It’s worth noting that this issue only arises for first time users of the C6500A.
During the initial setup, the printer goes through an “ink charging” process. This is simply a way of getting ink into the printer for the first time. Once completed, it then allows ink to move quickly through the printer when operating.
However, the process quickly consumes ink in the cartridge samples sent with the printer. Meaning your left with less ink to begin printing your labels once setup is finished.
It also means the maintenance box fills up quickly. Think of the maintenance box like a garbage can: excess ink waste gets dumped in during tasks like ink charging. Once it’s full, a new one is installed.
So before you even print your first label, there’s a very short replacement time for supplies. It’s recommended that new buyers add both additional ink cartridges and an additional maintenance box to their purchase.
Yes, unfortunately, this increases the initial purchase price. And it’s annoying to replace these supplies so quickly after installing them.
But once they’re replaced, it should be some time before ordering more is needed. While I can’t give you a direct timeline of how many labels you’ll go through before replacing is required, ink yield will vary depending on print jobs, print settings, paper type, frequency of use, and temperature.