Friday, December 28, 2007

Functional Obsolescence

A fellow blogger, the Curmudgeon, a Chicago Lawyer wrote an article about Computer Printers. I laughed because; I’ve been there and done that.

I worked with computers 40 years ago. Back in the days when a computer would take up an entire wall and had less working power than a $397 Acer does today. Just wiring a patch board would take 3 to 6 hours. The printers used no ink.

In 2002 my printer ran out of black ink. Not that I use a printer that often. It seems that every time I need to print something that is important, I am out of ink. A friend told me that the cartridge had probably dried up from non-use. This is why I masturbate. I don’t want my personal stuff to dry up from non-use.

Back in 2002 my 18 month old Canon Ink Jet printer had a single ink cartridge – the colored inks and black ink all in one. The cartridge that I needed was priced at $31.95. Directly below the cartridge, sitting on display, was a brand new Canon printer on sale for $69.95. It had a $30 mail in rebate and a $10 in-store rebate.

For those of you that are not too good at math; the new printer cost me less than the replacement ink cartridge would have.

Before I moved this past August I discarded 4 old printers (three Canons and one Lexmark) that I was punishing, for not working properly, in my Junk closet. I also tossed 3 old useless computers. Yes I am a pack rat.

The black cartridge in my 2002 printer dried out in the fall of 2005. I had to borrow my daughter’s printer to print out some important stuff. So as a Christmas gift she gave me a new HP Printer-Scanner-Copier.

I hadn’t taken it out of the box or set it up until June 2006; when I needed it to print an important letter. It took me nearly two hours to print a two page letter. But, much to my surprise, it did work.

Last July, the Black ink on my newest printer bit the dust. I had printed a total of 16 pages and one photo. All the cartridges appear to be 3/4 full. The scanner still works, but I have regular scanner that is far superior to the HP unit. So now if I need to print something, I must first e-mail it to my daughter (in the next room) and then print it on her printer (she uses her printer often and has just purchased a new Black ink cartridge).

If you get a chance, take the time to read the Curmudgeon’s Second Effort Blog. I have placed a link here, just in case you are too lazy to scroll back up and find my link to the Second Effort blog on the right hand sidebar!

The Beach Bum


Anonymous DE said...

The printer companies have discovered what Mr Gillette knew in the early 1900's - you can practically give away the razor because you'll make your money on the blades.

Fri Dec 28, 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger alfredo said...

The cartridge that comes with new printers is usually short ink. I take my empties to a service that refills for about ten bucks. (cartridge world) Printer ink is a ripoff, but that's how the printer companies make their money.


Fri Dec 28, 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous alfredo said...

Happy New Year you old fart.

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