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  • HP ink work around?
  • Premier Icon zippykona
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    The only reason we bought our current printer is that it used the same ink as the old one.
    That printer quite happily used non brand ink off eBay. The new one won’t take it at all.
    Tried turning it off ,putting them in and then turning it back on.
    Any other hacks to try before bankrupting myself by buying genuine ink?

    Premier Icon docrobster
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    Sign up for HP instant ink… it’ll probably be cheaper in the long run

    Premier Icon vanilla83
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    Another for instant ink. Can’t remember the last time I actually paid for ink – it just arrives when needed and they recycle the old ones

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    I shall investigate.

    Premier Icon peekay
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    Can’t remember the last time I actually paid for ink

    Are you not paying for it each month via a subscription?

    Premier Icon rossburton
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    Buy a non-HP printer that doesn’t refuse to use unbranded ink?

    Premier Icon gobuchul
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    You need to disable cartridge protection.

    It’s quite straight forward.

    https://www.bestprice.ink/en/support/how-to-disable-hp-cartridge-protection-on-my-printer-24

    Premier Icon docrobster
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    I resisted signing up for instant ink for months as I thought it would be a rip off. I’ve been presently surprised how much cheaper it is. Also the cartridges they send are much bigger and last loads longer so only need changing rarely.

    Premier Icon vanilla83
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    Are you not paying for it each month via a subscription?

    Nope. I don’t use much paper/ink each month so rarely go over the monthly limit.

    Also this

    Also the cartridges they send are much bigger and last loads longer so only need changing rarely.

    Premier Icon johndoh
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    Also the cartridges they send are much bigger and last loads longer so only need changing rarely.

    Which actually pisses me off – if they can use them on the subscription, why aren’t they the same size when you buy them in a shop? Just more waste and more landfill.

    Although I agree the service IS good.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    You need to disable cartridge protection.

    It’s quite straight forward.

    https://www.bestprice.ink/en/support/how-to-disable-hp-cartridge-protection-on-my-printer-24

    did you read it ? that doesnt let you use third part carts.

    Premier Icon gobuchul
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    did you read it ? that doesnt let you use third part carts.

    It did for me.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Instant ink and get on with something else.  Even if you need a new printer to use it it is worth the hassle

    Premier Icon phil5556
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    Instant ink have stopped their free tariff i think, minimum is £1/month which is what I pay. Still loads cheaper.

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    Couldn’t do the work around listed above so been doing my sums and instant ink looks good……..apart from my printer isn’t compatible. Great.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    A basic new printer is likely less than the price of a brace of cartridges.

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    I’m not sure what the actual definition of the amount of ink in a new printer but I’m guessing it must be something like “a suggestion of ink.”

    Premier Icon spannermonkey
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    Love HP instant ink, especially with 2of us WFH and a teenager at 6th form.

    My current Envy 5000/5020 (?) printer was only £20 delivered from eBay. Perfect ‘as new’ refurbed condition. Win, win 😀

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I’m not sure what the actual definition of the amount of ink in a new printer but I’m guessing it must be something like “a suggestion of ink.”

    Back when I used to be in public support, we referred to them as “starter cartridges.”

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Another on HP ink – I’ve upped it through lockdown, back on a few months of cheaper for the summer with less WFH and school work being done.

    So much cheaper.

    Do look out – we bought a new HP printer with a year of ‘free’ HP ink – which was worth more than the printer. Then we got an online offer so used different email address and signed up to 6 month free for teacher, then last year got 3 months free as a student deal on another email address…

    Premier Icon irc
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    Another plus vote for HP Instant Ink here.

    I kept my printer only Canon going for years. When it finally died I got a HP Envy 6000. Looks cheap to run. Good quality prints and scans.

    And the wireless printing which I wasn’t bothered about is brilliant. Easy set up.

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