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Printer manufacturers are thiefs!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Junkfood00, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Junkfood00

    Junkfood00 Elite Member

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    I've had this HP inkjet printer for over 3 years and I've always bought genuine ink cartridges from the shops. That damn thing prints no more than 30 pages and dries out so I have to go out and buy new cartridges. I told my friend about it and he had the same issue with another printer, he told it's normal for such printers and the solution would be to get a laser printer. I listed mine on classifieds in hope to sell it but no avail. Laser printers have high startup cost but low running cost so I wanted to sell the one I have first.

    10 months ago I discovered a shop where they inject ink into the cartridge by drilling a little hole. I paid $10 (less than buying a new one) for full refill and I can't be more satisfied with their ink. It's lasted so long and it's not dried out yet, I print max 30 pages a month.

    I felt myself deceived, I'm buying shit from those big corporates for premium price and I pay very little for quality stuff to a small shop.
     
  2. ezines

    ezines Power Member

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    Just switch to laserjet printers if you are printing black only.

    For inkjet printers, I don't use original cartridges. I don't care it will breakdown the printer. With today's inkjet printers, you can literally compare it to ball point pens... they're disposable. It's better to buy a new printer than buying original cartridges for long-term.
     
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  3. nicofan

    nicofan Junior Member

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    they really are thieves! that's why I use laser printers. the ink doesn't dry because it's powder.

    I heard of some cases years back where people would buy a "printer & ink package" which was cheaper than the ink itself and threw away the printer... lol . ink is worth more than oil. this is madness
     
  4. Junkfood00

    Junkfood00 Elite Member

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    Well yeah but since now this is working good for me, there's no need for a new one. It's not like I'm printing in volume to save myself time, it's already fast enough actually.
     
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    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    Gotta have a laser these days if doing IM. Too much shit to print. Of course I'm old school, I like my books in print. I have a stack of 3 ring binders, a 3 hole punch and a 45 ppm HP laser. We use the inkjets for images and it's still expensive. I had a color laser that used 4 laser cartridges and the cost per page was cheaper but it was $600 to replace just the cartridges. The quality wasn't as good as I hoped so when it broke I tossed all of it in the trash.
     
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    this is the fault of inkjet technology that ink dries if you do not use printer.
    I switched to Laserjet and i am using same introductory cartridge from more than 1 year.

    Also you can refill both printer's cartridges , its very easy.
     
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  7. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

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    I'm having the exact same problem and complaint now. Seems like it might be a profitable niche, selling do-it-yourself ink refill kits, with "How-To" instructions. Example: "For HP in cartridges 15, 45 and 78, drill 1/6" hole HERE:. Then, using hypodermic filled with 6 cc's of black ink, inject into into hole." etc...

    Actually, when you think of it, the whole idea of not using factory original ink is pretty retarded. They say, "If you don't use factory ink cartridges, you'll damage the printer." Well, so fucking what. We're throwing them in the trash anyways, due to the high cost of ink. (I never thought of this before, and have wasted a LOT of money on ink.)

    Maybe this helps someone else.
     
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  8. Jackmitch

    Jackmitch Regular Member

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    That's your real problem. HP is bullshit.

    *EDIT*

    My brother works as consultant for the company and he tells me sometimes how angry the customer representatives are about the constant complaints. It seems the people upstairs don't care about improving their products even though they know exactly what's wrong with it.
     
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  9. No.RuleZ

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    Hp sucks, buy canon or epson and get buy the ink on ebay super cheap
     
  10. whynotmakeit

    whynotmakeit Power Member

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    buy a black and white laser. You will never go back. Duplex is worth it too imho.....
     
  11. ADHD-Dude

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    I am surprised that you guys don't know that there is an ink cartridge refill industry, and that HP printers are cheap but they use small cartridges that are expensive.

    1 Never buy HP Printers, buy Canon
    2 Buy just one original cartridge that you will refill for years.

    You need to buy a new original
    cartridge because if you drill the one that came with the printer the Warranty is Void.

    Drill a hole on at the top of the
    cartridge, draw ink in a syringe, stick the needle syringe in the
    cartridge sponge and fill it. A $10 ink bottle will last for years
     
  12. Junkfood00

    Junkfood00 Elite Member

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    I've always known about the refill industry but I somehow got the belief it's shady business that is waste of time and money, however I was totally wrong. I've thrown several cartridges as can be concluded from the op, so the drilled one is not the same.
     
  13. ComputerEngineer

    ComputerEngineer Senior Member

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    totally

    i purchased lazer dust for 27$ and it is able to print like 15.000 pages