Best place to get ink?? - problems with off brands?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by JimmySchmittsLovesChocolateMilk, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. I have a canon printer and have been using non cannon brand ink, when I
    switched I didn't notice much, if any, or change in the colours of my
    pictures, The ink is so much cheaper than the cannon branded stuff. Has any
    one had any trouble with generic ink tanks? This is the stuff I have been

    If that link doesn't work, its a cannon 950i and I get all six cartridges
    for about 9 bucks

    JimmySchmittsLovesChocolateMilk, Dec 9, 2004
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Bill Hilton, Dec 9, 2004
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    Larry Guest

    There are several places where you can get ink as good as or better than the
    OEM inks. & both have high quality ink, but
    its NOT CHEAP! It is less expensive than buying OEM cartridges, but you need
    to have the proper equipment and a lot of patience if you want to save any

    I have used ink from MIS Assosiates for years ( and have NOT
    had any prints fade faster than OEM inks. (in my Canon printers)

    I have only recently tried inks from Atlantic inkjet, but they have a good
    reputation among the people who re-fill thier cartridges.

    I have re-filled Epson cartridges, but found it not to be worth the effort,
    as the Epsons will clog no matter WHAT ink you use.

    I dont recommend re-inking HP cartridges (although I used to both do it and
    recommend it).

    Since Epson came out with the r200, r300 ect, with dye based ink in seperate
    cartridges I'm now giving that series a try.

    I will do a few re-fills on it and use it to print business cards and stuff
    for personal use, and if it works well without to much clogging I'll try a
    few photo prints with it. Currently Im waiting for a set of empty cartridges
    (you need these as the Epson carts cant be re-filled) and some ink for it (I
    have a re-setter for the chips on the carts)..

    If there is any interest I'll post my results.

    Truth be told, I expect it to clog before I empty the first set of carts, it
    IS after all, an Epson.

    Most of my customers get either 8x10 dye-sub prints or 8x10 Photo prints from
    the local photo-lab (we actually have one in Mystic!) but SOME have voiced a
    prefference for ink-jet prints on glossy paper, they say they look sharper
    and brighter.
    Larry, Dec 9, 2004
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: Larry
    I've used several Epsons, always with Epson inks, and have never had one
    seriously clog ... only once did I have to run more than a couple of cleaning
    cycles on a 1280 and both the 2200 and 4000 almost never skip a bar in the
    nozzle check. An EX sat unused for 8 months, was powered up and ran three
    cleaning cycles and it worked fine.

    On the other hand I know several people like you who use 3rd party inks who
    complain about clogging. I think there's a correlation myself.

    Bill Hilton, Dec 10, 2004
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    Larry Guest

    I complain about clogging ONLY with Epson printers, and I only complain
    because there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the way they clog, even when
    only used with Epson inks!

    If I run a cleaning cycle on one of my Canon printers and then put a 2 to 5
    then print on medium that costs from 3 to 6 dollars, I'll get my print.

    The same cant be said for any Epson I have used (yet). I have high hopes for
    the r series (with a redesigned printhead), perhaps I'll get some of that
    Epson quality to actually complete a 40 inch Pano without a snivet.

    Like I said before, the problem isnt bad enough to keep me from using Epson,
    only bad enough that I dont trust one with a blank page that cost $6.00 (or
    more). I leave that to the Canons for now.

    The Canons do clog, but if the ink tanks are full, and you run a "deep
    clean" cycle before starting a large print, you have a 99% chance of getting
    it done.

    I have two Epsons that have NEVER had anything but Epson ink in them, and
    they do the same thing as the two others that get after-market inks. THEY
    CLOG more often than the Canons, and they are harder to clear when they do.
    Larry, Dec 10, 2004
  7. I also have in the back of my mind that if my Canon print head ever does
    clog terminally, it's a user-replacable component.

    I have switched to off brand inks because they are less than a quarter of
    the price on the UK market. If the prints fade, so what. I'll just print
    them again. I've got plenty of conventional photos which have faded and for
    which I don't have that option.

    Keith Sheppard, Dec 10, 2004
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    Kitt Guest

    We've used Carrot inks for years now. As the article from PC World
    states, if you want permanent, use brand names. I don't even do that.
    If I want permanent, I buy the prints. I'm convinced it's much cheaper
    to buy third party prints than to do your own if you want archival
    quality. You can upload your completed shots to many high quality labs
    and shortly receive the finished product in the mail. In fact, Wal
    Mart now does one hour prints online. You upload them from home (or
    wherever) and pick them up an hour later at the store of your choice.
    I haven't verified it yet, but someone said CVS is doing this too, so I
    imagine they all will soon.

    Anyway, the Carrot Ink does just fine for documents and utility work.
    We have stuff laying around that I know must be four years old or so
    with no significant fading, so it works well for our purposes. After
    reading some of the articles on third party ink cartridges, you'd think
    it was disappearing ink, but that just hasn't been our experience. My
    wife does a lot of four by sixes using the cheaper inks for her
    scrapbooks. She figures if they do fade, she can replace them, but
    since they will be exposed to very little light, we don't think that
    will happen. Carrot also runs package specials that pull the price
    down even further. I guess it all boils down to personal choice and
    needs in the end.
    Kitt, Dec 10, 2004
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    DaisyCutter, Dec 17, 2004
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    Tony Guest

    Tony, Dec 17, 2004
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    adm Guest

    I've used Epson printers for the last ten years or so, and one thing they
    have all had in common has been that they would clog. I'm forever having to
    run the head cleaning gizmo.

    I still buy them though.

    What I'd really like would be an R800 with a bulk feed ink kit.
    adm, Dec 18, 2004
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