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Printer Cartridges

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Maseybaby, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Maseybaby

    Maseybaby Bit Poster

    Do all printer cartridges come with an expiry date so you're unable to use/refill them after this time? Or is it only certain manufacturers of printers that make cartridges with an expiry date?
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    The expire dates are there to ensure quality of prints, on some manufacturers there will be two dates, 1st one is the expiry date of the ink (which is normally 1 1/2 years after it's been filled) and the 2nd one is the warranty expiry on the cartridge itself (which is normally about 2 years from when it was made); but it does differ between companies. Some companies have been known to stop printing when the expiry date comes round, others don't.

    As inks are more refined/technologically tuned there could be an age limit on them, as we've printed material out on expired ink and could tell the difference (we're not talking about a couple of weeks here, we're talking about from 6 months to a couple of years expired, end users didn't check the cartridges).

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