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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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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.