer service.

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        24.04.2003 19:36
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        This may not be the most exciting opinion out there that you could read at the moment, and I?m not going to try and jazz it up with sexual references, canny humour or making myself look stupid (ok, so maybe!). Ink cartridges cost most of us a small fortune for something that's about exciting as getting given a salad when you want something proper to eat!! (It's not exciting for us men!). You will normally be shelling out well over £20 for an ink cartridge for your printer and that's just for a black, we've got colour to contend with too. What with kids using computers to do their homework, adults using it for financial purposes and running the household bits and pieces, those ink cartridges soon turn into a small fortune when you have to go and purchase another one. This is certainly true when you have a Hewlett Packard printer and until recently, there wasn't much you could do about it. You had to go and buy the original cartridges like it or lump it. There are however now alternatives! The Ink Factory (www.theinkfactory.co.uk) supply ink cartridges for nearly every make and model of printer out there. They also, where possible stock re-manufactured cartridges. What this means is that the company who provides these cartridges have basically filled empty cartridges back up again and sold them to a supplier. They use good inks, sometimes better than original cartridges, the only difference is, you have a second hand ink cartridge. Nothing bad in that though, we all buy second hand cars do we not? But why would you want to buy these? The price difference. I use a lot of HP printers for work purposes. Here at work we spent over £2000 last year on cartridges for our HP printers. They were costing us about £22 a piece for black ink cartridges. That was until I decided to look around and see what I could get, The Ink Factory grabbed me by the knackers and pulled me in. They have re-filled (re-manufactured) ink cartri
        dges and also origin al cartridges for a wide variety of printers. The re-manufactured cartridges come in the form of 'Alphajet' cartridges (www.alphajet.com) and also their own 'the ink factory' re-filled cartridges. I wasn't too sure though, it's always the same isn't it, your never quite sure whether to change your habits or not. However, when I saw the price difference they were mine! £22 for an original HP ink cartridge or £14 for a re-filled cartridge with double the amount of ink in it, yes you did hear me right, that's DOUBLE! You see, HP are crafty, they give you these big cartridges, but they only half fill a lot of them, making sure you come back for more. These re-manufacturing company don't do that, they just top em right up making sure you get your monies worth. Add to my excitement the offer of free delivery and I was typing in my credit card details quite happily, getting rather excited and then slapping myself repeatedly trying to remind myself just what I was getting excited over! (someone rescue me!) The cartridges arrived within a week, so not to bad for free delivery. I opened my green box, and inside, a cartridge (wow, getting excited again) ready to pop in it's hole and spurt it's stuff (ok, sorry, I remember now, I told you I wouldn't do anything naughty). In all seriousness, I wasn't expecting anything special, but what I got was a cartridge just as good as an original. The print quality was fine, nothing wrong whatsoever. I was happy, and still am, and have so far gone further an ordered probably about 20 of the things and no one in the place has complained yet. Always good in my view. The Ink Factory are not the cheapest place out, I do have to say that there are other places that do come cheaper, but for service etc, this place has to come up tops and I won't be going elsewhere. They do a jet tec 2 for 1 deal, which basically means your gett
        ing jet tec cartridges for around a fiver each for blacks, a lot of places do do better deals than this, but I'm happy where I am. Ok, so onto the problems! These re-manufactured cartridges are no good for presentations on glossy or better quality paper. I have found the ink resembles newspaper ink and comes off on your fingers if you use special paper. So best to stick to the originals for the presentation work. However, for normal printing purposes, letters, homework etc etc on standard photo copier paper you can't go wrong and the ink doesn?t come off on your fingers with standard paper either. The ink factory employ friendly people, and seem a good company. I have only had one problem and it was with a big order. Unfortunately they didn't have the quantity or cartridges I wanted in stock, so I had to wait, but I did get the cartridges they did have, in total, they sent me out 3 parts to my order, sending me the cartridges they did have and sending me the others when they could get them. Highly recommended Now, onto the good part, if you have read this far well done because you are about to get rewarded! For any of you who do a lot of printing, you might aswell make a littile bit of money back on your empty cartridges. How do you think these re-manufacturing places work? Yes, that's right, they will buy your empty cartridges off you for a small sum. Only HP, Lexmark and Canon (among other makes) qualify here though, Epson's do not qualify. If you have used or use original cartridges, when they run out, don't throw them away. These cartridges can be recycled instead of filling up the landfills. They can be converted into cash, they can be converted into points for your school, they can raise money for charities, they can make money for the red cross, the choice is yours, all you have to do is keep your empty ink cartridges and send them off freepost to whichever of the companies you wish,
        whether you want to make money for your school, a charity or your bank account, the choice is yours. Just follow these links as I don't really think I need to say much more on the subject of boring, nerdish ink cartridges! http://www.box-shift.co.uk/cgi-bin/empties.asp www.oink-oink.com http://www.cartridges4charity.co.uk/ www.alphajet.com www.emptycartridge.co.uk There are many more out there too. Happy printing!

