Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Printer Unplugged!

I have always been an Epson printer fan, but when my last one died, I was unable to replace it due to costs. The least expensive pigmented ink printer I could find was the Kodak printer. It is a poor replacement for the Epson, but since I am currently not generating that many prints, it is doable. I decided when my office Lexmark printer ink needed replacing, to buy another Kodak printer because it came with ink and I found one on sale. Unfortunately, the printer head eventually plugged up and I did not have the receipt or other proof of purchase to have it replaced. My son said he thought he could clean the print head. He sprayed a little Windex on the back of a folded paper towel and placed it in a Styrofoam tray. Holding the printer head in hand, he poured distilled water over it and some on the paper towel. Then he placed the printer head on the towel where it sat for a couple of days. I did not want to waste a lot of good ink to try the cleaned print head so I ordered some cheap generic ink online. Low and behold it worked! I have decided to use only the generic ink in my office printer, (which I can buy four for the price of one) and continue to use the pigmented ink in the studio. Do you know printer ink is the one most expensive liquid consumable we buy and the least expensive to produce? Check it out here


  1. Nice to hear what you've been up to, Eva. I go through so much printer ink that I plan on looking into a generic brand compatible with the HP printer I use. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Hi Robin, crazy thing to write about, but like you I use a lot of ink. I was so thrilled that my son was able to clean the printer and I was able to use the cheap ink that I had to share it.

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