I buy my ink from Ebay. (06/23/2006)
Have you thought about using the refill kits? They are pretty easy to use if you just read the directions.
Otherwise we have stores around here that you can take your cartridge to and they will fill it for you.
We buy nearly all of our cartridges from printpal.com. Shipping is free, and only takes a few days. Check them out to see if they have your cartridges. We buy the "generic" for our Brother and HP and have not had any issues. (06/23/2006)
By Ree 127
I don't have a Photo-jet, or whatever it is called, but I do have a copier/scanner/printer. I bought a refill kit. I think I spent a total of about 20.00 at Wal-Mart. It is called Universal, I think. The B&W was about $8 or $10, the colour about $12. I have not had any problems. I have a HP 1100 series. (06/23/2006)
Be careful using the refill kits, if you puncture the "liner" it will destroy your printer. This happened to me once. A salesperson working in Staples told me that usually you can refill cartridges once, but after that you should buy another. I do searches online for "cheap printer ink" and then search for my printer type on some of the websites. Make sure to include the cost of shipping when trying to figure out whose is cheaper. There are generic cartridges for that printer but you have to look for them.
I have one of these too, but have not used it in a while due to having gotten a better photo printer. (06/23/2006)
I have a Canon printer which I like because each color ink is in a separate cartridge. They are simple to refill, and you can buy the ink from Oddparts by the pint. The pints are about $25 with shipping, but a pint is alot of ink. They have directions that tell you how to fill the cartridges for whatever brand of printer you have. Some brands are easier to fill than others, I believe, but the Canon is very easy to do. The big disadvantage to printers that have one cartridge for the 3 colors is that if you run out of one color, you have to replace the cartridge, even if the other colors are not empty.
I have an HP copier/scanner/printer that is only 1 year old. I have been refilling my black cartridges since I got it. Last month I started having printer problems and then my printer just quit. Nothing that was done would work. I called HP support and was told that I could not use refilled cartridges on my printer, it would ruin it and nothing could be done to repair it. I should go out and buy a new HP cartridge immediately and see if that solved the problem.
I called a computer repair shop in town and questioned them. I was told that companies who made printers made their money not on selling the printers, but on the cartridges. They have fixed them so a cartridge can be used a limited amount of time, usually once. If you continue to refill it, it will permanently damage the printer.
To get it repaired, it would cost $50 per hour and usually took at least 2 hours. They said it would be cheaper to just buy a new printer. He suggested that I buy an HP cartridge first and see if that solved the problem. I bought a new black HP cartridge and my printer now works. However, the printer now does not print clearly in color, and cannot be used to print photographs. It has been damaged, but is still usable for black and white printing only.
I told this to a friend whose son is really into computers, and apparently it is well known to those in the field that owners of all newer printer models cannot and should not refill their cartridges or they will damage their printers beyond repair. Some believe that you can refill them 1 time only, then must replace them. I thought that I was being smart and saving so much money since I'm back in school and use my printer constantly. I added up all that money, and it was not enough to buy a new printer. If this had happened to me when a major paper was due, I may have flunked that class and would have had the cost of tuition added to my lesson.
My point is, user beware. There are hidden costs of using printers. I now have changed my printing quality to "fast draft" or "fast normal" rather than "normal" or "best" print quality to save ink. I have to make this printer last through my time at school and cannot afford to buy a new one now. (06/24/2006)
My husband injects ink into the empty cartridge using old syringes (06/26/2006)
I bought 2 UX-70B for my Sharp fax copier from cheap inks. The first one ran out of ink very quickly despite claims of long life. I'm not happy about the short print span but, it did print as well as a new cartridge from Sharp. (03/07/2007)
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