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Old 04-09-2010, 01:56 PM   #21
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This isn't exactly a trick but more of a long term cost savings thing.

Ditch the inkjet and get a laser printer. This mainly applies if you are okay with black and white printing only. You can usually find a black and white laser printer for $50-75 if you're willing to jump through a small hoop (like print a coupon or submit a rebate). The toner lasts forever (well, many many times longer than an inkjet), and I don't think they "clog" or "dry out" in my experience. And I have been successful in replacing my toner with a generic toner for $35 or so, which is not a whole lot more than generic inkjet cartridges that seemed to dry out every 2 weeks. I think the toner works out to roughly a penny per page printed ($35 for 3000 or 5000 sheets IIRC). One potential downside is that the laser printer may be bulkier than your inkjet.

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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
My Brother printer has been bugging me because it would tell me the cyan ink was empty even though I could see that there was still plenty left. Worse, it wouldn't even print black and white because of the "empty" cyan.

I learned, from this site, that I can fool the printer into thinking the ink is OK, by putting some black tape on the cartridge.
I wish I had learned that last year, Al. My Brother multi-function printer choked on me that way. I dumped it and bought a Canon--which recently did the same thing to me and I found a similar trick for it.

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