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Out of yellow ink...Is it not possibe to print in grayscale?

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No, of course not, that would be the logical thing to do! They want your money, so they claim that once a little bit of ink has run out, you need to replace everything. Then they get you with the expensive cartridges, I would have mine refilled to lessen the cost.
Best of luck!

Posted on Mar 22, 2011

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