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  1. #21
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    Default Re: HP Ink Cartridges - How can they stay in business

    mail works this way - if I were to post a letter to the town four miles to the east, it would go via the city which is 17/20 miles to the west, maybe even the next one which is 70 odd miles away

    these are long distances round here, although in New Mexico I dare say its just down the road...
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    Default Re: HP Ink Cartridges - How can they stay in business

    Since the EcoTank version was mentioned, I have an Epson ET-4550. It works well, however, there is something important that owners should know. Epson uses an "inkpad" to clear its printer (jets?) before printing. Eventually the amount of ink deposited in this blotter-type system fills and must be replaced. Unfortunately it seems as if replacing the inkpad is very messy, difficult and costly if Epson does it. This happened to me at about 2.5 years, with more than 10k sheets printed. I couldn't believe that there was a limit on an expensive machine like this and complained to Epson.

    Epson said that it was still under warranty (strange) and that they would send me a reconditioned unit but I would have to send them the old one. I did this and they included new ink bottles as well. The automatic document feeder on the old machine was no longer working, so that was fixed too.

    So the warning is that there is a lifespan of the machine and that it is dependent on usage. It seems that they get you one way or another either with an inexpensive machine and expensive ink cartridges or an expensive machine with inexpensive ink bottles and a limited life. Overall, I'm happy to just have to add ink once in a while, no cartridges.
    John
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    Default Re: HP Ink Cartridges - How can they stay in business

    John - So it seems they still get you one way or the other.
    Gary W. Priester
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    Default Re: HP Ink Cartridges - How can they stay in business

    Quote Originally Posted by browj2 View Post
    Since the EcoTank version was mentioned, I have an Epson ET-4550. It works well, however, there is something important that owners should know. Epson uses an "inkpad" to clear its printer (jets?) before printing. Eventually the amount of ink deposited in this blotter-type system fills and must be replaced. Unfortunately it seems as if replacing the inkpad is very messy, difficult and costly if Epson does it.
    Before I went with the Epson I did investigate this inkpad what Epson calls a maintenance box. I have seen some video's showing how to replace it yourself and it appears fairly easy to do.


    Ray

 

 

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