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          09.07.2002 18:55
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          I really really want to tell you about this fantastic web site... www.box-shift.co.uk, Its name dos'nt give much away but its a Ink cartridge shop! And probably one of the cheapest and best at that! THEY WILL ALSO BUY YOU'RE OLD INKJET CARTRIDGES FROM YOU! So please check it out! It of course sells the standard replacement cartridges, Remanufactured cartridges and Cartride mailing bags, These are a great way of getting cheap ink for you printer. You just order a bag (Generally about £6-£11) and when you're cartride has expired just pop in the bag, Pop that in the post and a week later its back through you letterbox filled to the brim with high quality ink and its been cleaned. I have used this service, And i have sent my Black HP cartridge back 4 times and it still works great! But they do only recommend you return the cartridge 5-6 times, If they find the cartridge canot be re-filled, The will send youanother mailing bag, So your never out of pocket. Now the best bit!.... They will actually pay up to £3.25 for you used ink-jet cartridges! You must send a minimum of 5 cartridges at a time, So ask you friends an family to give you all there old ones! When you have enough, Simply package them up safely, (Any recieved damaged will not be payed for) and send them off to the freepost address. You cant loose! try it! And of course it saves the enviroment! They recon 300,000,000 cartridges are thrown away every year, Now if only i could get my hands on them!!!! The site is easily navigated and the range of products is incredible! Hope you enjoy it!

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            10.05.2002 05:27
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            When it comes to printer consumables, what is more frustrating than shelling out loads of money on printer cartridges? What a blessed relief when that one year point of printer ownership comes up and you no longer invalidate your warranty if you use non-branded cartridges! Well, read on! Red Shark www.4rst.com is one of the world's leading on-line suppliers of ENHANCED QUALITY compatible inkjet cartridges & laser toner cartridges. Red Shark's range of printer consumables have gained a world wide reputation for quality, performance and reliability. Any cartridge that may be remanufactured they do, as well as great savings on branded cartridges for those Lexmark and HP users of you who don't dare to refill. You can buy any quantity, regular postage is included. Particurlarly good value on multi packs of cartridges. As an Epson owner, I can only speak for the quality and value I have got for my Epson cartridges, and it has been outstanding. Where else will you get 3 black Stylus 440 cartridges sent to you for just over a tenner? My most recent purchase was a combi pack of 2 black and 2 colour cartridges for £15. I cannot fault neither, they were good quality, both for regular printing and photo printing (special photo cartridges also available). The other remarkable thing abour Red Shark is the speed of delivery. What is more frustrating than running out of ink just when you are in the process of printing THAT important document or the essay due in just over the week end. Well, order by lunchtime and it will be with you the next morning. Red Shark don't advertise or promise this - this is purely what I have experience over and over again without fault. The ink arrives securely packed and the relevant documents and complaints procedure enclosed. For returns you will have to obtain a returns code form customer services first, but as I have had no reason to complain, I have not had the opportunity to try it out. No more overpri
            ced cartridges from PC World or the likes of. Be sensible. Visit Red Shark! **UPDATE**11.08.02 Since the death of my Epson, I am now the proud owner of a three-in-one HP PSC 750, and though I would put it to the Red Shark test. Since my printer is new, I opted for branded cartridges, not to invalidate my warranty. I paid £18.78 for a 25 ml black cartridge (no 15) and £24.66 for a colour cartridge (no 78), all inclusive of delivery. Upon the usual swift delivery of the goods, as I opened the box, two furry legs peered out at me - a complimentary charming long-legged bear with a Red Shark T-shirt!! I've called him Rodger! He likes Red Shark too!

