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The best way to cheap inkjet printing costs down
Inkjet Refill Kits
Member Name: eddyfenton
Inkjet Refill Kits
Advantages: A great way to bring the cost of printing right down
Disadvantages: Can be messy and doesn't always work.
I've used inkjet refill kits for years now.
It all started when I bought an Epson way back when. I remember hearing about how you could refill your printer cartridges rather than have to but new, which ramped up the costs of printing considerably.
The costs of ink cartridges has increased even more over the years and the printers themselves tend to be sold at what would seem a 'value' price. It's only when you realise that ink cartridges cost a small fortune that you realise the printer itself is almost a lost leader to get you into what tends to be a cartel of expensive.
The ink in these cartridges costs more than gold in weight terms if buying a branded product, I really have to wonder how people afford some of the cartridges you see for HP printers, they are seriously expensive compared to how many pages you'd expect to print.
The standard capacity cartridges you can buy, again on the HP range, are next to useless if you are printing photos. They run out so quickly.
Even compatible cartridges are fairly expensive.
But I'll stop ranting about how expensive print cartridges are... the answer is a refill kit. The product that the manufactures warn you against using... and I wonder why?!?... I've never damaged a printer by using a refilled cartridge, has anyone else?
Anyway, the average refill kit will allow you to reuse a cartridge a few times. I've found the process is fairly straight forward, but can be quite messy and frustrating on occasion.
Refilling cartridges (in my experience) works best before they run out. Look to refill the first time your printer warns of low ink. If you refill after the ink has run out, leave some time for the ink to 'work though' the cartridge and settle before using it for anything more than a short print run. Again, just my experience - mostly with HP printers which I have used for sometime now.
Ok, so the quality is not quite as good as buying a brand new branded cartridge, but it's not that different to justify the increased cost in my opinion.
I will continue to use refill kits until cartridge prices become affordable.
Summary: Worth a go, if you don't mind the effort to refill.
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