A month or two ago my computer printer died. I was so sad. I loved the printer. It was simple and easy.
Kalissa was in town a day or so after it died. I was watching Carver. She called and said she was at WalMart. Did I need anything. I told her to pick up a printer. She did. She came with a wireless printer. That was fine. It was actually reasonably priced at just over $50. I was impressed actually. Kalissa, being the good daughter that she is, volunteered to set it up for me.
Fast forward to a week or so ago. I ran out of ink. Already? Yes. I was sure the printer company, HP in my case, only puts in a bit of ink and then it runs out quickly and the customer has to buy more ink. Well I went on Amazon and found refurbished cartridges that were compatible with the my printer. They came. I popped it in. UGH. I kept getting a message that said the ink cartridge wasn’t compatible with my printer. The cartridge numbers were right…what’s wrong? I tried and tried but it would only print about 1/3 of a page and quit. UGH.
I went online and soon found that HP does things to there printers that makes in hard to use the cheap refurbished cartridges. UGH. I had just spent $30 on ink. I didn’t want to waste it. This was frustrating.
I continued online to try to find the solution. No luck. I tried all the things suggested. I watched two Youtube videos. Nothing worked. I was frustrated. I had opened the package. I couldn’t return it. UGH. There went $30.
Well..I had an idea and I had nothing to lose. Why not try my idea? Here’s what I did….
I pulled the little reader off the old original cartridge. (Sorry, I have no idea what it is really called!!)
I used a glue stick and stuck it on top of the new cartridge. I couldn’t get the bottom piece to stick so I cut it off.
I popped my new cartridge that now had the old cartridge’s “panel” on it in the printer.
I printed a copy of a page I wanted for the childcare kids. Here’s what happened…..
The picture in the back is the one that only partially printed. The one in the front is the one that printed with the cartridge that I tampered with. You can see that the ink isn’t as dark. It’s not perfect but the childcare kids won’t care a bit. They will still color it. I’m going to keep the cartridge here. I’m going to buy a new HP brand cartridge. I’ll swap out cartridges and use this one for childcare and the HP brand one if we need to print something that requires the high quality looking ink. It wasn’t the best solution but it’s better than throwing it in the garbage.
Through all this I learned something…
Did you know that printer companies want printer prices to be low to entice people to purchase a printer? They don’t make a lot of money on printers…BUT…they make LOTS of money on ink. They have you stuck having to purchasing the ink as each printer has it’ own cartridge number. It’s a racket. UGH. I think from now on I’ll base my printer purchases on the prices of a cartridge of ink and not the original price of a printer.