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Old May 22, 2006, 8:45 AM   #1
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Hi folks, I've been reading up about replacing the ink in my new Canon ip4200 inkjet printer. I noticed today that 3rd party cartidges have been appearing on Ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/10-ink-cartrid...QQcmdZViewItem

They say they are "unchipped" so I think you need to remove the chip from the original & stick it on the replacement.

Anyone tried these carts yet? It was my understanding that the chip "knew" when it was supposed to be empty & couldn't be reset???



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Old May 22, 2006, 9:18 AM   #2
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You're right... the chips cannot be reset and the danger is twofold.

1. you don't know what quality ink is in these alternatives (but then you get that with any 3rd party cartridge supplier)

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2. You will get the same result as if you'd refilled your cartridges ie: 3 warnings that your warranty/printer is in danger, etc.. and then the ink levels for the replaced cartridge(s) will be disabled.

In a lot of you ways you'd be better off just learning to refill (see the nifty-stuff forums) and spending less money on quality inks that have been proven... But that's just my opinion..
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"In a lot of you ways you'd be better off just learning to refill (see the nifty-stuff forums) and spending less money on quality inks that have been proven... But that's just my opinion.. "



Thanks Websnail. I already ordered a refill kit from hobbicraft? in the USA so I'll see how it goes. Never refilled before, so I guess I'm a little bit nervous..

Love the printer by the way, but I can't resolve the economics of spending almost as much as I would spend on a brand new printer when I want to replace the ink cartridges!

Cool nifty-stuff link by the way - Thanks

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Old May 22, 2006, 2:49 PM   #4
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I dont have any info for you,but am interested in the refill.

Just bought my ip4200 and hope it wasnt a mistake.


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Old May 22, 2006, 5:24 PM   #5
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"I dont have any info for you,but am interested in the refill.

Just bought my ip4200 and hope it wasnt a mistake."

I'd.. (sorry, didn't mean to shout).. :shock:
..I'd relax if I were you. My refill kit was waiting for me when I got home tonight. Looks pretty good. And the guys from Hobbicolors were helpful at answering my dumb questions. Think I paid a total of $28 (inc postage from USA) for enough ink to do 10 refills for each colour / cartridge. Maybe someone here will suggest a good local / European source, but it only took just over a week to arrive from the States.

I'll maybe post again when I've tried it out. Rumour has it that 3rd party "chipped" cartridges are on the way for next month, so you might not even have wave your warranty goodbye.

As far as performing as a printer, great results, very fast & I'm very happy with it so far (been almost 2 weeks now :-))
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Old Jul 16, 2006, 5:44 PM   #6
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Hi Speedy,

Just saw your post when I was looking for info re the Hobbicolors range. I have a Pixma IP5200 which is about to require a refill and after looking around it looks like there are still no chipped carts available for the 5200/4200, just the 'swap the chip' jobbies.

I'm sorely tempted with the Hobbicolors refills from eBay I'd be grateful if you would post a reviewof your refill experience.

Just thought I'd mention that the IP5200 is consistently astonishing – results that are a match for the labs. Trouble is the temptation to print pics just to see how good they look is irresistible – hence the need for new ink!

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One of the best things I ever did. Ink took just over a week to arrive from the states. Box contained everything you need. Just drill a small hole in the top of your original chipped tank, use the syringe to re-fill, and plug the hole with the rubber stopper. Takes about 10 mins to do all five carts :-)

Of course, the cart still thinks it's getting empty and eventually the ink monitor tells you to replace it, but you just press the middle reset button for 5 secs and then it gives up nagging you. Don't know about the quality of the ink, as I don't do an awful lot of photo printing (although that's changing now it's so cheap :G ) but it looks great to us, and others have recommended them.

So what are you waiting for? Go for it!


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Old Jul 18, 2006, 12:52 PM   #8
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Hi Speedy, thanks for the reply.

Well last night I did just that, courtesy of eBay. So hopefully I'll see for myself in a week or two!

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