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    Question Printer ink

    Has anyone used a generic compatible cartridge in an Epson? I am seeing them listed as low as $4.

    Steve

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    3rd party inks

    Using third party inks can be problematic. They probably void any warranty on the printer. There have been problems with clogging with third party inks. This is a serious problem on Epsons as the nozzles are attached to the printer and not the cartridge. This makes repairs difficult and expensive. That is the generic answer. Perhaps, you should ask for people's experience with specific brands.

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    Generic ink

    >>Using third party inks can be problematic. They probably void any warranty >>on the printer. There have been problems with clogging with third party >>inks.

    I would be interested in where to get $4.00 ink refills. Since I am trashing my Epson 820 due to constant need to clean the black nozzel, it wouldn't hurt to try the refills and if it didn't work, wouldn't have lost much.
    Where did you find the $4.00 refills? If they work, then I could give the thing away and someone could use it. As of now, it isn't worth giving away!

    Janet

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    Printer ink

    Janet,
    I just did a search on Froogle and typed in "epson t027". Lots of stuff popped up there. I did find one way to not get a clogged nozzle....I just did a print job that used the whole cartridge Of course, that doesn't happen often. I just hate to give up on the printer because the output (when it works) is so good.

    Steve

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    Fading ink

    I have been using an HP930c printer for some years (4)
    over this past winter, I did my usual batch of calenders some framed prints for friends. That batch, is FADING like crazy. Ink or paper. Any thoughts?
    Thanks
    Snowy Egret

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Cifra
    Has anyone used a generic compatible cartridge in an Epson? I am seeing them listed as low as $4.

    Steve
    I have hardly ever used Epson inks. I mostly buy generic inks and also refill all my cartridges as much as possible. I've been using the same printer for 7 years so generic inks do work.

    As far as fading is concerned - I keep my printed photos in the dark because all photos and ink fade. I use my b/w printouts for whatever they're needed for and fading isn't really an issue.

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    Places to buy ink and paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys
    I have hardly ever used Epson inks. I mostly buy generic inks and also refill all my cartridges as much as possible. I've been using the same printer for 7 years so generic inks do work.
    Well, I finally found the site where I have been buying my name brand paper and ink as suggested on this site. And that is
    http://www.atlex.com

    However, I have found a site for generic paper and ink and wonder if any of you have tried them. For ink, I forgot who suggested it but they bragged about how good it was--
    http://www.inkgrabber.com
    And for paper, suggested by Steve's digicams
    http://www.freephotopaper.com

    Altex I can vouch for providing they are still standing after the Hurricane Frances, but I have never used generic ink and paper. I am getting the Canon i9900 and need paper recommendations. I may go with generic ink for my old printer but unless I get really positve feedback on generic for the Canon I will stay with name brand.
    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet
    Well, I finally found the site where I have been buying my name brand paper and ink as suggested on this site. And that is
    http://www.atlex.com

    However, I have found a site for generic paper and ink and wonder if any of you have tried them. For ink, I forgot who suggested it but they bragged about how good it was--
    http://www.inkgrabber.com
    And for paper, suggested by Steve's digicams
    http://www.freephotopaper.com

    Altex I can vouch for providing they are still standing after the Hurricane Frances, but I have never used generic ink and paper. I am getting the Canon i9900 and need paper recommendations. I may go with generic ink for my old printer but unless I get really positve feedback on generic for the Canon I will stay with name brand.
    Janet
    For paper recommendations: You should stay with Canon papers in general, but there are some really high-end papers out there from companies like Red River and etc. I use an Epson 870 and 2000P and find that Epson papers work the best in general, and I have talked to Canon 9100and 9900 owners that say the same about Canon papers.

    To all of those using 3rd party inks...

    ...If you want the prints to last, in open light, then don't use 3rd party inks. If, like Rhys, you keep your prints in the dark until you want to show them, then you might be ok.

    If you are printing 4 x 6 then go to Cosco (and other kiosks). For 19-29 cents a print you will have wet process prints that will last as long as film prints. That's cheaper than printing them yourself.
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    My canon i9900 photo

    I have a different opinion about brandname ink, which is said to be the most expensive liquid in the world. I have a canon i9900 photo printer, I have been using generic ink/paper. They worked just great. I purchased ink from http://www.all-ink.com before, which worked great. However, the price is still high comparing with another store I recently discovered, i.e. http://www.top-ink.com , I love the 10-pack offer with FREE paper, and I received a 10% off coupon (save10) that is valid for multiple use for 2005! Why pay $10 when you get get it for $4, with the same quality?
    Shirley

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    I just came across a online store named Abcink.com

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