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    • Dharma Bunny
    • By Dharma Bunny 14th Jan 17, 9:04 AM
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    Which brand printer ink is cheapest?
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    • 14th Jan 17, 9:04 AM
    Which brand printer ink is cheapest? 14th Jan 17 at 9:04 AM
    I'm researching which printer to buy to replace an old Epson that bit the dust. I print a lot, so ink costs are important, but don't want to faff with generic ink as I've had lots of problems with it in the past.
    Which brand works out cheapest? HP is catching my eye at the moment.

    Thanks
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 14th Jan 17, 11:07 AM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 11:07 AM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 11:07 AM
    Get a laser. Generic toners aren't really a problem like inks are. You won't for example find blacks turning brown after 5/6 months.
    • WantToBeSE
    • By WantToBeSE 14th Jan 17, 11:08 AM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 11:08 AM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 11:08 AM
    I bought a HP Envy printer and signed up to the Instant Ink service.
    It's saved me a fortune in ink!
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    • ARandomMiser
    • By ARandomMiser 14th Jan 17, 12:58 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 12:58 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 12:58 PM
    I would also suggest you consider the HP instant ink offering
    • Crinkmeister
    • By Crinkmeister 14th Jan 17, 11:20 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 11:20 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 11:20 PM
    I use compatible cartridges from a company called Refresh Cartridges in my Canon. They are a fraction of the cost of genuine cartridges and photos print perfectly. There is no brand name on the box, so they may be produced specially for Refresh.
    • savetilibleed
    • By savetilibleed 16th Jan 17, 11:55 PM
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    • #6
    • 16th Jan 17, 11:55 PM
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    • 16th Jan 17, 11:55 PM
    I've just bought a Brother DCP-J4120DW. I'm pleased with it. The paper loads wide side parallel to the front thereby reducing the front th rear dimensions.
    Brother ink cartridges are expensive, but I am hoping that I can use compatibles once the starters are exhausted. I always used to buy compatibles for my now defunct HP DJ940C. They always worked well (from Cartridge People) when I had Windows XP but somehow it struggled with Win 7 and even worse with Win 10.
    • Dharma Bunny
    • By Dharma Bunny 4th Feb 17, 4:51 PM
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    • 4th Feb 17, 4:51 PM
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    • 4th Feb 17, 4:51 PM
    Thanks for everyone's advice, in the end we managed to get the old printer working again.
    One day...

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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 5th Feb 17, 11:32 AM
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    • 5th Feb 17, 11:32 AM
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    • 5th Feb 17, 11:32 AM
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Compatible-T1291-T1294-Cartridges-BX625FWD-WorkForce/dp/B019Y9WYVK/ref=sr_1_22?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1486294082&sr= 1-22&keywords=printing+pleasure+ink+cartridges is what I buy - they are sooo cheap - compared to OEM ones and appear to last longer and the colours are the same and do not fade !
    Why pay almost £10 per cartridge when you can get 30 for less than the price of 2 OEM ?
    • Capt Slog
    • By Capt Slog 9th Jun 17, 1:54 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 1:54 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 1:54 PM
    I'm also looking for a cheap printer/cartridge combination.

    I have a Canon Pixma which uses the PG-512 and CL-513 cartridges.

    They seem to last no time at all, I don't know who is printing all these pages in the Slog household, but it certainly isn't the one paying for the blasted cartridges (ie ME!).

    I'm guessing it's mainly used for photographs, but it would be far cheaper to go to the local supermarket and print them there

    No way would I have bought this printer had I have known, what a rip off
    • savetilibleed
    • By savetilibleed 18th Jul 17, 8:18 PM
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    My Brother DCP-J4120DW used more than half the capacity of the three colour cartridges in what seemed like some sort of automatic maintenance operation.
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