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A few years ago we replaced our printer with an Epson DX4000 printer and photocopier after having problems getting good results with the different types of cartridges which I kept trying, as the original ones were both expensive and hard to buy locally. One of my hobbies is making cards and I print off a lot of backing papers and images for decoupage, as well as photos and papers for Scrapbooking, so it was important that we could use separate coloured cartridges as I don’t use each colour equally and I hated the waste of throwing away cartridges which still had ink but not enough to print true colours.
Each cartridge is vacuumed packed inside the plastic box to keep it fresh and has a shelf life on the box, my latest one was for June 2012. Once opened - not an easy task! the cartridge should be shaken 4 or 5 times before removing the yellow tape and inserting following the instructions for your printer. Care should be taken not to touch the green strip on the cartridge as this contains the chip. The cartridge is small measuring 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.4 with a coloured label on the part which faces upwards so you can easily see which colour it is – and it also is marked “Cyan”. The plastic box clearly shows the colour and code TO712 and all the packets have a picture of a Cheetah on it so easy to recognise which cartridges are suitable for your printer.
Quote from the Epson website "Epson DURABrite Ultra ink gives simply perfect prints, whatever you're printing. Each ink particle is coated in resin, making it water, smudge and fade-resistant." I print onto different weights of paper, card and photo paper and have brilliant results on all different weights. Compared to cheaper products the difference is amazing. The very clever Epson printer knows when you use a different make and although I did try using Tesco’s own make I found it was costing me more as I had to keep cleaning the cartridges which uses a lot of ink, as the colours were not working properly. It does depend on what you are printing to how many sheets you can print from each cartridge, but recently I printed off about 35 sheets with 70 large flower pictures on them for invitations and 70 smaller flowers on the back of the invitations and think the cartridge went down by about â…›, so didn’t cost too much. Obviously if I was printing on photo paper at best quality I would have used more ink.
Costs vary £10.99 from Curry’s, Amazon currently have it at £7.42 and £10.27 from Epson with free delivery. A complete pack costs just over £35 for one of each colours and a black cartridge from Tesco, which is how I usually buy my cartridges but occasionally I buy separate colours when I end up with several of one or two colours.
I really like being able to buy the cartridges separately, as I need them and can thoroughly recommend the quality of the ink and the results I have achieved. This type of cartridge fits several Epson printers and the models are listed on the front of the packet.
Epson T0712 - print cartridge (C13T07124010)
used to print components for card
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