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Inexpensive printers are great, but when it comes time to repair, your choices are somewhat limited.
I haven't used my nice little Canon BJC 2100 printer for more than a year so it won't print now. I've pressed all the cleaning & nozzle cleaning buttons, printed test pages all to no avail. The ink pad on the cartridge is still wet with ink so it must be the print head that's dried out. Canon tried to help but suggested a new print head but at a price that would buy me 2 new printers! I'd like to use that printer again so is there any way to refurbish & clean that print head?
I'll throw this one to my readers, buy my off-the-cuff answer is no.
I mean, yes - but no.
Let me explain...
Of course I'm sure that there's a way to refurbish the print head. The problem is the cost. As with replacement, getting something refurbished is going to cost you and probably cost more than the value of the printer.
In insurance terms, your printer's been "totaled". The cost to repair exceeds the cost to replace.
It's a frustrating side effect of inexpensive electronics. I mean, it's great that there are very good quality printers and other electronics as exceptionally reasonable prices, but that means that when they break or wear out they're effectively disposable.
It doesn't take a lot of parts and labor to quickly cost more than the original $120.00 purchase price of an inexpensive printer. Not to mention the value of your own time and hassle arranging for repair/refurbishing.
The net result is kind of frightening. Without getting into a lot of the social/political ramifications, all those disposable electronics end up somewhere. Landfills, or perhaps recycling facilities often of questionable impact themselves.
It seems like there would be a big market for inexpensive ways to extend the life of inexpensive electronics. Of course, if it's not inexpensive, then it's not going to happen.
Personally, I would expect that there might be "do it yourself" print head cleaning kits, though I I've not had any experience with them myself. This is where I'll ask readers: any thoughts?
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