Printer Blues

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Once again I have the printer blues. As a tech geek I have owned just about every brand and kind of printer made. I still miss the always reliable ribbon printers where a new ribbon cost a fraction of the cost of the printer. Now if you need either ink or toner it's about the same cost to buy a printer as a ink or toner cartridge. One of my hobbies is photography and I prefer ink over toner. In photography for the most part I use a little HP printer made just to publish 4X6 family portraits.

My blues this time around is thanks to the Epson Corporation. I had purchased a combination of an Epson inkjet printer and a add on external ink tank made by a third party. It was a great deal, instead of purchasing expensive Epson ink cartridges I just dumped ink into a tank and just kept printing seemingly for ever. THEN after many, many pages printed up pops a screen "Your Epson Printer is near the end of it's life expectancy, seek service". Really! Epson actually puts a chip in their printers that tell the printer to STOP, game over! Let me remind you it was printing perfect pages.

I contacted two different Epson repair centers. Both said the same thing, throw the printer away. They told me that to re-set the chip inside costs $40.00 and both repair centers said "It's not worth it, throw it away". Well I've taken their advice and thrown away every Epson printer I could find laying around and you can bet an Epson printer will never re-enter my computing domain.

The point of this post is to warn you about the planed product obsolescence of Epson printers. I feel what they are doing is wrong and immoral. As far as a marketing strategy I can not imagine how Epson would think this could work in their favor. Epson owners beware.


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Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I use Lexmark and it turns out they make a reaLLY GOOD PRINTER. tHE OTHER ONE WE HAVE IS AN hp  which has alos been very dependable

Jun 17, 2008 07:59 AM #1
Lorrie Semler, REALTORĀ® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
Keller Williams Dallas Premier - Addison, TX
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I recently had the HP printer blues, or more accurately, the 2-cat household blues.  The little critters loved to put their paws into the machine and they reached in and pulled out some important parts.  After 4 HP all-in-one printers, I now have a Canon.  The best feature?  Everything folds in when not printing, so there is nowhere for the little paws to infiltrate.

Jun 17, 2008 08:00 AM #2
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

I have been very pleased with Konica Minolta Color Lasers...  Have had three in my arsenal over the years and they just keep running!

Jun 17, 2008 08:04 AM #3
Jim Crawford
RE/MAX Paramount Properties - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate

They do this even on laser printers.  It gets more expensive all the time.  Built in obsolesance for consumables.

Jun 17, 2008 08:23 AM #4
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

That sounds like a mean trick.  I'll remember not to buy any Epson printers.  Thanks for the warning!  :)

Jun 17, 2008 03:53 PM #5
John Sollars

Was it a Photo R300 series, if so read this information





Jun 18, 2008 03:34 AM #6
Maximiliano "Max" Carrillo
AMor REALTY / North Carolina - Charlotte Metro - South Carol - Charlotte, NC

Hey Rob,

That is a dirty trick but you seem to be saving big time $$ on your ink.  If that is the case I would still condsider resetting the chip on this model.  Seems like the new printers are being designed to make it very diffficult to refill the ink tanks.

Jul 05, 2008 09:48 AM #7
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