how can I afford my printer

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Old 01-03-07, 10:15 AM
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how can I afford my printer

I have a lexmark 3 in 1 printer/scanner. I have not been able to use more than the 1st quarter of any ink cartridge. The ink dries up in the cartridge. I use the printer every month but may go up to 3 weeks without printing anything. I tried removing the cartridge and storing it in a zip lock baggie and that worked for about 5 months and then I forgot to remove it and a week later is was dried up. The bottom line is, it costs me about a $1 per page to use my printer

I'm not against buying a new unit but I need to keep the all in one feature. I use the scanner as much as the printer but don't have room for 2 units. I tried making printing a test page a scheduled weekly task but all I accomplished was a notice upon logging on [everytime]that a scheduled task was not run

Is there anyway to make printing [for me] affordable? Is buying stock in the ink companies my only option?
 
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I suggest that you either get the weekly task running properly, or when you get the warning message that it failed to run that you manually make the test print.

As for another printer, I suggest a color laser. They do make them with scan capabilities.
 
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Especially if you don't need to print in color, a laser printer would be the way to go.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I've just broke down and bought another ink cartridge but hope to have this issue resolved OR REPLACED before it runs dry.
 
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Welcome to the world of color inkjet.

I found this out the hard way when I bought a b&w laser and didn't use my Epson inkjet for three weeks.
After blowing a nearly full set of cartridges in trying to clean the heads to make it work the printer was sent to printer heaven.
It seems that in some printers, Epson being one of them, the heads are part of the printer.
I now view the printing of at least one 4x6 color photograph on my new Canon a week as the cost of owning one of these infernal machines.
 
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everything has it's ups and downs. my color laser carts (hp 1500l)are about $100.00 each, and I need 4. color is good for 4000 pages, and black for 5000, so they say. Plus, there's another part thats good for 20,000, and costs about $350.00. That all adds up. The carts can also become unusable over time, but it's a long time. My inkjet (canon multipass) i purchased after alot of research on ink carts. i can order 2 sets of 4 for around $20.00. print a page every week just like you would do a virus scan or backup. you could even set it to print a copy of the virus scan log once a week.
 
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I've had Canon and Epson inkjet printers, but so far, my HP has given me the least amount of trouble with the cartridges..
 
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As others have stated, go with a laser based MFP. If you can do without color, you can get a decent laserbased MFP with flatbed color scanner for $150 to your door free (refurb brother MFC-7420) from Staples. Then you pay $63 every 2,500 pages for toner, and $105 every 12,000 pages for a drum. At the point it needs a drum you may as well just replace it, but with the small amount of printing you do, that will be a LONG time.

I have laser printers that are 10-15 years old with ancient toner cartridges...they pretty much last until the toner is used up, even if they sit for YEARS (assuming, of course, you don't store them in your barn).

Good luck, and good to see more east TN folks here! (Go Vols! lol)
 
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Good luck, and good to see more east TN folks here! (Go Vols! lol)

Never cared much for the ball sports but I know where the fastest 1/2 mile is

Am I to understand that the toner cartridges don't dry up like the ink jet does?
 
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Toner is already dry. It's a powder.
 
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Old 01-05-07, 06:12 AM
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Thanks, looks like I'll be saving my pennys and switching to laser when this newest ink cartridge dies.
 
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