As I had lot of printing and scanning work for my B.Ed. instructional material, I decided to purchase a printer with scanner. Our first printer was HP with scanner, which I purchased in the year 2005 and it lasted for four years. Cartridges were very costly, but the printing and scanning quality was good. These printers which also have the function of scanning and Xeroxing are called All-in-Ones.
Everybody knows that cartridges are very costly. Keeping that in my mind, I have started doing homework before purchasing one. Went to eBay and searched for compatible cartridge prices of different brands (they are cheaper than original cartridges). Cannon and Epson had cheap compatible cartridges.
While searching on eBay, I came across a listing of refillable cartridges for Epson. That listing instantly attracted me. It costs around Rs.600 for four cartridges (CMYK) and all comes with plastic lids, which you can open and fill the ink “n” number of times. eBay also has a listing of CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) for various printer models of Epson, which makes printing cost dirt cheap.
Looking at these options, I settled down with Epson. I then did my research for an Epson All-in-one model, which is cheap. Epson Stylus TX121 was the cheapest and better one. Then, visited all the online e-commerce sites and found that IndiaPlaza offer is lowest. After applying a coupon code, I got it at Rs.2600 (MRP Rs.3999).
If you are using original cartridges, color print costs anywhere from 4-8 rupees for an A4 print (photo), black costs Rs.1-3 (depends on the brand). If you are using compatible cartridges, you can cut the price to half.
Refillable 73N cartridges with four color bottles of 100 mL each cost Rs.1050 on eBay. Only ink costs Rs.700, which you can use to fill all the cartridges 10 times. Assuming that one fill prints 300 prints (black and color), it will give a total of 3000 prints, which makes the cost per print 24 paise. If you are only printing black, then it becomes very, very cheap.
You might have doubt that these inks will damage the printer head, but think, two or three sets of original cartridges cost is equivalent to your printer. I have already experimented with my printer and the quality of print is same as that of original ink. What all you need to keep in mind is to purchase products from eBay Power Sellers and seller with good feedback. They tend to sell good products to maintain their feedback.
PS: Epson Printer with Ink Tank System is available at Rs.6800 on eBay.