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| Re: Feedback on John Cone Inks for Epson 4900 |
You are discussing his Piezography inks, correct? If so, sure - it's truly a different system from OEM with an expanded monochrome ability over what we have with the Epson system. I'm can't speak to the 4900 offering in Piezography specifically, though.
If you're talking about color inks, on the other hand, I can't possibly imagine any value in going outside OEM unless you print in such volumes that ink costs are deeply non-negligible. Even then, your paper costs are easily dominant unless you are running budget media through your 4900. But your situate is the opposite, if I'm right - meaning you mention small printing volumes. Nothing against Jon Cone; but it just doesn't make sense. I have never thrown an ink cart away because of a shelf life date, and can't imagine doing so.
Lot's of discussion on printing forums on this topic and it always comes down to the analysis you already offered: "I realize ink costs are small in comparison to the other related costs...", and plenty of unmentioned negatives for most of us, but possibly meaningful savings for some. See the linked discussion on the Lula forum if you're interested.