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Cannon Printers Complaint - The way cannon gauges you on ink

Review by Broke because of cannon on 2007-05-25
STOUGHTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I am on a fixed income about a mounth ago i bought a cannon mp160 printer. I bought it because the price was right. In that time I bought a color cartridge . The price $26.77
Now I have to buy a black cartirige for the price of$20.36. That is the total of$47.13 in less then 35 days.That plus the price of the printer is more than I can aford.
Had they told me that i would have to replace the ink that often I would not have bought the printer.I have not printed any more than i did with my old lexmark.i feel that cannon is ripping of the public. as I have stated that I am on a fixed income. Being 72 years old I am sorry to say that I will never buy another cannon product again.Feel free to use my name.
Thank you
Norman Steinberg
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-05-28
Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-05-25:
Which Lexmark printer did you have?
Posted by CrystalSword on 2007-05-25:
I have a Canon 350i printer and I love it...it was $39 on sale and the cartridges are $17.50 for color and under $8 for black....plus they are easy to refill, I go through roughly two sets of cartridges a year because I wear them out, I do a fantastic amount of printing for a homebody...also on a fixed income and retired. Besides, what does age have to do with it??
Posted by BobJohn on 2007-05-26:
What model number do you have? Go to www.amazon.com and look for that model and ink cartridges. You will find after market catridges about 1/3 the price of the brand name. I have used Abacus24-7 and I've been very satisfied. The ink is the biggest ripoff the printer companies have going.

Also, on my printer I can use DRAFT mode that uses much less ink but is still quite readable.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-05-26:
Just be sure NOT to replace the cartridge when the little reminder comes up! There usually is quite a bit of ink left when it does. Worse you can do then is waste a sheet of paper when it does run out.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-26:
For a while it was cheaper to just buy a new printer when you need to get ink.
Posted by Jop on 2007-05-26:
Call 1stop---(888) 477-0055---Inexpensive but good ink cartridges
Posted by David on 2007-05-26:
One reason you ran out of ink so soon is that printer manufacturers install "starter" ink or toner cartridges in new printers. These "starter" cartridges contain much less ink or toner compared to the replacement cartridges.
Posted by Ponie on 2007-05-27:
Enough of the 'fixed income' mantra already! Unless working on commissions or a business owner, *everyone* is on a 'fixed income.' Besides, at 72 you got a pretty hefty raise this past January. How many people in the private sector got the same?

I think you got many good responses here. Unless it has to be printed for a professional presentation, draft mode is a way to stretch your ink supply. Starter cartridges contain about half the supply of ink you get when buying a replacement.

Do your research. Any place that sells printers, sells cartridges. Check the price of refills before you buy that printer. As with many things, 'it's not the initial cost, it's the upkeep.'

Ink is ink, is ink. But paper is not just paper. Refilled cartridges are as good as manufacturers' brands. My neighbor was down on refilled cartridges because they 'bleed' when she prints. But--she uses 14 lb. paper. I use refills and on 20 lb. paper, they're perfect. The two cartridges from the manufacturer for my printer cost about $60. Our local Meijer store refills cartridges that are dropped off at the photo lab. Usually takes 2 days and they cost around $31 for the two.
Posted by Broke because of cannon on 2007-05-28:
To Ponie.
The only $$$$$$ I get is from S.S. Yea we got a raise. So did my health ins. I am not crying poor mouth and I do not feel sorry for my self. Nor do i want to pay$365 for a pair of shoes becaue I only have one(1) hip. That is right their is no hip on the other side. Bone on Bone Nothing imbetween. Sounds like fun. Yes I think that Cannon is price gouging like the oil Co,s. So dont you dare question my finances until you walk in my shoes at 4365 per pr.
Norman Steinberg

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