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    Difference between original and compatible ink cartridges?

    I have an Epson Stylus DX7000F and am looking to buy replacement ink catridges. For the original T0715 mulitipack the price is around £25. I have just been on the choicestationery.co.uk site and they have on offer 10 compatible catridges for £19.99. Is there a massive difference between the two in terms of print quality etc? Obviously I'm looking for the best deal?!
    Thanks in advance

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    we bought a compatible on e once and it split in the printer leaking everywhere

    i buy compatible ink all the time and had no bother with it

    is that definitely the cartridge number as i trawled through all the cartridges on wh smith looking as they have some reduced to clear but couldnt find taht 1

    Banned

    Compatible cartridges generally have ink that is not as strong a mix as originals. However, they will work in much the same way as standards ones unless you are looking to do high definition photo prints from them. However for standard printing of office documents they will work fine.

    Keep in mind though if your printer is new, any use of compatitble cartridges will render the warranty useless, as it normally states that only original cartridges must be used.

    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]As the difference in price isn't enormous, I would stick with the originals![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    Original Poster

    The originals come in a multipack of 4 cartridges for approx £25 whereas the compatible ones are 10 for £19.99. The printer is used mainly for word documents.

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    welshgirl;2560361

    The originals come in a multipack of 4 cartridges for approx £25 whereas … The originals come in a multipack of 4 cartridges for approx £25 whereas the compatible ones are 10 for £19.99. The printer is used mainly for word documents.



    Is it still under warranty?

    welshgirl;2560361

    The originals come in a multipack of 4 cartridges for approx £25 whereas … The originals come in a multipack of 4 cartridges for approx £25 whereas the compatible ones are 10 for £19.99. The printer is used mainly for word documents.



    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Whenever I've used compatibles they haven't lasted as long, so I would go with the originals![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    Original Poster

    I think it's still under warranty. I'd need to check but I would say I've had the printer approx 8 months. Go with the originals then? anyone know of any offers on at mo? It's the T0715 Epson multipack I'm after. Thanks

    I would go for compatible inks every time unless you need 100% perfect colour printing.

    The price difference is huge and normally compatibles will work just fine.

    General info - Some of the latest Epson printer models have a different design chip on the inks and there have been a few cases of non-compatibility with compatible inks, but the generation 4 chips are coming on most Epson compatibles now so that's not such a worry.

    Steve

    Forgot to mention that the warranty on a printer is fine as long as if there is ever a fault you must send it away with original inks installed, this doesn't mean you cannot use compatibles during the 12 months warranty though.

    Steve

    The guys I get my inks from sell a compatible set for the Epson Stylus DX7000F for £12.99 delivered.

    I can't post their company name on here are I am technically associated with them as I set their business up.

    Steve

    always used compatiable, never had problems.

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    Steer clear of compatible inks. Pay for the real thing.

    compatible all the way for me buying the printers the cheapest part running it diff story cant see how they can justify the prices for the real ones
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