My first attempt to try out Amy’s Ink Shop was met with dismay. I’d found on the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce blog that Amy’s Ink Shop was open on Mondays through Fridays from 9am-5pm. I rushed to get down there before 5pm on Friday the 20th of August only to be met with a “Closed” sign. It was 4:36pm.
Trying to give them the benefit of a doubt, I made plans to run back down to Fort Payne the following Tuesday, the 24th of August. It’s not easy for me to run errands with a 2 and 4 year old, as any mother knows, and the fact that I was making a special trip down there when I don’t live in Fort Payne was tough in itself.
This time they were open and the man behind the counter greeted me with a smile. He said that the guy who actually does the refilling was out for the moment and would be back in about 20 minutes if I wanted to go do something else while I waited. So I decided to head out to lunch with my boys. I left my cartridge and gave the man my phone number. It was 11:17am when I left the shop.
At 11:52, lunch was done but there had been no call. Not willing to hang out longer with a 2 year old who was ready for a noon nap, I headed back to the shop. The filler guy (not sure what else to call him since I don’t know his name) was just finishing up with my cartridge. The man behind the counter was helpful and friendly. When I asked about the Friday absence, he told me they’d had a family obligation. I paid and left.
This is the big question. At first, the print quality was poor, even after I worked with my printer for awhile. Since then, it is just fine so I really can’t say for sure whether it was the cartridge or the printer. There have been a few readers who have commented that they have not had any problems with print quality at all. Since no one has said otherwise, I’m inclined to believe that my printer is to blame.
There are places online that can refill your cartridges at a competitive price but you won’t get the same day service that you can get at Amy’s Ink Shop. It did take a little longer than I had anticipated but it was worth the wait to avoid paying full price for a new cartridge and/or not to have to wait days for a mailing refill service.
The price is also very reasonable. Tax and all, a small HP black standard cartridge ran just over $10. Compare that to $15 new. Over time, it can save you lots of money.
My complete experience is above satisfactory. The small issue of the shop closing too early on the 20th leads me to recommend that you call first if you are coming from out of town so you don’t make the trip for nothing.
Amy’s Ink Shop is located across from the Fort Payne Post Office on 1st Street. Their phone number is 256-997-6658.
Sources: personal experience; http://fortpaynechamber.blogspot.com/2010/05/amys-ink-shop.html