What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

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Radu Tenenbaum
Radu Tenenbaum Senior Member • Posts: 2,878
What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

I'll be looking at a used Epson 3880 being offered locally.  Seller claims that it's only printed 300 times and that it has new inkset.

Is there a counter that I can check?  Aside from checking ink levels and asking for a nozzle check, what else should I be looking for?

Thanks!

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Re: What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

Radu Tenenbaum wrote:

I'll be looking at a used Epson 3880 being offered locally.  Seller claims that it's only printed 300 times and that it has new inkset.

Is there a counter that I can check?

Yes, it is available through the console panel. Download the user manual and find out how to access it.

Aside from checking ink levels and asking for a nozzle check, what else should I be looking for?

You might want to ask why it is being sold.

I would ask to watch a print coming off, preferably one of your images.

Brian A

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Re: What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

Write up a pre-nup agreement defining conditions for return--then get it signed!

irv

ps for 300 prints of moderate size the original carts should still be in place.

Radu Tenenbaum
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Re: What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

What was a waste of 90 minutes and two gallons of gas.

Ink was at 50-70% instead of the claimed 90% plus.  Maintenance cartridge was almost at capacity.  Ran nozzle check and there were gaps.  Ran auto nozzle check, where the printer iteratively checks output and cleans as necessary, but the Maintenance cartridge reached capacity after awhile and everything stopped.  What had printed to that point still had gaps.  Said goodbye.

Epson has a $250 rebate till the end of March, so I just ordered one from Amazon.

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Re: What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

Radu Tenenbaum wrote:

What was a waste of 90 minutes and two gallons of gas.

Ink was at 50-70% instead of the claimed 90% plus.

They will be at about 80% before you do a single print. It takes that much ink to prime the lines and align the head.

Maintenance cartridge was almost at capacity.

A maintenance tank is about $16.

Ran nozzle check and there were gaps.  Ran auto nozzle check, where the printer iteratively checks output and cleans as necessary, but the Maintenance cartridge reached capacity after awhile and everything stopped.  What had printed to that point still had gaps.

More serious

Brian A

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Re: What should I check when buying a used Epson 3880

You did the right thing. Now you will have a brand new trouble free printer to enjoy for many years.

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