Peripherals forum

Resolved Question

Storing unused ink cartridges after opening vacuum packs.

by mjr012 / July 9, 2013 9:26 AM PDT

I bought a new printer, which came with initializing cartridges. After printing a few pages, I tried to print again and got a message that I was out of ink. I thought these initializing cartridges must have a really small capacity, but I went out and bought 4 new cartridges (color and black). I tried to print again, and while I waited for the message telling me how to change the cartridges, I cut open all of the plastic vacuum packs. I then discovered that I was queued to my old printer! I put the cartridges, completely unused, into a ziploc bag. Will this keep them usable until the initializers are empty, or should I just cut my losses and replace the initializers with the expensive long-lasting cartridges I just bought? Thanks for your help.

mjr012 has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Storing unused ink cartridges after opening vacuum packs.
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Storing unused ink cartridges after opening vacuum packs.
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by mjr012

Collapse -
I don't know what printer you have but the

cartridges I used had a plastic strip across the ink jets. I'd hang onto those and put them back in place but use another piece of adhesive tape to hold them in place. You can also use such as Saran wrap. If possible, I'd wipe any ink of the external surfaces using a denatured alcohol and a swab. In any event, don't just put the cartridge in a zip lock back as there is plenty of air inside that may still dry the jets.

Collapse -
storing unused but opened ink cartridges
by mjr012 / October 15, 2013 11:48 PM PDT

I've followed everyone's advice: kept the little yellow tab on, kept the cartridges in the opened plastic wrappings from the box, and then wrapped each one tightly in saran wrap, placing them all in a ziploc bag. I've now put three of the four in my printer, and they work perfectly! Thank you, everyone.

Collapse -
(NT) That's what I do. And in a cool dark storage area.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2013 9:29 AM PDT
Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.