Thursday, 17 November 2016

Printer rage

We cannot get new toner (ink, I suppose) for our printer. I have had this kind of day, on the phone:

If you want this press 1, that press 2, the other, press ......blah blah blah ....may be  recorded for training purposes ... blah ...blah...blah....horrible tune....long wait....your call is important to us blah...blah...blah....brief fragment of real human voice ....horrible tune... would you like to complete survey after this (NO!)...blah...blah....never neard of that printer.... blah blah...blah....

It would seem that our two year old printer doesn't exist any more, and even if it did, the toner is almost as expensive as a new printer. Although it doesn't exist, the printer sits on my desk looking smug and...existing. It has a square, boxy little face. I want to punch it in its gaping maw. How come one can feel such hatred for an inanimate object?

Including last night, the whole wretched business has taken me several hours, and I have got precisely nowhere.

Reader, we are getting a new printer. I'm off now to take a hammer to the old one. The thought makes me feel cheerful for the first time today  😆

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  1. Have you tried www.printerinks.com? They seem to cater for all printers and I've used them for years with no problems.

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    1. Thank you, Gail, but alas, too late. The new printer arrives tomorrow! But I have spent a huge amount of time on the Internet, and even the manufactures don't seem to have heard of our old one.

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  2. It's really depressing how quickly any kind of technology is considered obsolete. So much of our time, money and resources are wasted just so someone can make a few quid selling us the new model - which will be frustrating to get the hang of and in most cases won't do a better job.

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    1. John says it's like buying a new car because the ashtray is full. Really silly.

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  3. That is so annoying - it happened to us AND those irritating help lines... they just make you want to throw the phone on the floor and stomp on it. I hope you find some toner. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Nicola, the new printer arrived toady. I shall take a mallet to the old one. I can't wait!

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  4. Oh dear Frances. Your life seems so filled with angst-making events. I have to confess that I have just disposed of an ancient printer from the loft (I bought a wireless one about three or four years ago to replace it) but I checked out of interest and ink cartridges are still available. I think the trick is to buy one that uses mainstream cartridges.

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    1. I also have a wireless one, Graham And it works fine until I want to print more than a couple of pages. Our appalling internet signal fluctuates like mad which means the printer frequently forgets what it is printing and spews out pages of rubbish instead.

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    2. Now he tells me (Graham, that is). Nicola, I think our new one is wireless. That makes me nervous...

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  5. I rarely need to use the printer ( usually for a recipe) but when I do I know it won't work for me! It is always saying it is out of this that or the other colour ink, and I have to call for the husband to get it going. No one else uses it so it can't be out of ink !! I hate the damn thing .

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    1. Frances, I think all printers have built-in bloody-mindedness. That ink thing happened all the time with our last one.

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    1. Sadly yes, Yvonne. But the new printer is up,and running nicely (after we realised we had to remove that bit of plastic that was jamming the paper and which should have been removed straight away).

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  7. Two years seems a short time for a piece of kit to be obsolete. That's really bad luck, Frances. Hope you like the new one.

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    1. Keith, I LOVE the new one because it works. Yay!

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