Hp 3050 Wifi enabled printer, 39.99, price match + quidco = 27.40 Del
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Hp 3050 Wifi enabled printer, 39.99, price match + quidco = 27.40 Del

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Found 20th Nov 2010
If you buy this for 40.00, get 15% tracked by quidco and then call Best Buy for price match, as you can do that within 30 days of purchase... get another 6.60 quids off you can get this printer for 27.40 Del... exploit them, someone please!

Price match with comet: comet.co.uk/p/M…291

Before you go on about how expensive the cartridges are, hear me out...

Epson = if you want colour, otherwise its total ****

I had an Epson printer before, although compatible cartridges are easy to find for them, I noticed a big drawback... You need all four cartridges (Black, and three colours ones) for the printer to work. As I mostly printed in Black and rarely used colour, even when I had full black and emptied one of the colour cartridges, I had to buy that particular colour else I will not be able to print .

And since I use colour rarely, while I have been using my black ink my colour cartridges have been drying up... I ended up spending way more money, and mostly getting annoyed with the whole system.

HP is great in that sense, it lets you use Black even if you don't have colour and this particular model is instant-on and quite speedy.

Its also worth noting that the compatibles might seem to work great in the beginning but slowly they deteriorate the printing quality and in my case, ruined the printer head for good.

UPDATE : found these : amazon.co.uk/Jus…8-4

You have to get your hands dirty, but it works out way cheaper than compatibles or any sort.

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price match with who depends on distance usually seems alot of hassle for £6.60 and prob 0870 phone call ..

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wanderer

price match with who depends on distance usually seems alot of hassle for … price match with who depends on distance usually seems alot of hassle for £6.60 and prob 0870 phone call ..



http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/helpandsupport/Services/HC22/price-match-promise.aspx


The offer is simple. Our Price Promise covers competitors’ stores within a 15 mile radius of any Best Buy store or the following websites currys.co.uk, pcworld.co.uk, argos.co.uk. johnlewis.co.uk and comet.co.uk. If you want to take advantage of our price promise you will need to call 0333 777 7777 or email us via the ‘Contact Us’ form on bestbuy.co.uk with the evidence required.*

Edited by: "logix88" 20th Nov 2010

Tends to be the cartridge costs that's the killer with HP, Lexmark et al, I'll stick with Epson SX particularly for 70p compatibles.

Cheap HP printers are never a good deal as the cartridge prices are eye watering - the print heads are built in to the cartridges rather than the printer so with each cartridge you are forced into buying a new print head, which is very expensive. Go for a Canon or Epson instead, you can get the cartridges for a couple of quid or less for compatibles..

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mpwheatley

Cheap HP printers are never a good deal as the cartridge prices are eye … Cheap HP printers are never a good deal as the cartridge prices are eye watering - the print heads are built in to the cartridges rather than the printer so with each cartridge you are forced into buying a new print head, which is very expensive. Go for a Canon or Epson instead, you can get the cartridges for a couple of quid or less for compatibles..



Before you go on about how expensive the cartridges are, hear me out...

Epson = if you want colour, otherwise its total ****

I had an Epson printer before, although compatible cartridges are easy to find for them, I noticed a big drawback... You need all four cartridges (Black, and three colours ones) for the printer to work. As I mostly printed in Black and rarely used colour, even when I had full black and emptied one of the colour cartridges, I had to buy that particular colour else I will not be able to print .

And since I use colour rarely, while I have been using my black ink my colour cartridges have been drying up... I ended up spending way more money, and mostly getting annoyed with the whole system.

HP is great in that sense, it lets you use Black even if you don't have colour and this particular model is instant-on and quite speedy.

Its also worth noting that the compatibles might seem to work great in the beginning but slowly they deteriorate the printing quality and in my case, ruined the printer head for good.

The HP colour carts dry up too if you don't use them much, especially the yellow!

Original Poster

found these : amazon.co.uk/Jus…-4

You have to get your hands dirty, but it works out way cheaper than compatibles or any sort.

I think you are in a minority in only printing in black and white, most people print colour these days. Well I suppose you may be at a disadvantage with an Epson or Canon in your situation but that won't apply to most people.

If you purchase a very inexpensive head cleaner and run it every month in an Epson or Canon then the print head doesn't get clogged.

By the way I am an ex-HP printer owner and I can tell no difference between the output of my old HP using expensive ink and my Canon using compatibles. I have A4 photos on my wall printed on an Epson in 2004 using compatible ink and they haven't faded at all, although they were all printed on very high quality paper. I believe the paper is more important than the ink, which probably all comes from the same factory in China anyway!

logix88

found these : … found these : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Refill-Black-Universal-Starter/dp/B0002ZOJU0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1290287909&sr=8-4 You have to get your hands dirty, but it works out way cheaper than compatibles or any sort.



PC World magazine reported that refilled cartridges have higher failure rates and demonstrate more on-page problems like streaking, curling, and colour bleed. So you end up wasting paper trying to get a good print. Plus syringes can be an absolute mess to use, it is very easy to stain your hands/clothing/carpet/furniture! I tried a kit once, never again.

logix88

found these : … found these : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Refill-Black-Universal-Starter/dp/B0002ZOJU0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1290287909&sr=8-4 You have to get your hands dirty, but it works out way cheaper than compatibles or any sort.



I just purchased 2 full sets of cartridges for my epson for £5.49 = 8 individual cartridges @ 19ml each = 152ml of ink. Therefore the refill ink you quote as 'way cheaper than any compatibles' is innaccurate

logix88

found these : … found these : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Refill-Black-Universal-Starter/dp/B0002ZOJU0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1290287909&sr=8-4 You have to get your hands dirty, but it works out way cheaper than compatibles or any sort.



Or cheaper this:
continuous-ink-systems.co.uk/
The only problem there isn't any ciss for this printer at the moment.

Original Poster

Chet

I just purchased 2 full sets of cartridges for my epson for £5.49 = 8 … I just purchased 2 full sets of cartridges for my epson for £5.49 = 8 individual cartridges @ 19ml each = 152ml of ink. Therefore the refill ink you quote as 'way cheaper than any compatibles' is innaccurate



You think the 19ml they mention in compatible inks are for real? I often find my compatibles running out way early than the originals...

But, technically you are correct... the refills may not be cheaper, but its close... and IMO its good enough.


Edited by: "logix88" 21st Nov 2010

Original Poster

mpwheatley

PC World magazine reported that refilled cartridges have higher failure … PC World magazine reported that refilled cartridges have higher failure rates and demonstrate more on-page problems like streaking, curling, and colour bleed. So you end up wasting paper trying to get a good print. Plus syringes can be an absolute mess to use, it is very easy to stain your hands/clothing/carpet/furniture! I tried a kit once, never again.



The problem is when you fill the cartridge beyond its limit, its starts leaking and everything gets messy. Moreover, you must refill your ink as soon as it is empty.. otherwise, the print quality will suffer. Say for example, your cartridge is 10ml-12ml capacity... fill it roughly about 80%, at 8ml and nothing more.

And for ink stains, well use disposable gloves ( 100s for a quid or so )... and use a sheet underneath your operation. yeah, its a hassle... but you save a bundle.
Edited by: "logix88" 21st Nov 2010
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