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April 29, 2011

Canon Multipass Printer Ink

Canon Multipass InkOkay, so you've got a perfectly functioning Canon Multipass Printer. It's like brand new, it even looks brand new, and you see no reason to spend hundreds of dollars buying a new printer. You take good care of your things and this thing should last even another decade. But the last time you went to Costco Canon's own brand of ink was not on the shelves. Neither was it the next time. Nor the next time. This situation appears to be permanent.

So, you scour the web. You find scant traces of the ink available anywhere. But, you do see "compatible" ink around. But you're not sure that this is a good idea. In fact, I remember some of my A+ Certification books making a very big deal out of recommending to customers that they never use off brand printer ink for a variety of reasons, including the ink ruining the printer.

Well, here's my solution, and I'm not sure that it's a good one. I bought some off brand printer ink, and I'm going to use this post to chronicle the result. Here's the ink:

Canon compatible printer ink, currently (as of the date of this post) $11.95, which includes 3 black tanks, 2 cyan tanks, 2 yellow tanks, and 2 magenta tanks.

WOW, what a great deal! For the genuine ink, that would have cost $70+ dollars to take off of the shelf to the register at Costco.

But is it a great deal? Maybe there really are critical differences which make all of the difference. I've found one, so far, having just barely installed it: when I removed the little orange twisty cap, ink spilled out all over my hands and onto my table. It was the yellow ink, and as I sit here now typing this weblog entry, the fingers of one of my hands is conspicuously blotchy with yellow. I'm sure it'll take a few days for this to go away. It's not going to wash off (or out), instead I'm going to have to wait for the affected skin cells to shed and grow new cells in their place. (By the way, did you know that most of the dust in your house is shedded skin cells?)

So that's part 1 in the chronicle of using the off brand printer ink. It's got an excellent price, but a poor delivery system. Not once have I had ink spill out all over my hands with the genuine Canon ink, but this one made quite a mess. Thank goodness I didn't open it over the carpet or a wood table or something else equally damageable. In this case, my table happened to be glass and cleaning took nothing more than a wipe with a piece of tissue. But it could have been bad. If you buy this ink, take care to deal with any spilled ink. (From here on out, I wrap the ink container up in a paper towel before removing the cap.)

Good luck.

Posted by Jeff at April 29, 2011 01:38 PM

Comments

Ive tried lots of cheap cartridges & they never produced quality copies. And now bought a new Canon printer & will definitely just buy Canon cartridges(ONLY). I can tell my disappointments are now gone.

Posted by: Canon PGI-5BK at May 12, 2011 07:10 AM


^---same here, but only out of fear for the safety of my printer. In terms of quality copies, I've never tried other ink before, so I wouldn't know.

Until now, that is.

Half a tank gone and every print as good as with genuine Canon ink.

In a way, I'm almost thankful that the genuine ink disappeared from Costco (and Amazon). Now it's costing far, far, FAR less money to buy ink. And if it ultimately damages my printer (which I doubt), I'll have an excuse to get a new one.

Posted by: Jeff at May 20, 2011 11:53 AM


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