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Old 05-13-2020, 05:32 PM   #1  
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Question Help! I need to buy a new printer...

Help. My printer died and I need a new one. There are so many on the market now. Please share your advice.
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What are you using it for? How much are you wanting to spend? I'm not an expert, but answers to those questions may help us to help you.
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Thanks, you made me think! I want the printer to print in black and color. I want to be able to print sentiments on cardstock. I'd like to get digital stamps and to print them out. I can spend no more than $175. I need a fairly small printer for on my desk top.
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wow - I need a new printer too. I'd like one with only a black cartridge and a color cartridge... don't like the new ones with one cartridge for each color - my brother had one and hated it. I use mine mostly for copies (recipes, church bulletins, addresses, tax papers, etc). I have an older Dell 944 and love it, but the last three times I ordered ink cartridges on line they have NOT worked. Very frustrating. Stores as well as Dell no longer carry what I need since this printer is so old. (not hooked up to a computer - it's in my craft room).

Thank you for any advice as well !
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After procrastinating for ages, I finally said goodbye to my ancient Cannon Pixma and bought a Pixma TS9521C. The C at the end means it’s meant for crafters since it takes cardstock and 12x12 paper, not that I’ll use it for 12x12 much, if at all. 

Yet it’s smaller than my old printer that didn’t take 12x12. It also has loaded some already designed papers.

I purchased it by phone directly from Cannon; they gave a discount since my last printer was a Cannon. They’ll also check if other discounts apply.

Part of the reason I hoped to buy Cannon again is because their customer support is located in the U.S. in Virginia. They have been very helpful over the years. Once a rep helped me for over an hour while I tried to get something to work using an iPad, PC and the old Pixma. The drivers were out of date and the rep figured out a workaround, and had me upload a driver not meant for it.

Sales support (different people) can be excellent or average, I’ve found. When I bought the printer this time the first rep didn’t seem very engaged so I excused myself and called back to get someone less tired.

I considered getting a color laser and the sales rep told me something that made me rule it out, and for the life of me can’t remember what it was. It’s not that a laser isn’t the right choice for others though.

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I just bought a Epson Wide Format XP-15000 printer if anyone else is looking for one (it's in the $300 range). I love it!
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I have The Canon Pixma 9521c and I love it. It's small, easy to use and will print 12x12. I've had it for about 3 years and it works great. I had a lot of wireless connection problems with an Epson and and HP. None with this.
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Hi, I am a big fan of HP. I have had their printer that is at least 10yrs. Great printing. The one item that I wanted to do is print on card stock, will not work on this printer.
May I suggest looking at Consumer Reports for the latest reviews on printers. There you may find really good info on printers.
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Just another observation - the cheaper the printer the dearer the ink cartridges are. So do your calculations including both the upfront cost and the ongoing consumables. We bought a dearer printer after investigation. Our calculations found it was a far more economical option over the long term.
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I have a Cannon MG 3200series...cost $69 at BJ’s. The ink is a color and a black cartridge separate which I like because I do very little color printing. I can sit in one room and type whatever and hit print and it prints in the other room. It won’t print on heavy cardstock but no problem on 80#. It scans and prints with no problem! I’ve had for about 4 years and have had no problem. I would not hesitate to buy again...at that price how can you miss?
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Just wanted to post that I bought the Canon Pixma 9521c that so many have recommended. Love it and find it does just what I want it to do.
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I recently replaced my old HP printer which I had for 7+ years because the rollers finally gave out.
After reading some reviews I replaced it with an all in one Canon Prixma TR4520, which was a little over $100. Compared to the HP model I was using it was a piece of junk made out of cheap plastic and the color prints were very poor quality. Needless to say I returned it to the store.
I went back to HP models and purchased a HP Envy Photo 7155. luv it! It scans and prints ( I don't need to fax) and prints beautifully on photo paper and cardstock and it's insta-ink ready.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy...?skuId=5962000
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No suggestions to offer, but maybe a bit of advice based on my past experiences.

Look for a color printer that uses color ink ONLY when printing in color. My previous model, a Canon Pixma (can't recall the number) also used up my color ink while printing in black & white. And those color cartridges were costly!

I gave up color printing. I figure if I have a need, then I'll just put the files on a USB and pay the extra cost to have it printed at Staples, Office Depot or someplace similar. I replaced my printer with a Brother laser printer, mainly because most of my printing is text based. The toner seems to last FOREVER! And now that I have a laser printer, I'm thinking of getting a lower-cost laminating machine so I can doing a bit of foil work on my cards.

Edited to add: I picked my Brother model because it has both a paper feed tray AND the ability manually feed 80-110 lb. cardstock with minimal bending. Check reviews. I kept coming across complaints about cardstock jamming in some models. Not a big deal for most people but for card makers, it's a must-have.
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In my research I also checked the cost of ink refills which range from reasonable to very pricey. Epson printers only accept Epson refills which are pricey.
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Hi, I am a big fan of HP. I have had their printer that is at least 10yrs. Great printing. The one item that I wanted to do is print on card stock, will not work on this printer.
May I suggest looking at Consumer Reports for the latest reviews on printers. There you may find really good info on printers.
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i, too, have been an HP printer user/fan for more years than I care to count. Big wake up call a month ago when I went to replace a 5 year old printer that quit working. The only HP printers I could find all required you to sign up for their ink-plan (supposedly you could opt out of plan, but it looked like a nightmare to do). The ink plan locks the printer into ONLY using cartridges that HP sends you - printer will not operate with cartridges you purchase and install.
I sent the new HP printer back after discovering this glitch and got on EBay and found a new never used HP printer like I had that crapped out. It cost 3 times what the original printer cost, but was right in line with new HP printers with same feature. Advantage to me was that I was able to plug it in, use cartridges I had on hand and didn’t have to jump through hoops with the HP auto ink cartridge program. My printer is not the latest with all the wing-bang features, but it prints a darn fine color copy like a pro. My buy-the-same-old-printer solution was old-school and low tech but it worked for me.

Hope you find the printer you are dreaming of, that being said, be wise about the mandatory programs that some manufacturers are tacking onto the purchase of their product.
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I have always liked HP printers but grumbled every time I had to buy new ink cartridges. Tried getting them filled at Costco and it was cheaper, but I didn't think the ink lasted as long. Finally looked here for recommendations and discovered insta-ink was the way for us to go for our printing usage on our HP. If you do much printing and like it in color, it's a good price.
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I have always liked HP printers but grumbled every time I had to buy new ink cartridges. Tried getting them filled at Costco and it was cheaper, but I didn't think the ink lasted as long. Finally looked here for recommendations and discovered insta-ink was the way for us to go for our printing usage on our HP. If you do much printing and like it in color, it's a good price.
its only a good idea if you like to be totally controlled by HP.
We looked into pricing for the type of printing we do, which can be erratic at different times of the year. At a time we would do lots of printing, HP would “review our print needs” and up the cost of the monthly charge, automatically, regardless of whether we wanted that to happen.

Maybe its a generational thing. I prefer to be in charge of my own purchase, when to spend and what to spend it on. I am unwilling to give a private company the ability to decide what I need, when I need it at any price they determine. If at any time you cancel the contract, your printer becomes a useless piece of equipment - cartridges you buy on your own will not work in printer. To me that is a deal breaker.
Giving up control for convenience is a personal choice and it is one that should not be taken lightly, in my opinion.
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I'm sorry that happened to you. We haven't had any bad experiences so far, but we do have a pretty consistent usage and I guess we'll see what happens if, and when we decide to discontinue the program.
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