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Does not print after trying a compatible ink

My printer has been working great with genuine canon inks. For the first time, I tried a compatible black ink. It did not work at all even after deep cleaning aseveral times. I gave up and got the genuine ink and it still does not work even after several deep cleaning. All other colors continue to work as I did not replace them with the cmpatible inks. Canon support told me that the compatible ink must have damaged the head. A local repair shop told me on the phone to purchase a new one as it is more expensive to fix. It's a shame that one cheap ink destroyed the printer.
Any hope?? Thank you

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I'm afraid your tech was right.

The reason he is right is a little known secret. To manufacture an inkjet printer is not necessarily cheap, but its not expensive either. Manufacturers count on the sale of overpriced ink to make up for the cheap 20-50$ inkjet printer that you buy in the stores. So even though they give them away free with computers and sell them for nothing in stores, they really nail you on the ink. These printers are a big pain to fix also since they are not made to be serviced, they are made to be used and tossed out thus they are more expensive to fix than replace. I can promise you that your tech probably has no idea how to even fix it anyways.

So my answer is, recycle this printer and go get yourself a new one. It will save you a lot of money and you will get an update in the process. Sorry for your loss.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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