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    Epson Printer color problem

    I have an Epson 880. I have been refilling the cartridges for over a year. With the last <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=red>c</font color=red><font color=448800>o</font color=448800><font color=blue>l</font color=blue><font color=ff8c00>o</font color=ff8c00><font color=008080>r</font color=008080></span hi> color refill, now only the yellow prints. I have tried the clean/nozzle check cycle several times, over a period of a few days. This particular cartridge is on its third refill. I think the cartridge is only a supply for permanent jets in the carrier. Any ideas what might kick the blue and magenta loose?

    BTW, Black works well, even through seven or eight refills.

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    I don't know about the Epson, but I have used an alcohol wipe to gently wipe the nozzels.

    Another trick I remember techs using on older inkjets was to spray very lightly with a light oil, I wouldn't try this myself except out of sheer desperation.
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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    You could of course, buy a <img src=/S/new.gif border=0 alt=new width=35 height=15> Epson cartridge, perhaps?!
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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    I'm thinking John is on the right track....those cartridges do wear out after a few uses, right around 7 or 8 in my experience.
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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    I wouldn't mind manually cleaning the nozzles, except they are permanent and remain in the cartridge carrier. The cartridge does not have nozzles, just a large (3mm) hole where the ink flows out the bottom. As for buying a new one, yes, I do every so often. But the economics goes this way: $23 gets you a new cartridge, that works for, say three weeks around here. OR, $24 gets you 16 oz. of black ink, which lasts two years.

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Well, what are the economics of having to spring for a new printer because the refill ink has gummed up the jets? I really do appreciate the frustration you feel about the costs involved here, but I'm one who looked into, and decided against, refilling my own cartridges. I soothe myself by realizing what the costs would be of going to a print shop every time I wanted a color print, if I didn't have a working color printer (with really amazing quality, when you think about what we can do with a home computer these days).

    Hope you can get it ungummed, but unfortunately this may be the price you pay for using a cheap alternative (sorry to say)

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Kip,
    Thanks for the comments. I know the ink jets in the 880 (at least) are permanent, built into the printer. I realized later the problem is in the seal between the cartridge and the print head. I plopped in a new cartridge and the output is fine. So, ink jets remain unclogged.

    I just need to toss the old cartridges sooner than I wanted. Even refilling them once keeps me ahead.

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Glad to hear my tales of gloom and doom were unfounded. I was just recently reading about a lawsuit in (I think) the Netherlands where a brand of printer has an automatic shutdown when the cartridge gets low, so as not to harm the print heads. Problem is, tests are showing the cartridges to be as much as 30% full when this auto shutdown occurs. Of course now I can't find the story. I remember one quoted factoid; that some cartridge ink is more expensive per ounce than '85 Dom Perignon (and it leaves those ugly black stains on your teeth!)

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    See the thread starting at <post#=272117>post 272117</post#> in Scuttlebutt.

    A Dutch consumer organization has accused Epson of employing a chip in their ink cartridges that deliberately shuts off ink flow long before the cartridge is empty, and advises consumers not to buy Epson ink jet printers until this has been remedied. See Epson, we have a problem.

    Epson argues that the chip is necessary to avoid damage to the print heads, and that the consumer doesn't pay for the unused ink. It has started a law suit against the consumer organization and launched an advertising campaign to present its side of the argument to the public.

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    It's funny when they say the consumer isn't paying for the unused ink.

    For example, I buy the cartridge for $20 (or any other currency for that matter). The last 30% is left in the cartridge... I'm not using it, and no one else is using it, so I have to pay $20 for another cartridge. If I'm not paying for the leftover, shouldn't my second (and so on) cartridge be $17 ????
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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Nope. $14 by my reckoning <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    oops.... was it late when I wrote that?
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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Probably <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    Actually, I suspect the manufacturers' argument would be that it is the packaging that costs $20 and the ink is free, thus you are not paying for any unused ink . . .

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Just a relative note & caveat when buying new Epson ink cartridges:

    Bogus Ink Stink

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    Re: Epson Printer color problem

    Sorry to have opened the can of worms, but the argument is still valid, it seems, if you have to buy new packaging at a 30% faster clip than you would if you were allowed to use all that free ink.......

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