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I'll soon be in the market for a new printer for my computer. I'd like some advise which ones are cheapest to operate. I really don't use color enough for it to be a factor, but I do print a lot of black and white (papers, articles, etc.) My current printer was super cheap to buy, but

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  1. #1
    randphill
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    I'll soon be in the market for a new printer for my computer. I'd like

    some advise which ones are cheapest to operate. I really don't use

    color enough for it to be a factor, but I do print a lot of black and

    white (papers, articles, etc.) My current printer was super cheap to

    buy, but the ink cartridges actually cost more each than I paid for

    the printer! And they don't last very long, IMO.



    Suggestions?



    Thanks

    Randal









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    Colleen McDonald
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    I had the same problem with a Lexmark printer! Ink cartridges were

    expensive, and it really ate them. Now I have a Canon, which cost

    more, but paid for itself with the ink cartridges.



    At 11:35 AM 5/30/2007, Randal wrote:

    >I'll soon be in the market for a new printer for my computer. I'd like

    >some advise which ones are cheapest to operate. I really don't use

    >color enough for it to be a factor, but I do print a lot of black and

    >white (papers, articles, etc.) My current printer was super cheap to

    >buy, but the ink cartridges actually cost more each than I paid for

    >the printer! And they don't last very long, IMO.








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    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="560163916-30052007">It may be a bit more, but will cost less in the long run. Go with a lazer printer. You can find them for $100. The carts will last a long time and the ink never dries out in them.







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    I'll soon be in the market for a new printer for my computer. I'd like<SPAN class="560163916-30052007">some advise which ones are cheapest to operate.
    Suggestions?

    Randal



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    Don Calkins
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    I agree on the laser printer. If at all possible get one that uses HP 98

    cartridges. They are by far the cheapest to use. I get re-conditioned ones

    from an outfit in TX for $$50/pair delivered and get about 5000 copies each.



    Don C



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    msldystrkr
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    I would have to be the first one to say I was a die hard HP Printer

    fan but the ink just got to be too expensive.



    Almost 2 years ago Ofc Depo was having a sale on the Brother MFC 210C

    which is the scanner-printer-fax combo for about $25 after rebates and

    such. So I took a chance and bought it for the day when my HP would

    just quit.



    That day happened about a month later when I tried one of the Ofc Depo

    ink replacements... it jammed the HP printer.



    So I unboxed the Brother and it has been singing along ever since.

    The ink is cheaper than the HP and it seems to last longer. I am

    involved in a huge court case and this past week had to print over 600

    pages of stuff and the printer still did just fine.



    I like that you can replace the color ink wells separately and that

    the black ink is about $41 per two. They usually never go on sale and

    you can't recycle the cartridge for a $3 coupon BUT I am saving money.



    And faxing is a breeze too....



    AND it seems like this one is lasting longer than my HP's ever did -

    HP's usually last me about 18 months max... I do print a lot....



    Hope this helps,



    randyanne








  6. #6
    herberkids3
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    Unfortunatly, you will find that now days, the ink is where companies

    make the money. That means that while you can find dirt chea or even

    ree printer deals all the time, you'll see that ink is almost as much

    as the printer itself.



    Find one that uses seperate cartridges for black, as there are still a

    few that do a dual system where you have to change out all the

    cartridges at the same time.



    You can also look into ink refill kits, but be warned- some ink

    cartridges come equiped with a sensor and they won't work with the

    refill kits AT ALL. Plus, the refills can be messy from time to time.



    Your best bet is to go in, look at the cartridges themselves, and find

    a cheap set, then look for the corresponding printer.



    You can also look at ink online for a bit of a break, but with

    shipping, the extra saved is usually not much unless you order in bulk.

    You could find rebates online though, as well as websites that allow

    for shopping with a cash back reward, etc.



    Once you find a cheap ink cartridge, call around (don't drive- it's too

    bloody expensive!), and find which local store sells that cartridge the

    absolute cheapest. Not on sale, cartridges generally cost more at an

    office supply store (though this is NOT always the case), than at

    places like Wal-Mart. The down side? Department stores don't carry much

    by way of brand, so they might not have yours in stock.



    If it's on sale, and you know you'll use it, stock up at sale price,

    too.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "randphill" <randphill@...> wrote:

    >

    > I'll soon be in the market for a new printer for my computer. I'd like

    > some advise which ones are cheapest to operate. I really don't use

    > color enough for it to be a factor, but I do print a lot of black and

    > white (papers, articles, etc.) My current printer was super cheap to

    > buy, but the ink cartridges actually cost more each than I paid for

    > the printer! And they don't last very long, IMO.

    >

    > Suggestions?

    >

    > Thanks

    > Randal

    >










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    Thomas & Tracy Harris
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    also, check ebay for your printer cartridges, got some really good deals there.



    Thomas & Tracy Harris



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "randphill" <randphill@...> wrote:

    >

    > I'll soon be in the market for a new printer for my computer. I'd like

    > some advise which ones are cheapest to operate. I really don't use

    > color enough for it to be a factor, but I do print a lot of black and

    > white (papers, articles, etc.) My current printer was super cheap to

    > buy, but the ink cartridges actually cost more each than I paid for

    > the printer! And they don't last very long, IMO.

