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Old 09-24-2005, 07:56 AM   #1
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Terrie, is this continuous feed, bulk ink system the same one you brought up several years ago?

I see it comes in two versions, one with Photo Black ink and the other, for $10 more, with Matte Black. What's the difference (beyond one prints shiny and the other flat <g>) between the two blacks? I take it they have different purposes, but I'm not confident I know what they are.

I found all this searching for good prices on replacement cartridges for my Epson PS2200. I don't want cruddy ink that prints terribly and/or goofs up my printer, so will continue to fork over for genuine Epson cartridges unless convinced otherwise.

   
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>>Terrie, is this continuous feed, bulk ink system the same one you brought up several years ago?

Yeah...but take a look at Media Street main page directly and/or:

1. The Niagara III system at $299 (empty bottles...order ink separately)

2. The Niagara II system pre-filled with their Generations G-Chrome inks (replacement for the Epson Ultrachrome inks) at $299...


>>I see it comes in two versions, one with Photo Black ink and the other, for $10 more, with Matte Black. What's the difference (beyond one prints shiny and the other flat <g>) between the two blacks? I take it they have different purposes, but I'm not confident I know what they are.

The difference is the type of paper you are printing to--Matte Black for matte papers and Photo Black for glossy papers.

Media Street has a good rep for their 3rd party inks...

Also take a look at Inkjetmall -- Jon Cone's site...good rep...--click on the Color Inks link. He also has lots of useful info on his site...

The Niagara system has a good rep and is definitely worth take a look at...

Let me know if you have more questions....

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Oo! Thanks for all of that! I've got the links all open in browser tabs to start perusing. It's not like I have $300 just sitting here waiting to be used, but if those systems work as well as they say, it sounds like the most economical way to go in the long run.

I've been seeing prices of $6x to $8x for a full set of the seven ink cartridges for the 2200, so buying four of those sets would be the same as the Niagara unit and inks, but of course I sure wouldn't get the same number of prints for the money!

   
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>>Oo! Thanks for all of that!

You're welcome....


>>I've got the links all open in browser tabs to start perusing. It's not like I have $300 just sitting here waiting to be used, but if those systems work as well as they say, it sounds like the most economical way to go in the long run.

Yeah...the initial setup price is high but remember that you are getting quite a large volume of ink--I think those pre-filled bottles are 4oz (maybe 8???) so you'd be set for ink for quite a long time depending on how much printing you do...

Also...as I mentioned, Media Street has a good rep...

Do let me know what you decide...

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I'm pretty sure I saw both 4oz and 8oz bottles available. Do you know if the system is set up so you can easily swap between matte and photo black at will? I imagine you'd have to print something as a throw-away after changing blacks, so you clear the previous one out of the feed line before printing your real document.

   
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>>elysec: I'm pretty sure I saw both 4oz and 8oz bottles available.

Yeah...saw that when I looked after I'd posted...


>>Do you know if the system is set up so you can easily swap between matte and photo black at will? I imagine you'd have to print something as a throw-away after changing blacks, so you clear the previous one out of the feed line before printing your real document.

I'm not sure but! I *think* that when you change matte to photo or photo to matte that it purges ALL the lines and you lose ink...with a bulk system, that may not be a big deal...I'd suggest that you might drop Media Street an email query about this...

By the way...they have refurb bulk systems:

>>Refurbished Niagara Systems now available! Half off!
Please email refurb@mediastreet.com to find out more information. Please advise what printer you have and what type of ink you are looking for? <<

Maybe you could email them about that and ask about switching from matte to photo black?


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Refurbs! Cool tip. Thanks!

   
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Yer welcome...let me know what you end up getting--I'm curious about the price on the refurbs...

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Yer welcome...let me know what you end up getting--I'm curious about the price on the refurbs...
Oh, I will, but don't hold your breath, because it'll be a while. <g>

   
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>>elysec: Oh, I will, but don't hold your breath, because it'll be a while. <g>

fffhhhhewwww!!! <<---releasing held breath...'-}}

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