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2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, Canon PG540/CL-541 Starter Cartridge Low Ink 8ml, Go For The Canon XL's 21ml Black & 15ml Col, 23 Mar. 2013
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When Canon sell you a new printer they supply a Canon PG-540 black and a Canon CL-541 colour cartridge. Well these cartridges only hold 8ml black & 8mls colour ink in them which is written in really really small writing on the back of the cartridge boxes. For higher yield cartridges what you really need is the Canon PG-540XL black which holds 21ml of ink and for the colour you should be using the Canon CL-541XL cartridge which holds 15ml of ink. There is a company that I have also found (advantage online) which stock the Canon original XL's and do a British premium compatible 540XL/541XL maximum yield version which holds the same ml (21/15mls) but are much cheaper and work the same. Canon make there money out of selling you a very good printer (MG2150) but then sell you starter cartridges that have hardly any ink in them (PG540 & CL541) hoping that you keep buy these silly little empty cartridges time after time. Don't fall into the Canon ink con trap, Read your Manuel and only ever buy the XL's or you'll be throwing your money away....
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2013 11:56:54 GMT
Thank you so much for this info!! I use printing a lot being an art student and I've been struggling for months to find better value ink for my Canon MX375 printer. I've always loathed having to pay more than the printer was worth in the first place to supply it with ink! I've ordered the 21ml black XL cartridge off the site you recommended - I would never have found advantage online otherwise- thank you!

Posted on 11 Apr 2013 01:04:40 BDT
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Posted on 9 Aug 2013 21:24:14 BDT
I bought one lot of the cartridges from Canon--it pops up as a suggestion when you are getting low on ink which as you say happens very quickly with the cartridges supplied with the printer. What was ridiculous was the size of the box they came in--about twice the size of two shoe boxes. Parcel had to be left with a neighbour. The cartridges were rattling around in this giant box-no packing!. Usually cartridges are delivered through the letter box in a jiffy bag which is fine

Posted on 30 Nov 2013 16:12:27 GMT
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Posted on 11 Dec 2013 07:06:27 GMT
d4v3y says:
I've been looking for ink cartridges online for the last 15mins, and happened upon this review. I'm glad I did. I was struggling to fathom how Canon was trying to sell me ink at £2 per millilitre (I realised that if milk was as expensive, a 6 pint bottle would cost almost £7000!!...and that's the best Amazon price - God only knows how much more it is in retail outlets). I have just read some articles on the issue and it is true that printer companies (not just Canon) have been shrinking the sizes of the sponges in their cartridges progressively over the last few years to such a point that now, most of the internals of the cartridge is just empty space. If ink is truly that expensive from a manufacturers point of view it is understandable, but I do think they need to be more open about it because it seems rather disingenuous for them to be shrinking ink cartridge volumes and selling them for the same high prices without telling us. I will be purchasing the XL cartridges because it is simply much cheaper per unit volume. I would advise others to do the same.

Posted on 24 Mar 2014 17:26:41 GMT
Mr Jon dee says:
I will remember this'd

Posted on 11 May 2014 01:06:34 BDT
kate says:
Thank you for such useful information. Like the last poster, as an artist I rely a great deal on my printer and the ink cartridges supplied by canon have been the bane of my life. What a wonderful world when one person(Jayne) can come along and post up the above info and in the process making life that bit easier for the people who read it. BRAVO Jayne!

Posted on 5 Jun 2014 21:10:08 BDT
MumofBoyz says:
Fantastic - thanks so much Jayne. I have just ordered a pack.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2014 22:57:01 BDT
jo says:
brilliant- I was wondering the same thing why do my ink cartridges finish so quick,my daughter usesit lot ,I definetely will order from advantage line and thanks again Jayne u are a life saver

Posted on 10 Aug 2014 18:26:39 BDT
Avidreader says:
Check out Argos prices. Slightly cheaper so good if you have a local branch.
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