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Canon Ink or Compatible?

21 Aug 2012 7:54PM
I have a Canon Pixma 4850.

Any recommendations for ink? Stick with Canon or go for a compatible?

Any suggestions for best places for ink, either original or compatible?



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StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
21 Aug 2012 7:59PM
Try abacusfree in the US. I've used their inks for several years in Canon printers, and I was satisfied with it. Their shipping prices are very reasonable. Here's a link.
21 Aug 2012 8:01PM
iv the canon 5250 always used genuine from cartridgesave
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
21 Aug 2012 8:03PM
I think if you're heavy into photo printing and don't want any color casts etc., stick with the real MacCoy.
justin c Plus
14 4.9k 36 England
21 Aug 2012 9:42PM
For decent quality photo printing I would stick with the genuine Canon inks.
21 Aug 2012 9:45PM
thanks everyone, Canon it is.
justin c Plus
14 4.9k 36 England
21 Aug 2012 9:50PM
The best place I've found for the Canon ink cartridges is HERE . The multi-packs are worth buying and helps keep the cost down slightly.
21 Aug 2012 10:00PM
An interesting site / place that does research on printer inks, printers, papers:
for archival quality.

redsnappa Plus
15 2.0k United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 8:28AM
I've been using the Jettec brand of compatible cartridges in my Canon Pixma IP5000 for at least the last 4 & a half years without any issues at all. No colour cast no epson type blockages. Also I have 3-4 year old prints on my walls from the jettec cartridges that are still fade free
23 Aug 2012 9:01AM
I recently used compatibles in my now defunked HP110 the black leaked and ruined the printer luckily I had a replacement waranty so it was replaced without question I now have a canon MG4150 only genuine for me from now on
24 Aug 2012 12:13PM
I usually get my canon ink from 7dayshop, usually the cheapest i can find for genuine canon ink.
capto Plus
5 4.9k 8 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 1:29PM
The answer is, if you only print for your family, friends and yourself and aren't bothered if the prints fade before they're 100 years old use compatibles. If your selling prints or are intent on only the best buy manufacturers own brand. I've always used compatibles and find them excellent.
Carabosse Plus
14 41.0k 269 England
24 Aug 2012 1:31PM
Does anyone really bother about prints fading, so long as it doesn't happen too soon? After all you can always print another copy, after a few years/decades.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
24 Aug 2012 6:49PM
One good friend is a research chemist and a specialist in printer inks.

He advised me never to mix inks because there was a real danger of getting a gel that clogs print-heads. A few years back, I thought I knew better and used inks from a well-known refilling franchise. Sure enough, the heads clogged. The supplier honoured the guarantee and unclogged the printer but within a couple of weeks it had gummed up again. This was an A3 Epson so the printheads weren'r renewable, except at an uneconomic price so I scrapped the printer.

With the office printers, we used a CISS from the start and haven't had a problem.

Are Canon print-heads cheap and easy to change? If so, use compatibles. If not, don't risk it.
I have a Canon Pro 9000 Mark II, does anyone know of a place to buy Canon cartridges in the US? I have bought them off of Amazon for half of what Canon wants for them, I payed around $70.00 USD. I have also seen new ink cartridges on E-bay for much cheaper but I am unsure of how long they have been sitting around. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

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