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Ink Cartridge empty after printing 20 pages

I installed a new cartridge yesterday, and after printing about 20 pages, it's emptry! This is the second cartridge that has ran out right away.

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  • Jeffrey McDaniel Mar 27, 2012

    Not the printer the cartridge, take the cartridge back. Better yet find a new place to buy the ink. I have a feeling someone is selling you a refilled cartridge as new. Unless the page is soaked with ink, you should get more than 20 pages.

  • J Kraft Mar 28, 2012

    We live in Italy...not possible to return it. I purchased it from a major store in the area.

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Couple of things to concider:
1. are you using the best quality for your print? If so take it down to normal or draft mode.
2. Are you using a remanufactured or refilled cartridge? If so the company may not have filled it completely.
3. Research is saying on a full cartridge (about $25) you should get close to 100 pages. This depends on what you are printing and quality of the print.

4. If this is a new cartridge not a refill, take it back to were you bought it and complain. They will usually replace it.

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  • J Kraft Mar 27, 2012

    The print is set on NORMAL. It is a brand new Canon cartridge. We live in Italy, so it is impossible to take it back to the store. I've gone through two cartridges very fast. I'm printing normal documents that doesn't require a lot of ink.

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