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Should I get my printer ink cartridges refilled or buy new ones?

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Post time: 2013-4-27 19:12:12 |Show all posts
What are the pros and cons of each, if any? What do you do? Where can you get them refilled and how much does it cost? If you buy new ones, which store do you go to?

Post time: 2013-4-28 07:09:14 |Show all posts
That really depend upon the cartridge.  Some do wonderfully well being refilled, some are terrible.
What results and how much you should expect to pay comes down to what kind of cartridge you are using.

Post time: 2013-4-28 05:28:35 |Show all posts
For black ink I get mine refilled at Walgreen's in the photo department for $10. They can't refill color ink as well so I  get that at Walmart. The refills work just fine and I usually use a lot more black for printing than color. They test the cartridge before they refill it at Walgreen's and don't charge you if it fails.

Post time: 2013-4-28 04:03:06 |Show all posts
I used refills once, they lasted about a week and were not that cheap. The filling place was a kiosk in a mall. Best to you should invest in a lazer printer, the toner is expensive but lasts for thousands of pages and never dries up. Before, I was lucky if I got 100 pages out of my ink printer, and the cartridges were almost $30. But I don't use colour.

Post time: 2013-4-28 02:59:32 |Show all posts
It depends on your printer. Most printers have the heads in the printer in a non easily accessible place. Refilling cartridges often fails but even if it appears to work, sooner or later a clot from the old leftover ink will clog your print head and destroy your printer. Never refill epson, that is a guaranteed disaster. You can buy special refillable cartridges which you can safely refill yourself for 50 cents at ccs-digital.com With Brother or Canon it might work but you can get these cartridges new for $2 so why bother? HPs have the heads in the cartridge, so refilling may work but remanufactured is the way to go. The cartridges are disassembled, cleaned, refilled and tested so they are good as new.

Post time: 2013-4-28 01:03:38 |Show all posts
Years ago, I would have said refill, as it worked well at the time and was pretty cheap.
Tried it again recently, it was difficult, messy, the results weren't very good when it was first reinstalled, and then the printer rejected it anyway.
What I have found works well instead are third party or remanufactured ownbrand cartridges that are marked as compatible for your printer. They're not available for all brands or models, but they are at least for mine ... seem to work and last just as well and as long as the official ones, but are about 25% less. It's not the drastic saving that refilling offers, but it does help cut down the silly price of inkjet printing at least.
Alternatively, consider swapping for a cheap laser? For starters, toner doesn't dry out if you leave it a month without using it...

Post time: 2013-4-27 23:50:46 |Show all posts
Well it's much cheaper to refill them, but that's about the only pro to refilling them.
The problem with refilling ink cartridges is the fact that each printer series, make, and model often has a different type of ink, so there is no one ink that will work for all of them.  If you can get a hold of the proper standard of ink for your printer, which is easier said than done, go for it, but be warned the wrong type of ink can lead to a number of problems not limited to binding of the ink head, leakage from the cartridge, over inking of the paper, and generally making a mess and potentially ruining the printer.  The printer manufactures modify the ink component with every series based on what that series is intended to be used for and to give top quality of print for that printer.  This is sort of a conspiracy by the manufacture to force you to buy their over priced ink cartridges, but it is also a way to maintain a quality control on their printer output.

Post time: 2013-4-27 22:22:34 |Show all posts
Refilling ink cartridges is not always the best nor cheapest way to go
Refilling cartridges are simple enough, but at  times refilled ink cartridges may work, but mostly not. Most printers will not recognize refilled ink cartridges, once the ink is exhausted, the chip expires. Refilling them may be a costly gamble on your part. So to save you any grief and money possibly wasted, it may be advantageous on your part to just replace the ink cartridge. Using a non oem ink cartridge would be cheaper and a much better option for you.
Just a note: Using non oem ink cartridges will not void your warranty
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Post time: 2013-4-27 20:58:01 |Show all posts
Cons:-
One set of new cartridges can easily cost more than the printer itself.
AIO colour cartridges can still have ink in them even though the software says otherwise.
Messy to fill your own.
Warrany voided with non-genuine cartridges.
Pros:-
Save yourself a fortune.
Printers are so cheap that it doesn't really matter if it goes wrong.
Save yourself a fortune.
You use the amount of ink needed when filling.
Save yourself a fortune.
I refill my own, have done for over 15 years. I cannot abide manufacturers blatant profiteering on a necessary consumable. If ever I buy new I buy reconditioned/remanufactured cartridges - sometimes the chips go wrong - but you still save a bundle. The easiest printers I have found to work with are Epson, Canon, and Lexmark - with just a little technical knowledge you can quite happily run off of the same cartidges for a year or more.
I know people will say refilling is wrong, but it is what works for me.
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