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In March 2007, the printer companies won the legal right to manufacture printers which refuse to recognize third-party cartridges. In the past, the printer would issue a warning that these were not genuine but would continue to work. After March 2007, printers refused to recognize compatibles, thanks to this legal decision. I don't know what the judge who made this ruling was thinking. Can you imagine if you could only buy gas from the manufacturer of your car and it came in cartridges at $5,000 a gallon? That's right - printer ink is now over $5,000 a gallon! A typical cartridge holds less than a half ounce of ink for about $20. A gallon is 128 ounces. 128 x 2 x $20 = $5180.

How do the printer companies prevent third-party cartridges from being recognized? By putting a chip on their own cartridges which the printer reads. If the chip can not identify itself to the printer as a match, the cartridge will be rejected. They charge about two dollars more to cover the cost of that chip. So you are paying extra for a chip which prevents you from shopping for the best deal. Talk about adding insult to injury! So why can't you just remove that chip and attach it to a third-party cartridge? Because when the cartridge is empty (or when the printer thinks it is) it sends a signal to the chip to self-destruct. The chip can not be reset. So you have to keep paying for new chips which actually work against your interest!

But the situation gets even worse. Some cartridges contain sponges, so some of that expensive ink remains behind in the sponge. On top of that, the printer reports that the cartridge is empty when there is still 10-15% of the ink left. This is because the printer only estimates the amount of ink left. It is dangerous for the print head to run out of ink while printing so it errs on the side of caution. So over $2 of that ink never gets used. Between the chip and the wasted ink, you're losing about $4 on every cartridge you buy. Are you feeling ripped-off yet?

Fortunately, solutions are at hand. Unfortunately, some of them don't work reliably and even damage your printer. Some companies are selling refillable cartridges (not reusable), which come with bottles of ink and syringes to inject new ink into the cartridge. There are a number of problems with these solutions, including the mess. But the real problem is that large ink bottles begin clotting the moment they're exposed to air. Those clots inevitably wind up being drawn into the syringe and going into the print head, clogging your printer. Every day I see several messages on boards like from people asking why their printers stopped working after they started using refilled cartridges. I also see messages from people who say they have refilled several times without a problem. That's like saying they drove through a red light and didn't have an accident so it must be safe to continue doing so. If you don't plan on replacing your printer, don't refill your single-use cartridges.

Note: many HP printers contain the heads in the cartridge. These are safe to remanufacture if done properly. The remanufactured cartridges are tested against clogs. Even if there is one, it will only affect the cartridge and will not damage the printer

Reusable Cartridges

reusable Canon ink cartridges.We sell reusable cartridges. Our cartridges have a separate ink tank which can be removed and replaced when empty, so you pay only for the new ink - not a replacement chip. The same chip will reset to full. By re-using the same chip, you save the cost of a new chip with every cartridge. Since you are replacing the entire ink tank with a fresh one, there are no remaining ink clots which might clog your printer. You do not refill the tank by injecting ink. You don't even touch the ink. And our ink tanks are filled to capacity so you get about double the ink of Canon cartridges. For $2.50 you are getting double the ink of Canon's $18-$20 cartridges. More ink at a much lower price.

But it gets better. Our cartridges do not use a sponge, so no wasted ink is left behind. And when the printer reports empty, if there is still enough ink in the cartridge, you can remove it and re-insert it. It will reset to full and you can continue printing as long as ink remains.

IMPORTANT! As we said earlier, the printer can not accurately report how much ink is in the cartridge and only estimates. If you are re-inserting a started cartridge, make sure it has an ample supply of ink (about a third). Don't re-insert a nearly empty cartridge or it may run out of ink while printing and the printer won't report it. Printing with an empty ink can damage your printer. These cartridges are transparents so you can tell how much ink remains by looking at them. The end result is free Canon ink - and lots of it.

But we promised absolutely free so here's the secret to getting back $40 - not just one time but over and over every month. When you have finished using these cartridges, bring the empties to Office Deport or Staples. Office Depot will give you $2 store credit per empty for up to 20 a month. That's $40 a month, $480 a year. Staples will give you $2 credit for up to 10 cartridges a month - that's $20 every month. So you can get $480 or $240 in cartridges FREE every year. $480 buys you about 200 ink tanks.

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