This is a story about ink and little printers that could.
Our printer was out of black ink, and I had several items that needed printing. So I called Staples and verified that we didn’t have to print the coupon they emailed me ($5 of $25). Turns out you just need to have the coupon code on hand.
I came home very proud of myself because I’d thought ahead and gotten the XL cartridge. Yeah, it’s a bit more expensive, but it prints four times more pages. Deal, right? (I think by now we all know it wasn’t.)
I opened the ink, put it into the printer and… found out the printer itself is also broken. So $35 for ink I can’t use or return. Gah.
Of course, this came towards the middle of a tight week financially. (This was before my bonus arrived.) So the wasted money was especially frustrating.
I started looking around online for good deals on printers, cursing quietly under my breath. If by “quietly under my breath” you mean a long running stream of curse words interspersed with growling. I was not pleased.
Anyway, at some point, I asked Tim about the printer we gave his parents. Which they never used. Apparently, they were missing a cord or something. He went over and borrowed it back. Turns out, it just needed a USB cable.
After more than two years of neglect, the sucker still works. The ink hadn’t even completely dried up. I feel that I should point out this was the low-end basic printer I got for free with my desktop (RIP).
And not only had I failed to toss the printer, I still had the installation CD! I keep all my software CDs in a manila envelope in a file cabinet. I’m pretty sure I have a few from devices I no longer own.
I guess sometimes being too lazy to go through your install CDs pays off.
So I now have all the necessary documents printed. That’s important because they were time sensitive. Two are social buying site deals that I need to redeem for Christmas gifts. The rest were sell orders for Magic cards.
All of those are now done. Alas, the printer has started nagging me that it’s low on ink. And, frankly, I’m a little paranoid now about getting an ink cartridge.
I guess we’ll go for the single black cartridge of $16 and see how it goes.
When does being a pack rat pay off for you?