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Poor print colour

I have been using ink cartridges for my Canon Pixma ip4200 that require reusing the chip each time. Do they wear out? The yellow and pink are now very pale, but do not seem to be clogged. Or would it be the printer heads instead? If I buy new cartridges (with new chip) would it solve the problem? Thanks

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