So, we have a new printer at Casa G Sud (Free America version). The old printer - that we bought a little over a year ago - had a small touch screen that *someone* (no one 'fessed up) was a little too vigorous in pushing and shattered the LCD screen. It's weird, in that the actual touch part is completely intact; in fact, when the power is off it doesn't even look broken. However, navigating the print options is significantly more difficult, so off we went in search of a new printer.
We wound up with this guy:
Here's the thing: It was $49.99 at BJs Warehouse. The replacement ink cartridges were $59.99. Now, yes, for that price you get two of the large black ink cartridges and one regular color cartridge, but I was struck by the dichotomy of the printer actually being less than the replacement cartridges. In a pinch, you would save $10 by purchasing a new printer rather than just getting more ink.
Interesting factoid: This is the first non-HP printer I've ever owned. I started out, more than 20 years ago, with a 712 (this is the color version shown; mine was just a B&W). Over the years we've had a steady string of printers, and the 712 went to the printer graveyard only a couple years ago when we moved. It hadn't been used in years, but still occupied a place on the desk.
Back when I bought the 712, it was purchased to complement a 486 DX33 with 8 MB Ram (which I paid extra for!) and a 550 MB hard drive. I had to purchase and install a soundcard and CD-ROM drive separately, and the whole setup cost me more than I paid for the car I drove in college. The last three computers we've owned - two of which were laptops - didn't cost *half* of what that computer cost...
And now it's cheaper to buy a new printer than to re-stock the ink; I guess that's progress...
That is all.