BEWARE!! More and more sellers of ink cartridges are selling old, out-of-date, dried up ink cartridges. HP puts an expiration on its cartridges for a reason: they dry up with age. I think the sellers passing these on for profit need to be kicked off of Amazon as it will end up giving the site a bad reputation. The expiry is printed on the box. This seller actually removed the OLD sealed cartridges from the box and shipped them without it. One of the inside cartridge envelopes had the expiry on it -- 2009 -- and this jerk is selling it to me in 2014!! I got my money back but should never have had to ask for it in the first place. The seller needs to be removed from Amazon for defrauding people.
Straight out of packaging, removed plastic seal and put this into my printer. "Ink Low," it says.
The expiration date printed on the cartridge is in 4 weeks, whereas my previous cartridge (which I've had for several months, straight from HP) has an expiration date nearly 12 months from now.
The cartridge I received was either a refilled old one, packaged up like new, or something kept on a shelf for far too long. Given that there is visible wear and multiple small marks on the contacts, it would seem that this was in fact not a new cartridge.
So--sure, it's an original cartridge, and it's got retail packaging, but as a buyer beware, many of you are probably expecting this product to contain ink.
I rate this cartridge at 3 stars because it's exactly what you should expect from a color cartridge. However, in the future I would have been more inclined to buy the XL pack because of its supposedly longer printing capability. In the meantime, I switched to an Epson printer in which you buy the three color inks (cyan, magenta, yellow) and black cartridges all separately, which makes more sense because if you tend to print with a lot of blues, you don't have to buy another tri-color cartridge from HP, you just buy the cyan that you need from Epson. That's smart money.
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