So what is Epson ReadyInk? A few of the printer companies are now running schemes like this. We’ve already discussed HP’s Instant Ink here at Print-It UK but today we’re taking a look into Epson’s offering.
The Ready Ink is sliightly different in that, at present, there is no subscription service on offer. We’ll let Epson run you through the basics:
So the idea is that with a ReadyInk enabled printer the technology is smart enough to know that you are going to need to buy a new cartridge soon and will helpfully place the order for you. There’s not much more to it really. You’ll need to sign up on their website, hand over an email and delivery address – and presumably payment details! And then when needs be you’ll get a prompt asking you to confirm purchase of more ink.
Is Epson’s ReadyInk worth it?
That’s a good question. It clearly offers a level of convenience , if you’re the sort of person that forgets to keep a couple of spare ink cartridges in the house then you’re going to appreciate this type of service. You might be able to set up something similar with Amazon’s dash service.
However, as far as I can see the ReadyInk service offers no cost savings over and above self purchasing. In fact, it might have the opposite affect as you are going to lose the opportunity to shop around and look for the best deals out there on the internet. This is of course what the print company’s want from us. They make a lot of money from the sales of ink, almost subsidising the initial cost of the printer itself.
Find out more about this product and what it entails over on their official UK site. You can also lookup a list of compatible printers and see how to sign up.
The Epson service aims to deliver on the following:
- Never run out of ink, automated replacements delivered direct
- Get official Epson ink, no grey market initiations that might cause a problem.
- No contract, you can ditch the service at any time
- Hassle free and no cost sign up
Have you used the service? We’d love to hear from people who are making use of this and whether they would recommend it.
Michael dawson says
Epsom readying is not worth the hassle. My printer ordered ink over a week ago and I am still waiting. It took 4/5 days for despatch. I was then advised by UPS that delivery would be on Wednesday. It is now Thursday p.m and I am still waiting. You can buy genuine Epson ink on line with free next day delivery and at a cheaper price. It is simply not worth the hassle. Epson customer service is poor. On contacting them they showed no interest.I love Epson printers but I would advise giving Readyink a miss.
Thanks for your feedback. I wonder if your experience is typical as other people I’ve spoken to have found it to work very well. I’d be interested in hearing from anyone else out there who has tried it. Thanks.
Mr Robert Garrett says
I am a new customer to Epson ready print, 2 weeks gone by, still no ink!!! And they keep telling me, my printer is, not set up to them.
Did you get them to help you in then end? I’d give their support a call.
Mine did take much longer to arrive the last time I ordered, I think it was 2 weeks longer that it initially said, unfortunately I can lay the blame on the courier UPS because it had been collected from Germany for the UK but they kept coming back with daily emails saying “your parcel will be delivered such and such” it kept changing all the time.
Covid + Brexit, no wonder deliveries are delayed!
I just bought an 603XL multipack of ink on ReadyInk, and it was 54,99€.
Everywhere else for the same pack was 74,99, so I think there might be price differences on single cartridges, but on the full pack, it’s clearly more interesting
LESLEY FRAME says
Looking at the 1st comment here, regarding no delivery by UPS. I’ve had the same today .My ink arrived locally last Wednesday 13th, no movement or anything up to today (Monday 18th). It was despatched day of accepting order. All website said is “IN transit”…..to where?? I reported it to Epson ReadyInk by email, who emailed me back within 10 minutes, saying they’d, passed it to their Logistics dept. , Delivery came an hour later. I’ve used ReadyInk since I bought my new printer about 8 months ago. No problems before this order. Prices I found work out OK. ReadyInk takes the hassle of checking my ink, so works for me. This problem was UPS not Epson, so I’m happy.
How much is the ink when it is posted out
I’ve been using the service for 5 months now, I did have an issue at the start with the promise of a 3 months free trial but it ended up only being 2, and the customer service was absolute rubbish, even after sending screenshots of the offer they still didn’t honour the deal. Like the person in the video I can go a month without printing so I’m on the 30 prints per month option which suits me for the cost of £1.29 which to me is an absolute bargain if you work out the cost of this over 12 months and the cost of an ink cartridge its a no brainer, another thing I was unaware of was they carry over any unused printing from the previous month, which is excellent for me. So I would definitely recommend, but not the customer service.