Best Ink Deals For HP Officejet Pro 8600 All-in-One

The HP Pro 8600 all-in-one printer is great for personal use. Staples currently has the best price out of reputable stores for the printer itself at $99 shipped. This is a 4 in 1 printer that copy, scan, fax and print. Printing speed is impressive at eighteen pages per minute for black and thirteen pages per minute for color. Wireless B/G/N capabilities allow for easy compatibility with mobile devices, laptops and desktops. An Ethernet port is also available for those who prefer to hard wire devices on their network. The paper tray can hold up to two hundred and fifty pages. There is a maximum monthly duty cycle of 25,000 pages. All signs and most reviews point to the fact that this is a solid printer at a fair price.

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Best Ink For HP 8600 Printer

As you likely guessed by the title of this article, I am mostly concerned with the price of ink. We will use Amazon to establish base prices. HP 8600 pro printers use:

Black – HP 950 Cartridges – costs $25 on Amazon for the official HP brand.

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Color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) – HP 951 Cartridges – costs $48 on Amazon for the official HP brand. It’s important to note that by combo they mean you actually receive 3 different color ink cartridges. The price for a single color of HP 951 is in the $17 to $20 range on Amazon.

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If you burn through a lot of ink, you can also buy the HP 951XL and HP 950XL cartridges to print more than twice as much without replacing cartridges.

HP 950XL with 2x the ink costs $39 on Amazon. Note this is about $11 cheaper than using 2 regular 950 cartridges at $25 a piece.

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HP 951XL combo with all three colors is about $74 on Amazon. This is a pretty good savings giving that 2x the 951 cartridges would cost $96, so the XL version saves about $22 if you use a lot of ink.

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Re-manufactured Ink Cartridge Savings

Now that we have established the base line prices of genuine HP ink, we’ll looking into the savings of buying re-manufactured ink. 123inkjets is currently my favorite source for cheap ink. I wrote a review of their service here.

123inkjets re-manufactured price comparison for the HP 8600 Pro printer. Note 123inkjets only deals in the XL versions of the cartridge with over twice as much ink as the standard sizes without the letters XL at the end.

  • Re-manufactured 950X – $15.99 vs. $39 for new
  • Re-manufactured 951XL – $42 (3x$13.99) vs. $74 for new

As you can see the re-manufactured ink costs roughly half as much in both cases. 123inkjets also ffers a mega pack with 3 black 950xL and 6 951XL (2 of each color) for only $115. 123 is also offering another $15 off all ink orders with coupon code SCUBA. Shipping is free at 123 for all orders over $55.

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101inks.com  has good prices, but 123inkjets is still a few bucks cheaper per cartridge. Even the sale price of $80 for 2 black 950XL and the combo of all the 951X works out to be a little higher at around $16 per cartridge. This difference isn’t significant though.

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Inkfarm.com is also a couple bucks more per cartridge.

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1ink.com was the highest I checked for this series of HP ink. The prices are still damn good compared to the genuine cartridges and the store has a fine reputation though.

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Tumbleweed – Great Company For Tiny House Plans

I currently work for Compact Appliance. During the course of my day to day activities, I run across many tiny house websites. In all honesty, these websites are frequently one of the few bright spots in my otherwise mundane day. If you aren’t familiar with what a tiny house is, here is an example from the folks at Tumbleweed Houses.

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Tiny Houses Explained

Tiny houses are typically from 100 to 900 square feet. They usually cost between $20,000 – $60,000 to build. The low price point helped fuel increased interest during the economic downturn. Many houses are designed for easy relocation. Aesthetically, they tend to have more solid wood, although it’s also common to use re-purposed storage containers or train cars too. In some ways, these smaller footprint houses are a backlash against the explosive growth in home sizes seen over the last 50 years. Wikipedia even describes this as the “small house movement.” The owners tend to be more green focused. Many choose to reside in sparsely populated areas nestled against nature, like in the woods or by a mountain.

Resources To Learn More

  • Tiny House Talk is my favorite blog to look at countless amazing images of tiny houses. I’ve had a few exchanged with the webmaster, Alex. He strikes me as a genuinely good guy. Now that I’ve mentioned his site, I’ll borrow one of my favorite images from Tiny House Talk. It’s taken from inside an 800 square foot unit, so it is on the bigger side. I find myself entranced by all the wood work and the overall bright nature of the residence.

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  • The Tiny Life is another worthwhile blog focused on the small living revolution. Ryan, the webmaster, has a good checklist to consider before starting your own tiny house project. He starts his checklist by saying you need a plan and some tools. Tumbleweed is a great resource if you would feel more comfortable purchasing a proven set of blue prints.

