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Need help finding a decent printer with cheap cartridges please

submitted on January 27, 2010 by mooncow728 in "Member's Lounge"
My printer finally broke down after fighting with it since I bought it. I actually hated it enough that I took a hammer to it.

So now I'm on the market for a new one mostly for printing coupons, but would like to be able to print pictures occasionally. Scanner/Copier is also a plus. I'm looking for one reasonably priced but that takes cheap cartridges. I do not want an HP as I've had problems with everything I've owned made by them. Does anyone know of any good ones? Or better yet, own one that they recommend? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
     

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  • 50634
    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on January 27, 2010
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    I'm using an HP J6480. Had it for a little while now with no problems. It was on sale for 99 bucks. We use all HPs daily at work too(some are 4+ years old and still running good.)

    I do not like epson printers though. I've had the free ones that come with a new computer to the large format $400 ones. I always have issues with them. If it's not printing poorly, it's sucking down too many sheets of expensive film at once, or getting paper jams.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      I hear a lot of people say of people say nice things about HP but from my experiences they are horrible. I've never had any luck with their customer service either. I don't know if I've just been unlucky with choosing products but I'm steering clear. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on January 27, 2010
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      The older HP stuff was built better, I will openly say that, but if your willing to spend a little more for their higher end stuff you will be happier in the long run. Their low end cheap printers are horrible. I'm still using a really old HP LaserJet 4 Plus (LJ4+), and the thing just won't die.

      Remember though... Cheap, Fast, or Good... Pick Two!
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      I pick cheap and good! Heck the HP printer I had was one of the first all-in-ones and I spent $150+ on it. It worked maybe half the time. I actually went to kinko's and friend's houses to print stuff more often than I was able to use that thing. My oh my it felt sooooo good to smash that thing!
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on January 27, 2010
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      Went "Office Space" on it did ya'! LOL

      I understand the saving of money initially with All-In-Ones, but I prefer keeping my peripherals separate. That way if one breaks I don't have to replace everything in one big lump sum.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      Well my laptop is on my kitchen table most of the time and the desktop is hooked to my front room TV so the less space it takes the better. So I'd go for another all-in-one for that aspect but am also considering the stand-alone printer route too.
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    Posted by midget on January 27, 2010
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    Mooncow, try target. If you are not in a rush and can wait, often target clearances out their merchandise at 75% off.
    Numerous times I have purchased printers and more, for really, really cheap!

    I have found that purchasing printers at target on clearance (and they come with the ink) is always cheaper than just buying an ink cartridge.

    However if you cannot wait for a clearance, and you just want the printer for simple tasks such as printing coupons, I suggest buying a cheaper model which can be found at places like Target, Kmart, Walmart and the like.

    I think the last printer (all in one),I purchased was an HP at Target on sale (not clearance) for less than $30.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      I can wait a little bit but I don't want to just keep buying new printers over and over again. I know it would probably cost me less as I see them on clearance all the time but it seems like such a waste. I could sell them or give them away but I don't want to go through the extra hassle. I'm definitely not buying an HP lol but am looking for another decent alternative. Thanks for the input.
  • 50637
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    Posted by HouTex on January 27, 2010
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    We highly recommend Canon. We've had 2 of them for years of problem-free printing. Our better model is an i9000 that prints outstanding photos, and our cheaper model MP600 scans, copies, and prints for all our other needs.

    We actually have both Epson and Canon all-in-one models that print/scan/copy. While they are both in working condition, we like the Canon best. We're able to get the ink cartridges for $10 each when we buy them in a set at Sam's. The Epson we have now is a free warranty replacement (yes, Epson gave us another one when the first one failed), and it does work more reliably than the first one. But, based that initial failure, I would rate it second.

    We've had HP in the past and would no longer recommend them, either. Their cartridges were expensive, and the problems frequent.

    If you do a lot of photo printing, top-of-the line models are well worth the extra cost. If you're just going to print coupons, any of the low-end Canon models will give you remarkable performance.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      Thanks for the input. I was actually looking at both an Epson (stylus nx515) and a Canon (can't remember the model) but both had conflicting reviews. Some people loved them and others hated them so it scared me off a bit.
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    Posted by midget on January 27, 2010
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    Also you can buy ink refill kits at places like Big Lots. I purchased one of these ink kits from them for about $8.00 about 6 months ago and use this whenever i run out of ink.

    It's called i-print and it refills most popular black cartridges.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      I've used those before but you can only refill them so many times before the sponges get hard. Plus I have 2 kids 3 and under so the idea of having bottles of ink is scary!! Eeek
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on January 27, 2010
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      before what sponges get hard? The kit i have comes with what looks to be one of those big plastic hypodermic needles and you use this to refill the cartridge.

      This was the one and only time I ever purchased a kit like this and it's served me well so far.

      Here's the link to show you the kit i have.

      http://www.iprintrefill.eu/

      To take care of the young child factor and so you won't feel scared, refill your cartridges when they are in bed or not home and always keep the kit out of reach from them.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      The sponges inside the cartridges get hard after refilling them too many times. I think once or twice is what's recommended before you have to pitch them. After that they may not work properly. So that's why I'm looking for a printer with inexpensive cartridges so when I do have to finally go out and buy new, I don't waste a ton.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on January 27, 2010
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      ok, i didn't know this. well so far i haven't had this problem yet but I'll look out for it.

