Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 19 July 2002
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From: Philip S For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: In some cases its cheaper to buy a new printer... I've heard of some cases where the printer is cheaper than a new refil, although this sounds like a great idea that you can just buy a new printer instead of cartridge, its been rumoured that some printers, you buy new but only get half a catridge.... What it comes down to, is when your looking at buying an ink jet printer, take down what printers you can afford, then go and have a look at how much the ink costs :) From: Nik For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Printing at home I have both one of the latest HP inkjet printers and an ancient HP Laserjet 4L. I get about 50 photo pages per inkjet refill and about 2000 or so pages from every toner refill in the laser, yet they cost about the same. (Actually, $80 for Laser & $90 + $80 for both injet colours) It may be 10 - 15 yrs old, but ironically, the laser prints about the same speed as my injet for a fraction of the cost. It also beats the inkjet on text quality :) To top it off, the HP Laserjet works with every OS I've tried. There is something to be said for older printer technology, it was built to last and is more cost effective. From: Ray Dobson For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Epson Stylus 600 I have a Epson Stylus 600 and, like you, found the cost of ink cartridges too high so switched to getting then refilled. These did not prove satisfactory so am now using MMC cartridges from Harvey Norman. Colour $25-95, Black $14-95 (about half the price of Epson) From: PeterB For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Ink and taxes When my Epson 740 cartridge carrier jumped off the rail (don't ask - mea culpa) I put the printer in the cupboard. I since moved and the cartridges got separated from the printer. A few weeks ago I decided to fix the printer, but I can't test it without cartridges, which appear to have been irretrievably misplaced during the move. Dilemma: Pay for new cartridges to test a printer that may not work? So, I decided to price a new colour printer, including running costs. My goodness. Some manufacturers sell cartridges for $95 a pop. And they don't last very long, especially when your wife is active in creating Girl Guides programme materials.... (trust me on that one, saving empty cans, egg cartons or soft drink bottles is one thing - having your ink go down by a third in one day is where I must draw a line :-) Serious, to keep a long story short - I chucked the printer in the hard waste pile in my garage, and as soon as my HP 4L laser fails (will it ever?), I'll buy another laser. I'd love to know if there is a brand/model of colour inkjet out there that does not become another dependant once adopted. From: Nathan For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Printer Ink ... and then you have printers that take two cartriges, at around $80 each. For a little bit more you could buy a brand new printer, that comes with the two new cartriges. Maybe buy a new printer with its new cartriges, and just before it runs out of ink flick it off to cash converters - and put the money towards a new printer! From: Alan Ragg For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Printer Ink I am just giving you a quick reply here before i go off in search of the definate solution. I was a paint technician for Toyota many many years ago and theres one fundamental truth about all known paints (applies to ink also) there is always always a thinning agent for it, and 90% of the time that thinning agent is not allowed to be supplied to the public in a computer store or stationary store. If paint is anything to go by then many thinning agents are totally uncompatible with different brands and types, although toyota used to have several types of clear over base paint for example, they needed 3 different thinning agents to work right. Sure the other thinners worked, but nowhere near as well as the correct one for the job. If you apply this to printer ink and its not such a big step to take, they are both solvent based liquids with colour pigment in them, then your generic printer cleaning kit will more than likely not work on all inks as well as they do on others. You can get ink thinners that will probably thin your ink just fine, but will not work on congealed or dried ink for this reason. It also stands to reason that the better thinning agents are not over the counter items for general public to use - for example the thinner and paint used at Toyota contained poisons that would kill someone without the right breathing apparatus (in large doses of course). After having a quick look around the net I have noticed that most websites that tell you how to clean your printer say that "alcohol based, or solvent based thinners should do the job" which I find surprising because they are completely different for example, alcohol based thinners can be diluted with water while solvent based will not mix. From what I have read the thinner used is xylene based like most paint thinners, but you could go to a cobra or 2k based thinner for better results in my opinion. I'll let you know soon as im going to try an experiment here this week coming and if i actually find the magic mix it would be a help to a lot of people I'm sure - at least if they use genuine Epson ink as I'm sure that third party refills will be different again. By the way, I also have an epson printer with blocked heads, so its not exactly a selfless act. I'll keep you posted From: Conrad D For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Crayon based printing When we were looking at a new laser printer at the office, we became aware of some 'wax based' printers. Somewhat more expensive than the existing office laser, but colour and with really, really low running costs. Eg. http://www.itreviews.co.uk/hardware/h281.htm From: George Sivyer For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Consumables Myth has-it that Henry Ford sold his motor cars at cost. And then made his profit by selling the spare-parts. History teaches. Or it repeats ( pardon-me ! ) itself. From: Grant For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: ink cartridges We use 4 Canon Bjc printers in our office and the old girls have been grinding out good quality prints now for over 4 years, 7 in one case. The cartidge price is a bloody rip off though plain and simple. The company we used to get to refill them has suddenly taken a dive in quality which has left us a bit stuffed, back to $65.00 a pop off the shelf at Harvey Normans again. The cartridge price hacks me off. In fact a lot of things hack me of with my computers at the moment, like floppy discs being of crap quality. I agree with you Aardvark, It bloody annoys me when I copy something at home to finish at work or vice versa, and the disc won't open cos it's self destructed Mission Impossible style. What also hacks me off is Worldcom buying a perfectly good ISP like Voyager and closing it down, inconveniencing a lot of customers by turfing them off- whats wrong with my money anyway, not good enough for them? Maybe its not, my money is real, not funny money. Whats even worse is their email redirection letting a lot of spam through, it never used to happen. Don't even get me started on the 6 month computer upgrade scam, why should I have spend thousands of dollars a year to double my speed and ram etc, what a load of crap, I can see the point of US corporates refusing to upgrade any more until they get a measurable bottom line dollar and cents return from doing so, putting Intel into the red. Yes Sky winds me up too, especially when rain fade stops the picture during the Bledisloe cup. 4.15pm Friday. Time to throw the computer out the window and go to the pub. From: Lindsay Williams For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Printing Costs You are not alone, Bruce! I have owned a HPIID laser since late 1992 but it went awol a few months ago. So I bougth a Canon S300 to replace it (I also have an Epson stylus 700 for photos but it is too slow and expensive for normal printing). I cringe using the Canon thinking of the dollars going through. But I usually use it in draft mode so that helps. Harvey Norman reduced the black cart from $22 to $17 so this helped, as well. But I decided to get the old HP repaired and it was a reasonable cost. The cartridge in it is 5 yrs old so it is not expensive printing! So now I have two inkjets with the same problem as Bruce. You have to keep them periodically exercised to stop them bunging up!Hit Reload For Latest Comments
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