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    Jul 24, 2009
    Good value budget printer...and ink!
    I dont know if its just me but looking on ebay I cant get colour and BW ink for less than 30 the set. I always remember getting cheap ink off ebay for my older printer. I have a HP4400, anyone using a printer thats not steep on ink cost or is it just me being tight?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    No, it's not you being "tight". It seems the way printer manufacturers make their real profit is not from the hardware but from the consumables.

    I find that Canon printers for the most part are economical to maintain in that they (newer models) use 5 ink tanks. I've been able through on line purchases to obtain replacements at a decent price. Each tank can be had (refilled) for around $6.00, and that's for ones which have the Canon "chip". Without the chip the price is less but the tanks do not function properly.

    I'm currently using a Canon Pixma MP 620 which can be purchased here in the US at Wal-Mart for around $100.00.


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    May 18, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8
    Right on with the Canon call chscag! I still operate an old MP110 for scanning, copying and color printing, but use a Brother mono-laser for b/w printing (much cheaper).

    Shop around online for mail order distributors rather than retailers in the UK.

    Canon is very tolerant of generic inks too, and they're a good deal cheaper, sometimes by as much as 50%. HP unfortunately maintains a high price for its consumables, and their printers don't like alternatives.

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