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Natasha Ursula Pyle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/29/2005
 

Print Cartridge Lifespan


I am considering purchasing an Epson R2400 printer and am trying to calculate the cost of printing. I have read that the ink cartridges last 6 months from first use. In the very near future I donít see myself using the ink that fast, so the cost of my prints may be determined by the lifespan of the cartridges as opposed to the quantity of ink used. With that in mind, can anyone comment on the actual life of these cartridges and what conditions or practices will affect cartridge life?

Any comments on the subject are greatly appreciated. thank you, :)


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7/9/2006 5:49:15 PM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  All I know is that it is a lot more expensive to print at home then at a lab.


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7/9/2006 5:52:57 PM

 
Natasha Ursula Pyle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/29/2005
  thanks natalie


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7/10/2006 5:29:00 PM

 
Kathy Radford
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
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  I hope more people respond. I do note cards and am going through cartridges really fast. I can use one up in a month or less. I haven't sent any photos out to be printed since I got my digital camera a little over 2 years ago. I use an HP 1350 all in one printer. You have to change the printer to photo quality for your photos and that uses the ink up really fast. I still haven't figured out what my real cost is for an ink cartridge, because I print different size prints so it's hard to figure out the price. Kathy in NH


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7/12/2006 11:11:06 AM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Hey Natasha! Well I've got the R340, and when I got it, I didn't think that I'd be printing that much either. But I do use up an ink cartridge in about 6 months. If you don't use it all in 6 months, I'm sure it would last longer than that.


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7/12/2006 12:03:21 PM

 
Natasha Ursula Pyle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/29/2005
  Thanks Kathy and Brandan. I was also wondering if I would print more having my own printer. And, be more creative with paper types. Maybe I am nuts, but I am toying with the idea of getting an even larger printer or maybe I can resist that thought. :)


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7/12/2006 5:04:37 PM

 
Kathy Radford
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
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  I bought a new ink cartridge on 6/18 and I just ran out of ink tonight. I did print out a lot of note cards and some 8x10 prints. Does anyone buy their ink cartridges on line? My neighbor said her friend buys hers on line at 123.com and they are much cheaper. Just wondering if anyone else is buying them on line. Kathy in NH


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7/12/2006 6:18:03 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Kathy, if they're a lot cheaper, then they're probably not Epson ink(for the life of me, I can't remember what that's called! It's like the 3rd party/no name brands). And, if you belive what Epson says, they're not as good as Epson inks. I've never tried these, so I can't say wether they're good or bad.


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7/12/2006 7:38:04 PM

 
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