Deal: Refurb Canon Pixma MX860 MX 860 Wireless Printer – $69

It’s not enough to be just a “cheap printer.”  What are the ongoing costs of operation? What about the ink cartridges?

From Techbargians:

Canon PIXMA MX860 Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer (Refurb, Wifi, Duplex, ADF) $69.99

Newegg has the Refurbished Canon PIXMA MX860 Color Inkjet Multifunction Printer/Copier/Fax/Scanner for a low $69.99 after coupon code EMCYVNN49 (Exp 7/28). $3.99 Shipping. Tax in CA, NJ, TN, PR.

9600x2400dpi; 2.5″ color LCD; card reader; USB 2.0, ethernet, 802.11b/g wireless connectivity; automatic duplex (double-sided) printing; 15-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF)

Canon MX860 inkjet printer - wireless.

This is a good deal for several reasons – this printer is loaded with features. The print head for this printer is valued at $50.00, and the cartridges that are included are worth at least $50.00 (if purchased separately) – so this printer pays you to take it home.  Good feature set, and reliable operation. We have looked at this printer, and it is *not* a good candidate for a continuous inking system – there is not much clearance, and if you do decide to go CIS, CISS, some serious surgery will be required on this printer.


The warranty on refurbished Canon inkjet printers is only 90 days.  The print head included with this printer (QY6-0073-000) will also work in the Pixma iP3600, PiXMA MP620, and Canon Pixma MX860.

Click here for Newegg Pricing. Limit 5 per customer.

Want A New MX860?

Click here for a *new* Canon MX860 is available from Amazon for $30.00 more, plus free shipping ($99.99 delivered). The *new* Canon MX860 includes a full 1-year warranty.

Cartridges Used:

The Canon MX860 uses 5 individual ink cartridges – the “larger” PGI-220 black cartridge is for text, and the CLI-221 photo black gets used only when photos are being printed.

New Canon OEM cartridges will run $14-black, and $13-colors. Compatible cartridges can be had for $3-$4, and refilling is also an option on these tiny ink cartridges.

You can take a look at the PGI-220/CLI-221 cartridges here:

Canon Specifications Page:


See this printer in action:

Deal: HP Oficejet 8000 $55.00 Delivered – Website

Hewlett Packard Officejet 8000 injet printer on sale at the website

Most economical inkjet printer you can get? Has a black cartridge that is 49ml (940xl)

Officejet 8500 only $55.00

On the website, you can get the Officejet 8000 inkjet printer – with free shipping – for a low $79.99 after two $50.00 instant rebates – via this link – Use coupon code SVMB39487 to get an additional $25.00 off making the net price $54.99. Free ground Shipping.

Some of the gripes have been – its big, and loud. The SVMB39487 coupon code has restrictions.  It is $25 off $125 or more, and it expires 8-1-10.

Know what you are getting into:

A set of full cartridges (XL) will run $113, and a set of replacement print heads will run around $120.00.  Take a look inside this cartridge (940) here.

Full set of HP 940xl ink cartridges from the website.


Good deal?

This is a good deal for the ink and print heads alone.  Included with the printer are 4 ink cartridges (940 series “half-full”), and more importantly there are two brand new print heads which retail for $59.00 each!

Print head pricing for the HP 940 series ink cartridge printers (Officejet 8000, officejet 8500)

HP Print Heads – HP 940 (Officejet 8000, Officejet 8500)

HP 940 Black and Yellow print head for HP Officejet

C4900A - HP Black and Yellow Printhead $59.99 list.

C4901A - HP Cyan and Magenta Printhead $59.99.

What you might not know about the printheads on this printer series is that there is a warranty usage limit of 560ml. After that, the printheads are out of warranty no matter the warranty status. Translation, if you print a bunch, there is a guarantee that HP will not warranty the printheads beyond the 560ml target.

Let’s take the HP 940 black and yellow printhead. Using the XL cartridges as a benchmark (49ml+16ml = 65ml) that would be around 8-9 cartridges used until the printheads are considered out of warranty (10-17k pages). You can see HP’s explanation here –

So really consider your printing habits before purchasing any type of “extended warranty” for this printer series. If you plan on using a CIS, or CISS system with this printer (perfect candidate) the printheads will still need to be replaced at some point.

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.

UnBox: Epson Artisan 700 Refurbished $64.99

Epson Artisan 700 6-Color Inkjet Printer:

Recently received our refurbished Epson Artisan 700 on the Epson store web site, for less than $70.00. Pretty standard, but this is a great deal for a multi-function printer.  When used with a CI system, or continuous inking system, the savings are even greater.  The only thing this little printer from Epson is missing is a fax.  Otherwise, a very robust printer, 2400dpi scanner, media readers, wireless, Ethernet port, nice printer.

Refurb Refurbished Epson Artisan 700 Discount Inkjet Printer Close Out Unboxing Contents, What's In The Box?

Has that new printer smell.

Refurbished Epson Artisan 700 Discount Inkjet Printer - Items Included WIth Refurb Unit.

Taking a look inside

Big green paper says, “And don’t forget to remove the “print head holder.”

Epson Artisan 700 Inkjet Printer Refurbished - Refurb From Epson Direct, Epson Store.

Print head seems dirty?

Epson refurbished inkjet printers, what a print head might look like when you order an Epson refurbished, or refurb inkjet printer.

Much smaller than the Artisan 800 (lack of ADF):

Artisan 700 Inkjet Printer Refurbished From Epson Store - Save with Coupons.

Epson Artisan 700 and Artisan 800 next to each other.

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

Artisan 800 on top of the Artisan 700:

Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer sitting on top of the Epson Refurbished Artisan 700 inkjet printer.

All in all a very good deal for $64.00, as we used a $15.00 off coupon.

Coupon: Office Depot $15 off $75

Two Coupon Codes For Office Depot:

Got some coupons in the mail today, and we are not gonna use them.  Thought we would pass them along.  We are assuming they are single use codes, so first come, first served.  Coupons expire 1-23-10.

Code 1:64488877

Code 2:15604565

Office Depot Single Use Coupon Codes Pay It Forward

Coupon: Epson Store $15 Off $75 Pruchase

New Coupon From Epson:

We just used it to order a refurbished printer, so it works there.  Your mileage may vary, but this is a good coupon $15 off a $75 or more purchase.  Can use it multiple times as well.  Code is “savings15.”

Coupon Code $15 off $75 from Epson Store

Coupon: 10% Off Epson Store Purchase

Epson offers 10% off any order until the end of this year for items ordered from their website. Use coupon code “F9LKF” for the discount.

Epson store 10 percent off coupon code valid until 12-31-09