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Old Jan 30, 2006, 12:01 PM   #1
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Wanting to switch over to an CIS for my Epson R200 so not having to buy epson or genetic ink cartridges....too expensive.

Been reading quite abit and can't decide which brand of CIS to purchase and if I should buy them off of Ebay. And also what type of ink won't fade too fast over time?

Any suggestion!!!
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Old Jan 30, 2006, 12:17 PM   #2
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I would stay away from eBay.
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Old Jan 30, 2006, 1:24 PM   #3
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where are u casper??

they are £40 here in england.....they come full of ink, i have 2 one for each r200, refill bottles are cheap too

should imagine they sting u a bit for postage on ebay like they allways do
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I'm in Edmonton, AB. Canada.

It seems the ones from ebay are cheap though....seen other ones and they range from $100-300 canadian.
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There's a bunch of reviews on some CIS kits here:
http://www.continuousink.info/

... including MIS Associates, Ink Republic, and one on Nexxtech... I'm hoping we'll get a few more over time but that might help narrow down a few things to consider if nought else.

There's quite a bit of information on within the printer forums on Steves Digicams if you can take the time.. plus a few nuggets on the web but be warned that there's so much marketing spam out there it's hard to tell the wood for the trees.



As for inks... there's a useful test been done on nifty-stuff forums about various inks and papers which might prove useful but will undoubtedly boggle your mind if you're just interested on a laymens level.


Overall my recommendation would be for an MIS kit and their dyebase ink (which is the compatible type for the R200).. It's easy to understand and as per the review is a lot better supported for the beginner.

Hope that helps anwyays...


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Old Feb 2, 2006, 6:51 AM   #6
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they are £40 here in england.....they come full of ink, i have 2 one for each r200, refill bottles are cheap too
Which one are you referring to Reanimator? I have been looking at several for my 1290 and R300 and am now totally confused.

Be nice to know of a cheaper one that someone is happy with in the UK.

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they are £40 here in england.....they come full of ink, i have 2 one for each r200, refill bottles are cheap too
Which one are you referring to Reanimator? I have been looking at several for my 1290 and R300 and am now totally confused.

Be nice to know of a cheaper one that someone is happy with in the UK.
Word of advice on this... By all means get a cheaper CIS if you get good reports BUT take your time looking for a good ink supplier that doesn't use cheap rubbish. Chinese inks tend to get the most flack as poor quality abounds with short cuts to make prints appear bright and clear in the short term only to fade in next to no time.

Plenty of references to decent ink suppliers around so the information is out there.
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from what I have been read, yes, I would stay away from eBay.

I could only tell you what I have been using so far on my R2400 CIS that I obtained from InkRepublic.com
http://www.InkRepublic.com/ProductDetail.asp?item=R2400

The installation was a breeze (pretty detailed installation documentation, including videos, and helpful customer service. They replied my email quickly.

The ink carrier cover on the original Epson R2400 has to be replaced to prevent the tubes being pinched by the cover. Other than that there are NO modifications done to the printer (keep the old cover of course) so you can easily revert if you need to send the printer to service.

I took some cycles of nozzle tests+head cleaning to get to a smooth printout, but the nice thing about it that now the cost of wasted ink during this process is negligiable. Once this is done you'll need to profile the printer again based on the new ink/paper combination. This is it.

On their knowledgebase, they suggest people to use hair dryer to make a smooth printout at the first few prints. I did not do that, but several clean cycles would improve too.

Other than that, I dont have any major problem with InkRepublic system.

I don't have any experience with InkRepublic epson R200 CIS but I have had their R2400 CIS for about few weeks now and its worked flawlessly for me. It's a workhorse, I use it continuously all day every day of the week. The product looks great and works.
I wouldn't hesitate buying a product from them again if I need their R200 or R220 CIS. (as I believe if they can do the good job on R2400, the R200/R220 is easy to them,
just my two cents opinion)
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