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    Posted: 25 February 2024 at 19:29
With apologies for posting a question off the normal topics,but I have always found forum members provide helpful information.

Epson have just announced that they have discontinued production of the OWL range of printer cartridges for their Stylus photo printers.
This means that to continue using my excellent 1500W printer I have to purchase non Epson'compatible'cartridges.

I would be very grateful if any members could relate their experiences when photo printing non Epson products.

Thank you,

Malcolm.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote lomitamike Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2024 at 22:16
Currently using a Canon Pixma G620 printer. It's a 6 color printer that does not use cartridges. It only prints up to 8.5 x 11, but that's all I need. Has a built in scanner too.

I've had it for a little more than a year and have had one big issue with it that was resolved over the phone by a service rep from Canon. Air built up in a couple of hoses that lead from the ink tanks to the print head,

For the quality, I'm happy with it. I don't demand the perfection of a professional printer but they look plenty good enough for me.

Last printer was a HP C8100. That was a big heavy 6 ink printer that HP stopped making cartridges for.

I opted to buy a printer that did not use cartridges this time.

The Canon printer in comparison to build quality feels like a toy next to the old HP. They make em pretty cheap now days. But as long as the prints look good were happy.

So far I have not had to add ink.

Good luck on searching for a new printer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2024 at 07:38
I have an Epson R2000 printer but I use Epson inks and never used 3rd party. So, I cannot help
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Hi, I use a mix of Epson and compatibles bought from Stinky Ink, and find them acceptable, though the compatibles do not seem to last as long, but being cheaper cost is less. I have just checked and Stinky Ink have ink listed for the Epson 1500W, both Epson and their own brand. I would suggest buying a set and checking them out, maybe stock up on Epson, depending on how much ink you use.
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Not Epson, but I've been using Canon printers with 'compatible' ink cartridges for a good long while. I've been through 4 or more printers in 20 years without any noticeable shortening of life of the printers.
What tends to kill printers off eventually is the print heads, but sometimes the rubber drive wheels for moving the paper can get shiny and lose their grip.

Just recently switched to a Smart-Tank printer from HP which has internal reservoirs of ink that you fill from a bottle. Ink is much cheaper, but initial price of the printer is higher.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rmd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2024 at 18:21
Many thanks for all the replies.

As I mentioned in the original post continuing with Epson cartridges is not possible as they have been discontinued by Epson UK,and their Ebay availability reflects this lack of supply.

As compatibles seem to be a viable option,I shall therefore try out Slinky Ink.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote fossil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2024 at 19:27
Stinky Ink dispatch the same day for next day delivery if possible and have offers. They now do paper, according to the website, link for you....
https://www.stinkyinkshop.co.uk/
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I have used two Epson 7600s for over a decade, and they discontinued the inks several years ago and faced the same issue. If you can get them, I would recommend Conecolor inks which I believe are available for the 1500w. They are generally compatible with OEM Epson ink, and don't require special flushing. However, they would require reusable cartridges. Check out inkjetmall.com.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rmd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2024 at 18:37
Thanks for the info. I shall be looking at compatible inks for my Epson. This enquiry has highlighted to me the diabolical customer service from Epson in the UK. It has take me 2 months to get a simple yes/no answer to my question to Epson as to whether the inks for my printer were still available. For the record the answer was 'no' so be warned if you still have a working printer using 'Owl' cartridges.

To get the 'no' answer I had to resort to
'Resolver' , a free independent UK based issue resolution service which connects consumers with organisations to help find the best outcome every time. Resolver finally dragged a response from Epson UK.


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