 

What Services Does Tumbleweed Offer?

  1. Tested Blue Prints for Tiny Houses from 117 to 874 square feet. I don’t know about you, but I am neither an architect nor am I a carpenter. One of the coolest aspects of the small house movement is the DIY aspect. Of course, you are looking at far fewer headaches if you buy a set of plans. A set of plans from Tumbleweed currently costs one payment of $759 or 12 payments of $79. I realize that is a sizable investment. In my humble opinion, it is still worth it for most of us mere novices.

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  1. In addition to a variety of plans, Tumbleweed also sells trailers to move tiny houses. The trailers start at a little under $4,000 and go to a little under $6,000. Again, this is a sizable investment but it does ensure you will have the freedom to explore without leaving your house behind. You’ll also do this with far more style than your typical tacky RV geared towards the 80+ crowd.

 

 

  1. Last, Tumbleweed hosts workshops all over the country for those looking to learn more about this more sustainable method of living. These workshops have been hosted in over 26 different cities. Workshop tickets retail at $400, but I’ve seen them go as low as a little over $200 if you happen to catch the offer at the right time. As with most items, the price is dependent on how badly they need to move them.

 

 

Conclusion

Joining the tiny house movement can begin a great journey. The building process can instill confidence and allow growth in areas you never knew you were capable. Living in a smaller footprint allows owners to consume less and feel better about the sustainability of their path. The portable nature of many setups allows for a flexibility and oneness with nature rarely realized in today’s fast paced society. And most importantly for some – living this way is inexpensive.

123Inkjets – Cheap Source Of Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges

I don’t know about you, but I dread buying ink for my printer. This one of those sectors, like component cables, where the big box stores uniformly charge outrageous prices. I’ve personally used a variety of HP printers over the last 15 years. I’ve never had trouble finding ink for this wildly popular printer brand, but it is a bitch to find myself in a pinch paying $35+ for a new ink cartridge from Walmart in the middle of the night. I’ve gotten into the habit of buying a batch of refurbished inkjet cartridges when I buy a new printer. I can frequently buy 2 or 3 re-manufactured cartridges for what I would pay for 1 new cartridge from a big box store.

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123Inkjets – Cheap Source of Re-manufactured Inkjet Cartridges

You want to be careful when buying re-manufactured cartridges. Printer manufacturers would prefer if refurbished cartridges didn’t work in their printers at all. This is because most printers don’t make much for the manufacturer. Most of the money is made from the ink. A poorly re-manufactured cartridge will read as empty of ink and the printer might not print, despite the fact the cartridge is actually full of ink. This is where 123Inkjets comes into play as a low cost, reliable provider.

 

123Inkjets.com Reviews

I’m not just blowing smoke up your ass. 123Inkjets is a great compromise of low cost and high quality. On ResellersRatings, the company has a stellar 9.77 out of 10 rating with over 1300 reviews.

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Ratings on Epinions are, unfortunately, less remarkable. On this site, 123Inkjets has a 2 out of 5 star rating with 45 reviews.

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I always wonder what the deal is when ratings are this divergent. The unpleasant reality more times than not is that the merchant likely pays a fee to be able to protect their image. That’s how BBB, Resellers Ratings, and most alleged review sites work. If I remember correctly Reseller Ratings is owned by Answers.com. The fee for a merchant to protect their ratings starts somewhere in the neighborhood of $1500 per month. Epinions as part of the Ebay network isn’t any better. Realistically, if you have problems with any of the cartridges from 123Inkjets, you should rely upon their 1 year, 100% satisfaction guarantee. Here is a link to this return policy with a phone number.

While the vast majority of re-manufactured ink cartridges will work without any hassle, some won’t be read correctly by the printer for a variety of reasons. This is one of the inevitable, albeit rare, drawbacks of using refurbed cartridges.

 

Other Advantages of 123Inkjets

  • The products are dirt cheap. Refurbished cartridges often cost 1/3rd or 1/4th the cost of their new counterparts. You can sweeten this deal by placing an order for at least $55 to quality for free shipping. Coupon code BLOOM will also take 15% off qualifying ink cartridges until 5/27/14. Here is the landing page for this offer. This same coupon code takes 10% off other products.
  • Products are backed by a one year 100% satisfaction guarantee. The only annoying part about the return policy is that 123Inkjets doesn’t take care of the shipping charges. On the bright side, shipping rates are fair.
  • 123Inkjets has been in business since 1999. They have remained in business this long by providing fair service and good products at a low cost.
  • Despite the fact that their site has an old school appearance, navigation is actually quite simple if you know the model number of your printer. Here is an example of how it looks on the HP category page.

