Dye or pigment inks and refillable cartridges for Epson Artisan 1430

Started Feb 1, 2013 | Questions thread
jtoolman
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Re: Dye or pigment inks and refillable cartridges for Epson Artisan 1430
In reply to David Seys, Feb 2, 2013

David Seys wrote:

I can't keep up with all the various 3rd party inks you use, Joe. Why not select one and buy from one place for all your printers?

Joe, if you had to pick one dye and one pigment which ones would they be?

All of these new dye formulas are getting confusing. Traditionally dyes faded in weeks or months. Now many are claiming "Claria like" formulas. That's great, but how long do they last now before fading? Are dyes catching up to pigments in the longevity department? I have some wedding clients liking the looks of dye but I'm scared to print their photos using dye. I don't want them calling me in 5 years to tell me their prints are faded. It would be nice to get more into from the 3rd party manufacturers and distributors (other than Cone inks) about these issues.

Most of the inks sold by the top sellers int he USA are from Image Specialists. They are just rebadged by the various sellers. So I am using pretty much inks from one company if you really think about it.

CONE has their inks made exclusively for them, to their specs in China.

If you frame under glass, Claria and the various Claria type 3rd party inks will outlast most marriages.

There is almost zero data from any of the labs that test inks for longevity. As these labs will only tend to test OEM inks.

Joe

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