Deal: Staples Offers $50.00 Off New Printer – Wants Your Trade-In

Staples $50.00 Printer Trade-In Credit

Staples Brick And Mortar Store

You must take your old printer into a Staples store for the trade-in credit.

Always a good idea to recycle, and Staples is giving customers $50.00 off any printer of $199 or more with the trade-in of an old printer.  This deal can net some really good prices on printers if you look hard enough.  The only drawback is you have to make it to the store (with old printer) in person.  You CAN place the order online, pick-up at the store and have the credit issued, but you have to take the printer to the brick and mortar store.

Staples offers $50.00 off a $199 or more printer with trade in.

What makes this an even better deal is the existence of $25.00-off-$75.00, or $25.00-off-$100.00 coupons that Staples regularly sends out in the mail.   If you are looking for a coupon, check eBay – they are on there all the time. At $50.00 (credit) for a used printer (working or not), we might have to hit Goodwill and pick up a clunker.

Are there deals?

Sure.  Here are a few we spotted:

Epson Stylus Photo 1400: (Good with CIS)

Retail $299
Less instant rebate -$100.00
Less coupon -$25.00
Less Trade-In Credit -$50
Net Price: $125.00

That is a grand total of $125.00 for a top-notch 6-color photo printer. Excellent choice here.

Epson Workforce 1100:

Retail $199
Less Instant Rebate: -$50
New Price: $149
Less Coupon: -$25
Less Trade-In Credit: -$50
Net Price: $75.00

Nice deal for a large format inkjet printer.  Unfortunately there are no CI systems currently compatible with the Workforce 1100, so we will stick with the Stylus Photo 1400. The workforce 1100 does include a set of 5 T068 series ink cartridges – worth about $90.00 alone.

Epson Artisan 810: (Good with CIS)

Retail $299.98
Less Instant Rebate: -$120.00
New Price: $179
Less Coupon: -$25
Less Trade-In Credit: -$50
Net Price: $104.00 (same price as a refurbished Artisan 800)

Includes duplexer, fax, adf, print to cds, scanner, it does everything.  Good deal at $104.00, works excellent with a CI system.

HP Photosmart Premium

Retail $199.98
Less Instant Rebate: -$75
New Price: $124.98
Less Coupon: -$25
Less Trade-In Credit: -$50
Net Price: $49.98 (CI system available)

Nice offering from HP.  CI systems available.

Canon Pixma MP860

Retail $199.98
Less Instant Rebate: -$70
New Price: $129.98
Less Coupon: -$25
Less Trade-In Credit: -$50
Net Price: $49.98 (CI system available)

Super deal, and this printer can use the cheap compatible ink cartridges.  All-in-one has it all.

What printers are eligible?

You will see this if the printer is eligible for the trade-in:

Printer Trade In At Staples $50.00 for your Old printer.

The printer must have a regular price over $199, apparently sales or instant discounts are ok as long as the original price is over $199.

From Staples Web Site:

Valid 1/31/10—4/3/10. For in-store purchases, save $50 instantly when you recycle any printer in store and buy any new printer for $199 or more, regular price. For online printer purchases, recycle your old printer at any Staples® store and receive a $50 credit on the credit/debit card you originally used to purchase the eligible printer. Must have proof of online printer purchase during valid dates and the credit/debit card you originally used to make purchase. Must recycle printer in store by 4/3/10 to receive $50 credit. Not valid on prior purchases.

Some solid deals.

Deal: Epson Artisan 800 – $114.99 Delivered

Epson Artisan 800 Photo Printer $114.99 After Coupon:

The Epson Artisan inkjet printer is being closed out by Epson, and they can be had for $129.99 with free shipping (tax in IN, TN, CA).  Apply coupon code “savings15” for $15 off a $75 or more order – and your net price is $114.99.  Quite the deal on this brand new unit.  For more info on the Artisan 800, click here.

What about the Artisan 810?

The Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer, is identical to the “newer” Artisan 810.  There is one difference however – the Artisan 810 includes the auto duplexer unit that is optional on the Artisan 800 (can be had for $30.00-$40.00).  So the Artisan 800 is still cheaper $114.99 + $30 = $145.00, if you buy the duplexer later.  If you do not think you will use the auto duplexer (prints to both sides of the page automatically), save the cash and pick up an Artisan 800 for $129 and apply coupon code “savings15” for an additional $15.00 off the purchase price.  Free shipping, sales tax is charged in CA, IN, TN.

Epson Artisan 810 Inkjet Printer

Check out our review with a CI System.

Un-boxing of the refurbished version – and the retail version.  The refurbished model is available with same “savings15” coupon for $96, however it is missing the additional black ink cartridge (T098) that comes with the retail version, so it’s a wash really as the T098 black ink cartridge will run you about $20.00 after ship/tax.  $114 for the new model, refurbished gos for $96+20 for the extra cart = $116.  Go with the new one.

Deal: Epson Artisan 810 $169 – Shipped

CIS Friendly Epson Artisan 810 – $169

Spotted over at Amazon.

The Epson Artisan 810 inkjet printer can be had for $169.99 over at  When compared to its predecessor the Epson Artisan 800 at $129 at the Epson store, this is a pretty good deal – considering that the Artisan 810 includes the ($30.00) auto-duplexer.  The Artisan 800 and Artisan 810 are identical printers, however there is a slight difference in the software bundles.  Overall not a bad deal at $169 plus free shipping.

Epson Artisan 810 Inkjet Printer $169 At

Works great with a CI system:

This printer works great with a CI system, and we suggest getting one if you are a high volume printer.  Quality is very good, and there are no moving parts with the artisan series.  Check out our video’s of installation and use of a CI system. Detailed specifications here.

Review – Epson Artisan 800 Waste Ink Reset Software

Et tu, Artisan 800?

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support.

for info on the Octoinkjet external waste ink kit click here.

Waste ink error on the Epson Artisan 700, 710, 800, 810 series.

Your printer is not broken:

If you simply want to replace the pads, look here.

This error (service request) is common with Epson printers, however it seems to be coming up more lately, and more for the Epson Artisan series specifically.  Owners of the Epson Artisan 700, 710, 800, or 810 be on the look-out for the following error message that will cripple any printer use until resolved,

“Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support.”

If you have used the SSC Service Utility for Epson Stylus printers, then this may not be new information to you (about the planned obsolescence of your Epson printer). We highly recommend SSC program for owners of older Epson printers. It is a 3rd party utility for resetting a number of things on your “presumed dead” Epson printer.

This is not a death sentence for your printer.  There is a way to reset this annoying little “error” for the Epson Artisan series, however it will cost you, and it’s not available trough Epson directly.  You can download the actual Epson service application over at for $20.00 and the error is corrected with the press of a button (resetting the waste ink counter).  This software is for PC only, so if you are a Mac user/owner you will need to boot into Windows if possible – if not, better find a friend with a Peecee you can borrow.  The fact that you have to pay $20.00 for the software is no fun, but at least its available for download, and it corrected the issue – the software also provides some other minimal printer intel.  Epson does provide a (software – PC only) reset utility for some printers, however the Artisan series are not listed there as of yet. They want serial number, name, eMail address, etc…

Epson Adjustment Program For Artisan 800. Waste ink pad reset issue.

Welcome screen once the Epson printer utility reset is open. PC only, this will not run on Mac OS

So for now, the only option we know of is to pay (a 3rd party) for the actual Epson Repair Utility.  We paid our $20.00 and the program worked perfectly – did exactly what we wanted it to do.  We also noticed some other neat monitoring features of the Epson software, but we were disappointed that we were unable to turn things off – scanner sensor, ink monitor, chip reset, etc.  There are a few cool utilities to reset the printer to out of the box condition (factory settings) – you can force a print head (ink) charge, check ink levels, but still frustrated with lack of the ability to disable things.  We tried an EEPROM dump, then attempted re-import and we got an error message to the effect, “you need other software.”

Our Epson Artisan 800 claims that the waste ink pads are full.

Waste ink pads say the need replacing. This is not true, however. Our printer only has 519 prints on it. (see below)

Long story short, it did what we wanted it to do, but wish it did more.  Your mileage may vary, and if you have ideas/ways to turn things off please let us know. The 2manuals offering at $20.00 is the actual Epson tech program.  This program is not distributed by Epson, not intended for public use.  Let’s just say we are not asking them where they got it.

