Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Printer issues

I guess I can't really complain, having owned my Epson R2400 for about 5 years now, but it recently began spewing ink out of the front every time I changed a cartridge or it went through a cleaning cycle. It was still producing excellent prints, so I was reluctant to spend £600+ on replacing it.

I contacted Epson to see what they could do - they could collect it and service it for £200, but that seemed like a lot of money to spend on a 5-year old printer. After a bit of online searching, I decided that it must be the waste ink tank that was full. Rather than spending £600, or £200, I ordered a waste tank kit for a tenner that essentially bypasses the internal waste tank.

The printer is working fine again, but the really worrying thing now is, since the waste tank is now outside the printer and visible, I can actually see how much ink is wasted every time I have to change a cartridge! For what is said to be the most expensive liquid on the planet (mine works out to around £1 per ml), that's a lot of waste!

Do you think I can bottle it and sell it back to Epson?


sue said...


would be nice if the world (and Epson) worked that way.

Bev said...

Whoa!!! Thats a lot of ink (and money), I knew it wasted inks because I am always having to clean mine and knew how often I had to replace the carts, but I had no idea it used that much....a serious design flaw in my opinion. After being an Epson fan for years I may just try a different brand when I am up for buying a new printer.


Nolon Stacey said...

Bev, I think all brands waste lots of ink during the various cycling processes they go through. When I do look to change printers, I think i'll be going up to the A2 Epson printers. They hold 80ml cartridges (compared to the 13ml epson), they work out to around half the cost per ml, plus you don't need to change them as often, so you reduce waste that way - they tend to start from £1,000 though!!