Is there a place to buy Genuine Canon ink in bulk?

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Obviously, I have always used the typical Amazon link when i buy genuine Canon ink.
The real issue with having the Canon Pixma iX6820 is, if you don’t use OEM inks continually the more likely it is that the print head will develop the problem of double image, as seen many times before..
 

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The real issue with having the Canon Pixma iX6820 is, if you don’t use OEM inks continually the more likely it is that the print head will develop the problem of double image, as seen many times before..

is that a thing?

eek i'll have to watch for it.

ya we're in a weird niche wherein we print enough 13x19 canvas to not be considered "personal home users," but we don't do quite enough printing to rationalize upgrading to a more sophisticated operation -- with a better 13x19 printer.

The cool thing about the ix6820 is that its dirt cheap and it can take a beating.

  • However, when we leave the world of genuine canon ink, we find that things get complicated.
  • But if we stay in the world of genuine canon ink, then things get expensive.

hah

someone last time recommended https://www.precisioncolors.com/C5Ebulk.html
so i'm gonna give that a try

if anyone has any other ink ideas i'd love to see them.
 
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Sep 28, 2021 Update.

Hi startman,
I noticed that there are many types of knock-off ink available some of the big 13x19 ecotank printers like the "EcoTank Photo ET-8550"

Do you think we could get away with getting one of these EcoTank printers, and then using ink like this guy sells:
https://tinyurl.com/ye9ybaen

I know there is no substitute for genuine ink. But we really only need to produce pieces that maintain their color for a year or two. E.g. we're not selling archival stuff.

Recall from our earlier conversations that I couldnt get the color in the other ink http://amazon.com/dp/B07K9LQ4SW to last for more than 5 days in the sun--after printing on my old Canon Pixma iX6820.

But maybe other "dye sublimation Ink" would perform better?

This would be beneficial because, for us, we're not technical and we mostly wish to avoid syringes and the tedium of refilling little plastic containers. If we buy one of the ECoTank printers, maybe we could eliminate that...?

Thanks!

P.S. I'm assuming stuff like this http://amazon.com/dp/B096LYMB1T will not work since it says "Not Sublimation Ink" on the page.

(Note: I'm still really fuzzy on the difference between "dye", and "sublimation", and "dye-sublimation")
 
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I must admit that I'm a kind of irritated about your projects - dye sub ink is needed for a process to print onto textiles -e.g. cotton with polyethylen mixed fabric. The ink only becomes more stable against fading when you do the complete process - printing onto a transfer sheet - applying that with a heat press to the T-shirt, and the dye molecules only trransfer via a gaseous phase by heat into the PE, the dye sub ink as you refer to does not give you any benefit just by printing on regular inkjet paper.

And it is not clear at all why you try to substitute the regular Epson Claria inks by some no-name weaker performing stuff - you won't have my support for that - just be glad that Epson dropped their Claria ink prices to less than 10% compared to inks in cartridges.

Refill handling at the ET-8550 is a breeze - you cannot do it wrong - no needles - no syringes etc -with the original bottles - if you don't refill them
 
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The bottled Claria inks from Epson for the ET-7750, and I dare to say the ones in the 8550 are not weaker, will have no problems within a year indoors even with direct sun. Outside to direct wheather, sun and rain, it will be different of course.
 

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Staples - Amazon etc - I'm afraid that you are shooting as well for low cost papers using these sources - please be aware that the type of paper - its base composition with the ink receptive coating has as well a significant influence onto the overall longevity/fading performance - it's the combination of both which give you very good or weaker results.
 

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I know there is no substitute for genuine ink.
Correct. When it comes to Dye-based ink there is no substitute for fade resistance. A very few aftermarket inks may resist fading for weeks but many others may show color distortions in that same time. Unless someone has experience with that specific ink it is a gamble. Continuing with the casino metaphor, the House wins most of the time and you, the gambler, lose more often.

@Ink stained Fingers and @maximilian59 give excellent advice. Do not ignore the importance of the choice of paper on longevity. Like them, I do not understand the switch to dye sublimation. What is it you want to do with the printer?

Since OEM Epson ink for the ET-8550 is reasonably priced for the amount of ink and its performance I do not understand why you would want to risk poor performance and possible clog issues with aftermarket inks.

A full tank in the ET-8550 may last many months to well over a year depending on your printing frequency and amounts. What do you print and how much per month? If the ink is going to be sitting in a tank for a year or longer than OEM would give you the best assurance against clogs, color shifts, contamination, etc.

we really only need to produce pieces that maintain their color for a year or two.
If you are selling the print then it makes even less sense to go with aftermarket inks.


If you are going to buy a non-Tank printer that uses individual cartridges then the Forum may be able to recommend pre-filled aftermarket cartridges - no refilling on your part - depending on your location. Figure out the printer you want and then start a new thread and ask for suggestions before you buy the printer. I have my doubts but maybe someone has good experience on fade resistance with a prefilled cartridge seller.

(Note: I'm still really fuzzy on the difference between "dye", and "sublimation", and "dye-sublimation")
Google "dye sublimation". Many links to explanations and videos.
 

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If you go for refill you can use these megatank inks indeed but please be aware - Canon does not tell you - that they ship different quality inks with different megatank printers. The best inks in respect to longevity are the bottled inks for the G620/650 model and forget the inks for the model series G2000/3000 , pricing is somewhat similar but the longevity performance is vastly different. The inks for the G620 are the same Chromalife 100 inks as listed above by @stratman in posting #2 and used in these cartridges.



with these G620 inks - or with the genuine cartridges for your printer using the Chromalife 100 inks. No Amazon etc substitute of these cartidges can match the Chromalife 100 performance.
Thank you SO MUCH for it, I have asked this for so many technicians, canon support, local shops, no one would know how to answer this. I actually registered here just so I could thank you!
Inks in my country are very expensive, even the bottle ones, I just got a Pixma IX6810(Wich seems to be Brazilian model for the 6820) I wanted a good ink to refill my cartridges, but didnt know wich to buy. My model uses 5 of the CLI-151 cartridges pgbk, bk, c, m and y. I do know that only the Gi-13 bottles mention chromalife 100+ technology in the local canon website and that they are indicated for the MEGA TANK G610 and G510 models (wich I haven't ever seen in Brazil's market..but yet...)
Well, I am trying to put the square into the square hole and the circle not in the triangule hole here... but for what I got, getting the cheaper bottles won't do the same quality (longevity) as my original cli-151. But getting the gi-13 may just be what the doctor described, is that right? :D
 

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Not to highjack this post, but... I do understand that the combination is the key for longevity, but how much diferent woul it be to use a different ink from my originaly designated cartridge if I would stick to good papers and framing it (maybe laminations with pet?).
 
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