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Dec 10

Fight the printer ink scam

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I’ve just thrown out a printer. Well I didn’t throw it out exactly. I gave it to a friend who mends and reconditions computers and the like.

It wasn’t old. It wasn’t worn. It was working…after a fashion. I suppose I should have sold it on eBay or something but it made me so angry I just gave it away.

Why did I do such a naughty thing? Because it made me angry. Really annoyed.

It was the bleedin’ printer cartridges that did it. It was a colour printer (bad idea to start with – in offices very few people really need a colour printer – b/w is much more sensible) and it refused to work if just one of the cartridges wasn’t completely full.

Aargh! Seriously, the number of times it went ‘cartridge empty, cartridge empty’ when it was half full at least, makes me irritated just to think about it.

I just couldn’t make the damn thing work when it went into that mode. Very irritating.

This whole printer ink thing is one big scam. It’s so easy to get sucked into it to. You see a printer for £30. It sounds too good to be true but it’s a good make so you go with it. Then you find that the printer cartridge runs out after a week or so and you need a mortgage to get another one!

I do tend to get reconditioned cartridges (you can even make money recycling cartridges) and I used to get refill packs as well but they are a bit fiddly to use (I’ll drip the stuff down my arm usually). But really printer companies should be upfront about the costs and we need to get savvier about our office supplies. We need to look at the total cost not just the upfront cost.

That’s why I’m pleased that Kodak, at least, is being upfront about their ink costs and making sure that they are sensibly priced. I don’t have a Kodak printer (I don’t have a colour printer anymore either) but I hope their policy will rub off on other printer manufacturers. Their latest press release says:

“Over 60% of Brits have an inkjet printer at home, and despite printer ink being the second biggest bugbear in the rip-off list, 76% did not realise that they could save up to £75 year on ink cartridges. Kodak has the lowest ink replacement costs of any printer manufacturer.”

I should think so too – the last thing we want is to be saddled with expensive cartridge replacements year after year. Let’s fight the printer ink scam.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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Refill Ink
5 years ago

HP and brother printer are best to use for refilled , remanufactured or compatible ink.
Compatible ink cartridges for Epson printers are significantly low however sometimes has a problem of not sitting in the holder perfectly (mould problmes)

HP remanufactured ink output quality is siginificantly good so you can save tp 60% of the cost.

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

I’ve stomped my last 2 printers to death because of their refusal to acknowledge full refils.
No more printing for me, I’ll get by without. I refuse to give these crooks any more of my money.

Ed
Ed
5 years ago

Totally agree with the other comments above regarding the printer scam currently going on. You mention Kodak printers in tis article but the model I bought suffers from all the previous problems. I’m just about to get rid of this one too (though it does actually print quite well). So, Kodak is also an offender in my opinion! Interestingly, I threw out a brand new Cannon printer because of ink price issues (I also became so angry that I just wanted rid!). I replaced it with this Kodak model which suffers from all the usual ‘problems’: – Ink timeout due… Read more »

angry
angry
8 years ago

SIMPLE – EPSON ARE A OPERATING A CRIMINAL RACKET. STAY CLEAR OF THIS COMPANY OR YOU WILL RUE THE DAY.

Ken McKeating
Ken McKeating
8 years ago

I have a few Epson inkjet printers, primarily used for photo printing! One particular model is fairly efficient with ink & although several years old (used throughout college & uni) it usually prints without trouble. I quickly learnt that reconditioned or cheaper versions of ink effected the prints & printer in ways that official stuff didn’t, sometimes causing trouble with the printheads & overall print quality; a result I have stuck to the official Epson brand. I would expect prices to have varied over the years, particularly if of a less popular/used model – however I often find that rather… Read more »

shree
shree
8 years ago

I had a similiar problem with my HP.The inks all have to be full or say ‘not empty’ in order for the printer to work.If one of them is empty the printer will not work.Its frustrating and the inks cost 41 pounds for a set.I think they are rip offs.HP needs to sort this.I intend to give this one away too.Any takers?

Sherry Knight
8 years ago
Reply to  shree

Are you annoyed by the price of printer ink? If so then please get in touch.
The BBC are making a programme about this very thing and we’d love to hear your comments.
If you would like to talk in more detail about it then please get in touch via sherry.knight@bbc.co.uk.
Many thanks

Mike Jarvis
Mike Jarvis
8 years ago
Reply to  Sherry Knight

Hii Sherry, Yes I would like to talk to you about this, as it’s nothing more than theft if you can’t use the ink that you buy, because the printer is saying the cartridge is empty when it
actually still has loads of ink still in it..!

Rob
Rob
9 years ago

I’ve just had to throw out an Epson injkjet after only 14 months. The cartridges were costing a fortune so I swapped to cheaper “compatible” ones which was a false economy because most of the time my printer wouldn’t recognise them. Now, I only buy “original” cartridges online. I find Euroffice give good discounts and I get an additional 7% discount in cashback and free delivery

Ashley
Ashley
9 years ago
Reply to  Rob

I have had my HP printer for over 4 years. I stopped purchasing expensive cartridges from High Street retailers. I now buy HP printer cartridges from a a vending machine. Although the print quality is not as good sometimes. It’s good enough for me. Make sure you get good advice from printing shops, before purchasing cartridges, because some companies try and stop you using cheaper cartidges on the printer.

John Rosenberg
John Rosenberg
9 years ago

Completely agree that printer ink is a rip off price, but watch for false savings (gained from 1st hand experience) – don’t just compare cartridge prices, check the VOLUME you get for the price. The the £6 cartridge looks cheap against the £14 one but you may get up to 4 times as much ink in the ‘expensive one’ so it would be much better value (a common scam). – always get a printer with a separate black cartridge, as that will be the most used. My Canon i1800 also has the feature of the col cartridge being able to… Read more »

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