What A Waste!
OR has fought a long battle with an HP psc 2179. About seven years ago I paid an astronomical amount for this kit expecting at least ten years of service. It has been a nightmare. First Bill Gates used his scary update system to remove all compatibility with his OS., within less than two years of purchase. Was I warned this was to happen. Don't be silly. My solution was to constantly re-install from the disc. Of course, this became impossible, as drivers fell under the sniper fire from both HP and our Bill's little dugouts, both overlooking my little plateau from their lofty tactical superiority. Then I get an HP patch to circle the wagons from the insidious Bill's sniping. Several months of blissful, trouble free use and a terrific replacement cartridge system at a reasonable and fair price.
However, nothing is allowed to be so straightforward for us poor infantry. HP manage to bring into play, via my own broadband highway, software chip recognition to score a direct bullseye on my attempted "green" frugality and blow away any further use of anything but their solid gold bullets, in the guise of new ink cartridges. Was it ever thus and our Internet access allows us to discover the scams perpetrated against us? A utility denied us in the past. Of course the more successful this globalisation the greater the number of sinecures available to the ruling classes for applying to join the Bilderberger clubs.
Well, if you've got this far, the saga continues to unfold. In my frustration I break a cartridge plastic, spring loaded catch. This is of course terminal, since spares and repair would now be more expensive than replacement. Green my arse! So, after years of war I set off to replace this piece of crap with another machine. Prices now are 10% of the day I nipped into enemy territory and spent a large sum so badly. However, researching the options, which are legion, I have settled on an Epson SX 415, due to economic ink costs and purchase price. There is a but, naturally. I was unable to determine that the ink cartridges come supplied. A bit like toys which say "batteries not supplied". PC World do not accept phone calls for less than £500 a pop. Well it seemed that way. "All our fucking agents are busy" sort of thing. Now Tesco answer the phone smartly. Guess what, they couldn't tell me. So it's now off to PC World. In all the adverts we get "people buying this also bought millions of pounds worth of ink"! Ergo, a subtle hint that you should as well and begging the question, do I have to? We shall soon find out.
Mind you, I do expect the bastards to be close to "ink not supplied" cards very soon, if not already. Just like USB cable not supplied. £1.50p from outlets other than the majors, £12 from the store. Rip off after scam manipulation, now aped by the politicos and Sir Humphreys. Chicken and egg, methinks.
So, there you have it. Modern living, try to avoid being screwed by one and end up gang banged by a whole industry. If you escape that then the tax man or "gummint" are waiting to rape you of every bit of dignity you try so hard to preserve. Still, we fight on to the last one standing, don't we?