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Expired ink cartridges
on October 30, 2013
Arrived in foil packages. No box. That's OK.
3 colors, 3 foil packages.
But, the expiration date is on the box. No box, no printed expiration date.
However, each foil pouch has a date code. Format is YYMMDD. One package code is 090619. This is June 19, 2009. This is the manufacturing date. If the color life span is the same as my black ink, which arrived in a box (from a different vendor), with the expiration date on the box, the expiration date is 2 years and 6 months after manufacture (one web site said 2 years). That means the cartridge at best expired in Dec 2011. The ink might still be usable, but I am not going to open it and install it. I would have to override the expired cartridge notice on my printer, which I am not going to do. The ink ages, even in its foil pouch. There is air in there. Old ink clogs print heads. It may start out OK, but is much more likely to clog before it's used up than fresh ink.
All three are past expiration. I expected genuine HP cartridges with many months before expiration. Reselling cartridges that are out of date by removing the box and hoping no one figures out how to read the date code on the foil pack is not OK. Unless the buyer is forewarned in the product description that it is likely some or all of the cartridges will be past their expiration date.
This was a scam.