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Old 04-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #22381
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This one is a wiz bang buggah with all the bells and whistles. It cost $400 at COSTCO and has a MSRP of nearly $600. I bought it mostly because consumable costs are much lower than the “Gillette” sales model ones, and expected to recover the high initial cost in much lower reoccurring costs.

Sigh, the attack of the killer ants blew that idea up!
Can you put the printer in an enclosed box (or trash bag) along with a piece of sticky wet candy ..... and then see if any ants come OUT of the printer?

Also, perhaps take the printer WITH you to buy the replacement cartridge. Test out the demo model's cartridge to see if your printer will print at all.

Or something like that.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #22382
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Good ideas Deb, but after judiciously squirting ant poison in the visible but obviously nonfunctional areas, I’m pretty sure that any residual critters have since headed for the hills. And I wouldn’t feel right about opening the light tight packaging of the drum unit without paying for it.
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Good ideas Deb, but after judiciously squirting ant poison in the visible but obviously nonfunctional areas, I’m pretty sure that any residual critters have since headed for the hills. And I wouldn’t feel right about opening the light tight packaging of the drum unit without paying for it.
Oh, for sure! I meant with a clerks help, or something. Oh well -- good luck with it!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:05 PM   #22384
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Pencils. Never had any ants take up residence, nor an invasion of mice. Cheap to replace and you only have to worry about beavers chewing them up. Need multiple copies? Carbon paper.

I bought a couple of the 'Fisher Space Pens' figuring I'd need them if I ever became an astronaut but I guess I got too old, 'cuz they still haven't called me for the program.


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Old 04-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #22385
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Pencils. Never had any ants take up residence, nor an invasion of mice. Cheap to replace and you only have to worry about beavers chewing them up. Need multiple copies? Carbon paper.

I bought a couple of the 'Fisher Space Pens' figuring I'd need them if I ever became an astronaut but I guess I got too old, 'cuz they still haven't called me for the program.


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Old 04-08-2013, 09:52 PM   #22386
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Their loss.
I tried to tell them that. I watched every episode of 'Captain Video,' 'Captain Midnight,' 'Tom Corbett - Space Cadet,' and Buck Rogers, read Vern's "From the Earth to the Moon," saw Sean Connery in "Outlander," so I'm more than qualified, right? Maybe that was the problem... Overqualified.


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Old 04-08-2013, 11:45 PM   #22387
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I tried to tell them that. I watched every episode of 'Captain Video,' 'Captain Midnight,' 'Tom Corbett - Space Cadet,' and Buck Rogers, read Vern's "From the Earth to the Moon," saw Sean Connery in "Outlander," so I'm more than qualified, right? Maybe that was the problem... Overqualified.


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But are you sure you filled in all the right forms, and made the correct sacrifices to government officials?
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:05 AM   #22388
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But are you sure you filled in all the right forms, and made the correct sacrifices to government officials?
That was in America. Forms only get lost there.


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Old 04-09-2013, 06:59 AM   #22389
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Not sure about where you are, but multi-function printers are so cheap here that you'd be better off just buying a new one. They regain their money through the printer ink, which is ridiculously overpriced.
I think that's not as true as it once was because modern ink cartridges last so much longer than they did when computer printers first came on the market. I remember when ink cartridges lasted practically no time at all. These days you can go quite a while between cartridge changes.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:09 AM   #22390
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This one is a wiz bang buggah with all the bells and whistles. It cost $400 at COSTCO and has a MSRP of nearly $600. I bought it mostly because consumable costs are much lower than the “Gillette” sales model ones, and expected to recover the high initial cost in much lower reoccurring costs.

Sigh, the attack of the killer ants blew that idea up!
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I think that's not as true as it once was because modern ink cartridges last so much longer than they did when computer printers first came on the market. I remember when ink cartridges lasted practically no time at all. These days you can go quite a while between cartridge changes.
Well you can get a multi-function printer here for under £100 and even on the cheapest printer cartridges (Kodak) it still costs about a quarter of that for a black and colour pair, which maybe last a couple of months if you're lucky. So in under a year you have already spent more than the printer cost on ink, at least in my experience.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:32 AM   #22391
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Well you can get a multi-function printer here for under £100 and even on the cheapest printer cartridges (Kodak) it still costs about a quarter of that for a black and colour pair, which maybe last a couple of months if you're lucky. So in under a year you have already spent more than the printer cost on ink, at least in my experience.
My experience too. I spend over $70 on ink cartridges because of course I have to buy the black AND the colour or the stupid thing won't work at all. I don't see how not having any colour ink left has anything to do with printing a black and white page .
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While not popular in Japan, or from what I remember, in the US either, refilling cartridges or using bulk tank external auxiliary ink supply is the norm in Malaysia and Thailand. You can purchase OEM ink so there is no problem with clogging (as happens with a lot of third party inks.) I used to buy archival ink in 500ml bottles at less than half the price of using replacement cartridges when I was selling prints. The archival inks are beaucoup expensive compared with regular ink, and when printing B4-sized prints, gets used up quickly. Adding on an external ink supply was the best way for me to go at the time. Setup similar to this.

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:11 PM   #22393
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Our family printer is a Brother multi-function (print/scan/fax) that my wife considers hers, which is just as well since it's a royal pain.

For most B&W printing I use my ancient HP Deskjet 540. The cartridges are extremely easy to refill, but they were designed before manufacturers started trying to engineer them to be difficult.

After almost 20 years my only gripe is that it only prints one page at a time -- the friction feed has lost its friction.
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Too true ... there are windows we now have to leave the blinds raised up [the height of a sitting cat] permanently! The loss of privacy is offset by the price of replacing the blinds ....
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