Eek – cost of printer cartridges
I had forgotten how expensive ink cartridges are. I have a HP Officejet 7500A. Its newish; forget how long I’ve had it but must be coming up to a year. For my work I have to print, sign, scan documents to PDF, so when I was looking for a new printer I needed one with scanning and faxing capabilities – the fact it can also print A3 is a bonus for some of the Family Trees I send to older members of the family.
DaddyHen wanted something printed – the out of ink message came up – checked the cupboard no replacements. Opened the printer took out the cartridges and gave them a shake – I’m sure I read somewhere that it can trick the printer into thinking it still has ink. In any case I don’t just change the cartridges when the printer tells me. I keep going until the read quality is totally gone. We don't actually print that much - may be a dozen sheets a week. Patterns for knitting and crochet I read on iPad in PDF, likewise for any recipes - although I do worry about the ipad in my very small kitchen.
Previously, I have tried refills – very messy and the print quality wasn’t that good. Own brand (some large computer stores sell own brand) – tried those; print quality was poor and they didn’t seem to last that long and I had issues with the printer accepting them. So I stick to branded cartridges – unfortunately my Mr T and Mr S (both of which I have loyalty cards for) don’t stock the type I need. It wouldn’t be so bad if I got a few loyalty points for spending so much.
Black cartridge £24.99; each of the colours £9.99; total spend £54.96.
Lets see how long this lot will last.