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  1. Marc
    Marc at |

    Good to know! My printer refuses ink refills and it drives me crazy.

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  2. James Fisher
    James Fisher at |

    Very interesting post. To be honest, I never noticed if my Brother’s cartriges are simply ink-tanks or not…I think they are, since third-party refills are really inexpensive online.

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  3. raverture @ personalized wedding favors

    I do not have printer at home because I do not really need it but good to know about its flaws. Good thing that I am aware of this now so that if something will happen to it,I know what to do. Thanks for sharing this post. :)

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    1. Christopher (admin team)
      Christopher (admin team) at |

      Sometimes, just knowing the floors of a product can make you avoid them, costly ink, not working, breaking down etc!

      Although printers can be very useful :-)

      Thanks for adding a comment :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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  4. James
    James at |

    Never thought about this cartridge. Learned new something today. Yeah, you’re right it is really frustrating knowing that you just bought your ink and then after a few prints it tells you that the ink level is low. When I encountered this one I really never thought of this. So, I just bought new one. Well, thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Christopher (admin team)
      Christopher (admin team) at |

      Sometimes it can even be more cost effective to purchase a new printer, just to get ink cheaper!

      I think that ink is extremely overpriced :-/

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping us a comment!
      Christopher – Adim Team

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      1. James
        James at |

        Yeah right. That’s why I’m not wondering why people choose to just refill than buying a new one. =D

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  5. Antonia
    Antonia at |

    Hey, i was actually wondering what those chips are for.
    Do you know what could happen if we somehow intentionally damage the chip? In case i want to reload it but the chips keep sending the “out of ink” messages. How dependent is the printer on the cartridge chip?

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    1. Christopher (admin team)
      Christopher (admin team) at |

      Well Antonia, I am not sure that the manufacturer would be very happy, but from an environmental point of view, if it means you can use ALL of your ink instead of chucking good ink away, surely (if it works) it can only be a good thing?

      Well done for commenting and becoming part of the community Antonia!
      Christopher – Admin Team

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      1. Antonia
        Antonia at |

        I’m quite sure the manufacturer won’t like that, but the price of a new cartridge compared with a refill is enormous.
        And the quality is the same in the end.

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        1. Christopher (admin team)
          Christopher (admin team) at |

          This is true…

          I say it again, I think that ink is extremely overpriced.

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  6. Pete
    Pete at |

    I never knew about the uses of those chips, not until now. I’m pretty amazed of the logic behind the re-filling of cartridge. There are so many re-filling stations here so yes, that can absolutely causes their loss. Never really thought they also have security for this matter.

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  7. Hugh Feighery@Cheap Ink Cartridges

    You are correct , it really depresses that you bought a new ink and after some prints it shows ink level is not sufficient. Nice post, thank you for sharing. You have really imparted useful knowledge.

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    1. Christopher (admin team)
      Christopher (admin team) at |

      Good to know, pat on the back for Kyle!

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  8. Jarrod Frenzel@The Woodlands homes for sale

    There are disadvantages to using cartridges with chips, indeed. A lot of people may not be aware of this fact, though. If they do, I’m not sure that a lot of them will be thrilled of its purpose. It ultimately depends on the user (case by case basis).

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  9. confuzion
    confuzion at |

    to the person who posted above DONT damage the chip at all! my epson has chips on it, and a few times i bought a brand new 4 pack that they put bad chips on, the chips were damaged and the printer couldnt read them and i had to throw them out. i spent 150$ one day buying new ink because the stupid chips were all bad and they wouldnt let me return them and i contacted epson and they pretended they didnt know that the whole chip thing is a scam to get us to buy more ink when we dont need it.

    i really really need help buying a new printer can you recomend a brand or something to me that doesnt completely stop working when a chip or program tells it to? i only print directions and codes for games, and i know i have tons of ink left but since it counted as a print im spending 500$ a year on ink and i rarely print! my printer gets jammed alot to and as i try to unjam it aech time its counting it as a print and all im doing is trying to get it to work!

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    1. Christopher (admin team)
      Christopher (admin team) at |

      As regard to the printer, look for one with cheap ink!

      Thanks for the comment ‘confuzion’ welcome to Technology Bloggers :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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  10. Max Toner@Printers and Cartridges

    Actually the OEMs main excuse is that refilling might damage your printer (which happens rarely and both ways , new retail product or recycled). Also they ensure quality printing by purchasing new toner cartridges , which is so insignificant that they simply pull a cat by the tail.

    If you see that your printer gives you this kind of trouble after you refill it , simply reset your chip either replace it. You can find a lot of info on Google on how to reset your printer’s chip.

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    1. Christopher (admin team)
      Christopher (admin team) at |

      Surely if you are careful then it is not an issue?

      I don’t know…

      Thanks for the comment Max, welcome to the blog :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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      1. Max Toner@Printers and Cartridges

        If you are careful you can avoid any troubles , and this is a universal law in life , it goes for any action you take :)

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  11. Vincent@Printed Circuit Board

    It’s frustrating, for sure. It’s the same thing when you change your Operating System, unfortunately some printers don’t allow upgrading. Anyway, sometimes, shake the printed cartridge can be a solution :).
    I think this kind of restrictions can be explain under the concept of planned obsolescence. “It just counts down how many pages you have printed” It sounds like a misleading concept.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Ultimately they want to make money, so they will try to get you to buy more ink, even if you don’t need it when your PC tells you you do.

      Thanks for the comment Vincent, welcome to the blog :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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      1. Vincent@PCB

        Thanks for your reply Christopher, it’s appreciated. :)

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        1. Christopher Roberts
          Christopher Roberts at |

          You are welcome Vincent :-)

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  12. Anonymous
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    WHY DO INK CARTRIDGES COST SO MUCH.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Great question!

      I suspect it is probably due to corporate greed, but ink itself could be expensive. I don’t know for a fact what the answer is.

      Thanks for the comment :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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  13. Bill
    Bill at |

    When I worked for HP, I worked at a site that manufactured and filled new cartridges. The ink pallets had containers measuring 4 feet by 4 feet by 3+ feet. That is at least 48 cubic feet of ink per pallet – roughly 360 gallons of ink.

    The site had many pallets of each ink color in the storage racks, as well as several in use on the automated filling lines.

    My guess is that the ink to fill a cartridge cost pennies – at the most. Most of the actual cost is in the cartridges themselves and the machinery.

    Bill

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Hi Bill, thanks for the incite!

      I think you are probably right that it costs more to manufacture the cartridge than it does to buy/make the ink, however a large part of the cost to the consumer is probably just margins. The supplier and the retailer will both take a hefty sum I imagine!

      Great to have you add a comment, welcome to the community :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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