We keep a printer here at the house along with a desktop computer. I don’t know people enjoy a laptop or ipad. I love the desktop best. I think it’s what I go used to when I started using a computer and when it comes to things like electronics, I’m an old dog and don’t like new tricks, at all!
I have had the WORST problems with printers since moving to this house. We’ve been here four years. I came here with a printer. It was working.
We had a garage sale the first fall we were there in 2016. One of my childcare families put a couple things on the garage sale including a printer. I bought it from her for a back up for $20 and it came with a couple cartridges. Shortly after that our printer died and I started using the garage sale one. That lasted quite awhile…16 months or so.
Then to Walmart and I bought a printer. It was terrible. I went back about four months later and bought another. I HATED IT. HATED. SERIOUSLY HATED it. I quit printing things for the childcare kids as it was so much work to get it to work. I can’t begin to explain the frustration. Sometimes it would take 10 minutes to get the printer up and going before it might try to print anything.
I felt too guilty to buy another one. I have already bought two printers in just over 6 months with neither working!! AHHH!
Then at the beginning of December Kelli, Hubby and I were in the vehicle together driving to Lucy’s birthday party. Kelli and were talking about something and I ended up getting quiet. It was about a pattern that needed to be printed. I, unknowing how upsetting the computer printer actually was to me, found myself upset. Kelli said, “Do you not work on that because of the problems with the computer printer?” I don’t know if I was over emotional or what that day but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back and before I knew it I was crying over my computer frustrations.
Then Hubby not knowing, but with good intentions, said, “Why don’t you just buy a new one?”
Well that made it all worse. I was crying even more because I had no idea what to buy? I had bought a Cannon and an HP, both were terrible….and now they found me out…I was stressed out over a DUMB computer printer.
So…when Buck was home just after Christmas he brought a printer with him. Hubby had told him to have Lora get one for me. She works at Best Buy and knows what is returned the most and what isn’t. She knows what people complain about and what they don’t. They ended up getting me a HP Office Jet 5255
I am in love. The printer is wireless and the wireless works. The others were suppose to be wireless and they didn’t work. I can print from my phone or other devices.
There was no real “learning curve” to it. It was easy to run right away. It took Buck about 15 minutes to entirely set the printer up. He also set up program for me called HP Instant Ink. It is a wonderful program.
Print quite a lot because of childcare. I print coloring pages and projects for the kids and I print things for me that are personal, quilting and business related. Sometimes I can’t keep up with it all and run out of ink.
Well this program sent me a color and black and white cartridge. Then it keeps track of how many copies I make. Then it sends me new cartridges as I need them. I pay a flat fee per month. There is 50 copies for $2.99 a month or 100 copies for $4.99 a month or for busy people 300 pages for $9.99 a month. I don’t pay extra for the ink. It’s just a flat fee. I signed up for the 100 copies. If I go over it’s 10 cents a copy more.
Personally I think it’s a wonderful idea. I guessed I likely bought at least 4 ink cartridges a year at the minimum. At $25, or so, each that’s $100. Now I am paying $60 a year….and I don’t have the hassle of remembering to buy cartridges. Plus I got 4 months free. I automatically got 2 free months and then Buck found an online coupon that gave me two additional months.
So far, I’m SUPER impressed with the printer and the HP Instant Ink program. Even if you don’t have my printer, you can sign up for the Instant Ink program by following THIS LINK. Best yet, you get a free month if you join.
So…I’m a happy girl now. I have not cried over my printer since the day it arrived. That’s awesome and totally worth it. Ah…one less worry in my life.