Compatible Ink Jet Cartiridges.

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Peter Coddington, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Just recently ventured into the Digital era.
    Considering purchasing Epson TO36 (black) and TO37(coloured) compatible
    inkjet cartridges.due to being much cheaper than originals.
    I have been looking at ads of 'Inkrite' and Jet Tec' cartridges
    Any views on quality, ink capacity,possible damage to jets or camera would
    be appreciated please
    Peter Coddington, Feb 15, 2006
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    Ian Pollard Guest

    I have tried a few compatibles and found them to be more trouble than
    they are worth. I end up having to use two where I would normally use
    one Epson Original. I have two Epson printers, a Stylus Photo 830 and a
    Stylus Photo 2100. I use Epson Originals in both and find they are
    cheapest at If anyone knows a cheaper source for Epson
    Originals, please let me know.

    Ian Pollard, Feb 15, 2006
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  3. Aargh! Don't!! It's really not worth it - not even for 'general
    printing', *certainly* not for photos. My StylusPhoto 810 was on its
    last legs anyway, and a job lot of 'compatible' cartridges finished it
    off - I had to clean the heads virtually every print cycle, the colours
    were odd, and the inks faded *really* quickly. I've still got some of
    the 'compatibles' cluttering up my desk drawer. I must bin them - I'd
    feel bad about even giving them away :-( Get the originals as cheap as
    you can, and stick with them.

    Unfortunately, this really put me off, so, after having Epsons (740 and
    then 810) for about 8 years, I've now gone back to HP (a Business Inkjet
    1200 with huge print cartridges) and I'm not regretting it at all.
    (Especially as our old HP Deskjet 510 mono printer is still going strong
    after 13 years of hard use!)

    Kind regards,

    David Chamberlin, Feb 15, 2006
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    Geoff Berrow Guest

    How odd. I have an Epson Stylus C60 and I use the PrintRite cartridges
    (£4 for black and white /and/colour. That's for the pair, not each)
    with no problems at all.
    Geoff Berrow, Feb 15, 2006
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    harrogate2 Guest

    Despite what others have said, I have used both Inkrite and Jettec and
    found no problems with either.

    Having said that I have recently gone back to an old favourite (from
    previous printers - and because they were CHEAP) of Printrite and have
    decided to standardise on them.

    At the RedRat fair in Sheffield weekend before last I got a set of six
    Printrite for my Epson R200 for £7 and a set of four for my Canon i560
    for £4 - you can't argue with that!
    harrogate2, Feb 15, 2006
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    I've had no trouble with JetTec or ProJet. Not photo, just ordinary, though.
    They're so much cheaper I couldn't possibly consider anything else.
    Mark Dunn, Feb 15, 2006
  7. Thank you for all the replies,'Swings and roundabout job' I will try an odd
    compatible and compare photo print quality against a genuine Epson I have
    just used.
    Then will decide which way to go.
    Peter Coddington, Feb 15, 2006
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    Owen Rees Guest

    The other thing to remember is that the paper is also a very important
    factor in the quality of the result, especially for inkjet printers. If
    you want to do a comparison, consider getting some genuine Epson paper
    that is designed to work with the ink to use a standard against which to
    compare the others.
    Owen Rees, Feb 15, 2006
  9. only just stared printing my own pics, printing with now an old Epson
    printer (Stylus photo 1200 now not made) and
    so far no troubles using compatibles, but dont blame me if yours does not!
    Hope you get more info from others.
    (I`m a Peter too !)
    peter bayliss, Feb 15, 2006
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    harrogate2 Guest

    You beat me to it! Epson paper on Epson printers with Epson ink is
    definitely the way to go.

    However, over the last couple of years I've tried dozens of different
    papers and have long since come to the conclusion that it isn't worth
    paying the jacked up prices for manufacturer branded paper - unless
    you get it on a serious offer.

    Not many people know that Kodak paper has a product code on the back
    of the packet. Go to Kodak's web site and you will find settings for
    your printer to work with that paper - and believe me it is worth the
    trouble. Having said that Kodak paper is not the best.

    At the moment there are two offers going that warrant a view. Aldi may
    still have left some glossy paper under the brand of Rex. 50 sheets of
    200grm is £4.99 and it is one of the best gloss papers I have found.
    The other is own brand currently on offer in Stationery Box stores if
    you have one near. They do gloss, silk, satin, and matt in 220grm at
    £3.99 for 40 sheets.

