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Printer cartridge issues and dreadful support

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The HP support system is a disgrace.

Here's the problem - I have used Instant Ink for quite a while without problems. Today I was about to start a ling print job when I received a low black ink message. I installed the new cartridge which had arrived a few weeks ago and printed the alignment test page - the new black wasn't working, vey stripey, so I printed another: same result. I took cleaning option 1: same result. I took cleaning option 2: same result.
I tried to contact support. The virtual assistant doesn't cover this. Telephone support, the screen says, is only available for machines within guarantee. The only chat option requires facebook, which I don't use.

What I need (I think) is a replacement cartridge, or maybe some actual advice on how to fix it. But there is no available method that I can see on the support pages to achieve this.

I expected a real person chat line. This is not good enough.


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I am sorry you are having such a time.


Our Community is a volunteer staffed organisation - the differences are significant as you can imagine.


For those reading


The main Instant Ink Website for the author's region does post the support number for that region. 


I do not know whether the support group is available on the weekend and there is not a "weekend" support number posted.




HP Instant Ink - USA Website - Information, Enroll, FAQ, Terms of Service / Contract

Not your home site?  Click the Flag to change to your region.

Instant Ink information, including a link (below the FAQ section) to the all-important Terms of Service Contract

NOTE:   It is NOT necessary that you be enrolled to read the contract > Open the main website > scroll down just past the FAQ


For UK region:

HP Instant Ink - UK Website - Information, Enroll, FAQ, Terms of Service / Contract

Find the support number in the blue ribbon on the ➡️  right side of the page.



That said,

  • I will submit a request that someone take a look.

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@NickB1954 I understand your concern and I will bring your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP.

Although, I'll need some private information from you in order to create a case for you.


Please look for a private message requesting additional information. 

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