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Old 10-08-2016, 08:00 AM
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It seems like I'm always replacing the ink cartridges on my Canon printer. And those little things sure are expensive. I've been told in the past that aftermarket cartridges or refills suck and will end up ruining the printer, but I don't know if that's a myth or not. Anyone have any luck with non-oem ink cartridges?
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:05 AM
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Aftermarket cartridges are hit or miss. Some are OK, others, not so good. It's hard to tell. I've had good luck with cartridges from monoprice.com. They're very inexpensive so if I get a bad one I just toss it. No big deal.

Usually, inkjet printers aren't very expensive. If you save a bundle on cartridges you can afford to replace the printer every now and then.

Personally, I'm a fan of laser printers. They can sit unused for weeks or months and there's no ink to dry up and clog the print heads. If you print a lot, laser is the way to go since it's cheaper. If your printer sits idle a lot, laser is the way to go since the ink won't dry out. Just sayin'.
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Wife always gets the aftermarket cartridges and refills for my Lexmark printer and they never work. I order online from Staples.
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Costco refill of the OEM cartridge has always worked for me. Set the printer up on fast/draft setting and it really stretches the resource too.
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ink4art has worked fine for us for years
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:14 AM
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Hello, The Blake Printing cartridges on Amazon have worked for me at half the Canon prices. Jim
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Thanks guys. We do set the default to draft, but the cartridges are so small, they just don't last long. I will check out the the recommendations on here. Also, has anyone tried ink.com? They are about 1/3 the price of canon.
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costco refills them while you shop
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I have a canon pixma and have always bought on a ebay and never a problem. You can get 2 sets of cartridges for $10. Its a no brainer
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Originally Posted by Time Machine View Post
costco refills them while you shop
This^^^
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I have an older canon mp620 and I buy the cheapest refills on amazon ($5 for a set). They work great for normal paper prints and are even OK for pictures. I've only had an issue one time where printer did not recognize the cartridge. No big deal at that price.
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We always buy secondary market unless it jumps up and we haven't bought in time. Even when there is an issue with one cartridge the savings far exceeds the issue. Never a problem with the printer when a cartridge goes bad
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I have the Cannon pro-100 photo printer so OEM is the only way to go for best prints but for a basic printer buy cheap
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I buy them buy the box off ebay. Never had any issues minus a few leaking cartridges
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I have had some success with aftermarket print cartridges for my laser printers. Sometimes as a previous poster said, they don't last long.
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After using non OEM cartridges for my HP I had nothing but problems. Had to completely disassemble the head and clean it after watching a couple you tube videos. Still took quite a few printouts to return to normal.


I did not know Costco refilled cartridges.
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I have had very good luck with Jarbo refills on Amazon. Been using them for a couple of years.
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Okay, after watching a few days I finally went back to see where I got my stuff. Inksupply.com. There are similar sites, but this is where I bought replacement cartridges and ink for my Canon MX880 back in 2012. Spent about $53. Also get yourself a chip resetter. When I buy a printer, I get Canon because I have found them to have the easiest cartridges to refill. The refillable cartridges like the ones I bought on the site above have removable plugs in the top, and you can place the empty into a chip resetter and the printer will allow you to reuse the cartridge and tell you when it needs refilling again (it's based on use and not actual tank levels but it works just fine). No problems. I just refilled five cartridges in about 15 minutes, good to go. Some ink on my fingers. Wayyy cheaper than buying new or recycled. Not difficult but a little messy the first few times you try it. The ink and the cartridges work as good as OE.
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I have an HP color printer that no longer prints black. Googled to see why its doing this. Seems that HP causes the printer to do this when you use non OEM ink. Sucks, especially since I went and bought 4 new cartridges to see if it would reset, but unfortunately it didnt. Lesson learned. I think Ill go w another brand that lets one use whatever ink you wish to...
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