I have a Hewlett Packard All in One - a bit old, but fully functioning. My works have just supplied a new Dell 968 multifunction printer which also faxes so I want to store my HP in the loft in case of need in the future. There are 2 almost new cartridges in the Hewlett Packard that I would like to keep - if possible.
I've just resurrected an elderly Epson in order to give it to a neighbour. About 2-3 years ago it was put away in a box in my study, in full working order and with cartridges fitted, when I bought one that prints direct onto CDs (an Epson Stylus Photo R220 — excellent printer for the price).
Last week I dug the old one out, did the nozzle check, and it worked perfectly.
Jack's advice is good re not buying new cartriges to store, despite my happy experience with a stored printer (above).
Many regulars on this forum recommend compatibles from click here. They're much cheaper than printer-manufacturer's cartridges and IMO just as good. I've bought from them for ages and never had a complaint.
Why not leave your printer connected so that you have two functional printers connected? I have two connected, one for general use and the other is available in the event of a problem with the first one, i.e. cartridge problem etc. It does mean that now and again you have to use number two to keep the cartidge from drying up but the convenience of a backup is worth it.
Thanks again - I understand about the shelf life of the carts so I'll buy these when I eventually bring it back down from the loft.
compumac - I simply don't have the desk space for 2 multi-function devices. As my employer will pay for new cartridges for 'their printer' it makes more sense attach this to my PC fore now and to use this until it gets taken away :o)
This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.