Deal: Epson Artisan 810 $145.99

Epson Artisan 810 Inkjet Printer $169 At Amazon.comThis is a pretty good deal – Epson Artisan 810 $145.99 has the Epson Artisan 810 inkjet printer for $145.99 – this is a very good price and on the extreme low end of pricing for new printers from Epson. The refurbished Artisan 8xx series sell for $109.00.

Why We Link The Artisan 810:

  • Excellent (cost per page) printer when combined with continuous ink system (CIS, CISS)
  • Wireless operation
  • 6-color photo printer
  • multi-function all in one (AIO)
  • 2-year warranty (when registered) from Epson


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: Epson Artisan 710 $127.22 Delivered – Amazon

Epson Artisan 710 $127.22

Epson Artisan 710 Inkjet Printer - $128 from

Amazon offers the Epson Artisan 710 inkjet printer for $127.22 delivered.  The Artisan 710 is a great all-in-one 6-color photo printer that will print to CDs-DVDs, includes wireless or Ethernet networking. The once “optional” $30.00 auto duplexer is included with the Artisan 710 – print on both sides of the page (note: the Artisan 700 does not include the auto duplexer, but it is a $30.00 add-on option) is perfect for use with a continuous inking system (CIS, CISS) as the cartridges never move.

Artisan 710 inkjet printer - $128.00 delivered from

CIS, CISS a no brainer for this system

The cartridges on this printer never move, so a CI system works perfectly with this printer.  Check out some videos and reviews here:

Continuous inking system installation video.

Deal: Red River Paper Sampler – $4.50 ish…

From the “we get asked this all the time” file:

Where can you get good paper?

Red River Paper Logo

Answer – here

Red river paper is a great place to score some solid paper supplies.  Their papers are top notch and worth a look.  But what to get?  That is the cool part – RRP offers a “sample pack” which includes a sample of their most popular brands, and the kicker is you can have it for only $4.50 – $9.00 depending on your location is the US.  Get 30 or so sheets of paper, print a picture or proposal over and over to get a feel for how paper will react to ink – try different settings like “photo glossy” for matte, or heavy matte on linen paper.  Experiment!

What we did…

Red River Paper sample pack for inkjet printers - perfect for CIS owners.

When you find what you need through the process of test printing – RRP prices are good, and paper quality is outstanding.  If you are looking for a solid choice for high end paper supplies (at discount prices) check out Red River Paper.

Current deal:

Inkjet photo paper sample pack – includes a sample of every paper they carry for $4.50 shipped (with coupon) – PHOTOBLOGGER – and the link is here:

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 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.