    >

    > Suggestions?

    >

    > Thanks

    > Randal








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    Kristina
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    I will 2nd the suggestions on a laser printer. I have both and never use the ink jet printer (I finally gave it to my sister who prints about 10 pages {coupons} a month). My HP laser I have had for about 10+ years. The ink drum I have right now I've had for about 4 years. I print about 200-300 pages per month. About 6 years ago I thought it was dying. Well, I brought it to a repair shop and for $30 they cleaned it and it worked like new. They also told me that I didn't need a new ink drum (which I thought was low) they did tell me alittle secret. The gentleman said "when you start seeing uneven printing (and think your running low) all you need to do is take the drum out and "gently" shake it from side to side (kinda like a lava lamp - rocking motion). I've done this several times on the current drum (the drum that was in it when they cleaned it lasted another 2 years) and all is good. IMO, it has been well worth the investment. I've only bought 3 drums since I bought the printer and I know the 1st one I threw out way before it was empty.

    HTH,
    Kristina

    If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17



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    ettiene vitanza
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    recently bought a refill kit for my printer ink that was only $5, It was really easy to use and will refill the cartrage 2.5 times. The cartridge has been in the printer for 2 weeks and it works beautifully, I have a dell printer that I got for free when I bought the computer. I suggest trying the refill kit no matter what printer you buy.

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    GAil Moncivais
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    Hi Randal There are several things you need to think about when purchasing a new printer 1. What do you use the printer for 2. Do you need other features - fax, scanner, copier 3. cost of ink jet cartridges, or lazer jet 4. Space for printer. I just purchased a lexmark 1200 which is a printer, scanner, copier and fax all in one. It was under$50, whichI thougt was a good buy.There are two size ink jet cartridges the smaller ones do not last long. but I am hoping to purchase the larger one which is more money. I checked the sale papers for Staples, Offcie Max, Best Buy and Circuit city before I even checked them out. I hope you find one fairly inexpensive.



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    Colleen McDonald
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    When I bought my printers lasers were mucccccccccccccccccccccccch

    more expensive - but there is no question that they are far, far

    superior, so, if you can find one that is reasonably priced, by all

    means get it!



    I had an HP laser jet with my first computer, and there is no

    comparison. I also didn't by ink nearly as often. If the prices are

    anywhere close when I buy my next printer, it will definitely be a

    laser. There is no comparison!








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    Trish Peterson
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    <div style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">
    <FONT face="times new roman" size="4"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 20pt;FONT-FAMILY: 'Script MT Bold';"><FONT face="Arial" size="3">I want to say....my dad who is a computer programmer and works around computers all day everyday....has tried ink refill kits on probably 5 different printers and the ink with them and my sister also tried....my sis is a straight A student (okay, almost straight A) and in robotic's club they both have VERY high IQ's...and have never been able to get the ink to work.....
    <FONT face="times new roman" size="4"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 20pt;FONT-FAMILY: 'Script MT Bold';"><FONT face="Arial" size="3">
    <FONT face="times new roman" size="4"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 20pt;FONT-FAMILY: 'Script MT Bold';"><FONT face="Arial" size="3">Walgreens here will fill certain kinds of ink for you for $10...check there if you are buying a printer to see which kinds Walgreens refills and choose your printer based on that.....
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    recently bought a refill kit for my printer ink that was only $5, It was really easy to use and will refill the cartrage 2.5 times. The cartridge has been in the printer for 2 weeks and it works beautifully, I have a dell printer that I got for free when I bought the computer. I suggest trying the refill kit no matter what printer you buy.




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    Jennifer Crumpton
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    I would suggest looking into an Epson printer. My first one lasted over 5 years, and I am on my second one three years and counting. In fact, when I was looking for a new printer, I did just as one poster said; I looked at which printers took the cheap ink. I can get generic ink at several different online sites for less than $5 per cartridge. I currently have the Stylus C84, which cost about $100 but models change so quickly. What I've been told about ink is that most printers have the printheads in the cartridges, which is why they are so expensive; however, the heads are what usually cause issues, so you can just change the cartridge. The Epson have them in the printer, which means that when they go, the printer is no good. However, since mine have lasted for years, I've gotten more than my money's worth by getting cheap cartridges.


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    <FONT face="arial,helvetica">One bit of information I'd like to throw in here on the printer and ink issue....
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    <FONT face="arial,helvetica">Turn your printer off when you're not using it. The printer uses heat to transfer the ink onto the paper. When you leave ink (a liquid) exposed to heat for long periods of time, it evaporates. Not drastically, but enough that it makes a difference.
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    <FONT face="arial,helvetica">Chrissey






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    libramommy66@brier.net
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    You know, I would have never even thought that..it makes so much

    sense..but was just not something I would have realized!! Thanks! LaRae



    On 6/1/2007, "Chrissey" <ChrisseyP@comcast.net> wrote:



    >One bit of information I'd like to throw in here on the printer and ink

    >issue....

    >

    >Turn your printer off when you're not using it. The printer uses heat to

    >transfer the ink onto the paper. When you leave ink (a liquid) exposed to

    >heat for long periods of time, it evaporates. Not drastically, but enough

    >that it makes a difference.

    >

    >Chrissey)



    libramommy66






 

 
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