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              17.11.2001 15:55
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              I found www.ink2u.co.uk via an opinion by davegroom on Ciao and decided that I would have a look when we needed some ink in a hurry and had found that the cartridges for our Lexmark Z12 wouldn’t refill properly with the ink that I had purchased. The site itself is really easy to navigate. From the home page you select the brand of printer that you have and then select the model of the printer. This then brings up all the products in stock for your specific printer. As I said, we have a Lexmark Z12 and have found the cartridges to be between £25 and £30 in our local shops, if they have them in stock. At ink2u.co.uk the remanufactured cartridges are £16.95 for Black and £18.95 for a colour, or £34.40 for the two, so we ordered them on Sunday night. They arrived on Tuesday morning - now that’s what I call service. Along with the order came a price list, and two plastic envelopes in which to send back the used cartridges that we were replacing. If these are Lexmark or Hewlett Packard, used once originals they give you a discount of £2.50 for Lexmark, or £1.50 for Hewletts off your next order. The price list includes prices for Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Xerox, Cannon and Epson (with the Epson, Canon and Xerox being Compatible Cartridges and the Hewlett Packard and Lexmark being remanufactured. To give you an idea of the prices - Hewlett Packard £13.95 to £16.95, Lexmark £16.95 to £19.95, Epson £3.95 to £10.95, Canon £1.95 to £3.95, or £4.95 for Black set of three and £6.45 for colour set of three for BJC60/70/80, the list also says that there is a four for the price of three on Canons, Xerox £4.95. All the prices include VAT and 1st Class Delivery, and the delivery speed was pretty amazing by my experience. We will definitely be using them again, so thanks davegroom.

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                27.06.2001 19:45
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                She walked towards me with a syringe. She was wearing a full length plastic apron, rubber gloves, and her hair was tied back. She looked as if she meant business. “What on earth are you doing, Margaret?!”, I said to my work colleague. To be honest, I was rather concerned. We’d had a busy week in the office. Maybe it had been too much for her. I backed away carefully. “I’m only following the instructions”, Margaret responded “You’re meant to be extremely careful about not getting the ink anywhere, and they’ve provided all this cover-up plastic stuff.” She cleared a ten foot square space and carried on with the ceremony for refilling our inkjet cartridges. It took ages, but worst of all, the results were terrible. The print was streaky and the ink just didn’t work properly. That was several years ago. Recycling cartridges was not for us. Environmentally friendly and economical it might be, but the end result was so poor, it was a complete non-starter. ~~~~~~~~~~ The years went by. We sometimes felt rather guilty about all the cartridges we were buying, and then throwing away, although eventually we did find a source that collected used ones for recycling. The toner cartridges for the laser printers were an especially expensive part of our stationery budget. I knew you could buy recycled toner cartridges, but that also meant taking over somebody else’s used printer drum - a bit of a risky proposition. Fast forward to 1999. One of our clients mentioned in passing that they very rarely bought toner cartridges any more. They just bought the toner powder and refilled when necessary. “Really,” I said “but there’s no hole. How do you get the toner in?.” “Well, you have to make the hole, but you get a kit with everything included.” Ohhh no, I’d heard that before. Syringes, plastic
                aprons, gloves. Not a chance! He carried on. “We’ve been really pleased with our savings. The toner only costs us a quarter of the price we would pay for a new toner cartridge, and we get at least five refills. And you can’t tell the difference when you look at the printed pages.” Well, that did it. Yes, we ordered a Starter Kit! When the Kit arrived we ripped it open. No syringe and no plastic gear. There was a bottle of toner, a plastic funnel, an apple corer thingy, and a set of instructions. It worked! We have saved oodles of cash, have been environmentally friendly, and the results are top-notch. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Technical Bits ~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are hundreds of different types of printer toner cartridges, but basically only three ways to refill them yourself. The company describes the methods as “Melt (or cut) & pour”, “Unplug & pour” and “Unscrew & pour”. You can find out which type your cartridge is by looking it up on their website. The most complicated method is the “melt & pour” type. The toner cartridges for all three of our printers (HP Laserjet 4, 4L and 6L) require refilling using this method. It involves heating up the apple corer thingy (well, alright then, the melting tool!), melting a hole in the right place on the cartridge, emptying out the toner, refilling with new toner, covering up the hole. How many times can you refill? The company’s rule of thumb is “three straight refills - and maybe then some”. It all depends on which kind of cartridge you have. Our HP 6L takes loads of refills, but the HP 4 takes a maximum of 4. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Bad Bits ~~~~~~~~~~~~ *I’m certain using this kit invalidates any warranty. I personally would not want to use these kits on a new printer. *For the sake of your health, you need to be careful to d
                o this in a well ventilated room, or even outside. Breathing in toner powder, or fumes from melting plastic is not good for your lungs. The company advises using a nuisance dust mask. *What about the waste toner? Yes, of course the waste toner has to go somewhere. It actually collects within the cartridge, and, depending on the make of the cartridge and how many times you have refilled it, will eventually get jammed up and mess up your drum. The good news is that with most cartridges, you can empty this waste toner, and your instructions will tell you how. *You can’t carry on refilling the cartridge forever. Eventually the drum will wear out and you will need a new one. I notice that the company has now started selling remanufactured cartridges which have been fitted with a new drum, for about half the price of a completely new cartridge. *The company charges postage and packing of £5 unless you order over £50 worth (all plus VAT). Most Starter Kits are well under £30, so you will need either to swallow hard and pay the P&P or take a risk and make your first order a big one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Good Bits ~~~~~~~~~~~~ *Environmentally friendly *Cost effective (eg the HP Laserjet 6L cartridge can be refilled at least 5 times - without emptying the waste toner). *You effectively recycle your own toner cartridge, which means that you are keeping your own drum. *The quality of the print is excellent. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The company’s name is U Refill Toner Ltd. Their website is http://www.refilltoner.com. (Their website is easy to navigate, and you can quickly discover if your printer type is included. You can order over the internet.) Telephone: 0121 693 2644. They also sell compatible inkjet cartridges, inkjet ink, compatible thermal transfer ribbons, copier refills and fax refills.

