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What do you do when printers cost less than ink?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

Printer 2

An anonymous reader writes "A family member recently asked me to pick up more ink for her Epson Photo RX 595. Unfortunately, replacing the black and color ink cartridges costs $81.92 + tax at the local store! That so bad that I got a replacement printer that's just as good and spare ink for less. But now I have a useless piece of e-waste that I can't even give away. What can you do with a printer like that? I hate to just throw it away."

2 comments

If you are(or know anybody who is) a hobbyist... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30309532)

The best course of action for this sort of thing is prevention. Keep consumables prices in mind when buying hardware in the first place, get a decent laser printer if you can, and give 3rd party consumables a try.

If you do end up stuck with a printer, or printers, you might want to see if you are, or if you know, any electronics/robotics hobbyists. Even cheap and ghastly printers contain a reasonable supply of motors(some conventional DC, some steppers) and gears and optointerrupters and other fun little gizmos. The larger and more sophisticated printers can contain pretty impressive quantities of such.

Failing that, you probably just want to find a recycler.

Are you sure? (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30310324)

I read that new printers come with much less ink than refill cartridges, so you might not be as cheap off as you think you are. Specifically, I read this about HP inkjets, but I wouldn't be surprised if other companies also supply their new printers with half empty cartridges.

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