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Refillable Printer Ink & What Brand of Printer to use.

May 25, 2007 7:47AM PDT

I use to have a cannon ink jet an i could always refill the ink for less than $8, instead of buying a brand new cartridge. That printer finally died. I now have a lexmark ink jet, and the cartridges are chipped, this means it tracks the amount of ink and will stop working if you refill it. Since ink cartridges are at least $30 and do not last long, what brand of printer should i buy that is kinda cheap >$40?

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Refillable Printer Inks
May 25, 2007 1:24PM PDT

Epson now has printers out (the "C" series") that have chipped ink cartridges. However, there are "Ink Refill" web sites that sell a chip that goes on the refillable cartridges that "trick" the printer in to thinking there is always a new or full ink Cartridge. Check it out. Pretty nifty. I think or are just two of those sites. I have four Epsons and it is great to be able to refill them. Plus, I have two Lexmarks (Z23 and Z611). I just snap the tops off, refill and tape the tops down. Refill kits show how - can buy them at WalMart..

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May 27, 2011 9:29AM PDT

First off, the chip in an ink cartridge, called a
"smart chip", is something that printer manufacturers can put into
their ink cartridges to supposedly tell you when your printer is going to run
out of ink. Something that's not as well known is that it also holds a unique
coding with an I.D. and brand name signature in it. The printer will then only
recognize the manufacturer's smart chip or a smart chip made to mimic the chip
that the manufacturer has made. Sometimes these manufacturers set an expiration
date on these cartridges chips that disable them even if they're still full of
ink. Personally, I think that the only reason they have this chip is so that
people have to buy extremely overpriced original manufactured cartridges, and
to eliminate the third party choice of cartridge refills, and buying
in-expensive re-manufactured cartridges. Basically they're taking out the
competition. The smart chip also makes people think that using third party ink
will damage your printer. A warning box that pops up after the installation of
a re-manufactured ink or toner cartridge that tells you the ink will damage
your printer. (9% of the time, it doesn't. Lawsuits have been filed, claiming
that the chip delivered a false message that asked people to replace the
cartridge even though it was still full, I've also heard of one that claimed
that the chip itself broke their printer. In conclusion I've found that you can
fight this technology by buying a chip re-setter for the cartridge when it
needs to be re-filled or if it's getting close to that expiration date, or you
can buy compatible cartridges that have a new re-placement chip installed.

As to what brand of printer you should buy for yourself, personally I'm not
into any specific brand of printer. I know to stay away from Epson's they tend
to have a lot of problems. I think a better question to ask is, "What
Printer Should I Buy? " Depending on if your printing large amounts of
text, or quality pictures, or a little of both. Knowing what you print before
you purchase your new printer can save you a lot of money. So in conclusion I
would recommend reading the article hyper linked in this paragraph before the
purchase of your next printer. It could potentially help you save money. I hope
this information was useful thanks for taking the time to read my long answer.

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