questionsdoes anyone else purchase a printer because the…

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We just replaced ours, and it was cheaper than replacing the ink. However, we're taking advantage of Staples cartridge return now, so that should repduce the cost. It is very bizarre how expensive per ml ink is, tough: I believe it's more than high end champagne.

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I actually said this as a joke a while back

I do so little printing at home (and at work, but I probably print 20 pages a month and 18 of those will be at work) and It's usually coupons and stuff. Work doesn't mind because it's such a little amount and we get plain white paper for free. For me personally, I still haven't run out of ink. I don't think I will any time soon because I'm only printing about 25 pages a year...

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We have a couple brand new Brother laser printers at work, sans drums, for this very reason.

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I did it once. Then returned the printer. Cheap printers are cheap. But I did get my parents a decently rated Kodak printer, since the ink is the "cheapest available". Seems to work fine.

In my experience, I had a canon and didn't want to pay for ink so I bought an inexpensive HP. It was horribad (not to mention dumb since HP ink is also very expensive). I'm personally still using my canon, and have taken risks on buying discount ink refills. So far, so good. Luckily canon ink cartridges last quite a long time. (Lasted a full year after it started telling me "ink may have run out"...and it was my senior year of college when I wrote 20+ papers)

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No, but only because new printers usually come with 'starter' cartridges which are filled only halfway. OfficeMax refills for supposedly half the cost of new cartridges (recently all black refills were $15) - if you're lucky enough to use a printer brand that allows them to refill. It might not be top quality, but unless you're printing photos it shouldn't matter.

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@narfcake: What happened to at home with a Brother laser. Caught a sale where the printer was on sale for $40 and the replacement parts were gonna cost like $120....so just picker up the new Brother printer. Only brand I have had that happen with.

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Used to do this, bought a Kodak about a year ago and buy cheapo ink from china that works. Colors are a little less vivid then an official cartridge, but for junk stuff coupons household doc use etc. works good.

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No, because like others have already said, entry level printers usually have "starter" ink carts.

I tend to not buy entry-level printers either. I'd rather have a higher initial cost with lower cost per page than a tiny entry level cost and ridiculous cost per page...

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I've done this a couple times now...
I used to work at Target and I would always keep an eye on the printers that were on clearance (it helped that I knew the clearance schedules) and would bought them once they went at least 50% off. Now I've got a nice copier, scanner, printer that I hooked up to our wireless. It's great!

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I don't do it, but it makes sense that it works; manufactures usually take a loss on selling the printers then make their profit selling the ink.

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I did this recently with the Staples HP Deal that came with 2 Color Ink Cartridges and a Black Cartridge in edition to the entry-ink that comes with it. All for $70 after ejunkies coupon.

Then i ended up selling my old canon printer on CL for $50.

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Yep, that's how I ended with 3 printers at my house, two of which have no ink.

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Been there and done that. Ended up getting a color printer that had one cartridge for each different color (6 in total) to reduce our cartridge costs. And, of course, that one is out of ink and not the one we primarily use. We end up using the old HP laser jet printer. Go figure.

Last count, we had 5 printers (using really one 2 of those), 3 laptops (1 with a bad Linux video patch so I can't see what I'm doing to reformat it, one with a battery that won't charge), 2 netbooks and 3 tower PCs (two of which have gazorched power supplies).

Sometimes, I feel like a shrine to dead computer equipment. Oh, and I forgot the old Apple IIe and IIsi and the printers associated with those machines).

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If you want to get out of the replace printer instead of ink cartridge cycle, look towards getting a continuous ink supply system. (Also known as a CISS.) I got mine from http://www.cisinks.com/ . The whole unit cost about $60 and came with enough ink for at least 15 full cartridges of each color. (My printer has 6 separate cartridges.) With one of these systems, you can use the same printer economically for years.

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I get ink refills at Costco which are very reasonable. I can get all five cartridges refilled for the cost of one new cartridge.

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mom just got a nice scanner/copier/printer for $20 off craigslist!!! As soon as i saw it i found out why it was so cheap! thing was it was out of ink.... ink is like $60 for the black and color ink!!! guess we know why they sold it so cheap... jerks. they shoulda gave it away

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It seems as though Keurig is trying to employ this sales model now as the prices of their one-cup brewing systems have come way down the last couple years while the price of k-cups has risen. I don't know what percentage of the k-cup market they hold but I wonder if there is maybe a patent or some other kind of licensing that allows them to get a kickback on all k-cups sold?

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I shopped out my printer ahead of time to be sure I could get cheap replacements. I spend $15 for 25 cartridges, 5 sets of 5. They're small, but the cost per ounce is great.

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Printer manufacturers have caught on to this, and put less and less and less ink in each new generation of cartridges. Brother LC41 blacks had 20ml, LC51's had 17, LC61's have 13, and LC71's have 7.

The Canon PGI225 and CLI226 are the lowest cost per milliliter on the market right now. Lexmark anything is the highest. From there, it's Epson, HP, Brother, Canon. Though, be wary of the PG210/CL211 cartridges from Canon, they are GARBAGE. Canon's ink tanks are the best thing going.

For a monochrome laser, don't consider anything but Brother.

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I used to buy cheap Lexmark printers from Walmart for $30, and realized the high cost of ink, and Yes, it was cheaper to replace the printer.
Today, I pay the $10 to swap out my old cartridges at Cartridge World.

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Nope. I finally bought a cheap laser printer or $50. It came with a "starter cartridge," which has served me for over a year. A new cartridge will cost me probably $90 - but unlike an inkjet, the cartridges don't go stale.

To anyone thinking about buying those $19 inkjet printers (with the $50 cartridges), I advise spending just a tad bit more up front for a better printer.

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I use the relatively low cost of printers to justify buying third party cartridges from meritline.com.

Since the cost to replace the printer is so cheap relative to the cost of ink cartridges, I don't worry that the "cheap" ink will damage my printer. If it does cause damage, then the savings made buying third party ink is a form of self-insurance.

I've been using third party ink in my Canon MX-860 for two years now with no ill effects. I figure I've saved $300-400.

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I've got two networked printers at home. One is a workhorse HP 2300, the other is a HP color laser 3550. Both were bought from the local school auction.

Cost per page of a laser is a LOT less than an inkjet - especially when the ink goes stale if you don't print enough.

That Continuous ink system looks interesting, shame I don't have any inkjets around any more.

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@mhvk: I had not realized that the cartridges provided with the new printers are not completely full. I print so very little unless it is stuff from the accountant at tax time, I think the ink just dries up because I don't use it enough. My printer does not allow the use of just one cartridge (the black) and the color I never use but it runs out or dries up as the case may be around the same time (or at least it says it does).

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@durkzilla: I will try Meritline. My MX470 (latest one out of ink almost) has refused to recognize refilled or other cartridges in the past. I would feel as though I were getting my money's worth if I used the printer more often, but I just don't have the need to.