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                  22.06.2001 08:55
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                  With 2 Kids i have found the dearest part of running a PC is the price of the replacement cartridges. My printer is a humble Lemark Z11 and about a year past when the ink was getting low I started to price around for a new cartridge and was surprized to see them on sale { LOL must be a joke } for £32. Panic set in, £32 is pretty steep for me to pay for the Kids to print there homeworks/ poster etc. But flicking though in a few PC mags I seen ads for refills....UREKA....but wait! the manual says that these can ruin the printer { allow the new cartridges were ruining my money LOL}. Well I have been now using the original cartridge that came with the printer and to date I have had only one problem with it printing, the colours are not as true as the original cartridge. But for me and my lot { who are if the truth be told only messing around } this is fine , I would say the colours are about 95% near the original. These kits sent with the replacement ink are simplicity to operate. The kit has refilled my cartridge 3 times and cost £22 so you work it out and printer and cartridge are still going strong.

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                    17.06.2001 07:21
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                    I have got a Canon bubblejet colour printer. It was fairly cheap to buy, I didn’t bother reading up about the cost of replacement ink cartridges and making comparisons. I didn’t care then. After several days my ink ran dry, ahh. I was horrified at the cost of replacement cartridges. I didn’t buy a replacement cartridge, the cost was horrendous, my printer just sat there unused. My dad told me to refill my old cartridges? But the manual said I couldn’t do that, the guarantee would no longer be valid. Well he told me not to take any notice of that. What the point in having a printer if I couldn’t afford to use it. So I took the plunge. I bravely ordered coloured and black bottles of ink, all the while worrying that the guarantee for my printer would no longer be valid. The black ink came with a little gadget to increase the size of the hole on the original cartridge, so you could refill it. The coloured ink required more care and effort, using a wrench I had to prise the top of the colour cartridge and make one hole in each section for the 4 colours (it comes with full instructions don’t worry). Filling the cartridge with ink for the first time was a bit worrying. The bottles have little syringe tops, and it was fairly easy to fill the cartridges. I had to wait a while, about 30 minutes before I could put the cartridges back in the printer. IT WORKED. YES, YES YES. I had superb results, the printing quality was good. I personally couldn’t see any difference in print quality between my refilled cartridges and the originals. I have now been doing this for 4 years, it now takes me a couple of minutes to refill the cartridges. I have saved hundreds of pounds. I get my ink from System Insight, they are very helpful and will give you could advice, and delivery is next working day. I can now print without worrying about the costs. A
                    bit of advice - put down a few paper towels when you are refilling, it can be a little bit messy, a little drop goes a long way. Also, don’t let the cartridge run dry before refilling, refill the cartridge when it's about a quarter full. If the ink cartridge runs dry, bit of gunk can get in and the print quality won’t be as good. I think that the printer manufactures tell us not to refill cartridges, so they can rip us off with their own expensive cartridges.

