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    I'm looking to buy a printer for the home. Only for basic things like scanning and printing A4.

    I want to spend upto £60 (epson ideally) and then be able to get compatible cheap ink from ebay.

    Some printers cost £35 but the ink is really expensive

    Any wireless printer would work well. The quality of page you buy really matters. Buy good quality pages so that you don't waste much ink. Bad quality pages soak more ink and thus they finish early.

    A friendly suggestion from my experience;

    If you buy any printer within your price range, you will end up paying at least £0.05 per page which is not sustainable. Imagine that every time you finish a box of A4 papers, you will have paid £25 for only one side printing. I hired a printer from a service called Unlimited Printer last year and didn't even pay the money that you put aside for your future printer. They basically gave me a Brother MFC-1810 printer, the start-up toner and specially designed cartridge together with toner powder bottles as they call it modification kit, if I am not mistaken. The price of the printer is a bit higher than £60 on amazon and for modification kit, I couldn't find any other seller to compare but they guarantee that it will give at least 10,000 print-outs so you can assume that it gives almost 20 times more page yield than start-up cartridge or 10 times more than a normal cartridge. Assuming that you buy it all from conventional sellers, it would cost you higher than £200. However, I have been paying £9.90 a month and refill the cartridge every time I run out of toner. The cartridge is refillable (it has a cap on the sides) and it is pretty easy to refill it, it took me a little while at my first time but now I gained practice and it takes 2 mins max.

    The good bits:
    - There is no subscription period and you can cancel the subscription any time (but I am not sure if they pay for the return courier) and the printer becomes yours after consecutive 12-month payment, so my printer will have come free at the end of this year (this was the promotion at the time, I am not sure if it is still the case).
    - Very cheap and reliable, the seller is quite responsive, they even have Live Chat on their web-site.
    - Easy instalment, if you have a problem, you use the live chat.
    - They don't ask you to return the printer after a year of subscription.

    The bad bits:
    - You have refill the cartridge after every 1500 print-outs
    - You can also buy the same printer with modification kit but it is more of paying all instalments at once with a little concession so I am not sure it is a good idea.
    - You need to have paypal for subscription, not sure if it is still the case though.
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