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#272562 2-Jul-2020 01:34
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as per subject are they any good

 

a printer i have about 10 years old

 

needs some new ink looking at prices and the avg price is about $160 to $180 for a set of 6

 

thought about the Compatible ones 

 

are they any good what brand to get ??

 

 


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  #2515954 2-Jul-2020 07:01
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Used www.inksave.co.nz a but for my cannon cartridges.

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  #2515957 2-Jul-2020 07:16
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With most compatible ones Ive found them to be about 90% as good as the branded ones which for me is enough for general use and the odd fridge photos

 

until my printer died last month I used https://www.affordableink.co.nz since 2016.

 

price of a full XL set was about the same as a single Canon one.
Service from them is pretty good as well.  they came out with an extra large sized black that I ordered and they called me back to ensure I had the correct printer for it.
Also In the past if Ive gathered/haven't used previous ink cartridges then in the order notes Ive asked to swap say cyan for an extra magenta instead which they have done.

 

I usually would get a $5 coupon code for the next order as well.

 

If you do order from them then try coupon code "INK4U"

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2515964 2-Jul-2020 07:58
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I used some off brand inks for my printer and it bricked it.  Stopped printing, not sure why.  Replaced with Canon ones and it eventually started again (but took a while, we assumed it was a write off).  Perhaps blocked the jets? 

 

The ink we tried has a picture of a smiling bee/bug on the front.  So if you are going to use off brand inks stick with the recommendations above.


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  #2515974 2-Jul-2020 08:34
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duckDecoy:

I used some off brand inks for my printer and it bricked it.  Stopped printing, not sure why.  Replaced with Canon ones and it eventually started again (but took a while, we assumed it was a write off).  Perhaps blocked the jets? 


The ink we tried has a picture of a smiling bee/bug on the front.  So if you are going to use off brand inks stick with the recommendations above.



After the BCI-6?? range of inks Canon cartridges were chipped. Maybe your off brand ones didn't handshake properly. Once the refillers get that sorted for each change of cart design I doubt that the ink will brick the printer.

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  #2515986 2-Jul-2020 09:11
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NightStalker:

 

With most compatible ones Ive found them to be about 90% as good as the branded ones which for me is enough for general use and the odd fridge photos

 

 

This. 

 

 

 

Whilst you may want to pay more for genuine ink to have lasting and high quality photo prints, the price to have them done at a photo printing machine at Warehouse Stationery or similar makes it pointless. 

 

Decent 3rd party ink will be good enough for most daily use. 

 

 

 

 





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  #2515992 2-Jul-2020 09:23
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I've just bought the generic ink from Computer Food (mainly because they are local).

 

Used it in both an MB5160 and MG7560 and have had no problems what-so-ever.

 

Just saves me about $120 for a full set of 6 cartridges for the MG7560 and about $60 for the MB5160.

 

No problems with them at all.

 

Paper on the other hand.....


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  #2515993 2-Jul-2020 09:25
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I once bought 3rd party ink for my HP 8600 printer, and it was ruined by the ink.  The print heads were stuffed. 

 

Although, I'd bought 3rd party ink on other occasions and it had been OK.  I doubt the ink company would admit liability either so didn't even bother. 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2515999 2-Jul-2020 09:43
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"Stuffed" isn't a very precise term. Was the printer in frequent use and stopped after an ink change or had it been siitting for awhile waiting for ink long enough for the printhead to clog on the old ink?

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  #2516001 2-Jul-2020 09:52
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Ive been using compatible cartridges in my canon for years.  I buy them in sets of 5 (as in 25 cartridges in total) from Aliexpress.  Costs me like $50.. Never had any real issues with any of them.  Some brands print colour better, some a little worse.  For the most part they have all been pretty good.  My current batch I print photos with and I couldnt tell the difference between them and genuine.  Ive used around 10-15 sets over the years on the same printer. (which happens to be a MG5560 which cost me a grand total of around $2 after the PB Tech discount and the cash back at the time!) 


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  #2516015 2-Jul-2020 10:24
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Bung: "Stuffed" isn't a very precise term. Was the printer in frequent use and stopped after an ink change or had it been siitting for awhile waiting for ink long enough for the printhead to clog on the old ink?


Frequently used printer.... replaced 3 cartridges with 3rd party ink...printer stopped printing, had a lot of ink smears and smudging. Tried going back to oem cartridges but print heads were damaged.


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  #2516019 2-Jul-2020 10:41
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My Canon used to be used regularly when I still printed DVDs. It was very good for that.

 

Other printing needs only occur once or twice a year now. The printer sits unused for months on end. This causes big problems with the ink. I suppose I could print something every few days just to keep it flowing, but I don't. 

 

What seems to happen is the cartridges either evaporate or solidify (can't think of any other explanation) and report as empty even though I know they have had hardly any use. I have used cheap generic ones because I'll be damned if I'm going to pay through the nose for something I won't have any value from.

 

I now only use the printer for rare official letters or documents. A neat trick I discovered for that is setting the printer for high resolution paper when the black ink refuses to work. This forces it to print black from the colour cartridges, producing an excellent crisp printout, though it is much slower. I don't know what I  will try when this stops working, but so far so good.

 

 





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  #2516020 2-Jul-2020 10:43
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When I worked at Warehouse Stationery many years ago I used to come across a lot of inkjets with print heads that had been wrecked by third party ink.

 

The outlets on an inkjet print head are finer than a human hair so the ink needs to be exactly the correct viscosity to avoid causing excessive wear over the long term.


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  #2516110 2-Jul-2020 12:11
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The cost of a full set of genuine INK can be more than buying a new printer
So , why bother . Take the risk with compatibles.

If the printer is ruined by compatibles , who cares. Printers are dirt cheap and some as low as $20 after cashbacks .


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  #2516143 2-Jul-2020 13:21
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1101:

 

The cost of a full set of genuine INK can be more than buying a new printer
So , why bother . Take the risk with compatibles.

If the printer is ruined by compatibles , who cares. Printers are dirt cheap and some as low as $20 after cashbacks .

 

 

I know this to be true but isn't it a terrible indictment of our wasteful throw-away society? No wonder we are killing the planet.

 

 





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  #2516144 2-Jul-2020 13:25
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Rikkitic:

 

1101:

 

The cost of a full set of genuine INK can be more than buying a new printer
So , why bother . Take the risk with compatibles.

If the printer is ruined by compatibles , who cares. Printers are dirt cheap and some as low as $20 after cashbacks .

 

 

I know this to be true but isn't it a terrible indictment of our wasteful throw-away society? No wonder we are killing the planet.

 

 

 

 

We bought a printer from the warehouse that came with a starter set of ink, printer cost $-1.00 after claiming the cashback. 

 

They paid us to buy the printer......assuming they'll make their money from the ink sales. 


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