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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.

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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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    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 14th Jan 17, 12:35 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 12:35 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 12:35 PM
    I heard one on the radio that reckons ink costs on their printers are a fraction of cost. Can't remember brand but it was not HP.

    Printer ink is one of the 5 most expensive liquids in the world, so about time that scam was sorted. Many printers have circuits preventing you using 3rd party inks and some have it say it has run out when it has over 25% left.

    They have priced themselves out of the market with printing now being done when only absolutely essential (print to pdf and email).

    I guess it depends on what you are printing, black and white or colour, office or personal, large or small print runs. The former of each of these suggest a laser is better solution.

    If it were me I would look at why so much printing had to be done and what systems could be put in place to stop it.

    HP used to be a solid engineering brand but ones I have seen in last 5 years have been very shoddy in terms of build quality and design.

    Your approach is right, to look at cost of ink, as it is a mortgage if you must print a lot, then look at printers and check the reviews

    This may help

    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/printing/best-printers-2017-uk-best-laser-printers-best-inkjet-printers-3217306/
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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
    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 14th Jan 17, 1:34 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 1:34 PM
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    • 14th Jan 17, 1:34 PM
    Does seem interesting and for certain printers they give you 3 months ink free. There is charge if you use more but you can cancel at anytime.

    Choose a plan

    Three easy plans to choose from.

    Occasional printing: £1.99/month
    Moderate printing: £3.49/month
    Frequent printing: £7.99/month
    Shipping, ink and recycling included4


    1 Change or cancel anytime: Change or cancel your plan at any time online. If you decide to cancel your HP Instant Ink plan you can go back to using HP original Standard or XL cartridges. Plan upgrades are effective immediately and the charges will be applied retrospectively or in the next billing cycle, depending on user choice. Plan downgrades and cancellations are effective after the last day of the current billing period. For full details go to instantink.hpconnected.com/uk/en/terms.


    2 Never run out of ink: Ordered by your printer when needed subject to customer internet connection. Availability may vary in exceptional circumstances. Express deliveries available via Support Services at hp.com/go/instantinksupport or by calling 0207 660 0596 if you use more ink than anticipated.


    3 Eligible Printer: A full list of current eligible printers can be found at hpinstantink.co.uk. Printers require direct connection to the internet for program participation. Internet access sold separately.


    4 Program availability varies: Original HP cartridge return and recycling is currently available in more than 60 countries, territories and regions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America through the HP Planet Partners program. Program availability varies. For details, see www.hp.com/recycle.
    * Rollover allows unused pages in a month to be placed in a rollover account and then applied to pages in excess of your monthly allowance. The rollover account balance is limited to a maximum of your monthly service plan pages (e.g: £1.99 plan 50 pages = 50 page rollover maximum).
    Save up to 70% on ink: Savings based on HP Instant Ink service 300 page plan savings of up to 80% (savings for 100 page plan up to 75% and 50 page plan up to 70%,) based on 12 months and use of all pages in plan without purchase of additional sets of pages compared to an average cost per page (CPP) to print ISO/IEC 24711 pages on a selection of colour inkjet printers less than £200 using standard capacity cartridges as reported by IDC in Q2 2015. Survey based upon indicative manufacturers’ supplies pricing as reported by GfK as of June 2015 and page yield listed on original manufacturer website as of October 2015. For further details please refer to hp.com/go/ukcompare. All prices include VAT. ISO yield based on continuous printing in default mode. Actual savings may vary depending on number of pages actually printed per month and content of pages printed. For more information on ISO standards: hp.com/go/pageyield.


    * Offer valid only on certain printers with the included HP Instant Ink ready cartridges. Instructions for your HP Instant Ink enrolment are included with your Printer and should be completed within 7 days of setting up your HP Printer. The offer is redeemable on one printer only. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. This setup offer may be combined with other offers; see terms and conditions of the other offer for more details. Requires a valid credit/debit card, an email address, and Internet connection to the printer. Unless service is cancelled within the promotional period online at hpinstantink.co.uk a monthly service fee, based on the plan chosen, and overage fee(s) will be charged to your credit/debit card. Customers will be charged for any overage fee(s) at the end of each month in the promotional period. See additional offer information available during online enrolment process. For service details, see hpinstantink.co.uk.

    MORE DETAILS HERE

    http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/instant-ink/overview.html
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    • 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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    • #8
    • 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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    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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    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
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