Poor 3rd party ink

Dave_Canon Avatar
Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
22 Oct 2021 4:45PM
I have never considered using 3rd party ink for my photographic printer Epson P600 or any of its predecessors. My wife persuaded me to purchase a set of ONLYU cartridges for her Canon TS6250 because she thought the Canon cartridges were just too expensive. She recently complained that a print of a diagram looked wrong; it did seem odd to me as if the Magenta was not really present. The printer indicated that all cartridges were present and almost full so I did a nozzle check. All the colours printed OK (no blocks) but the Magenta was a shade of Orange. This is now useless for her printing colour diagrams and certainly photographs. Never again will we cut corners in this way. The professional ink manufacturers ensure colour accuracy and repeatability and this obviously costs more so if colour accuracy is important 3rd party is out. In any case, for photography, I would have to create a new bespoke profile each time I changed a cartridge.

Jestertheclown Avatar
Jestertheclown 14 8.8k 255 England
22 Oct 2021 9:19PM
I used to have a cheap old Epson; I've no idea which one, which I filled with the cheapest inks that I could find and for years, it never let me down. Colours were good, accurate (enough for me anyway) and the inks lasted a fair time.
Eventually, the old thing expired and so I bought a cheap Canon Pixma to replace it.
I tried various cheap, compatible inks in it and got just the results that you describe so I reverted to using Canon's own.
Recently, while hunting for some replacement inks; prices for them vary enormously among suppliers, I noticed that Canon inks from some places are only a pound or two dearer than those companies' compatibles.
It does pay to look around.
seahawk Avatar
seahawk 16 1.4k United Kingdom
23 Oct 2021 11:37AM
Agree with Jestertheclown. I have had 3 Canon Pixma printers over the years and am currently using a Pro 200. I used some 3rd party inks only once, a few years ago and the results were disastrous. I stick to Canon inks nowadays, though the prices are fairly eye-watering. These 2 sites here and here are worth looking at for inks and Amazon are always worth a look.
Dave_Canon Avatar
Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
23 Oct 2021 11:55AM
Many thanks for the replies. The colour is so bad, I have been told to order a new Canon Magenta cartridge and will have to throw away the ONLYU. I did buy these from Amazon and have left a suitable review.

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hobbo Plus
12 1.8k 4 England
24 Oct 2021 5:51AM
I used the cheapest inks in my last Canon PIXMA all in one printer ….the results looked ok at first but the colours would fade rapidly especially if a print was left in sunlight or a short while….I stuck with this, using the printer for letters, plus the odd colour prints for reference only.

This year I acquired a new Canon PIXMA straight printer, I only use Canon inks the results are amazing, especially when using Canon paper and software….reproductions of both my photographs and paintings are incredible……the inks are permanent too..
I just shut my eyes and since when I run out of inks…

LenShepherd Avatar
LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2021 8:43AM
There is no one answer.

I found cheap inks dried up much quicker needing much more frequent head cleans.

For colour work in leaflets and booklets cheaper inks an around 5-6 colour inks is fine - using an old cheap printer for this.

For highest quality prints I find the manufacturers inks and 9 or more inks give the best results.


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