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Lap cheong

Since: 16.10.02
From: Connecticut

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I see these on ebay all the time for substantially less money than the actual new cartridges.

Are these safe to use or are they bad for your printer?
Is there a real difference in print quality? (I'm not printing photos or anything- just basic daily stuff)

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Since: 11.12.01

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I think they are generally refilled cartridges with the print head cleaned.

Looks like the main concerns are if they are under filled (you don't get as many pages) and lower quality of ink.

I know that many stores sell refilled cartridges or will refill your cartridges (doesn't walgreens do this?).

Personally I wouldn't buy them off ebay unless it was a tremendous steal and I wouldn't feel bad if they turned out a little lackluster, but I would buy them from my local office supply store.
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Since: 9.12.01
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I did some support (10 minutes worth) for the local volunteer fire department where their printer was failing due to ink build-up on the print head and arm area. This was probably due to cheap cartridges they bought on E-bay. They had a box with 30-40 of them in it.

They had bought them in bulk on ebay and they were getting old waiting to be used. I think they went bad in the box and caused issues in the printer.

Sometimes a bargain isn't really a bargain. Buy one or two and try it out, but keep an eye on the innards of your printer for things like leaking ink, etc. It may not be immediately obvious that there is something wrong until the printer stops working.

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Since: 12.2.02
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Walgreen's refills cartridges out here, and they've worked great for around the house stuff with our printer. I recommend it for cost & convenience.

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Lap cheong

Since: 16.10.02
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Thanks for the links and advice.

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