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[Staples/TheSource/WM/BB/Costco] HP Inkjet wireless 3-in-One Instant-Ink Eligible Printers from $90

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Infiverse wrote: Darn it missed the deal a couple months back in April when staples was having a promo for the officejet 8710/8720. Apparently those were the pro series but was still eligible for the free 15 pages a month instant ink program as long as you called?
Im guessing its really YMMV...
Yup these printers were hard to come by. But didn't help that people bought 3-4 and were selling BNIB on Craigslist.

Back to Instant Ink, yeah officially the OfficeJet Pro isn't eligible for the free 15 page plan. No option to choose it in self serve portal. But yes, if you call in, support can override this. I'm half done the colour cartridges in 4 months of use of Instant Ink cartridges.
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@aasoror -- thank you for creating this post! Saved me a lot of time of research. Ended up getting OfficeJet 5255 from Costco at $60. It came with the "starter" InstantInk cartridges, I'm waiting to use them up before signing up for InstantInk as advised in this thread. Again -- thank you, a lot of invaluable information!
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They must have fixed the starter cartridge counting towards your quota issue...I had followed the advice to delay enrolling in the Instant Ink program until the cartridges went low and signed up when there was 1/3 left so that I give myself some buffer room before running out. I've still been printing using my starter cartridges since enrolling in the program and it has not counted towards my quota at all. The Instant Ink cartridges have shipped and I assume that the quota doesn't activate until I actually insert these new cartridges in.

I wanted to let others know because by delaying enrollment in the program, I actually lost out on the 4 months free trial that they offer if you sign up within 7 days of setting up your printer.

Otherwise though, thanks for the great strategy of ink for life! (or until they decide to scrap the program), and keeping the thread updated!
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Watoko wrote: I've still been printing using my starter cartridges since enrolling in the program and it has not counted towards my quota at all.
Were your starter cartridges marked as instant ink ones ?
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Can I buy 10 of these printers and enroll all of them into FREE Insta Ink Plan and print 15 (X10) for lifetime without any charges.
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joongpark wrote: Can I buy 10 of these printers and enroll all of them into FREE Insta Ink Plan and print 15 (X10) for lifetime without any charges.
Yes, the maximum enrolled printers per person (i.e. credit card) is 10.
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aasoror wrote: Were your starter cartridges marked as instant ink ones ?
Yes, they were marked as Instant Ink. The printer I have is DeskJet 2655.
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How does this work? I guess that the printer driver must be "phoning home" over the internet so that HP can keep track of page counts.
Or does the printer itself require internet accesss?

How would this work if you use Linux?

How would this work if you move the printer between systems?
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Canon TS3120 is on sale for $39, or TR4520 for $49 at Walmart. How do they compare to the OP HP printer?
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Hugh wrote: How does this work? I guess that the printer driver must be "phoning home" over the internet so that HP can keep track of page counts.
Or does the printer itself require internet accesss?

How would this work if you use Linux?

How would this work if you move the printer between systems?
The printer itself has internet access and “phones home”
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Any 2-sided ADF scanner/copier colour printers?
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stangri wrote: OfficeJet 5255 from Costco at $60
is this a good deal compared to the other printers ?

in the market for one and would like to get in on this free ink thing !
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pumpkinpies wrote: is this a good deal compared to the other printers ?
If both BestBuy and Costco were equally distant to me, I may have tried to compare OfficeJet 3833 vs DeskJet 5255. But since BB (unlike Costco) is pretty far away and I'm not sure if they're still selling 3833 for $40, I ended up buying a printer from Costco.
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stangri wrote: If both BestBuy and Costco were equally distant to me, I may have tried to compare OfficeJet 3833 vs DeskJet 5255. But since BB (unlike Costco) is pretty far away and I'm not sure if they're still selling 3833 for $40, I ended up buying a printer from Costco.
3833 is full price now at besbuy - $160
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pumpkinpies wrote: 3833 is full price now at besbuy - $160
Yup, that sale ended August 15th IIRC.
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john.canad wrote: Any 2-sided ADF scanner/copier colour printers?
If you don't mind buying "a pro" printer (not eligible for free instant ink by default) and calling in to try your luck enrolling it for the free instant ink tier (lots of success reports), then a couple of good deals to be had.
BB office jet pro 6968 for $70
Staples office jet pro 6978 for $70
Staples office jet pro 8710 for $80
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Hugh wrote: How does this work? I guess that the printer driver must be "phoning home" over the internet so that HP can keep track of page counts.
Or does the printer itself require internet accesss?

How would this work if you use Linux?

How would this work if you move the printer between systems?
It's a network printer, OS-agnostic (supports both TCP/IP and webservices) so would work with windows, linux, android and mac os without an issue.
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redflagdeals111 wrote: Canon TS3120 is on sale for $39, or TR4520 for $49 at Walmart. How do they compare to the OP HP printer?
The reason you want an HP is for the instant ink, if you are buying your own ink then Canon would a better choice when it comes to ownership cost.
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HP's intant ink website is down - what is it exactly?
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aasoror wrote: If you don't mind buying "a pro" printer (not eligible for free instant ink by default) and calling in to try your luck enrolling it for the free instant ink tier (lots of success reports), then a couple of good deals to be had.
BB office jet pro 6968 for $70
Staples office jet pro 6978 for $70
Staples office jet pro 8710 for $80
Those are some heavily discounted printers - why are they not posted on here as a separate topic? Any reason they would discount so heavily?

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