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Hi All\r\nI bought a c309a in HongKong,And I am in Beijing. is there any way to change its region code for using local ink? thank you very much BR//Martin

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Contact hp support and ask them to change your region code. otherwise, you can use your old ink cartridges and refill them from a 3rd party instead, which is cheaper, but the ink is most likely to be of lower quality.

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HP (maybe other manufacturers too) distribute locally. So the cartridges are more expensive here then anywhere else.
The costs are caused maybe by tax, logistics, but also by regional conditions.
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