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The Printer Cartridge Game
Think you got a great deal on a printer? Like the rest of us, you probably paid $50 to $75 for a decent Epson or Lexmark printer. What’s the catch, you might have asked? Most salesmen would say there is no catch. They’d probably go into a rant about...
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My Printer Died - An Epitaph


My printer just died. My Epson C60 that I've had for almost 2 years was my buddy. I loved that printer. It was there for me through thick and thin. Sure it had it's quirks and idiosyncrasies like not printing when my office temperature dropped to 17 degrees because I forgot to turn the thermostat up one bitterly cold morning. I had to open the lid and point a ceramic space heater inside to thaw it out.

There were times that it drove me crazy. Sometimes when I asked it to print something for me it would sit there and clean itself for what seemed like an eternity. Whirr - click- pop - pop - whirr - click etc, etc, etc. I could pull my hair out sometimes. Why does it always do that when I'm in a hurry?

My old Epson and me became pretty good friends though. It always treated me good with sharp, detailed prints. I never had to worry about going broke with ink cartridges because the generics I used in her were really cheap and since I bought them from myself I got the VIP discount. :-)

But that's the way it goes with inkjet printers. They are kinda like dogs. You know they have a short life span and you know that once you get one you'll fall in love with it. And when the time comes to have to part your ways it's a difficult and emotional experience. Yes, it's painful and I'm sure I'll get through it somehow but I can't stop thinking of all the fond memories that I have collected throughout the years. It's like loosing a part of me.

Ok, time to snap out of it and get a new printer. It was a daunting task to pick out a new printer. I noticed that there must be 30 new models come out this month. Holy cow, this is going to take some time. I think I like the Epson R300M because it has that monitor thingy. Rats, it's discontinued. Already??? I just saw an advertisement for it. Oh well, I guess I'll go with the R320, that has a nifty little color monitor too.

The first thing I better do is go to atlascopy.com and see if they carry the cartridges, bulk ink and refilling stuff for my new printer. Oh, and I can't forget to email myself and ask if my old ink will work with this new printer. Darn, I don't see my new printer listed on the web site. Why don't they keep their site up to date?

Finally got an answer back from myself. Seems that they have all my stuff but I didn't think to look for cartridge numbers instead of printer models. I really think they should get on the ball and list all those new printers when they come out every day. What would it take, two, three hours a day? You can't tell me they are that busy!

About the Author

Barry Shultz is the author of Atlascopy News, and President of Atlascopy, Inc. Atlascopy specialized in affordable alternatives to the high cost of printer supplies. Sign up for the Atlascopy Newsletter and get 10% coupons every week in your email. http://atlascopy.com/signup_new.htm
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