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View Poll Results: Original or Compatible Ink Cartridges?
Original 16 69.57%
Compatible 6 26.09%
Dont have an ink jet printer, laser or daisy wheel etc instead 1 4.35%
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Printer Ink

Hello,

Little light on the printer has started flashing Trying to print maps for an imminent short trip to Europe (sadly not the Nurburgring)

Anyways, do you use in your printer, the expensive cartidges made by the manufacturer of the printer, or do you use compatibles?

Its an Epson All-In-One 3850

For OEM ones I can get a set for 17

For Compatibles, I can get 3 sets for 16!!!

Anyone had any probs with compatibles? Iv used them a couple of times on older printers and they seemed ok - but this is ages ago - what are they like on up-to-date printers?

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Compatibles when I can get them.
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Re: Printer Ink

I think I've been a bit of fool in the past and have used OEM ones on my Epson. My father-in-law uses compatibles and I nicked these sites to try when I need to change mine.

http://www.choicestationery.com/
http://www.tonezoneuk.com/

I have to say I haven't used them, so cannot vouch for them, but they are cheap. Can't find your one though AlfaJack
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Cheers Kurz

Here it is:

http://www.choicestationery.com/acat...us_DX3850.html

Bit expensive, but ebay has 1000s very cheap
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I get my Canon OEM inks from www.7dayshop.com - they are much cheaper than PC World, Staples etc... Worth a look.
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Compatables....colours are sometimes a bit strange, especially red but I refuse to be ripped off by OEM prices!

Ebay has the cheapest I found anywhere. Buy in bullk.

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Yes, I got some from ebay for the 1st time, under half price and bigger quantity! Colours seem OK and I'm not doing serious photographic stuff, so why not? www.theinkjetmarket.co.uk
 
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I only use the OEM cartridges.

I have used compatibles before, and I found the colour to be far inferior. I have also found that the heads need more regular cleaning as they had a tendancy to block, and that the cartridges never lasted as long (maybe because I had to clean the heads so often). I therefore came to the conclusion that they were a false economy.

By far the worst one was the diy refill kits. Do not touch them with a bargepole!!! I actually had a cartridge explode in my printer after using one of them!!!
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Cheers guys!

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I only use the OEM cartridges.

I have used compatibles before, and I found the colour to be far inferior. I have also found that the heads need more regular cleaning as they had a tendancy to block
Wont be such an issue as on this printer the heads are on the cartidge holder, not the cartridge itself.

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By far the worst one was the diy refill kits. Do not touch them with a bargepole!!! I actually had a cartridge explode in my printer after using one of them!!!
I tried one of these about 10 years ago - black ink in a syring - half of it went up the wall! - not good!! wont try again!

I may get a set of compatibles as a tester and see how I get on - will report findings!
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By far the worst one was the diy refill kits. Do not touch them with a bargepole!!! I actually had a cartridge explode in my printer after using one of them!!!
Not necesarely the kits fault





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I used compatibles with my Epson printer, mainly as I wasted 50percent of the cartridge for heads-cleaning. But my new Canon works much better and I can get OEM for very good price, so I use only OEM.
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Hello,

Little light on the printer has started flashing Trying to print maps for an imminent short trip to Europe (sadly not the Nurburgring)

Anyways, do you use in your printer, the expensive cartidges made by the manufacturer of the printer, or do you use compatibles?

Its an Epson All-In-One 3850

For OEM ones I can get a set for 17

For Compatibles, I can get 3 sets for 16!!!

Anyone had any probs with compatibles? Iv used them a couple of times on older printers and they seemed ok - but this is ages ago - what are they like on up-to-date printers?
Same printer as me Jack happy with it but must say the inks don't seem to last long just replaced mine with oem's but i faced the same dillema as you, however i thought as that was the first set the second might last longer, so if they don't i will be going for the cheaper ones, let us know how you get.
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Same printer as me Jack happy with it but must say the inks don't seem to last long just replaced mine with oem's but i faced the same dillema as you, however i thought as that was the first set the second might last longer, so if they don't i will be going for the cheaper ones, let us know how you get.

Will do Chris - I understand they dont fully fill the cartridges that are included The compatibles should be here tomorrow... heres hoping - bought em on eBay afterall
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For the last year or two I've been using a local re-filling firm, before that I had only got the Hewlet Packard originals hp56 and hp57. Thats until the last time when I found the colour cartridge had virtually no ink in it after being re-filled. No joy from the firm that did it - claimed it was already used up. I had had it (unused) for over six months as I don't print that much colour, so they didn't want to know.

So went back to the originals - from Amazon this time at only 1 more for both cartidges and free delivery compared to re-filling.

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I stopped using third party refills because of color matching issues...
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I usually use compatibles, but I had loads of grief with blocked jets on my old printer, and the problem has started to rear its ugly head on the new one, so I bought a boxed set of 6 OEMs from Argos for about 45, compared to the usual Epson price of 10.99 each! I haven't fitted them yet, so I can't comment on the difference.

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Originals are oil based
Refills are usually water based.
Hence the mud pond at the bottom of your printer when the printer goes all wrong, as well as the colour differences.
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Originals are oil based
Refills are usually water based.
Hence the mud pond at the bottom of your printer when the printer goes all wrong, as well as the colour differences.
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Iv done a few photo prints using my refills recently and they have given perfect prints, could not tell the difference,very impressed
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Another hint. US OEM ones (cheaper)
don't work in EU printers!!
 
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Compatables....colours are sometimes a bit strange,
That's one of the most common problems.

If you print pictures go for original.
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