We are having really rotten luck with printers. You understand that, in our household, if one printer is good, 10 printers must surely be better, right? And, it doesn’t matter if they work or not. Just seeing multiples makes Vince feel better. We need backups to our backups!
When Vince came to visit me in Missouri, he brought two printers from Texas and set them both up. Shortly after he left, I printed one or two pages and the HP that I love completely had a meltdown and no matter what I did, it wouldn’t work. With Vince’s help, I even did something that let him remotely access the printer and he couldn’t make it work either.
Vince had also set up a new printer he bought from Walmart here that had been returned. I wouldn’t have done that but he did. It needed some kind of “initiation” cartridges when you changed the ink the first time (hopefully not every time) so after using it to print not more than a couple of pages, it needed ink. I told Vince, he ordered ink, had it sent here, then it told me I needed the “initiation cartridges”, which weren’t included in the open box printer he bought at Walmart. He had to try to find those and ended up buying some from ebay. That worked . . for a while.
When that one stopped working, he told me where there was a new Epson printer. It came with little ink cartridges so he ordered extra. I used it til the ink ran out, then installed the new cartridges but it would only take authentic Epson ink and Vince had bought offbrand ink, which is what we had always used. Nope .. not gonna print with that non-Epson ink.
It sounds like I print a lot but I bet between those three printers, I never managed to print more than 20 or 25 pages with minimal ink on each page.
Fast forward to now. I’m not even sure what printer is hooked up — if it’s one of those three or a different one. Every time we try to print, Vince has to go work on the printer. This morning, not a printer in that room would work.
He came out and said . . it looks like a printer graveyard in my office!
If it were up to me, I’d read all the reviews, buy a hopefully good printer – one printer – and use their brand of ink and be done with it but he is determined he can use the less expensive ink. Who will win this battle? The printer manufacturers or Vince? I never bet against Vince, especially when it comes to saving money but the frustration of having something NEVER print without a big hassle is about to become a real issue!
It could be worse I suppose but when I’m using a written chart, I like to enlarge them and that requires a working printer!