I am looking for printer ink cartridges that are cheap and good quality. Where does everyone get theirs? It doesn't have to be brand name ink as long as it's good. Thanks.
Laura from Illinois
I buy all my off brand cartridges from this site. Shipping is free if your order is $40.00 or more.
If order is under $40.00 you pay $2.95 USPS First Class shipping.
This is a small company and their service is excellent. Several years ago I owned a Canon Copier/Scanner/Printer that finally quit working. I was going to have it serviced and was told that the print head was shot and it was cheaper to buy a new copier/scanner/printer. I then purchased a new Epson copier/scanner/printer and I had these unused Canon cartridges that I purchased from Best Ink. I called their toll free number and was told to mail the cartridges back to them and they gave me a full refund on my credit card.
I get refills at Walgreens - $10 The first time I tried to use a refill cartridge, I got a message on my screen about it not being compatable or something like that. There was a button to "continue" so I tried that and everything was cool. I don't get that message anymore & I have used many refills in my HP printer
You can get refills at Walgreen's,the black ones for my printer are $10.00, the color ones are $15.00.
I use the site lasermonks.com. They are real monks-just don't sell banana bread. I've never had a problem and the prices are comparable. Ihave an Epsom Stylus Photo printer (several years old).
I get mine from carrotink.com They are
guaranteed, cheap and you get them quickly. And they have 'specials' all the time.
Been with them for 5 years.
I get mine at Cartridge World....they refill cartridges. Mine cannot be refilled at the shop, but they still have my type of cartridge in stock for about half the price of what it is at other stores. (They have to send my type out to be refilled.)
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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.
Another source for ink to refill your own is Sam's Wholesale Club, they have a refill kit for about $20 that contains 4 ounce bottles of all colors including extra ink for photographic printers.
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)