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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Home Office weak link



Printers are the weak link in a home office. The idea of a paperless office is fine, but in reality hard copy is needed at least some of the time.

My printer just printed 45 pages of a 57 page document. Then it just died. I’ve resurrected this printer a few times, but I think this is it. Sadly, I’ve a few printer cartridges left. Of course they won’t fit the other printers in the house. It bums me out because printer ink is outrageously expensive. Buying in bulk can help, but not when the printer dies.

Checking troubleshooting web sites, it seems a printer over two years old is expected to fail. That bothers me. I learned to type on a cast iron Underwood manual typewriter. It was much older than I was, but it worked fine. Is it too much to expect a printer to last a decade?

-Sixbears

4 comments:

  1. I got an Konica Minolta color Laser printer around 2000 and I've changed all cartridges once and the black cartridge twice in that time. If you are doing a lot of printing get a laser printer I think you might be surprised how cheap they are now!

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    1. Used to have a laser printer but did not get the life you got out of yours -sadly.

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  2. Nothing lasts more than a few years anymore, if you're lucky. Things are designed for a short life, so that you have to buy another whatever it is. All part of the Ponzi scheme economy...

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    1. It's a huge waste of resources and senseless waste alwasy bothered me.

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