I had my ink cartridges refilled at Price Chopper, but they broke one and put it

@writersedge (22577)
United States
June 25, 2008 12:37pm CST
in a zip lock bag. They didn't charge me for it. It spilled all over the inside of the bag. Now what do I do with it? The ink is on the inside of the bag. My husband says to throw it away. I think there could be a use for it. My husband said that if I try to do anything with it, I will get covered with red ink and it will take forever to get out. Since I had to buy a red replacement, I think I should get some use out of this. Besides a lot of red ink in a land fill, what good is that? Any ideas? The cost of ink is so high for these things, I know I can't use it in the printer, but for something else maybe?
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@katsmeow1213 (28897)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Do you do stamping? You could add it to a stamp pad and use some rubber stamps, or let the kids do it. Or offer it to a friend who does stamping.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Jun 08
My brother's girlfriend does and I used to have a stamp pad, but I don't know wher it is or if it's any good if I find it. Terrific idea, thanks!
@PearlGrace (3171)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Maybe my ignorance is showing, but, can't you return it to Price Chopper, since they provided the cartridge in the first place? I mean, it doesn't sound like it's your fault the cartridge leaked out or broke or whatever happened. So, I'd try taking it back to get a credit or new ink cartridge, or whatever they offer me. It sounds like your husband may be right--that it would be a big mess to try to get some use out of the ink. Good luck with this situation. PearlGrace
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Jun 08
No, you're not ignorant. Maybe I didn't explain it well enough. They didn't charge me for it because they broke it. They gave it to me broken. It leaked later on as I drove around and handled the bag. I like the idea of the first person above, but not sure with the mess in the bag if I could make it work. Thanks, there is so much ink, and the price of this stuff, I really, really hate to just throw it away. But you both may be right. Thanks and take care.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I work at a computer store and when this happens, the ink is no longer able to be used. The only think you could do would be to obtain an ink cartridge recycling bag from a local computer store. This can be used to send it to a recycling facility which could possible make use of the broken cartridge.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I would be afraid it would burst open in transit from the post office. They say to send used cartridges. Half my mail comes broken and they assume those cartridges are empty. Thanks for the idea, but if it burst open the US Mail wouldn't be very happy with me.
@ShepherdSpy (8561)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
25 Jun 08
They broke it,but if it's no good to You broke,why did they give it back? (Although Legally, If Someone breaks something of yours,and they replace it,the broken thing is still yours,so they have to give it back.)But This place didn't replace the cartridge,they just gave you your busted cartridge in a baggie of ink? If you don't want to go back to them again,all I can suggest is get a stoppered bottle and a syringe,put the loose ink in the bottle,and use the syringe to refill your next cartridge..You can buy DIY refill kits in most places that Sell cartridges,or on Ebay-You just need to drill a small hole in the cartridge (most kits supply a drilling tool and a disposable glove) and carefully syringe the ink in..
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
25 Jun 08
Afterthought-Did You go to this store in Person,or was this a Mail order deal? I've never used an instore or mail order refill service...I've bought refilled cartridges,and refilled my own..Check if the firm has a guarantee on the refill job,and try claiming on that..otherwise,the kids Stamp suggestion would be your best option,if the ink isn't reuseable (the shop worker suggestion..)
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I think the stamp thing is probably my best option, too. Yes, your discription of what happened is correct, they gave me a busted cartridge back, the inside wasn't covered in ink until I drove around with it for awhile, the more it got moved around the more it leaked. My husband thought they should have replaced the cartridge, too. But my understanding is that this happens quite often and that if you try to refill them yourself with refill kits, you often end up covered with ink. If they gave me an empty cartridge, I wouldn't be any further ahead and I don't think they have empty ones because basically I gave them an empty cartridge to refill. I don't know, maybe I'm just thinking about it wrong, esp. since both you and my husband seem to feel the same way. If you have to drill into plastic, I can see where the problem comes in, that has to be tricky. I'll have to think about this. Thank you very much for your response and take care.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Your other question, I brought it to Price Chopper and picked it up at Price Chopper, didn't use mail order.