Wendy" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message
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Wendy - the previous generation of Canon multipurpose printers were an
excellent choice for your needs. There are still some new and some
refurbished MP780 printers available online. This printer has a large black
cartridge for text printing and four carts - magenta, cyan, yellow, and
black, for color and photo printing. There are lots of vendors with
compatable carts available, but you should consider refilling your carts
inhouse for much cheaper ink and better control over consistancy in your ink
supply. Refilling is very easy and the minimal mess is easily controlled
once you have done it a few times. I found one source online for the
printer and you should check with them to be certain it is a new unit. If
you are interested in refilling your own carts there are good instructions
from the online vendors and there is a forum - the Nifty-Stuff forum - that
has lots of info on bulk inks, refilling techniques, tips and tricks, and
problem solving when using refilled carts. You will be able to refill for
about $1 per cart. MIS, Formulabs, Hobbicolors, and Computer Friends have
good quality refill inks. If you are interested in really saving money this
is the way to go.
Canon has new models of multipurpose printers, but the ink carts are
chipped. They are a good alternative if you can't find the mp780. You can
refill them as well, but you lose the ink monitoring function and may also
void your warranty. The aftermarket prefilled carts don't have the chips on
them and you have to transplant the chip from the Canon cart to the
aftermarket cart to make them work.
I am on the board of a non-profit that does important community charitable
work. If we were on a really tight budget I would do exactly what I am
suggesting. If you have volunteers or staff members with the time to do the
refilling this is the way to go. It would be best, however, to have one
person learn the little tricks in the refilling technique and do it.
Otherwise you could experiment with aftermarket prefilled carts to see which
ones might be the best. Participants on this NG and the nifty forum can
possibly suggest good aftermarket prefilled carts for you.
Bulk refill inks will not harm the printer. The only downside is that the
refill inks are less fade resistant over time. From what you've described,
you don't need archival quality in your printing. Pay no attention, by the
way, to the comments from our newsgroup troll, Measekite, who generally
follows my posts with derisive comments about aftermarket inks and their