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bogusbandit56
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What most Inkjet manufacturers don't tell you is that those ink cartridges that come in the box with your new printer are only "Sample" cartridges. They are often not full. This is especially true of the super-cheap, what I call "Disposable" inkjet printers on the market these days.

So, while it may seem like a better deal to just go out and buy a new printer instead of buying replacement cartridges, you have to consider the cost per page, when you only get 25% of the capacity out of the cartridges that come with the printer.

I have also heard of the sample cartridge, but I think it is more than 25%, I suppose it differs from each maker.
Anyhoo it seems the laser is the best option. If I were building like I used to 4 years ago I would buy a Laser but I have slowed down a lot as my flying skills have got better.
It costs around 40 quid to replace all the cartridges so 25 quid on a short ink printer might still be a cheap option
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Wildthing
Well probably 8 to 10 years ago I bought a color laser printer, fairly large one. The prints are so much nicer then the inkjet ones but initial cost is usually more but price per page is less. My xxl black cartridge does somewhere around 3400 pages and the standard around 1800, price per cartridge from Staples though are $100.00 ea. , pirated or rebuilt ones about $20.00 ea. I think in 8 years I have only bought 2 of the colored cartridges and maybe 4 of the black. 1st time for 1 of each was the Staples or brandname ones, last time was the rebuilt ones and I just installed the colored ones 2 months ago and 2 weeks ago a black one. The rebuilt ones have worked fine but they do seem to dust a little more inside the printer but for me $100.0 for five rebuilt cartridges versus $500.00 is way cheaper then inkjet. Inkjet you seemed to be replacing every month, you always had spares to boot.

Out of the 4 black cartridges I still have a spare to boot.
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trying2fly
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Thanks Luis, I will look into this option.

I ran into this also and fell for purchasing a Kodax printer because they said the ink was so inexpensive. This ink ran out just as fast as the Epson, Canon, and HP printers. To add insult to injury the Kodak print heads die rapidly. I replaced two of them for 40 bucks/per and they both went out in under 100 copies. Go to the printer for plans or stick with an old laser-jet is my advice. chas
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F1wanabe
I bit the bullet years ago and bought an hp1320 laser printer ($120 or so) which uses toner instead of ink. I was sick of buying ink every month. The toner cartridges are $30- $100 depending on the source and I buy the "X" cartridges for higher capacity and only need to replace them every 2 years or so.
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bogusbandit56
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I bit the bullet years ago and bought an hp1320 laser printer ($120 or so) which uses toner instead of ink. I was sick of buying ink every month. The toner cartridges are $30- $100 depending on the source and I buy the "X" cartridges for higher capacity and only need to replace them every 2 years or so.

Laser seems to be the way to go
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FlyteTime
You might want to give the Epson EP-2550 a look Ian. I discovered this after realizing the diminishing returns on those crappy little expensive as heck cartridges. It uses individual bottles of ink, not sure the capacity but I've had mine for at least 6 months and have only used about 1/4 of each bottle. And that's printing a lot of plans and decals and manuals and such. Best thing is it came with completely filled bottles. They claimed the ink would last about 2 years which in my experience is probably going to be true. Plus you get the benefit of color printing if that means anything to you (printing color decals for our model planes). Check it out. Here's a link to it on Amazon. $219.00 US dollars. [MEDIA=amazonitem]amazon.com/Epson-Expression-Wireless-Business-Supertank/dp/B01NA8VVT3[/MEDIA]
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
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bogusbandit56
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You might want to give the Epson EP-2550 a look Ian. I discovered this after realizing the diminishing returns on those crappy little expensive as heck cartridges. It uses individual bottles of ink, not sure the capacity but I've had mine for at least 6 months and have only used about 1/4 of each bottle. And that's printing a lot of plans and decals and manuals and such. Best thing is it came with completely filled bottles. They claimed the ink would last about 2 years which in my experience is probably going to be true. Plus you get the benefit of color printing if that means anything to you (printing color decals for our model planes). Check it out. Here's a link to it on Amazon. $219.00 US dollars. [MEDIA=amazonitem]amazon.com/Epson-Expression-Wireless-Business-Supertank/dp/B01NA8VVT3[/MEDIA]

Thanks Flyte but that`s a bit to tasty for my pocket If I had another use for a printer apart from plane plans I would consider it.
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Lgel
I have an older version of something like this.
I am speaking of something under 100 €.
[MEDIA=amazonitem]amazon.es/HP-LaserJet-Pro-M12w-Impresora/dp/B01JM2VSPC[/MEDIA]

Cheers.
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trying2fly
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I have an older version of something like this.
I am speaking of something under 100 €.
[MEDIA=amazonitem]amazon.es/HP-LaserJet-Pro-M12w-Impresora/dp/B01JM2VSPC[/MEDIA]

Cheers.

Although laser jets are neat....best to consider application. Even though the cost of ink in ink jet printers is exorbitant it is still more practical to purchase than lasers if you do not have additional work loads(professional/commercial). For hobby/home use it is hard to beat the HP Envy 4520, It cost 49.00 at Office Max and the ink lasts just about as long as any of the ink jet printers. chas
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Wildthing
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Lgel
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So true and funny.
Cheers.
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bogusbandit56
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That is EXACTLY the problem
Even when you replace one ink another low ink pops up to stop the printer from working.
For what use my printer is , I might as well have just plugged an empty box into the computer , it would have done as much and cost less.
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Lgel
Compatible toner cartridges cost around 8€ each for 2100 print pages for my Laserjet, I use one a year.

Cheers.
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