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notechyet
19-06-2012, 09:54 AM
Hi All

I bought a Brother MFC-J6910DW printer/scanner a few months ago at a reasonable price of $ 300.-. The first set of cartridges did not last long at all and I have been made aware that those are supposedly for demo purposes .
Well I fell over when I bought the first "real set" of refills. The cost for a set(4) is $ 168.- plus gst. More than half of the new printer costs.
I do not know any other daylight robbery to that extend!:eek:

GameJunkie
19-06-2012, 09:57 AM
our ink cartridges are about $33 for the black and $50ish for the colours for our brother printer

notechyet
19-06-2012, 10:08 AM
Not long to go and we rather dispose of the printer and empty cartridges and buy a whole new set. Makes sense:D

Clod
19-06-2012, 10:17 AM
Now you know why printers are cheap. Its always been that way unfortunately. Next time try Cartridge World maybe.

robsonde
19-06-2012, 10:25 AM
this is quite common.
one company sells a printer for $99 and the ink for $150.

I always recommend a B/W laser, most people don't print in color.

color ink jet costs about 0.10c per page.
laser is about 0.04c per page.


but wait he says, I print photos sometimes....
yep, take the files to a photo shop, better quality, longer lasting, and @ 0.50c a print that's 200 photos for the cost of brothers ink.

dugimodo
19-06-2012, 10:26 AM
Apparently inkjet ink is one of the most expensive (per ml) liquids you can buy, for the name brands at least. When buying a printer you should always look into the cost of replacement ink as it's always the most expensive bit. I've gone to a multifunction black and white laser now because I find I don't really need colour prints for anything.

The cheap printers in the <$200 range are almost always cheaper to replace than to get new ink for. It's ridiculous. I'm of the opinion no one should ever buy the full price name brand ink. The only way we can influence the price is to refuse to pay it. Cheap generic ink is usually not as good, but it generally does the job and is a whole lot cheaper.

gary67
19-06-2012, 10:51 AM
I buy from computer food and for my pixma 4700 each colour is about $12 each

1101
19-06-2012, 11:56 AM
Some aftermarket inkcarts are less than .50c each to import .
Then onsold for $10+

Some Printer manufactures go as far as to have sightly different inkcarts in different global regions,I guess so they can charge more in some regions .

notechyet
19-06-2012, 12:37 PM
I just got caught because it is an A3 and A4 printer(dual tray) with duplex capability, and was by miles the cheapest I found.

pctek
19-06-2012, 12:48 PM
https://www.consumables.co.nz/store/web/viewCat_h.asp?idCategory=3074
Brother Colour 3 Pack BRLC73CL3 $56.51
Brother Black Cartridge BRLC73BK $32.16

notechyet
19-06-2012, 04:13 PM
https://www.consumables.co.nz/store/web/viewCat_h.asp?idCategory=3074
Thanks
All up approx. $ 15.- cheaper than what I paid. Still, I have to get used to it and have possibly to charge more for prints to clients.

PeeCeeWorldly
19-06-2012, 05:24 PM
this is quite common.
one company sells a printer for $99 and the ink for $150.

I always recommend a B/W laser, most people don't print in color.

color ink jet costs about 0.10c per page.
laser is about 0.04c per page.


but wait he says, I print photos sometimes....
yep, take the files to a photo shop, better quality, longer lasting, and @ 0.50c a print that's 200 photos for the cost of brothers ink.

Correct, all of it!

Nomad
20-06-2012, 06:11 PM
I have a inkjet but only use it for photography but yeah in NZ, it's $30 x 6 cartridges = $$. We just our mono laser for everything else.
Overseas the ink cost half but there is the freight charge.

wuppo
20-06-2012, 08:49 PM
I buy LC39 after market carts on ebay for less than $2.00 ea freight included, out of China. I wouldn't recommend them for photo printing, but great to be able to print anything you want without worrying what it will cost. LC73s are are probably nearer $3 in 10 quantity - here's the seller I use: http://stores.ebay.com.au/kaamart/_i.html?_nkw=lc73&_sid=1008188650

Agent_24
20-06-2012, 11:49 PM
Not long to go and we rather dispose of the printer and empty cartridges and buy a whole new set. Makes sense:D

If you don't want it, I'll take it. I want something that can scan A3 pages :p
Couldn't give a toss about the printing side.

notechyet
21-06-2012, 04:47 AM
If you don't want it, I'll take it....
Its not about wanting it or not. I need it for work. The printer was cheap and I just have to make sure I charge enough for prints. And, the A3 scanner is very handy.

Agent_24
21-06-2012, 10:44 AM
Yeah, I figured as much, but it was worth a shot :p