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Old Feb 21, 2007, 5:26 AM   #1
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I have a Canon MP500 and don't normally do a lot of printing but all of my ink tanks are about half full. I have a large landscaping project that just started and I am trying to document as much of the work as possible. Should I use Canon OEM quality ink (which, to me, isn't that expensive) or is there a reputable seller of refilled tanks.? I'd rather not refill them myself (how hard is that, anyway?). On my last H-P printer I tried a Staples refilled cartridge and the quality was notably worse than OEM.
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 4:48 PM   #2
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I use Hobbicolors which is sold on eBay but it's refill ink but some people don't want to mess with refilling the carts.

You may want to look at http://www.swiftink.com/index.asp?Pa...=GO&Page=1 and see if they are good enough quality wise. They are a lot cheaper then Canon OEM ink carts and the company is good at backing up there product should you get a bad cart or something like that.
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 12:08 AM   #3
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Thank you for the suggestion. I will check out Swift Ink.
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 1:21 PM   #4
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MIS Associates (http://www.inksupply.com/) is reputed to have good aftermarket ink for your printer. They sell a kit that has the necessary tools needed to do the job. I don't think they have pre-filled cartridges but there is a nice guide on how to refill your specific cartridges at http://www.inksupply.com/html/pdf/ca...pgi5refill.pdf. If you don't want to go the elaborate route then skip to #9 which lists the alternate method of drilling/melting ahole and plugging it with a glue gun after filling up. The Canon OEM cartridges are recommended for refilling due to their superior construction. You also won't need to transfer the chip to a new chip-less blank cartridge!

Some other info about refilling is found at http://www.nifty-stuff.com/sealing_canon_bci6.php. This page deals mostly with a different Canon cartridge, the BCI series, but there is a little info on the CLI series as well, plus he gives a nive part list and logical explanation.

Supposedly the same ink from MIS is sold by Image Specialists at http://www.image-specialists.com/desktop.htmor http://www.precisioncolors.com/.
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