Watch Out - HP Inks Expire

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by pubwvj, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    I just changed the ink in one of my HP OfficeJet printers. With the new ink I got a message "Supply Expired". Watch out. The ink is perfectly good but HP is dating them in a way the printer can read such that then it won't use an "Expired" ink even though the ink has just been opened and has plenty of liquid ink in it. All this so HP can make another sale. Pure greed by HP.
  2. nakile macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    HP has a page on it:

    Don't know if any of that is true or not, but it makes since. You can't exactly stock up on a dozen ink cartridges when they're on sale and end up using the last four six years after they were made. Ink can dry up even if the cartridge is never used. Besides, only a few of their printers have ink expiration, anyway.
  3. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Doesn't make any sense to me.

    Years ago, only food had expiration dates. Soft drinks. beer and water as well as ink. Expiration dates didn't start appearing on everything till about 10 years ago. People would stock up on things when prices were low and it was a way for companies to try and stop people from doing that. It meant less profits so they had to do something.
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Toner cartridges for their laser jet printers also do this. :( :mad:
    2 yrs is the time limit on these.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I think it's just greed; seriously if it's sealed how can the water evaporate?
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    I do recall seeing vent holes in some makes of ink cartridges.
    But I would think if the plastic foil envelope seal is unbroken, and stored in a cool place, it wouldn't be a problem.

    Maybe if the thing was stored for a really long time, 5+ years, or in warm conditions, OK. But a year or so? I also chalk it up to greed. Definitely on the toner cartridges.
  7. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    I hate printers
    during the last 6 years I have gone through 3 printers, All but my current canon mp470 have driven me insane with their crapy inks.

    1. epson 5200 it had 6 individual ink cartridges. When one would run out. It would no let you print or scan at all. Even if it was the yellow you still could not even print in just plain black.

    2. hp something model from 2005? Just super cheesy puny cartridges that would have the capacity to do no more than 20 pages.

    3. canon mp470 very reasonable in ink capacities. I'm happy with that. However I have learned my model has a function. Were after so many pages have been printed. It will lock up. Until I replace the ink absorption sponge inside the printer.
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    This is the main reason why I went with a laser. :)
    Too annoying, way too expensive per page. :mad:

    As per part 3, that is the equivalent to the waste receptacle in a laser unit that doesn't use all-in-one cartridges. But they are good for 20k pages typically, and not terribly expensive.

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