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Old 03-29-11, 09:22 AM   #1
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help me find toner please

I need toner for my stupid HP p1006 printer. I don't feel like paying $60 for an HP cartridge, but the crap on Amazon is scary to me.

My IT department says the vendors recommend TKO brand compatibles... but I can't seem to find a reputable place to buy them (east coast preferred, NY/NJ would be ideal).

Anyone have a reliable source to recommend?

(ps, I asked here because this about the only forum I even visit anymore)

(pps, I don't have access to the channels IT uses for my personal use)
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Old 03-29-11, 09:26 AM   #2
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I have had such bad experience with aftermarket and remanufactured cartridges in lasers that I will buy nothing but OEM stuff for home or work printers. I do price consumables as part of the purchase making process
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You can buy a refill kit online.
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Can anybody recommend a good solid ink color laser printer? Can you get one that does double-sided for under $500? (or if you can does it cost a couple bucks a page to operate?)
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i've also had issues with aftermarket toner cartridges at work (we have 5 printers). Stick with OEM cartridges (we use HP), buy them in multi-packs when they're available, buy in bulk when they're on sale, and try to get extended capacity cartridges if your machine takes them. Newegg.com usually has good deals and sometimes free shipping.

I don't think toner goes bad, so too much capacity is just cheaper operating costs. If buying a new printer, it might be worth buying a higher end model if it means you can use a more economical cartridge.
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I've bought several HP compatible toners on Amazon from a vendor called greattoners. I'll continue to use them.
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I've bought several HP compatible toners on Amazon from a vendor called greattoners. I'll continue to use them.
Thanks. Does the toner rub off? Is it as dark black as the original?

Many of the cheap clone cartridges, the toner bonds poorly, rubs off, and/or is a lighter gray color. If you have good results from this vendor, I may give them a try.
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Store brand refilled ones have always been good here at work. The best ones in my opinion is the one's by office depot. Problem is stores/ companies often outsource to companies like "TKO" to do it for them.

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Agggh I would avoid these like the plague if you aren't that technically inclined or have the coffee jitters... that powder gets everywhere if you mess up filling it or if leaks happen within the printer....

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Can anybody recommend a good solid ink color laser printer? Can you get one that does double-sided for under $500? (or if you can does it cost a couple bucks a page to operate?)
You can't go wrong with HP... aside from the price of toner... which is the case with every maker. They've been in the biz for decades now, quality of print and reliability/ durability of hardware is there and places the industry standard.
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Thanks. Does the toner rub off? Is it as dark black as the original?

Many of the cheap clone cartridges, the toner bonds poorly, rubs off, and/or is a lighter gray color. If you have good results from this vendor, I may give them a try.
I've thought that it looks as good as HP's toner.
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$60 for the HP cartridge is cheap. Unlike the $85 to $95 for the HP 6000 series cartridge required by my 2600n. Of course the capacity is greater, making cost per page about the same. It is just the outlay when time to replace. Some savings when buying triple pack, but thinking next time when all are low, buy a new printer for about the same price, updating the hardware that wears out, like the drums, and delay toner purchase with the starter cartridges, but future toner outlay would be less when replacing.

Have always stayed with OEMs for both inkjet and laser. Looked at 3rd party, and not enough of a savings to justify the risk.
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