Deeply unoriginal rant

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  • otto Moderator 28 Feb 2009 21:08:43 49,311 posts
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    Replacement printer ink cartridges. Bought a replacement set, and a couple of spares: 110 quid. 110 fucking quid. Cost more than the printer.

    One printer: five cartridges. Each cartridge: comes in a blister pack; if and when you can get the blister pack open, you have to open a cardboard box. Inside the cardboard box are two pieces of paper and another plastic bag. Open the plastic bag, there's the cartridge... shrink-wrapped in more plastic. Tear off the shrink-wrap plastic, there's a big orange plastic widget covering the ink hole.

    So for one printer that's TWENTY levels of plastic packaging to get through for each cartridge which is itself made of plastic. No wonder the ink costs more per milligram than [insert peejism involving very expensive prostitute's vaginal secretions]. >:p

    Next time I think I'll hire Titian to do my CV, it'll be cheaper.

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  • Deleted user 28 February 2009 21:14:50
    Yep, printer cartridges are expensive. My step-dad works at a university though so I tend to order multiple sets through him as he gets an educational discount.

    But I was thinking - you bought three sets of ink cartridges, one set and two spares? And you need 5 per set, so 15 cartridges, 110... Around 7.33 a cartridge. That's not toooooooo bad...

    So I'm guessing I made a big mistake in my calculations?
  • belta 28 Feb 2009 21:17:41 306 posts
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    i always just buy a new printer. it always works out cheaper

    /way to go eco warrior :(
  • Deleted user 28 February 2009 21:22:45
    belta wrote:
    i always just buy a new printer. it always works out cheaper

    /way to go eco warrior :(
    When it's cheaper to buy a new printer than it is to buy a set of cartridges for it, it's time to wonder why this hasn't been brought up in a more public forum yet, especially in the current economical and environmental climate.
  • Deleted user 28 February 2009 21:25:35
    I know you said it was an unoriginal rant, but did you expect to be olded by yourself?

    ;)
  • otto Moderator 28 Feb 2009 21:27:17 49,311 posts
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    MrED209 wrote:
    But I was thinking - you bought three sets of ink cartridges, one set and two spares? And you need 5 per set, so 15 cartridges, 110... Around 7.33 a cartridge. That's not toooooooo bad...

    So I'm guessing I made a big mistake in my calculations?
    No not two full sets of spares; two individual spares - so I bought seven cartridges in all, at around 16 quid each. :/

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  • otto Moderator 28 Feb 2009 21:28:10 49,311 posts
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    MrED209 wrote:
    I know you said it was an unoriginal rant, but did you expect to be olded by yourself?

    ;)
    :D

    fail

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  • gang_of_bitches 28 Feb 2009 21:31:39 5,474 posts
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    Not keen on refils? I don't do much printing but they're fine for my needs.
  • angeltreats 28 Feb 2009 21:33:44 2,602 posts
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    I buy compatibles from some ebay seller whose username I forget. The only packaging they come in is a jiffy bag and an outer plastic wrapper thing. And they're obviously much cheaper, although some people reckon they destroy your printer. Mine seems to get a bit clogged up now and then but nothing a head cleaning won't sort out.

    I used to have a Lexmark printer. Replacing the ink cost THREE TIMES what the printer did.

    Or what G_A_B said above.
  • Carlo 28 Feb 2009 21:37:29 17,992 posts
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    otto wrote:
    MrED209 wrote:
    I know you said it was an unoriginal rant, but did you expect to be olded by yourself?

    ;)
    :D

    fail
    god that's embarrassing!!!

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  • gang_of_bitches 28 Feb 2009 21:40:09 5,474 posts
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    angeltreats wrote:
    I buy compatibles from some ebay seller whose username I forget. The only packaging they come in is a jiffy bag and an outer plastic wrapper thing. And they're obviously much cheaper, although some people reckon they destroy your printer. Mine seems to get a bit clogged up now and then but nothing a head cleaning won't sort out.

    I used to have a Lexmark printer. Replacing the ink cost THREE TIMES what the printer did.

    Or what G_A_B said above.

    Who is this G_A_B you speak of?????????
  • Deleted user 28 February 2009 21:41:12
    He's consistent at least...
  • Psychotext 28 Feb 2009 21:41:17 53,929 posts
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    Buy a laser printer and forget about all that bollocks.

    [Edit - I can't spell today]
  • angeltreats 28 Feb 2009 21:48:57 2,602 posts
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    gang_of_bitches wrote:


    Who is this G_A_B you speak of?????????

    God_And_Babyjesus?
  • otto Moderator 28 Feb 2009 21:50:27 49,311 posts
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    Meh, I do it all the time, it's incipient altzheimers. :p

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  • Deleted user 28 February 2009 21:55:08
    Not really.
  • otto Moderator 28 Feb 2009 22:08:12 49,311 posts
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    I'm whining about a Canon printer. :(

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  • Retroid Moderator 28 Feb 2009 22:30:21 44,505 posts
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    I'm presuming you were in a rush, otherwise you would've bought cloned carts....?

    /Also presumes they're available for your printer
  • jonsaan 1 Mar 2009 16:32:52 25,342 posts
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    Otto. This is your chance to justify having a personal secretary to your other half!

    FCUTA!

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