I'm aware of that. However, after testing some people say that the fade resistance between them is about the same. Even if it's not, it must be much better than 3rd party inks like Precision Colors (I tried pre-SE version, the fade resistance was horrible), etc. If the ink colors are about the same too then using cheap CLI-8 carts will be a win-win situation.CLI-42 OEM ink is newer generation ink compared to the CLI-8 OEM, with supposedly an even better fade resistance compared to the older CLI-8 inks.
It's great news, thank you! And where one can find the clear ink base or is it just distilled water?Suggestion for you: for the CLI-42 gray and photo gray I would suggest to use GI-53 gray ink in bottles (same fade resistance as the CLI-42 Chromalife 100+ inks). You can dilute the GI-53 ink with 2 parts of clear ink base to make the photo gray ink version (about 30-33% GI-53 gray with 70-67% clear ink base).