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    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 8th Sep 17, 4:45 PM
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    Bloomin' Brother Ink saga.
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    • 8th Sep 17, 4:45 PM
    Bloomin' Brother Ink saga. 8th Sep 17 at 4:45 PM
    I changed the various ink carts on my Brother printer about a month ago. I bought high capacity Think compatible ones from Choice Stationery Supplies. Since then, no problems, although we use the printer fairly rarely (perhaps 10 - 12 sheets in that time).

    Today it wouldn't print blue text and when I ran a test print it clearly showed a problem with cyan ink. So I ran a series of cleaning cycles. Sometimes these seemed better, then worse. At the start of this process, all inks were showing almost full.

    Eventually I removed the cyan cart and noticed that although it clearly had ink in it, there wasn't any in the 'output' spout bit. When I pushed a cocktail stick in there, air actually rushed in, so I checked for the little hole that should let air in. I had pulled the tape off OK but it had left a film of clear tape still there, so it was blocked. Success, I thought. Not so. The next test print showed almost perfect but one after that was worse. Not only that but now the magenta and yellow inks were almost done!

    When I removed them, sure enough they were nearly empty. So now I have almost no magenta and yellow ink and a cyan cart that appears to be a quarter full but won't print properly. What a mess.

    Could I really have used up all of the inks doing 6 or 8 test cycles including test prints? Surely not.

    Seems like I now need to order more carts but who from now? Any point in complaining to Choice Stationery Supplies?

    Any advice welcome.
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    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 8th Sep 17, 6:01 PM
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    This is the DIY forum, not the technial forum, the replies you get may reflect that.

    I can tell you from experience that cleaning cycles use a LOT of ink and will burn through cartridges very quickly.
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    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 8th Sep 17, 6:02 PM
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    Such is the joy of inkjet ownership.

    I invested in a colour laser for precisely this reason (the majority of my ink was wasted in cleaning cycles rather than used for printing) and have never looked back.

    I used to use 365ink, their compatible cartridges were as good as any other.
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 8th Sep 17, 7:00 PM
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    Such is the joy of inkjet ownership.

    I invested in a colour laser for precisely this reason (the majority of my ink was wasted in cleaning cycles rather than used for printing) and have never looked back.

    I used to use 365ink, their compatible cartridges were as good as any other.
    Originally posted by dj1471
    And in other news HP have Instant Ink.
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 8th Sep 17, 7:16 PM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 7:16 PM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 7:16 PM
    This is the DIY forum, not the technial forum, the replies you get may reflect that.

    I can tell you from experience that cleaning cycles use a LOT of ink and will burn through cartridges very quickly.
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99
    Oops. Sorry - and thanks. Yes, I'm wondering now if I had a cyan cartridge problem and ran through all my other ink trying to fix it. Arrrrggg.

    Mods - Any chance of you moving this thread to the 'Techic Stuff' forum please?
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 9th Sep 17, 6:12 AM
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    And in other news HP have Instant Ink.
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    Your point being?

    The OP has a Brother printer and inkjets are still a PITA whatever the cost of the ink..
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 9th Sep 17, 10:00 AM
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    • By JohnB47 9th Sep 17, 11:28 AM
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    Send a PM to a board guide, choose from one of these: - Nile, silvercar, Cornucopia
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    • By Hermione Granger 9th Sep 17, 3:18 PM
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    Your point being?

    The OP has a Brother printer and inkjets are still a PITA whatever the cost of the ink..
    Originally posted by dj1471

    Some people don't need a point to post, they simply like to post to make themselves look big.
    Unfortunately for them, in most cases they simply end up looking like complete tw**s.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 9th Sep 17, 7:10 PM
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    Hi, we move threads if we think they’ll get more help elsewhere (please read the forum rule) so this post/thread has been moved to another board. If you have any questions about this policy please email forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com.

    I’ve moved your thread from the ‘In my home’ board to the ‘Techie Stuff’ board, where it is better suited.

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    • virgo17
    • By virgo17 10th Sep 17, 9:20 AM
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    Such is the joy of inkjet ownership.

    I invested in a colour laser for precisely this reason (the majority of my ink was wasted in cleaning cycles rather than used for printing) and have never looked back.

    I used to use 365ink, their compatible cartridges were as good as any other.
    Originally posted by dj1471
    Not wishing to hijack the thread but I am in the same position. Which colour laser did you go for? Thanks.
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 11th Sep 17, 10:17 AM
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    Not wishing to hijack the thread but I am in the same position. Which colour laser did you go for? Thanks.
    Originally posted by virgo17
    I went for a HP 1515n but that's no longer a current model. I chose HP based on the price of the printer and the availability and price of compatible toners. I've had it for a number of years with no issues.
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 11th Sep 17, 12:16 PM
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    The OP has a Brother printer and inkjets are still a PITA whatever the cost of the ink..
    Originally posted by dj1471
    I'm going to suggest Intstant Ink too... from a cost and minimum hassle point of view...
    Option1. assuming your printer can print a test page AND you have some time on your hands to follow this through; buy this HP printer for £15 (after trading in your current printer) and try HP's Instank Ink for £2/month which includes an allowance of 50 pages/month
    https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-officejet-pro-8710-wireless-all-in-one-printer-hpstore-75-15-after-trade-in-3-year-warranty-2784891

    Option2. Cheapest Instant Ink printer is about £30 e.g.
    https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-deskjet-3630-all-in-one-wireless-printer-hp-instant-ink-compatible/p2251357
    Hi, we’ve had to remove your signature because somebody complained that the information contained within it was too helpful.
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 11th Sep 17, 1:43 PM
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    Thanks for the latest replies.


    I contacted Choice Stationery Supplies and they've agreed to send me a replacement cyan cart FOC. I've still lost out on the other colours but I suppose it would have been too much to ask for them to agree to 'consequential loss'. Fair enough.


    I've decided that I need to always check, when replacing carts, that the little breather hole is unobstructed, after tearing off the sealing strip. I think mine was still taped up, which was at the root of my problem.
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