Epson P400: Buy Refillable Carts from China?

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You look at the vendors having at least 4.5 stars and read the feed back of the buyers of a certain item. Ocbestjet is a good supplier of cartridges.
 

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Here are some of my AliExpress purchases, with links in the store names:
  • Bomadz Inkjet Printer Supplies Store
  • boma.ltd Official Store
    • T410XL T410 410XL Single Chip XP-530 XP530 XP-630 XP-830 Cartridge Chip For Epson XP900 XP645 XP635 XP540 Printer Ink Cartridge (received, haven't used yet)
  • QUNSTEN Official Store
    • USA Version T220XL1-T220XL4 CISS System With Chip For Epson XP-420 XP-424 XP-320 WF-2630 WF-2650 WF-2660 WF-2750 WF-2760 (Same comments as from Bomazd Injet Printer Supplies Store above)
  • good to see u
    • Refillable Black Ink Cartridge For HP 63 63XL for hp63 inkjet cartridge For HP ENVY4520/ HP Officejet4650 Printer (Everything fine)
  • printer consumables wholesaler
    • 5sets Refillable Ink Cartridge for epson XP520 XP600 XP610 XP620 XP700 XP800 XP810 XP820 T2730 T2730 T273XL0 with arc chip (Everything fine)
    • Continuous Ink System ciss cis system for epson WorkForce WF-2630 XP-420 XP-424 XP-320 xp420 xp424 xp320 printer T2201 T220xl1 (Everything fine)
    • T2521 Refillable ink cartridge for epson WorkForce WF-3620 WF-3640 WF-7610 WF-7620 3620 3640 7610 7620 PRINTER with ARC chip (Everything fine)
    • 5PCS 273 273XL Refillable Ink Cartridge for epson XP520 XP600 XP610 XP620 XP700 XP800 XP810 XP820 PRINTER T2730 America printer (Everything fine)
Maybe I've just been careful or lucky, but I haven't had a bad experience with AliExpress yet.

A couple other comments relevant to this thread:

  • The chips that have a button reset on the CISS systems get around the problem of cascading empty signals from the different colors since all are reset at once. These seem to be used mostly for CISS but I have seen them used for individual refillable cartridges with individual reset buttons.
  • As I mentioned before, the particular CISS systems I used required the printer to be kept powered on because powering off or cancelling a print job would require a chip reset and trigger a printer ink charging cycle.
  • I used to assume that all these companies were selling the same product from the same manufacturer, but I now now that is not always the case. For the Epson T220 inks I have samples from 5 different suppliers from Alibaba, and among them there are 3 distinctly different molded tank configurations and 3 distinctly different single-use chips.
  • The legal disputes between Epson and the refillable cartridge and CISS chip suppliers have been going on for many years, but last month a major chip supplier (Apex) told me directly that they can no longer supply Epson chips to the US market. They can still supply Epson chips to Canada and many other parts of the world, and they can still supply Canon and Brother chips to the US market, but no more Epson chips (re-settable or single use).
 

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I got a resetter for the regular 3rd party P400 refill cartridges like this one, without batteries or reset buttons
www.aliexpress.com/item/32815065741.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.538363efOPFm40&algo_pvid=47c533fd-af91-4945-b6e3-fb3fe3212e52&algo_expid=47c533fd-af91-4945-b6e3-fb3fe3212e52-1&btsid=f51e66c9-e1d0-4588-9031-bc98f1b62570&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_6,searchweb201603_55

I can reset one or more cartridges with that resetter, as well those which don't show the empty-status yet
 
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