itman'][b]Dodgey Wombat[/b], where is a good place to buy the "Generic" print cartridges for these printers? Any place you recommend?
EDIT: BTW, how do the printed CD's hold up over time now that you've had your printer for a while? Just curious.
I live in Country Victoria (Aus) and generic cartridges are available nearly everywhere now (When first bought, was hard even to find Epson Brand! ) Basically every ink store has them and I have even gotten "Leading Edge" Office supplies to get them in for me (Calidad Brand, which have found are about $12 but definitely the best of the generics as does not interfere with status monitor and last a little longer)
If you happen to live elsewhere in Aus though, it might be a bit different. Went for holiday in Queensland before Xmas and they are WAY behind the 8ball. Few have even Epson brand yet, and a lot will say "generic, you're joking". Hardware is a hell of a lot dearer too can get a new 16x Dual-Layer Pioneer DVD burner here for $110 Cheapest could find up there (after a lot of haggling) was $160.
Swap meets are also an excellent source, down here they stock "Ink-Tank" brand which are fine for the $9 each or $50 set you pay for them. Don't last as long and have interfered with status monitor though.
As far as longevity, I just pulled out the first few I ever printed and they look as good as the day I printed them (Would be close to a year by now maybe more bought it pretty much the week they came out!)
Don't print photo's with it as yet but in all honesty with such a massive price difference there would have to be a rather noticable quality drop to justify the expense of Epson brand, though if I were in full-time business would justify the cost somewhere, as is always good to give the best results possible to customers.
One thing to point out is this status monitor problem with most generics I have used so far. EVERY time you go to print, a box will come up saying that "the ink cartridges used are not epson, do you wish to continue?". Calidad brand is the only one so far that does not have this problem. There is probably a way to turn it off in the status monitor settings, but I have totally un-installed the status monitor as the R310 has one on the printer which is good enough for me.
Happy (and cheap) printing!!!! :bigsmile: