Don’t you just hate trying to print out a couple photos and finding your ink cartridge is dry and through your own incompetence realising you don’t have a spare.
Of course, I won’t mention the ridiculous price of the ink cartridge will be when I send for it……… grrrrr.
I do as well George! I don’t buy spares in time and they are expensive!
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My advice, get an Epson printer (you need a mortgage for HP cartridges) and buy the generic cartridges from Amazon. Save yourself a fortune! 🙂
🙂 – if you would like to fund a new Epson printer, I’d gladly buy the cartridges. 😉 By not buying the Epson, I’ll save myself a bigger fortune. (But when my HP eventually goes legs up, I’ll probably get an Epson).
I think you get a decent epson printer for not too much more than a HP cartridge, seriously! 😉
🙂 – unfortunately the Epson I’d be after is at least £400.
Depends on your cartridge of course but faced with a bill of nearly £50 for my next HP cartridge, I bought an epson all in one wi-fi printer for £57. It worked for me. 🙂
A darkroom is getting to be an ever more attractive proposition 😉
Don’t even tell me!My printer broke last Xmas and HP told me to throw it away.But I mended it myself….how clever !
Indeed. You might as well try fixing something if the option is to bin it. Not only do you tend to learn a bit how it works, you might fix it and save yourself some money!
I’ve done that a couple of times. Though I try to be aware of ink levels, I always find myself pushing the limits.
At the price of cartridges, I always push the limits. My daughter has told me about a ‘trick’ to get more ink out of the cartridges that I might investigate. It sounds a bit dubious, a bit ‘urban myth’ but it might be worth a look.
Been there done that and do that still lol. Have to look into the Epson cartridges of Amazon. I have an Epson, brilliant A3 printer.
Should I have the funds, the epson seems to be the way to go.
I have a Canon (multifunction) and it’s horrible… the scan is just awful and the cartridges cost as if they’re made of gold… Print quality is good but in general is the worst printer I’ve ever have. So I use my sister’s Epson, simply fantastic 🙂
I had a Canon flat bed scanner once – it was crap. I know have an epson scanner it’s really good, but then it was 4 or 5 times the price of the canon.
we always keep a spare and re-order when the one in the machine runs out. Besides home printing photos usually doesn’t work very well. Our best results usually come from a Canon Selphy, but on that you have to buy an ink/paper cartridge as one. The last pack is not working at all, very frustrating – do i buy a new er version or pop open the 2nd reserve pack and risk further failures?
Well if you don’t use the reserve, you’ll have money being wasted as you may never get round to opening it.
I know what you mean. I just ordered the toner and this time I needed the drum as well. My bill seemed to have multiplied several times since the last time I ordered. I was feeling very sorry for myself till I got a leak in the bathroom… and you have now idea what plumbers are charging now… at least the one who came to fix my leaky faucet. Hope I haven’t offended any plumbers here… I know we all have to make a living… It does not promise to get any better any time soon either.
Typo: That should read: “no idea” Sorry.
Where would we be without them! 😉
Trades people do have to make a living but they’re not exactly surgeons are they? My first reaction to anything to do with plumbing or ‘lectrics is – can I DIY it. it might mean I have to buy another tool or two but even that’s cheaper than paying for a couple of hours for a tradesman.
We have an Epson but very few places sell original refills. They are expensive and scarce. We found one small shop that sells them. It’s a bit off our usual beat but every time we go there we stock up.
We’re quite lucky because we have a pretty good web/mail order infrastructure within the UK.
Mines a canon and gives plenty of warning but I hang on in there til the last drop and the levels are red, before I part with the exhorbitant asking price. Spoil the pic for a ha’porth of ink does not quite fit here 😉
I keep using them until the colours come out skewed – if I could squeeze them to get more out I’d do that too!
Sounds familiar! 🙂
🙂 Well, I’ve ordered a couple of cartridges and hope they’ll be with me early part of next week.
Back when I had a Lexmark printer in the 90’s, it got to the point where it was cheaper to purchase a new printer than it was to buy the ink cartridges. I have an HP and Epson, now. Neither print with the same quality as the Lexmark. What is it about HP’s that they just up and decide to uninstall themselves from the computer? I usually only use that one for the built in scanner, but have had to reinstall the drivers almost every time I go to use it!
I downloaded some software from the HP site which seems to fix the ‘offline printer’ problem quite well.