I usually get my cartridges refilled at CostCo. FYI, the XL sizes cost more like $13 to refill, still a bargain. I have an older HP printer and it sometimes will know it isn't HP ink and will give me a notice that it is not a genuine cartridge and will refuse to print. Well, it IS a genuine cartridge, it just isn't genuine ink. Usually the problem will clear up if I turn the printer off and back on again. Sometimes I have to take the cartridge out and put it back in. A nuisance, but normally it is a temporary hiccup.

Note that cartridges cannot be refilled indefinitely. Often you get just 2 or 3 refills, then must revert back to a brand new cartridge. And sometimes the refill doesn't take - so when you pick it up at the CostCo photo desk and find this out you end up walking on over to Customer Service to get a refund.

Lynette Cook

On Jan 13, 2016, at 3:50 PM, Deborah Shaw wrote:

Possible tip on ink cartridge costs:
If you have a CostCo nearby, they have an authorized refill service for inkjet cartridges on the brands/models they carry, which is a considerable inventory. MUCH, much cheaper than purchasing. You bring in your empties (only the full sized, not the initial “little” cartridges that ship with the printers), and they’ll refill them while you shop. Supposedly, because they are an “authorized” service, the printer thinks the cartridge is still a genuine HP or Epson cartridge. 

I haven’t tried it yet, but intend to for my small, desktop HP Officejet Pro 8625. Haven’t had any problems with this printer, which we use for run-of-the-mill average printing… Hope I didn’t just jinx it…


Deborah B. Shaw
dbShaw Studios


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