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Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by Shady, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. Shady

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    Hi chaps

    I have an Epson CX5400 inkjet printer and will soon need to replace the ink. The question is are 'compatible' cartridges readily available from the web i.e. Stinky Ink (love the name!) a sensible solution or a waste of money.

    I guess the official inks from Epson are the best, but they should be at that price. The general price guide is that for £20 I can get all four cartidges - but is this a false economy ? What do the fine people on this forum use ?

    We use them for general printing and photographs, but not for professional results - just something nice to look at in an album or frames.

    Any ideas before I place my order, and if anyone has any reputable suppliers who they use - all the better.

    Many thanks
     
  2. buzlightyear

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    Epson printers can be funny beasts, some accpet the Compatibles others wont print with them. I had a client who bought some and the printer stopped printing all together.

    Its a rip off i know, but i would go Epson, plus you dont invalidate your warrenty with Epson!!! that is if its still in warrenty.
     
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    i use svp.co.uk for my epson r300's ink.
     
  4. Garrett

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    Try here and if you cannot find the ink you want give him a ring its free. The person who runs it is one of the nicest and helpful persons I have ever spoken to and have been getting refill ink of him for years.

    They do not sell one for all but take time and formulate the ink to match. The very first time I wanted some ink they said they had not formulated the ink and were in the process of formulating it. (so no same ink but a different label there).
     
  5. HardBoiledEgg

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    I use compatable carts inmy Epson 830 all the time, I've never bought an Epson catridge yet :)
     
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    Epson are the best.
    You can buy them a lot cheaper if you hunt round I know the 7dayshop.com do them on discount and vat free, a lot of people say jet tec compatibles are good I have used them on quite a few occasions with good results they are made in the uk.

    I tried a cheap unbranded colour cartridge in my photo 900 and it blocked the jets, and I had to scrap the printer, so you are taking a slight risk, tip keep your original empty Epson carts, if your printer goes back to Epson, pop them back in to keep your warranty.
     
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    choicestationary.com.....these r the cheapest iv`e found and i use them all the time for compatibles.
     
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    my girlfrind uses a firm called red dragon (?) - I've done quick search but can't find it yet....but they charge about 10 quid for 3 cartridges!

    shes got an epson too...cx5400
     
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    I think I get 2 colours and a black for about £10. I normally buy a few when I go to the computer fair or I get them from Ebay. Ebay have some really good deals on ink carts :thumbsup:
     
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    Choice Price: £38.99 Including VAT at 17.5%

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    Things just get bigger and better at Choice - GO JUMBO - order this Special Offer Pack before 5pm 15th October and get 10 black and 10 colour compatible cartridges at this Limited Special Offer Price. THAT'S 10 BLACK & 10 COLOUR CARTRIDGES!


    this is just an exsample from choice stationary for epson 925 printer.
     
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    Have used Jetjec inks in a Canon i865 and an Epson 915. Have been more than happy with the results, both with photos and dvd covers. Have bought the inks locally and from SVP products. Wouldn't buy the official inks now.

    A friend has had the same experience, using Jettec inks, on different Epson printers also.
     
  12. MartinImber

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    Just been on about this today at a computer fair

    The cheap inks clog heads - took 15 clean cycles with cleaning cartridges to do.

    So I bought better cartridges said not to clog.

    They are called ink again
     
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    I recently used printerinks.com for XPrint compatibles in my Epson 670. I don't use it for printing photos but for regular printing, they seem absolutely fine. For your printer they charge £25 including VAT and 1st class del for set and they offer a money back guarantee if you're not happy with the carts.

    No connection other than as a happy customer.

    _
     
  14. Bert Coules

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    I'm just about to replace the ink cartridges for the first time on my Canon i865, so I've read this discussion with some interest. Magna mentioned Jetjec inks specifically for an i865, but a quick web search didn't throw up any hits for that name: can anyone recommend a source?

    Or should I do what the printer's manual (very sternly) advises, and use only genuine Canon cartridges?

    Why is there such a huge price difference, anyway? Is it just a matter of the original manufacturer making a huge profit, or is their product really that superior?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Well, companies have to recoup the cost of their printers somehow. Printers are so cheap nowadays it often costs more to buy a full set of genuine ink than to buy a new printer. :confused: It's the same with paper, most printers give best results when using their own brand best paper. In Epsons case, it is nigh on £12 for 20 sheets of premium A4 photo paper.
     
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    Martin - you didn't run them one after another did you? :suicide:
     
  17. MarkE19

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    Also some of the compatable inks are in recycled OEM tanks that have just been cleaned, refilled and rebadged. Therefore all they are paying for is time and ink so they can sell them for a fair bit less.

    Mark.
     
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    Bert, re.Canon i865 printer inks.

    Try: www.blankdiscshop.co.uk/acatalog/For_Canon_printers.html

    The first few cartridges are suitable for the i865.

    I did wonder a while about the warnings made by Canon, but encouraged by my (successful) use of this make of inks in an Epson 915, I decided to go ahead and so far I have not regretted it.

    Regards, Eric.
     
  19. Garrett

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    To reiterate what HBE said I heard that the manufactures actually lose money on the printers and make the money back and more on there inks.

    What is the actual cartridge number your prinetr uses?
     
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    Thanks to everyone who replied; I'll check out the various suggestions.

    Garrett, the cartridge numbers (at least, I assume that these are the cartridge numbers) are:

    Black: BC1-6BK
    Black: BC1-3eBK
    Yellow: BC1-6Y
    Magenta: BC1-6M
    Cyan: BC1-6C

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  21. Garrett

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    Theres also loads on eBay - round about £10 for a full set or combinations of 'Any 12' for £16.
    I've bought lots of catridges for my Epson from eBay :thumbsup:

    Canon Catridges from eBay
     
  23. Bert Coules

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    Thanks to everyone for the advice and information. As an experiment, I've bought a full set of cartridges from A J's Media Supplies as advertised on eBay, for the fairly astonishing price of £8.99 including next-day recorded delivery.

    The cartridges are branded Im Jet and are supplied individually boxed and sealed in foil bags. I plan to try them today.

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    Let us know how you get on Bert - I've got the same printer and could really do with finding some decent cheap inks.
     
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    has anyone had problems with their epson printer (we've got the cx5400) whern using non epson catridges..??? - my girlfriend was unable to print last night, we got an error message saying the it need cleaning...even tho she did clean it...sigh...
     
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    Although I have had a printer years, but never done much printing. I have never used a print head cleaner. Is it really necessary?
     
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    I've now fitted three of the Im Jet replacement cartridges in my Canon i865 and run off a few test pictures. On my usual Kodak paper I can see no difference between the results I got today and the all-Canon-cartridge prints I've made previously.

    It's possible of course that the Im Jet cartridges may prove to have some long-term reliability problems, but as of now I see nothing amiss with them at all.

    Incidentally, although the printer's status screen reported that three of the original cartridges were "running low", when I removed them they looked to my eyes to be completely empty. I presume that some ink was retained in the second chamber (which looks like it might contain some sort of spongy absorbent pad - is that right?) and there was just enough for acceptable printing.

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  28. Garrett

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    Your right I have filled some cartridges myself and you use a syringe and you have to press it through a sponge and inject to the bottom of the cartridge then slowly withdraw it whilst injecting all the time. I would keep hold of the old cartages in case you ever want to refill by just using ink kits.
     
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    Thanks Garrett, though frankly, at less than £9, I think I'm happy to let someone else do the fiddly stuff.

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    my girlfriends doing a PGCE - and she has to print off loads of stuff...!! normally I think she would have to clean them, but it's just the error message thats coming up...
     

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