I’ve just thrown out a printer. Well I didn’t throw it out exactly. I gave it to a friend who mends and reconditions computers and the like.
It wasn’t old. It wasn’t worn. It was working…after a fashion. I suppose I should have sold it on eBay or something but it made me so angry I just gave it away.
Why did I do such a naughty thing? Because it made me angry. Really annoyed.
It was the bleedin’ printer cartridges that did it. It was a colour printer (bad idea to start with – in offices very few people really need a colour printer – b/w is much more sensible) and it refused to work if just one of the cartridges wasn’t completely full.
Aargh! Seriously, the number of times it went ‘cartridge empty, cartridge empty’ when it was half full at least, makes me irritated just to think about it.
I just couldn’t make the damn thing work when it went into that mode. Very irritating.
This whole printer ink thing is one big scam. It’s so easy to get sucked into it to. You see a printer for £30. It sounds too good to be true but it’s a good make so you go with it. Then you find that the printer cartridge runs out after a week or so and you need a mortgage to get another one!
I do tend to get reconditioned cartridges (you can even make money recycling cartridges) and I used to get refill packs as well but they are a bit fiddly to use (I’ll drip the stuff down my arm usually). But really printer companies should be upfront about the costs and we need to get savvier about our office supplies. We need to look at the total cost not just the upfront cost.
That’s why I’m pleased that Kodak, at least, is being upfront about their ink costs and making sure that they are sensibly priced. I don’t have a Kodak printer (I don’t have a colour printer anymore either) but I hope their policy will rub off on other printer manufacturers. Their latest press release says:
“Over 60% of Brits have an inkjet printer at home, and despite printer ink being the second biggest bugbear in the rip-off list, 76% did not realise that they could save up to £75 year on ink cartridges. Kodak has the lowest ink replacement costs of any printer manufacturer.”
I should think so too – the last thing we want is to be saddled with expensive cartridge replacements year after year. Let’s fight the printer ink scam.