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                      15.06.2001 06:34
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                      Probably the biggest expense after buying the computer is the printer. Oh, I know it might not seem like it at the time, especially with a reasonable quality printer starting at around 40 quid these days. But when you include the cost of the cartridges over the life of the printer, it becomes equal to the national debt of a Third World nation! For the basis of argument, let’s say a printer lasts 5 years and that you replace a cartridge of some description every other month. With the average cost of a replacement cartridge at £20, which is very reasonable, over the life of the printer you have “fed” it to the tune of £600. Yes, that’s right, added to your initial cheapo printer of £40 is 1,500 % in running costs. So what do we do? Suffer in silence, or adopt the “Napster” spirit and find a cheaper alternative. What’s the alternative?…… Recycled cartridges. The cartridges really come in two guises, ready filled – as good as new versions, and the DIY – ink on your hands version. Ready Filled With the ready filled variety, you’re getting either an original cartridge, which has been washed and then refilled, or a generic, cheaper to manufacture cartridge, much in the same way as you can buy car parts with BMW on them, or a cheaper alternative with Halford’s written down the side. The cartridges may appear lighter than your original, and have maybe a different shade of casing, but that’s about it. Installation is exactly the same, there are no codes to type in or drivers to download. Just take out the old, put in the new and away you go. In terms of quality, maybe the black is slightly more watery and the colours do not have the same amount of depth, but then again, they are around half the price. DIY Now I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like getting dirty, whether I’m ..er.. gardening or anything el
                      se. Yes, it’s more than likely that the first time you attempt the operation you will get some ink somewhere, but two or three goes down the line, it’s a simple, clean operation. How difficult the task is depends on the cartridge. If you’re lucky enough to have the type with a small rubber bung on the side, then it really is a doddle. In effect, all you do is suck up the ink from the bottle with the supplied syringe, and squeeze it into the sponge inside the cartridge. If you haven’t got a bung, then you need to have some experience of using a drill. I’ve come across two such kits, made by JR and Vectorjet. Both have a full list of which printers they are compatible with, and also full instructions. The JR kit also comes with the necessary drill bit as mentioned above. Following the instructions, you drill a hole, fill the cartridge, and then insert the supplied rubber bung. The Vectorjet kit has the syringe fastened to a squeeze-able bottle, which makes the operation even easier. Colourwise, I would say that the results are the same as with the ready filled version. What’s it cost, and how long will it last? A recycled cartridge will be roughly half the cost of an original, but this does vary from model to model. In terms of longevity, I can’t say that I have noticed any significant difference either way. With the DIY you are only buying the ink and carrying out the labour yourself. Black kits cost on average £10 and colour £15, but you do get plenty of fills out of them. On average, I probably get around 5 fills from each bottle of ink. Should I do it? It all depends on whether you hang on the every word spoken by Canon, HP et al. It’s true that the cartridge in the majority of cases contains the print head. Printer manufacturers state that by using recycled, unbranded or refilled cartridges you are lessening the life of your printer and causing untold damage. But then aga
                      in, they would wouldn’t they? I’ve seen this question asked many times on web sites and in the help pages of magazines, and almost all come down on the side of the recyling/refilling method. Personally, I am still using the original cartridge in my Canon BJC 210, and it’s just had it’s 5th birthday. I’ve filled it I don’t know how many times, and it still prints the same as it did the first time I filled it. Ideas If you’re not sure, then why not buy a recycled cartridge as a spare? Stick it in when the kids want to print – you know how much they love to fill an A4 page up with all the colours of the rainbow. This will at least let you get some kind of comparison in performance, without paying a King’s Ransom for the next “masterpiece” for Granny!. Instead of just throwing away your next empty cartridge, buy a refill kit and give it a whirl. If it all goes OK and you’re happy with the results, then you know what to do for next time. In the meantime, just write “kids” on the casing and adopt the same approach as above. Pretty soon, your little bottles of cyan, yellow and magenta will have turned you “green”!

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