      You might also try using the printable office depot coupons to buy your ink. Usually the exclusion is on HP ink but if you buy the office depot brand the coupon should work. Thats how i bought my last set of color cartridges from them.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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      Thanks for the tip, didn't know that.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on January 27, 2010
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    busant20
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    Posted by busant20 on January 28, 2010
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    Interesting topic !!!!!!!!! Big Grin Big Grin
    I learned something from this thread, thanks guys. Idea Idea
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    Posted by orangearrows on January 28, 2010
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    Which cartridges are cheap? Epson / HP / Canon / Brother... ?
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    • deathbynosleep
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      Posted by deathbynosleep on January 28, 2010
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      I think they are all pretty much the same. Canon might be a little cheaper. I've had a hard time finding cheap lexmark ink though.

      Also if you swear by oem cartridges. BJ's and Sam's club carry most brands. Without a coupon it is a little bit cheaper...then you can always recycle them at staples or office max for 3 bucks each.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 28, 2010
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      Here are a couple of interesting links:
      http://www.comparecartridges.com/ for price compaison
      http://www.pcworld.com/article.....3854982:z0 5 ways to save on ink & paper

      Did you know that the cost per page is much higher for ink jet than laser?
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 28, 2010
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      Thanks both of you ...that helped
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on January 28, 2010
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    Office Max is having a sale on most printers until the end of the month. I haven't compared any pricing, but they do have the epson one you were looking at for 70 bucks.
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 28, 2010
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    • deathbynosleep
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      Posted by deathbynosleep on January 28, 2010
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      no, he said he was looking at the NX515. It's also wireless though. Same price as the one you just posted about too.

      http://www.officemax.com/catal.....id=2751939
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 28, 2010
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      Thanks for telling me about that one. I actually found it on buy.com for $49.99 with free shipping but it's a refurbished model. There's so many printers out there and I'm just scared I'm going to buy another piece of junk. It's not even the money part I don't think that made me so angry. It was just all the I invested trying to get it to work and all the times I sat on the phone "troubleshooting" with HP and they told me I did something wrong. I just don't want to do it again.
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on January 28, 2010
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    Here's a deal on a brother all in one. Pretty good reviews. 80 bucks...plus you get a $20 visa gift card. $60 total.

    http://www.officemax.com/promo.....onal+Pages^categoryId~cat190002^parentCategoryID~category_root@4zb52212|categoryName~Featured+Printers+Master^categoryId~cat450030^parentCategoryID~cat_cat190002@vuv7w58v|categoryName~Featured+Printers+(Valid+thru+January+30th)^categoryId~cat580004^parentCategoryID~cat_cat450030@vvwsvqu2|prodPage~15^sort~Ratings+(High-Low)^refine~1^position~1^region~3#
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 28, 2010
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      This sounds like an awesome deal but the link doesn't work. I went to the site and I think this is the one you are talking about http://www.officemax.com/catal.....rodPage~15^freeText~brother+all+in+one^paramValue~true^refine~1^region~1^param~return_skus@ni1w7g43|refineName~Price^prodPage~15^paramValue~true^refine~1^sub_attr_name~2^region~1^param~return_skus^return_skus~Y^refineValue~49+%3C%3D++%3C%3D+88.99 Seems like a nice printer but the cartridges are kind of pricey. One big plus is that they sell the colors seperate so if you only run out of one, you don't have to pitch the others. Thanks a bunch!
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 30, 2010
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    How goes the printer search? Thanks to deathbynosleep for reminding us about the $3 credit at Staples and OfficeMax for used ink cartridges, I had forgotten all about that!
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 30, 2010
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      Everytime i think I find a good one something is wrong. A few the carts can only be ordered online, bad reviews, or expensive carts. I think I'm just going to get the Lexmark nx515 but I'm going to hold out for one more week to see if I find something better.
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    Posted by equipurple on January 30, 2010
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    I have always been a fan of LexMark printers. They are cheap and have reasonably good quality. I find the carts often on the clearance rack at Walgreens. They last me at least 3 or 4 years in general.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on January 30, 2010
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    Does anyone know anything about this printer: Kodak EasyShare ESP 3 All-in-One Printer? The carts are cheap but I'm having trouble finding reliable reviews.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on January 30, 2010
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      Well right after I posted this I finally found some reviews. There are some complaints but the way people wrote them, I think they are just stupid people. Most of the smart seeming people liked it lol. Only $23 for both color and black cartridges so I think I have a winner. I found it on buy.com refurbished for $53.99 and free shipping. Woohoo!
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    Posted by equipurple on February 10, 2010
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    Looking now for a client too, and saw some great reviews for the Lexmark Impact S305. Under $100, cheap ink, average cost per page printing, wireless, media card reader; no dedicated fax, no document feeder
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    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on February 10, 2010
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    also check out staples. Right now they have the promo where you get a $50 towards the purchase of a new printer with the trade in of your old one(doesn't even have to work).
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    mooncow728
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    Posted by mooncow728 on February 10, 2010
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    Well I got my new printer today and it is awesome. I got a Kodak ESP 3 and so far it's doing great. I paid $57.06 including tax and shipping for a brand new one and for both the cartridges it costs less than $25. Woohoo! Thanks for all your help!

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