Wednesday, September 3, 2008

WFMW: Epson Printer Issues

Today's the backwards edition of Works-For-Me-Wednesday where we post problems/questions and people respond with helpful hints, so if you're a fix-it type and want to help out, visit Rocks In My Dryer for more entries.

Anyway, as for my lovely issue.  I have an Epson Sylus Photo R380 that I actually got for free with my camera.  Anyway, I've long been in LOVE with the quality of the photos that come out of the Epson printers.  I had an Epson printer before this one too.

However...  Epson irritates the socks off of me for one reason.  Their ink management.

My printer sucks ink like it's going out of style.  And then?  When it's out in one color, you still can't print, regardless as to whether you need that color.

So you have to replace the ink.

Which leads to my issue:  I bought re-manufactured ink for the printer at at least a fifth of the price.  And now my printer won't recognize one of the cartridges.  (It recognized the other one, so it's not a complete wash).

So, I've got $50 worth of ink that's either unusable, or there's some trick to making it work.

From what I've read online, this is a very common problem.  Unfortunately, it seems that most people don't know a whit about what to do with it aside from calling and complaining to Epson.  And if it comes to that, complain I will. 

Any advice?


  1. Hm... I don't know about the ink cartridge but if you print alot of colour, it might be worth to buy a printer that has individual colours. Meaning, there are 4 ink cartridges, Cyan, Meganta, Yellow and Black. If one colour runs out, you need only replace that one. and the individual ink colours aren't that expensive. Or you can spend a but more and buy a color laser printer.

  2. The Epson printers come with individual color cartridges.

    The problem is that the light magenta color replacement won't work so the printer won't work. (For the record, the cyan replacement worked fine)

    I should look into a laser printer. Wonder how much they run

  3. You should talk to Matthew. He buys us new printers for the same price as new printer ink. I don't know how he does it but I love it.

    (I KNOW, I didn't answer your question. Still love me?)

  4. I used to work for Epson call centres - ensure the cartridge is the right model for your printer - each Epson printer takes a different model cartridge - they are not interchangeable. I got so many calls about ppl buying new cartridges but getting the wrong ones.

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