Rant Printer ink

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  1. pmanton

    pmanton Cleared for Takeoff

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    We have a Brother color laser printer. The printer takes 4 cartridges to fill it up. When you first get the printer you get "starter cartridges" which last a short time. Next you have the choice of regular or "high yield" (more expensive) cartridges. A refill is within a few bucks of $400.00

    Since we do a lot of printing, we looked at after market toner. The color rendition was terrible so we are stuck with factory.

    The cartridge uses a flag gear to alert the printer that it's empty. We quickly learned to reset the flag gear and run the cartridges through a second time.

    I saved up spent cartridges with the idea of seeing if I could recover enough toner to refill a set .

    I found there is a LOT of toner left in "empty" cartridges. There is NO physical difference between starter, regular or high yield cartridges. A starter cartridge lacks a flag gear, and the flag gear shape differs between the regular and high yield cartridges.

    Bah humbug
     
  2. John221us

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    I have been pretty happy with after market in my HP.
     
  3. Non Compos Mentis

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    Last time I needed a printer, I went to Costco, and looked at the ink.
    One type of ink was more plentiful and less expensive than all the others, so I bought a printer that used those cartridges.
     
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  4. gkainz

    gkainz Final Approach

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    Just did the same, after going thru 3 or 4 disposable HPs that crapped out ... except went to Walmart and bought a $50 Epson.
     
  5. Clark1961

    Clark1961 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Was this a rant or a confession? So the author noticed that changing physical cartridge dimensions is not done when changing the contents of said cartridges. How else is a machine supposed to work? At any rate, the rant part of this rant was missing. Red card to the ranter and moving on.
     
  6. Let'sgoflying!

    Let'sgoflying! Touchdown! Greaser!

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    currently 6 printers, years of using reman'd or serviced inkn cartridges or toner (inkjet and laser) off ebay various suppliers, and probably 90% success. I also refill. I probably could not have bought an airplane if I had bought new supplies all these years.
    Yes I get black fingers from time to time.
     
  7. rwellner98

    rwellner98 Line Up and Wait

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    Here's what you want: https://www.amazon.com/Epson-Expres...TF8&qid=1526598210&sr=8-4&keywords=epson+l210

    Y
    es, it's expensive. That's because the ink doesn't subsidize the printer. I have two of the previous model. Love them.

    "Includes enough ink to print up to 4,000 pages black/6,500 color (2) — equivalent to about 20 ink cartridge sets (3)

    Save up to 80 percent on ink with low-cost replacement bottles (4) — plus easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks"
     
  8. asicer

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    Additional penalty assessed for not understanding the difference between ink and toner.
     
  9. denverpilot

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    Seems like an excellent use of a Dremel tool to strip the flag gear. LOL.
     
  10. deonb

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    Also from that page:
    “INK NOT INCLUDED”

    Mmm...