A paperless office? Ba Humbug!

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It seems everyone today has the same goal. A paperless office and by extension, a paperless society. Books, who needs them? Why can’t we simply do electronic documentation? Envelopes, mail, file cabinets, do we really need them?

Call me old fashion, but sometimes you just need to have a paper in your hand. Every office needs a printer, and I have one that has been a great friend for nearly ten years.

It is a Brother MFC-J825DW, multi-function system and it has been a workhorse. Multi-function printers are nothing new, but this model was of exceptional design. It not only prints black and full color, but it will also scan at high resolution, copy with one touch, and fax anywhere in the world.

It is one of the few models that I have found that auto-duplexes, making two-sided printing a snap. It has connectivity via ethernet, USB cable, or wireless. And it prints both letter and legal-size documents. It can scan documents and pictures directly from the internet or from a USB device, a SD memory card.

I was lucky to discover this printer on sale at my favorite warehouse store for only $89. I was worth more, but a newer model was being produced so this year’s model was on clearance.

Well, you guessed it, the newer(s) model did not work as well as my old 825DW. Even today, my old model is in high demand. In this era of throw away technology, I see used ones for sale on eBay for as much as $250 and rebuilt units as high as $800.

But like all mechanical devices, it occasionally needs a little maintenance. Over the years I have had a few things break. The little plastic tab that holds the ink cartridge in place broke off a few years ago. I fabricated one out of a picture hanger. The hinge that holds the rear access panel broke while ago, but since parts are no longer available, I had to glue a makeshift hinge in place of the old one.

During our recent move, the printer ended up in storage for nearly six months. When I finally unpacked her, she was full of dust and the print head was clogged. I found a cleaning kit online and a few days ago I was able to clean the printhead and it is once again printing like a new system.

I do not know how much longer my old friend will be with me. One of these days it will again breakdown and I won’t be able to repair it. I will need to buy a newer model. When that happens, I will miss this old slogger. Luckily, I don’t print as much as I used to. I am going less paper. But for the time being, I can still print to my heart's content in full color, two-sided and on legal size paper. Call me old fashioned.


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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Those beloved older systems are wonderful. We all miss them when they pack up and we cannot make them work any longer.

Oct 05, 2020 09:06 PM #1
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Wow... such love for your printer.  I hope it keeps on ticking for many years to come.  I like looking over contracts on paper- somehow I feel that I wont miss anything if I study them on paper instead of on a screen.  Guess I'm old fashioned too!  Take care,  Kathy

Oct 05, 2020 09:14 PM #2
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 The cartridges cost as much as a new printer and with so many people working from home, there is a real shortage. Glad your printer is still working.

Oct 05, 2020 09:19 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joseph Had to laugh, as I have a Brother Scanner and an HP Printer and my home office is full of paper... Diane is always complaining could you please clean up your office:)) Endre

Oct 05, 2020 09:21 PM #4
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Great blog, Joseph. I can relate!

Oct 06, 2020 03:48 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Joseph... I've long said that technology basically allowed us to generate more paper faster! I'm very attached to my printer. Had my Lexmark for years and years. When it had to be replaced purchased another Lexmark.

Oct 06, 2020 04:24 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. Must say I have a WF2650 Epson that is ancient by today's standards still going strong and supported by Epson Enjoy your day!

Oct 06, 2020 04:55 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Joseph,  You have got a lot of years out of your friend and hope it works for a longer time also.


Oct 06, 2020 07:08 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- We have an HP and the funny thing is that as much as my husband likes to fix things if he can, printers are something he will ditch and go out and buy the latest one. Go figure. And I too like paper for some things. 

Oct 06, 2020 07:19 PM #9
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