Longevity of Prints with compatible cartridges/refills

Longevity of Prints with compatible cartridges/refills

Post by John Reeve » Fri, 05 Sep 2003 16:20:15

I have recently purchased an i950 and due to the cost of cartridges I
am considering using compatibles or refill ink. I will mainly be
printing on glossy photo paper. Does anyone have details of how long
the prints will last compared with OEM Canon cartridges.

Many thanks in advance

Longevity of Prints with compatible cartridges/refills

Post by Bill » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 01:01:11

Oddly enough, the paper seems to be the deciding factor, not the ink. As
long as you use good quality paper, like Canon, Office Depot, or
RedRiver, the prints should be lightfast for many years. But even the
best paper will fade or discolour in direct sunlight - keep them out of
the sun and you should be fine.

I use Office Depot Premium photo paper and AtlanticInkjet ink to refill
my cartridges, and the results are the same as Canon stuff but at half
the cost. I have some photos that are stuck to the fridge with magnets,
and they've been there for months will no fading or discolouration.


Longevity of Prints with compatible cartridges/refills

Post by Bob Headri » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 13:08:39

Lightfastness is a strong function of both paper and ink. The following may
have some useful comparisons for various printers; some include third party ink
or paper choices: http://www.yqcomputer.com/ , particularly
how much things have changed (improved) in ink longevity since the year 2000

Bob Headrick, not speaking for my employer HP

Longevity of Prints with compatible cartridges/refills

Post by buck » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 16:41:49

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, XXXX@XXXXX.COM says...

I have found that if you are trying to save money, PAPER is the wrong place to get the

I have ink-jet prints *** all around my house printed with HP, Epson, Canon, Lexmark et
al, and every single one that shows signs of aging shows it in the PAPER much more than in
the ink.

Some budget Glossy paper never seems to dry!!! Glossy Office Max paper stays sticky for WEEKS
after printing (sometimes its sticky in the box BEFORE printing.

The cheaper papers tend to yellow (or grey) within months (if not WEEKS) and kill any chance
of the photo surviving.

OTOH I have prints that were done 3 and 4 years ago *** up that still look like new and
they were all printed on paper that was expensive (brand name like Epson, Canon, Red River).
Most of them were printed with ink from MIS associates (www.inksupply.com) the rest were
printed with original manufacturers ink.

Larry ***
Mystic, Ct