    I always take the view that if a paper produces near identical results
    in two different printers - I have an Epson R200 six colour and a
    Canon i560 four colour - then it must be good, and both of these match
    that criteria well. For example Kodak does not and neither does Fuji
    but to a lesser degree.

    Ultimately you have to try to see what suits our needs best.
    harrogate2, Feb 16, 2006
  11. (for 80 sheets)
    Purchased, will keep me going for a very long time.
    Just given a sheet a go and it's good
    Peter Coddington, Feb 17, 2006
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    harrogate2 Guest

    Can I say it please?

    Told you so.................................., but why not get the
    silk - it is quite superb.
    harrogate2, Feb 17, 2006
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    Liz Guest

    In message <dt521j$vcu$>

    I naively think that manufacturer's papers really are optimised for a
    particular setup, so wouldn't expect Epson papers to be best for a
    Canon printer or vice versa.
    Having said that, the last bloke who judged at the camera club is a
    pro and has been placed in quite a few national print comps recently
    and said he uses compatibles: I think it was print-rite, but don't
    quote me!

    Another big name on the Scottish amateur scene, Libby Smith, was using
    own-brand paper from one of the Guernsay companies the last time I
    spoke to her (some time back). I wonder if, like print film, the
    source of own-brand paper changes with the wind.


    Liz, Feb 18, 2006
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    harrogate2 Guest

    Your point about manufacturer paper compatibility is very valid - try
    printing with Epson inks on HP paper and it takes for ever to dry! By
    the same token Canon paper in a Canon printer produces results that
    few can match.

    I'm not sure if they took up my suggestion but I contacted 7-dayshop a
    while back and asked if they could supply a particular version of
    Schaeffer paper (H74000 from memory) as I found this one of the best
    papers around (before Rex and Stationery Box came along) and they sold
    Schaeffer. They told be that they were in the process of looking at
    sources for an 'own brand' paper - I often wonder if it was the H74000
    that they used!
    harrogate2, Feb 18, 2006
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    Paul Guest

    Just to add my 2cents worth.

    Over the years I have owned a number of inkjet printers (All Epsom)

    Epson 600
    Epson Photo
    Epson 1200
    Epson 1270 X2
    Epson 1290 X2
    Epson 2100
    Epson 915

    The 600 and Photo where out before compatible where generally available so
    they only ever had genuine ink and they never suffered from clogging

    Both the 1270's and both the 1290's had a mixture of genuine and compatible
    inks and they all clearly had more blocking problems with the compatible

    The 2100 only ever had Epson inks and never had a single blockage.

    The 1200 was old stock that I bought cheep by the time that I got it genuine
    inks were no longer readily available so after the two that where in the box
    it only ever had compatibles used in it, and this printer spent most of its
    life blocked.

    The 915 Again is fine on genuine inks but constantly blocks on compatibles.

    I used all different makes of compatibles trying to find a good supply, and
    the blockages where not just if the printer was not used for a week but
    would often happen halfway through printing a photo.

    My experience says where possible only use genuine inks. ( this may only be
    applicable to Epson's and I must say that I obviously have not tried every
    brand of compatible so their may still be that elusive truly compatible out

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    Paul, Feb 21, 2006
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    Trev Guest

    Sorry to here that I hope you get better soon
    Trev, Feb 21, 2006
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    Paul Guest

    Ah the oh so familiar bollox ramblings of a Canon User
    Paul, Feb 21, 2006
  18. Or just maybe he was making a wee joke at the expense of your spelling of
    Janie Thomson, Feb 21, 2006
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    Paul Guest

    For a joke to work it should be obvious as to what its about, if you look at
    the rest of the post you will see that Epson was spelt correctly and don't
    forger m and n are next to each other on the keyboard.although I do suspect
    that both you and TREV are from that group of higher beings that only ever
    inhabit news groups, you know the one's Homoperfectus the one's that never
    make mistakes or do anything wrong.
    Paul, Feb 21, 2006
  20. It was obvious to me

    , if you look at
    You're wrong again.
    Janie Thomson, Feb 21, 2006
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