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DJ Extraordinaire
Apr 4, 2017
It'll ask for more paper on its own, no need to tell it 1-20.
He’s saying he has to start over when it runs out of paper... which I never heard of... and I agree with you. I was just pointing out that, should what he says actually be true in some crazy way... there is still a solution.


DJ Extraordinaire
May 22, 2013
I've been using a HP Laserjet 1012 for over 10 years. You can load a ton of paper into it and the toner lasts forever unless you do a lot of printing. It uses black toner so there isn't the hassle of worrying about the CYMK (colors) running out of ink. Works great for contracts and other B&W documents.

If I need something printed in color I go to print shop.


DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
You do know theres a setting where you can print a certain amount of pages each time. For example you can tell it to print pages 1-20 first... reload the paper... and then tell it to print pages 20-39. Also never heard of a printer that can't hold more than 25 pages. Sounds a lot like user error.
Thank you for that. No I didn't know that. I will check it out.


DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
I just finished buying the HP Office Jet 8035 for $199.99 plus tax. They give free ink for 8 months. Just got to sign up and pay a small fee for each month. When the ink is running low they will send you more ink. After 8 months you can buy ink from them saving you from going to the store to buy ink or ordering it from someone else online.

Scott Hanna

DJ Extraordinaire
ODJT Supporter
Oct 25, 2006
Cleveland, OH
Instant ink:(copied from a review)

The printer requires a constant internet connection in order for Instant Ink to work.
You cannot roll over pages you paid for indefinitely (you can adjust your plan)
You’re literally paying someone an ongoing fee for the privilege of printing from a product you purchased at a store at full price.
Any amount of ink counts as a page. Need to print a test sheet? That’s a page. Accidentally wind up with one letter printed on an otherwise blank sheet? Still counts as a page.
Instant Ink only competes with printer ink costs if you print a lot of photos, and most people don’t. Good photo paper is also more expensive than regular paper, which would eat into some of the savings.
The overage fee structure is insane. You’d need to manage your print volume carefully relative to your print plan in order to avoid them, because slapping an extra 5 to 10-cent tariff on a printer’s per-sheet cost ruins the benefits of this service. The $3/month plan offers a base printing cost of 6 cents per sheet, while the $20/month plan brings this down to 2.8 cents per sheet, but if you have to buy additional paper, both numbers start becoming uncompetitive. According to William Harrel’s HP Office Jet Pro 9015 AIO review, here’s how buying ink the old-fashioned way compares to using Instant Ink on that device:
If you buy the highest-yield XL ink cartridges (2,000 pages monochrome and 1,600 pages color) for this AIO, each monochrome page will cost you about 2.2 cents and each color print will run about 8.8 cents. Subscribing to the company’s highest-yield Instant Ink subscription (700 pages for $19.99 per month, with each additional 20 pages for $1), each page will cost you 2.9 cents… Hence, it is with colorful, content-heavy pages that Instant Ink delivers the best value…

By comparison, the Epson WF-4720’s running costs are 2.7 cents monochrome and 8 cents color. The Canon TR8520, a five-ink printer, will run you significantly more than that. And the Brother MFC-J995DW, one of the company’s INKvestment Tank models, will run you just less than 1 cent for black pages and slightly less than 5 cents for color.

There seems to be very little benefit to anyone from this kind of solution. Instant Ink’s lower-end plans are not price competitive with alternative customer solutions (previously referred to as “buying a printer,”) and its upper-end plans would have you paying $240 per year to use a device you already purchased for $180. Yes, you get ink cartridges shipped to you, but I suspect HP has tailored the price per page against its own ink cartridge costs carefully. Unless you’re planning to start printing out full-page photo albums, I wouldn’t go looking for an HP Instant Ink printer. It may be convenient, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly cheap.


Shine on you crazy diamond
Staff member
ODJT Supporter
Sep 26, 2011
I worked for HP for 23 years .. including 5 years in the printer group .. and I wouldn't buy it. It's a time saver . not a money saver.


DJ Extraordinaire
ODJT Supporter
Feb 6, 2007
central Ohio
Anyone want to wager on what next great buy is going to be?? Not much left to chose.
I'll come up with something after I move my van so as to not get a ticket.
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