Post by Anthony Ortiz
However, seeing that he started a "For Sale" thread in a protected forum called
"Trading Post" that I don't have access to, I have to wait for them to
approve my registration. I sure hope he has some left in stock!
Yep, that's it. I just signed in and the last post to that topic is from
April 2017 asking if they're still available and there was no reply. The
original poster was last active on the site about 2 months ago.
If you own an ImageWriter II and have ever tried to find a color ribbon you
probably know that it’s nearly impossible to find a working one. There is a
diminishing stock of new old stock (NOS) color ribbons but many of them no
longer work because even if they are sealed and even if the ink isn’t dried
out the foam rollers inside the cartridge breaks down over time. The
thought that these printers might never print in color again made me a bit
sad so I started a mission to find a way to bring color back to the
I found a factory in China (Huzhou Fulihua Ribbon Co) that specializes in
the manufacture of printer ribbons. They’ve been making ribbons since 1991
and may have been an original source of some of the cartridges that were
repackaged and sold in office supply stores when the ImageWriter II was
still shipping. I contacted them and arranged for a custom batch of new
color ribbons to be produced. These might be the first ImageWriter II color
ribbons produced in more than a decade.
I cannot guarantee that there will be additional runs of these ribbons. I’m
busy and I don’t plan on starting another career selling consumables for a
30 year old printer. Having said that, if there is enough interest and I
sell out then I may continue to have the ribbons produced.
I am selling these as a benefit to the vintage Apple/Mac community and I’ve
aimed to set a fair and affordable price based on what it cost to have these
manufactured and imported. The price is (US)$7.10/ea + shipping. PayPal is
preferred. PM me if you are interested.
Apple II 40th Anniversary User's Guide: