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My printer keeps wasting my color ink

I run a business that needs to print thousands of invoices. They only need to be black. No color needed. -- EVER-- yet my hp printer requires that I put in a color ink cartridge and then even though I only print in black it uses up the color ink anyway. This is a total waste of money. I actually CAN get it to work without the color cartridge when printing but then I HAVE to reinstall it anytime I want to copy or fax and then each time I have to reinstall it it requires a print cartridge alignment and then uses TONS of ink doing this. Can this be fixed so that I can continue to be an HP customer. Except for this I love my HP printers but I am tired of paying for color ink that I don't need

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The best answer is for you to buy a laser printer rather than inkjet. The laser printer will print at a lesser cost per page than the inkjet, and the color issue will be resolved

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