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Compatible Printer inks

jb7846 5 8
19 Apr 2013 9:29AM
Hi - I have an Epson Stylus Photo 1500W printer. Can anybody recommend any decent compatible inks for this printer?


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Gundog 5 629 Scotland
19 Apr 2013 9:38AM
Personally I would never compromise by using "compatible" inks.

But, if cost is more important than print quality, then those sold by Premier Inks and Photographic (google for them) seem to get the most "Best Buy" awards from the photo mags.
jb7846 5 8
19 Apr 2013 10:10AM
Gundog - thanks for that I'll have a look
guidoa 16 1.4k United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 11:18AM
There are compatible inks and theres Jetec. Have used them for years without any trouble. Premier sell them, thats where I buy mine.
19 Apr 2013 11:47AM
Compatible inks have worked perfectly for me for years. I have a photo on my desk which I printed 7 years ago using Jetec inks. Sometimes I print another copy to compare, and there's no fading at all. I've used Epson printers for years, an R200, an R340, and my latest is a Stylus Photo 1400. I'm using BB compatibles in it from Ink-1 and I'm happy with them.
jb7846 5 8
19 Apr 2013 12:42PM

I'll look at Ink-1

seahawk 11 1.2k United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 12:49PM
Tried compatibles on my old Pixma Pro 9000 - not impressed, they faded quickly (though they were not Jettec) so stuck with Canon inks. My new Pixma Pro 100 seems to be much more economic in its use of ink so I am not tempted to use compatibles in it.
jb7846 5 8
19 Apr 2013 1:23PM
I have gone from a 4 cartridge Epson to a six and the prices have jumped up, so before I considered spending 70 - 80 for a set of inks I thought I would see what the feedback was like for compatibles. I tend to be suspicious of very cheap prices because you generally get what you pay for - so I am looking for a mid price set of cartridges from a recommended company - Premier Inks and Photographic seem to have the edge at the moment

Dave_Canon 11 1.4k United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 3:33PM
It does not make good sense to use third party low cost inks they perform poorly in independent tests. Home printing is expensive but with a good printer and high quality ink, a very high standard can be achieved. Those who wish to save some money could use a commercial printing service which is much cheaper than home printing but can provide good quality and archival prints apart from specialist monochrome on art paper.

Graysta 13 1.1k England
19 Apr 2013 8:21PM
always used them for my Epson 7600 220ml Compatable cartridges.never a problem.
jb7846 5 8
19 Apr 2013 10:11PM
Thanks to everybody for you comments - I'll check your recommendations out

20 Apr 2013 11:05AM
One thing to add - do not mix the inks. You may find a good substitute while the printhead is new, and if it works for you - keep with that single brand. Any further change, even to genuine ink, may ruin the printhead - as inks react and finally clog it. Every printer I replaced after some use, had stopped working for this reason. Generally, I find substitutes to be inferior to genuine inks, their use often shortens printer life and impacts heavily on printer's colour profile - which makes quality photo print extremely difficult ( if possible). If you have an expensive printer that you plan to use for more than 2 or 3 years - better stick with genuine stuff. Just don't waste the ink on what does not need to be printed, or buy some additional cheap printer to use with after-market inks. I did.
dcash29 12 2.3k England
21 Apr 2013 9:06AM

Quote:It does not make good sense to use third party low cost inks they perform poorly in independent tests.

What make of third party inks?

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