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08/15/2005 11:25:43 PM · #1
Our Staples and Costco stores sell individual cartridges for the Epson 2200 for about $11-$12. The Internet Ink Suppliers offer "compatible" cartridges for $6-$7.

What experience does anyone have using the cheaper off-brand inks. I'm concerned because a few years ago an Epson Stylus 700 was destroyed by using an off-brand ink. I don't want to have a similar experience. But, it is 10 years later. Things may have moved forward since then.


08/15/2005 11:27:53 PM · #2
If printing cost is an issue, use the cheap inks. If longevity and overall print quality is an issue, use the branded inks.
08/15/2005 11:37:47 PM · #3
I'd be careful doing that. I used off-brand paper and the epson ink didn't stick to the paper. I had a mess to clean up.
08/15/2005 11:51:29 PM · #4
I've tried off-brand inks for an epson 960.
They seemed to work fine but the colors were always off. It took a long time to get a profile set up for the inks. Plus they were not as consistant as the genuine epson inks.

I figured with all the testing I had to do to color match, I was not really saving any money.
08/16/2005 12:10:47 AM · #5
And you can't switch back and forth between brand and off-brand, for proof and permanent printing, because the inks feed a reservoir and it takes a while to purge it...

08/16/2005 12:32:34 AM · #6
Not Epson but I bought a bunch of "internet" cheaper ink for my Canon i960 and I cna't wait till it all runs out so I can go back.

The colors are jsut not as sharp and not consistent at all. many times my photos will look muddy and I will have to print again. Each time I change a cartridge (six different colors) I'm never sure what I will get.

Cheap is cheap.
08/16/2005 12:44:41 AM · #7
I get the message. Nothing's changed in 10 years. Stay with the Epson inks for the 2200 and find someplace else to save money. Thank you all
08/16/2005 01:51:58 AM · #8

I have the Epson 2200 - and would never even consider using anything but Epson ink. I buy mine form //www.itsupplies.com for just $9.99 a cartridge. If you order $75 or more, shipping is free. They ship fast too! I usually get my order within 2-3 days of ordering.

- Linda
08/16/2005 02:19:56 AM · #9
Iíd stick to the Epson brand. Most cheap brands donít print near as nice. Black run into yellows and what not. Besides no one makes a black as good as Epsonís.
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