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Old 07-01-2004, 04:42 AM   #21
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I have no idea what would happen with the C84 if you only used color every few months. I guess it has separate ink cartriges and only four which could be an advantage. Could be just my luck, but I've had two HP B+W laser printers go belly up a few months after the warrenty expired. So I'm pretty much into cheaper printers these days. I gotta think the manufactures are ripping us pretty good on those little ink cartridges though.
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Re: Good digital camera?
Old 07-01-2004, 09:24 AM   #22
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I've had good luck with lasers. In fact, I had a laserjet IIIP that ran a good 8 or 9 years, and I have a pair of minoltas now that I bought for $60 each.

What I've found with the inkjets is when the inks dry out, its almost as cheap to buy a new printer than to replace the old ink cartridges. Sort of getting the handle for free and buying the razor blades, but I hardly ever buy the blades!
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Old 07-01-2004, 02:54 PM   #23
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Does anyone buy bargain ink cartridges? I've seen ads for them and, when I next run low, sorta have plans to scan eBay for the cartridges required by my newest printer, an HP all-in-one.

I refilled cartridges for my old Canon inkjet, but the process was onerous: potentially messy (lay down newspaper to cover dining room table), look up instructions (couldn't remember from one time to the next), figure out where the little holes were, try not to squirt ink on my fingers, etc. I did this for a while, but forgot about it when I got a new printer.

Somebody on another discussion board who WORKED for HP insisted that nobody should refill an HP cartridge: they are pressurized for peak performance yadda yadda yadda. I never had a problem with my output with my refilled Canon cartridges.

Bargain hunters, come out of the woods! Are the cheap cartridges I've seen advertised online Worth It?

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Old 07-01-2004, 03:29 PM   #24
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Anne:

You asked:

Are the cheap cartridges I've seen advertised online Worth It?

My experience, NO.

I ordered 2 dozen for an HP printer from a discount company, all were bad, sent back and they would not replace or give me a credit. Lost $300.

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Re: Good digital camera?

I havent had good experience with el cheapo ink cartridges either. I saw some web site or magazine a year or two ago did a test and said they didnt do as good a job, last as long, and the ink wasnt applied as well.

I've done fine with the office supply store brands (staples, office depot) ink and toner though.
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I've only had bad experiences with aftermarket ink and tonder cartidges and refill kits, but some people swear by them. It appears to be a 50-50 thing, and I don't know if the difference is luck or perception, but with my experience I wouldn't recommend them to anyone even though the real thing is horribly overpriced.
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Old 07-02-2004, 12:20 PM   #27
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I tried to refill my ink cartridges...once. Got more ink on myself than in the cartridge. I've accepted that ink jet carts are just one of those thinks you are going to get screwed on.
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I agree about refillable ink cartridges. I tried it. A real mess. My wife seems to have good luck with them but
I would rather spend the money and buy a new one.
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Just say no to printing!
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Re: Good digital camera?

Funny but I actually DONT print a lot. Its the wife thats into it.

I put a second copy of my photos and movies onto my laptop, and when I want to show them to someone, I pull that out instead of a photo album.

One thing I would love to do some day, when I can find some free time (damn, I may have to quit this ER lifestyle to get some free time!)...I have a couple of the old "3com/ergo audrey" touchscreen appliances and a Compaq MSN companion. I've done a little hacking with both. The audreys have a sylus touchscreen, no internal storage except for a small compact flash, but they're networkable and run QNX. The MSN companion can be fitted with a hard drive, and can run windows or linux. Some folks have set them up as "digital photo frames".

Commercial digital photo frames are kinda expensive, but I picked these things up for about fifty bucks a pop a few years ago.

At a minimum I'm gonna get one of the audreys set up in the kitchen so I can keep a grocery list and pull recipes up on it.
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This is VERY HELPFUL about the ink cartridges. Allan, sorry you lost so much. I hate the price of these things, and my "printer" is also my fax and copier, so I am going to spend plenty on cartridges. I'll have to check on the store brand at Staples/Office Max. (Can anyone tell those two stores apart? They're across the street from each other where I shop.)

TH, at our house we have two digital cameras: an ancient Sony Mavica that doesn't have a flash, and a Canon A40 Powershot that has a flash but can't take much of a closeup. For eBay both cameras sometimes need to be employed. So no helpful advice from me!

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It's the kids that do all the printing here. The digital photo frame set up sounds cool TH. Every year at Xmas I make a retrospective of the year from the digital photo archive, set to music, that I burn to CD as a VCD file that will play in a DVD player. A copy goes in my wife's stocking, as well as in the mail to the grandparents and other relatives.
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You can take your empty printer and toner cartridges to Office Depot and they will give you a free ream of paper for each one you turn in. You don't even have to buy anything!!
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