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Free Epson Ink Cartridges

Read the entire article for the secret...

...to getting Free Epson Ink Cartridges every month with nothing more to buy, no clubs to join, no commitment and no mail-in rebates. We have similar deals for Brother ink cartridges and Canon ink cartridges. Here's a list of free and nearly free ink cartridges.

In March 2007, the printer companies won the legal right to manufacture printers which refuse to recognize third-party ink cartridges. In the past, the printer would issue a warning that these were not genuine but would continue to work. After March 2007, printers refused to recognize compatible ink cartridges, thanks to this legal decision. I don't know what the judge who made this ruling was thinking. Can you imagine if you could only buy gas from the manufacturer of your car and it came in cartridges at $5,000 a gallon? That's right - printer ink is now over $5,000 a gallon! A typical cartridge holds less than a half ounce of ink for about $20. A gallon is 128 ounces. 128 x 2 x $20 = $5180.

How do the printer companies prevent third-party ink cartridges from being recognized? By putting a chip on their own ink cartridges which the printer reads. If the chip can not identify itself to the printer as a match, the ink cartridge will be rejected. They charge about two dollars more to cover the cost of that chip. So you are paying extra for a chip which prevents you from shopping for the best deal. Talk about adding insult to injury! So why can't you just remove that chip and attach it to a third-party ink cartridge? Because when the printer thinks the ink cartridge is empty, it sends a signal to the chip to self-destruct. The chip can not be reset. So you have to keep paying for new chips which actually work against your interest!

But the situation gets even worse. Some ink cartridges contain sponges, so some of that expensive ink remains behind in the sponge. On top of that, the printer reports that the ink cartridge is empty when there is still 10-15% of the ink left. This is because the printer only estimates the amount of ink left. It is dangerous for the print head to run out of ink while printing so it errs on the side of caution. So over $2 of that ink might never get used. Between the chip and the wasted ink, you could be losing about $4 on every ink cartridge you buy. (We won't even discuss the rip-off price in the first place.) Are you feeling robbed yet?

Fortunately, solutions are at hand. Unfortunately, some of them don't work reliably and even damage your printer. Some companies are selling remanufactured ink cartridges (used ink cartridges which have been refilled with new ink and the chips replaced or reset) and refillable ink cartridges (not reusable), which come with bottles of ink and syringes to inject new ink into the ink cartridge. There are a number of problems with these solutions, including the mess. But the real problem is that large ink bottles begin clotting the moment they're exposed to air. Those clots inevitably wind up being drawn into the syringe and going into the print head, clogging your printer. Every day I see several messages on tech forums from people asking why their printers stopped working after they started using refilled ink cartridges. (I also see messages from people who say they have refilled ink cartridges without a problem. That's like saying they drove through a red light and didn't have an accident so it must be safe to continue doing so.) If you don't plan on replacing your printer, don't refill your single-use ink cartridges or use remanufactured Epson ink cartridges.

Note: many HP printers contain the heads in the ink cartridge. These are safe to remanufacture if done properly. The remanufactured ink cartridges are disassembled, cleaned, refilled and tested. Even if there is a problem, it will only affect the ink cartridge and will not damage the printer. Refilling ink cartridges - where new ink is added to the old, partically clotted ink already in the cartridge, is a risky proposition which often fails, can damage the printer and this damage is specifically excluded from the warranty.)

Reusable Ink Cartridges

reusable Epson ink cartridges.We sell Reusable Epson Ink Cartridges (and a special type of Refillable Epson Ink Cartridge). Our ink cartridges have a separate ink tank which can be removed and replaced when empty, so you pay only for the new ink - not a replacement chip. The same chip will reset to full. By re-using the same chip, you save the cost of a new chip with every ink cartridge. Since you are replacing the entire ink tank with a fresh one, there are no remaining ink clots which might clog your printer. You do not refill the tank by injecting ink. You don't even touch the ink. And our ink tanks contain more than double Epson's 7 ml. (see this article where researchers actually opened the cartridges and measured the amount of ink supplied.) The price? Depending on your printer model and quantity purchased, between $2 and $2.50 each. So for under $2.50 you are getting double the ink of Epson's $18-$20 cartridges. More ink at a much lower price.

But it gets better. Our cartridges do not use a sponge, so no wasted ink is left behind. And when the printer reports empty, if there is still enough ink in the cartridge, you can remove it and re-insert it. It will reset to full and you can continue printing as long as ink remains. You can tell how much ink remains by looking at the back of the tank which is transparent.

Compare the savings:

20 replacement inks tanks containing 300 ml of ink = $50. You will be able to use almost all 300 ml

It takes almost 50 Epson ink cartridges to get 300 ml of usable ink - about $900.

You start off by saving more than 90%. But it gets even better.

Notice that we give an 12 pack instead of 10. Repeat customers get a free cartridge and anyone buying refills has to be a repeat customer. So our 5-pack became a 6-pack and therefore our 11-pack became a 12-pack. If you double your order, you will get 25. If you pay with a non credit card method (paypal bank account, money order or check) you will get an extra cartridge. The end result is free Epson ink - and lots of it.

But we promised absolutely free so here's the secret to getting back $40 - not just one time but over and over every month. When you have finished using these cartridges, bring the empties to Office Depot, OfficeMax or Staples. Office Depot will give you $2 store credit per empty for up to 20 a month. That's $40 a month, $480 a year. Officemax will give you $2 credit for up to 10 cartridges a month - that's $20 every month. Staples will give you $2 a month for 10 cartridges, 20 if you're a premier member. Each store has a condition. For Staples you have to spend $30 in ink or toner every 6 months. So spend $30 a year to get back $480 or $240 in FREE ink cartridges every year. $480 buys you as many as 240 double-capacity ink tanks. Note: this is in the US only.

One of these scans is the actual book and the other is a scan of a plain paper printout of a scan of the book done on an Epson Workforce 500 using our reusable Epson ink cartridges. Because it was scanned, then printed (on plain paper with a non-photo-quality printer), then scanned again, some quality was lost. But notice the vibrant colors. Dye-based inks like ours are more vibrant than pigment inks like epson (read Dye vs Pigment Ink). Professional photographers have e-mailed us to say their photos come out better with our ink. (Read Customer Testimonials). For more pictures: more comparisons using other printers.