As some of you may know, I operate a small fireworks business and to keep costs low we would print our own brochures and leaflets. At the beginning this was fine on an inkjet with quality brochure paper. The Canon Pixma with a full set of inks will give 50 A4 double sided prints before the carts run low.
Oh Dear! I bought a HP all-in-one. What a massive mistake.
Having experienced quality dot matrix printers and observed when inkjets arrived on the scene with their outpourings of bodily fluids into the printer chassis. It took quite a while before I could justify to myself the purchase of an Inkjet for personal and business use.
I caught myself thinking about printers and the ones I have bought over my lifetime.
Gone are the days when the only consideration was picking a 9 pin or 24 pin dot matrix printer. No USB to worry about. Just plug it into the parallel port, flick a few dip switches to define the printer settings and off you go.
Compare that with your common, cheap ink jet printer:
- Load printer driver
- Power up printer and attach to computer when requested using USB cable (purchased separately)
- Wait for all the extra software to load that really has nothing to do with printing
- Wait for printer to calibrate
- Print test page
- Purchase new ink cartridge to replace the default half filled one
Who remembers having two printer ribbons? The worn one that was fading but perfectly ok for everyday use along with the fresh one that you used to print your CV or Job Appliation letters. Those ribbons felt like they lasted years, not weeks.
Looking back over the years it just goes to show how greedy printer manufacturers have become. Sell the hardware at cost or even a loss and make the profits selling ink that has a higher weight for weight value than Gold!