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Cheap Ink - Worthwhile?

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by marklogan, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. marklogan

    marklogan Member


    I've been asked to produce 250 vouchers for a mate. I've designed them and thought I'd print them off at home and just cut them up myself. I've done quantities of invites for 100 at home etc and it wasn't too much work rather than use a professional printer.

    At the minute with these though they are eating up my CMYK ink cartridges. Fair enough they're in full colour and on a decent setting but for some reason they dont seem to be lasting long.

    They are the cheaper version of the Epson T711 - 714 range and I'm just wondering whether anyone knows if I'd get more prints from the real Epson versions.

    ....and I know I should have just used a professional printers but I'm half way through now so might as well finish it off myself.

    Oh and just another quickie. How much would you guys generally charge for the design and printing of something like this? I'm getting 4 to an A4 sheet

  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Personally I never use cheap ink, it's always (in my case) Canon branded stuff.

    Not really a big fan of epson so not 100% certain of this but can you not adjust the amount of ink being used, not the quality, but the (I suppose) density of the ink per square inch.

    As to how much to charge - cost of ink and paper plus some money for personal time for cutting stuff up
  3. andycohen

    andycohen Member

    Hi Mark,

    I work with a company based in Manchester from time to time, they seem to be good value compared to ink refills as you get a professional result for more or less the same amount of money - they're not cheap on everything but when they have offers on like this one, outsourcing the job can be worth it:

    Premium Silk Leaflets | 170gsm FSC Premium silk art paper |
  4. marklogan

    marklogan Member

    Thanks for the feedback. I don't know if it was a dodgy batch of ink because this last lot that I've got in seems to be lasting a lot longer. Even still I think outsourcing it will be something I'll look into the next time I get a similar task to do.

  5. CarmaCreative

    CarmaCreative Member

    Used non-Epson inks for the first time recently. Never again. Terrible experience, back-and-forth to the shop taking them back.

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