After the waste ink reset process - just the push of a button really on our Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer.

After clearing the waste in pad counters on the Artisan 800 inkjet printer.

It is also important to note that in some cases it may actually be necessary to replace the waste ink pads at some point, however our faulty Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer only showed 519 prints, so this was an error message caused by something at the factory.  It was covered by warranty, but we had modified this Artisan 800 to work with our CI system, so warranty service was not an option.  Once a printer gets into the 10k-20k page range, it might be wise to either replace the actual waste ink pads, or another less maintenance option is to re-route the waste ink tube entirely.  We have run an Epson Stylus Photo R200 with a CI system for over 5 years, and after 3 resets, we have yet to replace the waste ink pads.

Lot’s of things to look at:

This is a composite image of what the adjustment program will let you adjust, and what it will let you look at.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Reset Waste Ink Pad Software

Complete list of all the things you can do with the Epson utility software.

Printer information check:

We ran a printer information check before we reset the waste ink pads – just to know the totals.  As you can see below, this specific Epson Artisan 800 had only printed 519 pages according to this report.  Why this printer got the waste ink pad error message is a mystery.

Cannot be right?  The printer will not function at all until the waste ink pad situation is reset.

Information about our Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer with the waste ink pad issue. Notice there have only been 519 pages print.

Review: That other way of routing your CIS tubing

Another CIS success story.

Kristen provides owners of the Epson Artisan 710 inkjet printer  – pictures, and a youtube video link of routing a continuous inking system (CIS) tubing through the back of the printer.  We still like the sensor method better, however Kristen mentioned that “the screw” was ultra-tight, or glued in place on her Artisan 700 inkjet printer.  We believe her and think this method also rocks.

Step-by-step process provided by Kristen.


Epson Artisan 710 CIS, CISS, Continuous ink system - routing of CIS tubing back behind printer.

Tools she used. Pair of blunt-nose pliers, and box cutter.

Where to “grind”:

Epson Artisan 710 grinding required to route the tubing to the back of the printer.

Epson Artisan 710 grinding required to route the tubing to the back of the printer.

Tubing looks very nice:

Epson Artisan 700 CIS tubing routing towards the back of the printer.  Comes out the back of the printer, tube lays flat.

Epson Artisan 700 CIS tubing routing towards the back of the printer. Comes out the back of the printer, tube lays flat.

The finished project:

Epson Artisan 710 CIS continuous inking system connected through the back of the printer.

Epson Artisan 710 CIS continuous inking system connected through the back of the printer. Saving money on ink SUCCESS!

(nice duplexer).  The Artisan 710 includes the duplexer standard (translation, Epson no longer charges $30.00 for this as add-on).


If you work better with video, Kiristen was nice enough to send that link as well:

Difference between the Epson Artisan 700 or 710 and the Artisan 800 or 810

Main differences between the Artisan 700/710 and the Artisan 810:

The Epson Artisan 700 is Smaller Than The Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer From Epson.

  • Price difference ($???)
  • No built-in fax
  • No included auto duplexer (for printing on both sides of the page)
  • Scanner is 2400 dpi (optical) vs. 4800 dpi for Artisan 800/810
  • No auto document feeder
  • Cannot print from video clips
  • Smaller 2.5 inch LCD for viewing photos (no “on screen” controls)
  • OCR trial software not included

The Artisan 800 has all the features mentioned above, with the exception of the included auto duplexing attachment with the Artisan 810 – for the Artisan 800 it is available as a $29.99 add on.  Both the Artisan 700, and the Artisan 710 lack all the features above, but with one notable exception.  The Artisan 710, DOES include the auto duplexer device that will let you print on both sides of the paper.

Analog vs. Digital controls:

Epson Artisan 700 and 710 compared with the Artisan 800 and 810 series.

Video: Epson Artisan 800 With CI System

Epson Artisan 800 CIS:

Video looking at a CI System for an Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer.  The functionality is this same for the Artisan 700, 710, and 810 6-color photo inkjet printers.  Cost per print is in the .01 cent range.  Seriously.