Hp ink plan

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  • ArbitraryRandom
    ArbitraryRandom Posts: 2,487 Forumite
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    Alderbank said:
    Equally, it seems sensible if on such a plan to wait until the cartridges you have are due replacement before cancelling... 
    The 'smart' cartridges only print if they are connected to the internet and your subscription is live.
    Which would probably explain why rural living me has never heard of the scheme :D 
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  • Marvel1
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    Looked into myself just now, HP £0.99 for 10 pages a month, I have Canon £2.49 for 30 pages a month.  

    Shame as 10 pages suits me.
  • RefluentBeans
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    Yeah the instant ink is generally good value for those that don’t print all that often. The smaller cartridges in consumer packets tend to dry up, but the larger cartridges in these will tend to be a bit more resistant to it (and ‘service’ prints like the ones when you do s paper alignment are free and act as a good way to clean the dried ink if not used for a while to get better quality printing). 

    Unfortunately for OP, you don’t get to use the ink even if it’s physically there. You haven’t actually got to send it back, and you can just bin them (but it’s environmentally wasteful, especially when they give you a prepaid label). But you won’t get a charge. 
  • HillStreetBlues
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    Yeah the instant ink is generally good value for those that don’t print all that often. The smaller cartridges in consumer packets tend to dry up, but the larger cartridges in these will tend to be a bit more resistant to it (and ‘service’ prints like the ones when you do s paper alignment are free and act as a good way to clean the dried ink if not used for a while to get better quality printing). 

    Unfortunately for OP, you don’t get to use the ink even if it’s physically there. You haven’t actually got to send it back, and you can just bin them (but it’s environmentally wasteful, especially when they give you a prepaid label). But you won’t get a charge. 
    Must be the first time I've seen good value & printer ink in the same sentence. :o
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  • Abbafan1972
    Abbafan1972 Posts: 6,890 Forumite
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    I never used the HP instant ink but I’ve read a lot of reviews of the service that HP “brick” your printer if you cancel the instant ink service. 
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  • ArbitraryRandom
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    Presumably the printer can only be used with the ink cartridges (so stops working when the ink can no longer be used) and perhaps the initial purchase cost of the machine to be heavily discounted? 
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  • I never used the HP instant ink but I’ve read a lot of reviews of the service that HP “brick” your printer if you cancel the instant ink service. 
    That’s incorrect. They might “brick” the ink cartridges in your printer but there is nothing to stop you from buying normal cartridges and continuing to use the same printer.
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  • RefluentBeans
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    I never used the HP instant ink but I’ve read a lot of reviews of the service that HP “brick” your printer if you cancel the instant ink service. 
    That’s incorrect. They might “brick” the ink cartridges in your printer but there is nothing to stop you from buying normal cartridges and continuing to use the same printer.
    Just to add - I’ve used instant ink and dipped in and out of them. You can use the printer as normal when not on plan. You can rejoin at any point. 
  • Undervalued
    Undervalued Posts: 8,844 Forumite
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    edited 20 January at 11:45AM
    I never used the HP instant ink but I’ve read a lot of reviews of the service that HP “brick” your printer if you cancel the instant ink service. 
    That’s incorrect. They might “brick” the ink cartridges in your printer but there is nothing to stop you from buying normal cartridges and continuing to use the same printer.
    Indeed. HP make this very clear.

    Nobody welcomes price rises. However proper notice is given and the user has the option of cancelling their Instant Ink contract at any point and reverting to normal shop bought cartridges if they prefer or feel they offer better value.

    As I have mentioned, for some uses there is no doubt that Instant Ink can be far cheaper. For others the reverse is true. If you have a lot of printing coming up it might even be cheaper to buy another printer that comes with (in some cases) 9 months of Instant Ink included. Particularly if you then sell your current printer on Gumtree for c. twenty quid!

    Do your sums carefully and choose the "money saving" option that is best for you!
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