My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #966: The Death of a Printer

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-21-2013 12:04 PM 1742 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it finally happened. My trusty little Canon IP4600 printer died.

This came to no surprise to us, as we saw signs of its failure. Recently, the print quality had declined even though we thoroughly cleaned and soaked the print head. Lately we found we needed to print on high quality if we wanted acceptable copies.

Every time we said to each other “just one more ink fill” it was as if the printer had ears and heard us and it would kick back into action and print beautifully again – for a while. It certainly gave a valiant effort!

But after about two years of service, and several thousand sheets beyond its life expectancy, I believe we just wore it out. I have nothing whatsoever to say that is negative about this printer though, as it served us well and since it only cost us under $100, it was a fine investment and had a wonderfully productive life. It was just time to lay it to rest, and we did so with respect.

I have blogged about these little Canon Pixma printers before. You can read about it here.

Nearly a year ago, I purchased two similar printers, as well as another continuous flow ink system. This model is the Canon IP4920, which is a newer model but actually looks identical to the IP4600. Even the driver software appears exactly the same. Those crafty Canon people did manage to change the cartridges that you need for it though, and I was able to get another continuous flow ink system for it. (I blogged about that here)

As you can see by the blog date, that was nearly a year ago. There is nothing like being ready for things – especially when you are running a business.

While setting up the printer to use the continuous flow system isn’t the easiest thing to do, it is well worth the time and effort. Once in place, it is only a matter of keeping the ink tanks filled and you can watch your printing costs plummet. The quality of these Canon Pixma printers is excellent, and when the ink system is in place, you get full color prints for about 2 cents a sheet. That’s cheaper than anything that I know of.

Instead of paying anywhere from $20 to $30 per cartridge or set of cartridges which have about a teaspoon of ink in them, we order the set of FIVE 100ml bottles of ink (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and two Black) for about $30 shipped. This ink lasts quite a long time and will fill the tanks up several times per set. It is a truly sweet deal.

I have been purchasing ink and systems from this Ebay seller for over six years now and he has never let me down on price, quality of product, or service. His record of 98% positive feedback with over 1700 transactions is a testament to that. The link to his Ebay store is here.

There are many, many different brands and models of printers that he has these systems for, so if you are interested in looking into it, you may find one that is suitable for your own.

I know I have written about this before, but it has been almost a year since I have done so and since I have new people reading here every day, I want to get word out.

Whether you do woodworking, painting, or any type of computer work that involves printing, this type of system can save you a lot of money. The initial investment for the (filled) system costs about the price of 2 sets of cartridges, and the 5-100 ml bottle set is only $25! That’s less than ONE cartridge! You could easily get the printer, the ink system and another set of refill bottles for under $200, and that will give you several thousands of color copies. It can really help lower your business expenses and for us, it allows us to offer beautiful full-color printed patterns to our customers at the same cost of emailing PDF files. This is especially important for the painting patterns, which have anywhere from 20-40 step-by-step color pictures.

So I say a fond farewell to my Canon IP4700 printer. Like your predecessor the IP4600, you served us well. May you rest in peace. We have loaded up and primed our IP4920 and are off and running with that. (We actually bought two of these printers because they were so cheap, so there is still another one waiting in the wings!) Hopefully, we will have many thousands of beautiful clear copies to come from it in the future.

If you are finding that printing is costing you a lot more than you want to pay, I suggest you look into a system such as this. I don’t think you will regret it.

As for today, back on track with the latest pattern. I have some hopes of making a video today of some of the painting techniques I used on the word art pieces. I never know though what the day will bring and for shooting videos, I need it quiet here. So I will try.

It is somewhat gloomy here today, but the sun is just coming up. It is amazing how much snow is melted already from the large amount we had this weekend. Spring is definitely on its way.

I wish you all a wonderfully productive day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 04:50 PM


Thanks for the information. I have the opposite problem, I use my color ink jet so little I find that the ink has dried up and I have to replace cartridges that are not yet empty. Do you have any idea how the continuous ink system would work with too little use?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 06:04 PM

Good morning Sheila. May your printer go to recycle heaven and do more good! :) Printers have come down in price so much but it is always the ink that costs the fortune. Luckily there are the alternatives out there for more affordable ink. Thanks for sharing the information.

Looks like it’s clearing up here. We might actually have a dry day!
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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