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When Buying a Printer, Factor In The Cost Of Ink

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Before you purchase a new printer; research and see if you can buy the ink to refill the cartridges. There are many online ink suppliers that furnish the "manufacturer's-type ink". You need to have several printers that you are considering in mind, then you can call an ink and cartridge supplier on a toll free phone line and can discuss if you could refill the cartridges. See how much they charge for the ink, etc.

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Tip: The supplier will not steer you to a particular printer, only answer your questions, and hope they make a sale of their products.

By Syd

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January 8, 20050 found this helpful

I have learned this lesson the hard way. I do alot of printing at home for my boss, and have also discoverd the ink amount in cartridges isn't what it used to be. I used a black and a color in one day for my lexmark. I now go to discount stores for the ink refill kits. I recently purchased an large kit which has the best manual for all printers. Eventually the refills need new cartridges.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 3, 20060 found this helpful

Sometimes you can find out which printers have cartidges that are easily re-fillable. Canon is one brand. But we have also re-inked our Lexmark and even our HP.

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January 22, 20120 found this helpful

I just noticed this post is from 2005. I wonder if HP fixed this problem & if any other company puts these chips in their products! I have an HP printer. I don't use it 'cause it was not working right. I bought a Canon a couple years ago & it does fine, so, far. My color ink ran out. I use black mostly, so, haven't bought a new color cartridge. I did by a black a few months ago, as I was running low & took a chance on a refurbished one from Meijer. My black hasn't ran out yet, like I thought it would, so, I hope this refurbished one will work out!

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