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Hi so I'm an at home baker and the order keep coming in, icon_biggrin.gif LOL I want to get an edible image printer so I no longer have to pay $11 a sheet when I need something printed. I had seen an older thread on google saying that the cannon  mp560 is the newest one or something like that. I looked it up on ebay and it doesn't say anything about it being an edible image printer so I contacted the seller and asked if it was for edible images and he's responce was "if you like eating paper it is" (not funny! well kind of but still he could've not said that). Does anyone have any input on this or can guide me in the right direction? any reccomendations?

 

 

thanks peeps! thumbs_up.gif

 

Monica

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The printer itself isn't made for edible images. Canon does not produce edible ink & such. However, brand new (never ever used) canon printers can be used with edible ink. My personal favorite source is edible images. You can view their website to get a list of compatable printers.

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

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post #3 of 20
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nice to know Cannon doesn't make edible image printers. I tried going on to that website for edible images and i got lucks dot com. is that right?

 

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The printer itself isn't made for edible images. Canon does not produce edible ink & such. However, brand new (never ever used) canon printers can be used with edible ink. My personal favorite source is edible images. You can view their website to get a list of compatable printers.
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I'm so sorry I meant icing images. I apologize.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

I saw this one thanks! it's definately a good deal I was wondering if anyone perfers cannon over epson.?

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I've beeen thinking about a printer myself and am going to buy the canon because it has a removable (and cleanable/replaceable) print head. Sugary icing dries hard and once it clogs, the printer doesen't work. It was about $80. at Staples the last time I looked.HTH

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Hi Everyone,

The post you read about the mp560 is several years old. Canon printers change their models about every 2 years or so. THey are about to change again. But currently the mg5320 is what we recommend. It is a Canon and Trebakes is absolutetly right. You want to go with a Canon over an Epson due to the removeable printhead. What this means to you is that that printhead can be taken out and cleaned. So if you have a problem with your printher, you can properly clean it as opposed to not being able to when you get a clog. If you cant clean the clog then you are out the printer.... That being said, it is also important that you use your printer. If you are buying the occasional print, you really do not need a printer. If you do not use your printer regularly, at least once per week, you are subject to having clogging issues. Some manufacturers require you to use it daily. My company feels that if you use it at least once per week you should be fine. Now you can print on regular paper, if you are not going to use your printer weekly, but remember you canNOT change out the ink for regular ink, you must keep it all edible ink if you want to use it as an edible printer. I hope this is helpful.  Oh, I think Staples does have the printer on sale right now. Remember to get rid of your regular inks so you do not mistakenly use them for edibles! Best of luck! Oh and thank you Delicious for your kind comments!

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post #9 of 20

These edible inks are very reasonably priced and work for SEVERAL different Cannon models. I researched this just last month and these are the cheapest inks I've found thus far... http://www.photofrost.com/edible-ink-cartridges/30cli-color-cartridge-set  The Cannon ip3000 (the last printer listed) is $34.00 at Walmart!

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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ducky316 View Post

These edible inks are very reasonably priced and work for SEVERAL different Cannon models. I researched this just last month and these are the cheapest inks I've found thus far... http://www.photofrost.com/edible-ink-cartridges/30cli-color-cartridge-set  The Cannon ip3000 (the last printer listed) is $34.00 at Walmart!


The Canon ip3000 is a very old printer and I couldnt find it at Walmart.  The cartridges you referenced are for a much older model, but Canon hasn't made that model printer for about 4-5 years. The technology has changed quite a bit since that time as well. While you can find many different Canon compatible printers, The Canon MG5320 is my favorite, second runner up is the Canon ip3600. One of my jobs at Icing Images is to test, break and fix printers and the MG5320 has the fewest problems.Keep in mind there are two different types of cartridges available. One is the older style that has a sponge inside the cartridge. Companies are starting to move away from that type of cartridge as it was designed for non edible inks. Sponge free cartridges allow more ink volume per cartridge, allow for refilling while the cartridges is in the printer all which saves you money in edible printing. You will find that the pricing is comparable to one another even between companies. If you find a great deal for in, most likely you will find difficulties that go with inexpensive inks. I would strongly recommend that you be leery of cheep inks as you will find that you will have more problems then they are worth. Ink is what causes your printer to work...or not! It is too important of a factor in edible ink.  Sort of like that Gas Station Sushi commercial on TV!

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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by icingimages View PostIf you do not use your printer regularly, at least once per week, you are subject to having clogging issues. Some manufacturers require you to use it daily.

<grouse>And therein is the basis for my hostility to inkjet technology in general: if you use it like crazy, you go through a lot of ink (which has a rather high markup). And if you don't use it like crazy, the heads clog, and you probably end up throwing out a lot of ink, assuming you don't have to change out the heads. Too bad nobody's ever likely to come out with edible laser toner or edible Microdry ribbons.</grouse>

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post #12 of 20

I have a Canon IP3600 and am very satisfied with it. I bought it on ebay for around $70 the vendor also offers a warranty thru another party called Square Trade. This is completly optional but I chose to buy it for $15 and I'm glad I did. After 6 months the printhead became damaged and Square Trade refunded me the total cost for the printer. I turned around and bought another one, same model from the same vendor. I absolutley love it!

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post #13 of 20
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Thanks to everyone who has given their input on the edible image printers. I've decided to go with a canon most likely the mp5320. Ink and paper will be ordered from icingimages! thumbs_up.gif

 

I was looking on ebay and looks like base price is about $150 which I like!

 

once again thank you for all your help.

post #14 of 20

MoniCakes, I hope its not too late, but Staples has the printer for under $100

Debbie
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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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Icing Images, LLC

Have you tried our new DECOgel?

Official Distributors of Spellbinders Sweet Accents for Icing Images the first full food safe die cutting and embossing system!
Picture Cake Equipment, Supplies for Edible Printing,...




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post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by icingimages View Post


The Canon ip3000 is a very old printer and I couldnt find it at Walmart.  The cartridges you referenced are for a much older model, but Canon hasn't made that model printer for about 4-5 years. The technology has changed quite a bit since that time as well. While you can find many different Canon compatible printers, The Canon MG5320 is my favorite, second runner up is the Canon ip3600. One of my jobs at Icing Images is to test, break and fix printers and the MG5320 has the fewest problems.Keep in mind there are two different types of cartridges available. One is the older style that has a sponge inside the cartridge. Companies are starting to move away from that type of cartridge as it was designed for non edible inks. Sponge free cartridges allow more ink volume per cartridge, allow for refilling while the cartridges is in the printer all which saves you money in edible printing. You will find that the pricing is comparable to one another even between companies. If you find a great deal for in, most likely you will find difficulties that go with inexpensive inks. I would strongly recommend that you be leery of cheep inks as you will find that you will have more problems then they are worth. Ink is what causes your printer to work...or not! It is too important of a factor in edible ink.  Sort of like that Gas Station Sushi commercial on TV!

OH.EM.GEE! Gas station sushi? I don't trust the "good" stuff ! GROSS!

 

I totally agree about the crappy inks! I have had them, and they are serious problem. I have worked a few places where the edible ink printer flat out didn't work, too. Being clogged was always the culprit. 

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