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Conclusion

123Inkjets is an affordable and well respected provider of re-manufactured ink cartridges. They have ink for the widest variety of printers. Free shipping is available on all orders over $55. Until 5/27/14, you can apply coupon code BLOOM to save another 15% on ink purchases. The company has been around since 1999 and has remarkably good reviews. On the off chance they sell you a cartridge that doesn’t work in your printer, they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for one year on all ink purchases.

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EdgeStar DWP61ES Dishwasher

Let me preface this article by saying a countertop dishwasher is only a cool gift if the recipient lives in a tiny ass apartment where regular dishwashers are not an option. If you or the potential gift recipient fits the aforementioned criteria, a countertop dishwasher can be an absolute life saver. I fell in this boat right out of college when I lived in a 264 square foot apartment off Enfield Rd here in Austin. You might be asking yourself at this point, “whoa, how could you live in that little space.” I could do it because I was broke, and yes, it sucked. On the bright side, the experience put hair on my chest or balls. Pick the part that seems more manly to you.

EdgeStar DWP61ES

The EdgeStar dishwasher made the experience of living in a small space far more bearable. Like many Americans of the millennial generation, I never learned to wash dishes by hand. Yes, this is far better than never learning to read, but it still isn’t an optimal predicament when you find yourself forced into living in urban squalor. My biggest problem with hand washing dishes is I don’t know when to declare them clean. It seems counter-intuitive to accept a plate as sanitary if it hasn’t been fully bathed in several rounds of 150 degree water and steam. At this point, you are probably interested in what’s under the hood.

EdgeStar DWP61ES Dishwasher Review

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  • In theory, the EdgeStar DWP61ES dishwasher has enough room for 6 place settings. I say in theory because my unit was about an inch and a half to short to comfortably hold my large plates without tilting (max plate height is 10.5 inches). The end result was that I ran many loads with just 4 large plates. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t my greenest move. Oh well, I was young, dumb and too lazy to wash dishes. What do you want from me.
  • Countertop is not just a name. You do place these units on top of the counter. They are pretty small coming in at less than 50 pounds.
  • The Dimensions are – 17-3/16″ Height x 21-11/16″ Width x 19-11/16″ Depth.
  • 680 watt power consumption.
  • 1 year warranty to send new parts and 90 day warranty for repair that requires a service technician.
  • Owners manual link.
  • Delayed start option.
  • Connects to the faucet for water.
  • 55 decibel operating volume.
  • 6 different wash cycles are available, depending on what you are washing.

Setup

EdgeStar has a pretty thorough setup / overview of the DWP61ES on Youtube. It’s pretty straightforward. The only part that might be tricky is that you have to connect the unit to your sink to supply water. Yeah, this method looks more ghetto than a standard full size or 18 inch dishwasher with the hoses in the back. It’s still well worth the aesthetic sacrifice if you don’t like to hand wash dishes.

List of Don’ts (Some Are Mildly Amusing)

  • Don’t store gasoline or other flammable liquids in or around your dishwasher. I second this advice.
  • Don’t allow children to play inside the dishwasher. I’ll go out on a limb and say this one also sounds like common sense.
  • Load knives handle side up to reduce the chance of injury. OMG, we as a people are either that stupid or litigious. I’m going to start a letter writing campaign to my congressman about the associated e coli risk about improper toilet paper usage. I expect you to do the same.
  • Content washed in sanitizing mode might be hot to the touch. I sure as fuck hope so!

I’m going to stop here. This list is making me lose faith in the mental faculties of mankind.

Conclusion

The EdgeStar DWP61ES dishwasher can be a life saver if you lack the space for a traditional dishwasher. It can’t hold many dishes, but it’s unlikely that you are looking to this unit to satisfy the cleaning needs of a family of five. If you are, god help you. The other main selling feature of this unit is the low price tag. When I look at Compact Appliance, it only costs slightly more than $260. That’s about half the price of a standard size dishwasher. As long as you set your expectations correctly about the capabilities of this dishwasher, it will be a great addition.

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Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 Canon or Nikon Offer

Buydig through Ebay has a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens for either a Canon or Nikon DSLR on sale for $430 shipped. This lens currently costs $569 on Amazon with a four star rating. Retail price, for what it’s worth, is listed at almost one thousand dollars.

sigma lens deal

If you purchase this deal, you will earn $8.60 in Ebay bucks to spend at a later date. This a brand new lens with a full U.S. warranty. Buydig is one of the most respected ecommerce companies in the camera game. They maintain a 99.4% approval rating on Ebay. This is pretty remarkable giving how picky some of those bastards are.

I wouldn’t select this item if you are looking for an all around walking around lens. It takes great indoor shots.