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With Inkjet printer prices so low, it seems to me that the money is all in the cost of the ink.  Which printer will have the lowest ink cost
1)using refill kits from third parties:
2)using manufacturers own cartridges.
HP712c, Epson 850, Canon BJC5000?
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captech earned 200 total points
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That depends on your tastes.

I find that 3rd party ink carts work better than the refills (which can be very messy), and cost a fraction of the original ink carts.

Pelikan makes a good line of 3rd party carts.  In fact, I use them in my HP Inkjet.

As far as price breakdown, then the refill kits are more economical, but they can be mindbending to utilize.

Feel free to pinch me if this doesn't help.

Darian w/ CapTech
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Oh, and it also depends on what you want your printer to print.

If you are going to be printing in volume, and quality can be lowered a bit, then you can try decreasing the ink usage.

As far as a brand which is good for ink usage, you might try Canon BJC-4400, or a HP DeskJet 600 Series.  Laser printers will be more expensive, but they are usually the best for economizing the ink.

Darian w/ CapTech
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I am interested in one of the following printers which are currently the latest and "greatest": HP712c, Epson 850, Canon BJC5000
I haven't been considering the BJC-4400 or the 600 HP's.
I have been refilling a BJC-800 for about 3 years now and don't mind the mess. There is some talk at Inkjet refill sites that the Epson (which may have the best print quality) should not be refilled since the Piazo(sp) technology is less forgiving.
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PC
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