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At 04:00 PM 1/6/2000 -0700, Jim Green wrote: >Folks, I recently joined this list to learn where I could buy bulk ink >refills for my Epson Stylus Pro. And presumably learn about the >ramifications of refilling cartridges. This was prompted by the fact that >MEI has bulk ink and cheapy cartridges for the Cannon and the HP, but not >for Epson. Well, you may have stumbled into more than you want to learn. The problem you may have is that few people on this list seem to be motivated first by simply saving money--I don't remember seeing any discussions of "OEM-compatible" cartridges like the ones you find in the office supply catalogs. The 2 big issues here are print quality and longevity (in one order or the other). As a gross oversimplification (I can do that because I don't know enough to give you the whole story), there are some inks that give results at least close to the Epson OEM ones (some people think better, but they seem to be in the minority)--but they aren't necessarily cheaper, and they aren't archival. So we have the universe divided mostly into those who want "highest quality" with reasonable life, and those who want longest life with "best available" quality. The "lowest cost with reasonable quality" faction is into refilling with bulk inks, of which there are a number of suppliers. Unfortunately their refilling processes tend to involve more esoterica than some of us are willing to tackle, sometimes involving enough combinations of vacuum pumps, drilling holes, special seals or tape, etc. that you think you have wandered into an S&M newsgroup. (Sorry--I couldn't resist.) You can find instructions for refilling their particular inks at www.missupply.com and www.mediastreet.com, for example. May the force be with you. Gary Hunt <firstname.lastname@example.org> - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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