Do you Own an HP C7280? Wanna Save on INK?

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Benefit

I do some computer consulting on the side, and a lot of my clients have the HP all in one Photosmart C7280 printer.

One of my clients had one of these printers stop working and they bought a replacement. I asked if I could have the old one, since they were just going to send it back to HP to recycle.

Well, after 3 hours of working on it, I fixed it.

It didn't come with ink, and I am too cheap to buy Factory Ink, so I bought a set of refillable cartridges on Ebay, along with some ink to refill them once they became empty (the cartridges came full).

When the cartridges arrived, I put them into the printer, and they worked great, for about a week. Then the printer stopped working.

Long story short, I bought a replacement C7280, put the aftermarket cartridges in it, and they have been working great for about a month now.

I have been refilling my own cartridges for years and it looks like I'll be able to do the same for the C7280.

Cartridges cost only a buck or two to refill, and can be refilled forever.

Great way to save a ton of money, especially if you print your own fliers like I do!

Paul

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Rainmaker
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Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
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Paul,

It's funny that I ran across this post as I just received my first ink-refill kit.   I will be trying it on my cartridges soon for a different printer (Epson Stylus Color 980).   I am glad to hear that you had positive experience with ink refill and been doing it for years.   It sure comes at a fraction of the cost compared to buying a new cartridge and I welcome the big savings.    

Jan 28, 2009 03:32 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Paul McDuell
Realty Benefit - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

I had a Stylus R300 until a few days ago when it fell off of my desk. I tried some aftermarket cartridges for it that were spongeless. I did not get good results. Please post back and let me know how your cartridges work out for you. Mine would leak and I had to keep removing air. I was very hard to get the air out initially and I had to keep them very full, or they would just stop working. I finally went back to OEM cartridges on that printer.

Jan 28, 2009 03:44 PM #2
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Paul, I have an HP Laserjet 3330 that suddenly stopped working and had to go buy a new one that is much slower processing.  I'm hoping that I can find someone to work on the 3330 and get it back to prime shape.  It's amazing how much all of these things cost us to keep up with all we do.

Jan 28, 2009 03:47 PM #3
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Paul McDuell
Realty Benefit - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

They can be expensive or incredibly cheap. Take my laser printers for instance, I have 3 of them. HP often sells laser printers for about the same price and sometimes cheaper than a set of toner. People that already own the same type of laser that is on sale will buy a new laser just for the cartridges, then sell the printer on ebay without cartridges. I bought my printers on ebay without cartridges. Then there are people that sell their empty cartridges on ebay to people like me that fill them back up. It's a LOT of work, but because I have been doing it so long, I'm pretty good at it and it makes BIG economic sense to me. There are a couple of potenial pitfalls. Toner cartridges can only be refilled a few times, IF at all. I have filled some for the first time, and they didn't work. Then I have the HUGE mess of getting the new toner back out for use in another cartridge. Most of the time you can fill them at least once and sometimes 2 or 3 times. As far as working on your printer, good luck with that. When I need to fix one, I Google the problem and end up spending hours online looking for a solution. I often fix them, but that can be tough. Could there be a piece of paper stuck in it? Google the error code.

Good luck!!

Jan 29, 2009 02:03 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Paul, I use an HP all in one and I have a lexmark photo printer. 

I have gone to Walmart to refill (they don't refill all printer cartridges) and office max and walgreens locally have a service here.  It does save a lot of money.

Jan 30, 2009 04:05 AM #5
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Paul McDuell
Realty Benefit - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Good for you! Those are great alternatives to paying full price for ink.

Feb 01, 2009 04:45 AM #6
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