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Piece of crap inkjet printers - The last Epson I will ever buy

By Andrew Pollack on 10/10/2006 at 10:53 PM EDT

I own an Epson Stylus C86. Correct that, I own two. I also own another Epson all in one unit. The all in one sits by my desk, while the two stylus units sit with my kids in their rooms. By buying three which use the same ink cartridges, can keep a pair of each color on hand without having to have a distinct stockpile for three different printers.

All three have had ink flow problems. Mine required a simple cleaning process -- it wastes about $10 worth of ink to do it, but it worked. One of the stylus machines required about 5 of those, plus I had to remove a soak parts of it in alcohol to get it printing again. Tonight I attempted to fix the third with no success. It seems that the ink flows through the heads into a small tube that just empties into a bay at the bottom of the printer which lined with cotton batting to absorb large amounts of overflow ink. This is the ink I'm paying $30 a cartridge for. Epson just dumps enough of it to require a large bay and cotton batting to absorb it. Worse yet, it gums up back there and clogs the tube, backing up to and destroying the print head.

That's crappy design, and earns Epson my complete disgust and contempt.

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Buy a Canon...By Bob Congdon on 10/11/2006 at 03:34 AM EDT
The main problem we had with our Epson printer was that the heads often needed
endless cleaning cycles to clear. About 18 months ago we bought a Canon
all-in-one printer. It works great. Skip Epson and HP, look at Canon.
My own thoughts on this are...By Ben Rose on 10/12/2006 at 03:14 AM EDT
In the UK at least, 2 replacement HP ink cartridges (black & colour) cost more
than the original printer. More than once I bought a new printer which came
with ink in the box over buying a replacement ink set.

And then I realised I was a mug...and bought a laser.

Do I need colour printing? No.

Does one toner cartridge in a network printer last forever at home? Yes.

Switching back to B&W was the best idea I ever had. I print my photos in stores
or through online services for half the price.
I had the same issue with mineBy Chris Reckling on 10/13/2006 at 07:07 AM EDT
I wasted $50 on ink before giving up and buying a canon ip4200.

re: Piece of crap inkjet printers - The last Epson I will ever buyBy John Bridges on 06/18/2009 at 06:35 PM EDT
Why can't they build a decent printer? My NX100 All-in-One simply stops working
occasionally and requires all kinds of esoteric button pushing to get it to
work again. Never have I had so many problems with such a basic printer, and
I've been in the business for over 30 years. Piece of crap is all I can say.
Not to mention the most convoluted ink cartridge system ever invented.
re: Piece of crap inkjet printers - The last Epson I will ever buyBy Dennis Sulz on 04/15/2014 at 06:06 PM EDT
Did you ever wonder why the cartridges are white ? Because the clear ones you
can SEE that the ink is only 1/3 empty.

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