I got a new printer today. My old one was very crappy and printed its last page last week. I asked my kids to unplug it when I lost the connection. The light never came back on when we plugged it in.
Today, after much deliberation, I decided to buy a high end HP OfficeJet that has a paper tray with a 250 page capacity. That alone make me happy. The old one could only handle about 30 pages at a time, so I was constantly feeding it paper. This one also does duplex printing by default.
The box was huge and very heavy. I brought one of my kids, who struggled to pick up the box. A random elderly woman helped us get it onto the cart (it wouldn't fit in it) while my littlest guy completely took advantage of the situation. We nearly took out three little girls on the way to the checkout because my son was pushing the cart but couldn't see over the box. I was at the end holding on to my little guy who had attached himself to the end of the cart. Awesome, huh?
I was really concerned about spending the money on the pricier model. It was on sale for $299 ($100 off), which didn't seem terrible. They had plenty of cheaper printers that would do the job (but wouldn't hold a whole ream of paper).
I bought one set of printer ink, black plus color, which totalled about $90. Eeek.
When I got to the counter, they offered me $50 if I brought in my dead printer. Apparently HP melts down old printers to make new ones - good for them.
When I got home and opened the box after making another trip out to return the dead printer, I found two sets of color ink cartridges and a double sized black cartridge, which would have cost me $180.
So my printer actually only cost me $70 if you subtract out all of the discounts and rebates and printer cartridges in the box. Sweet. (They also gave me money for the used ink cartridges in my dead printer.)
The funny thing is they wanted me to pay about $40 for an extended warranty on a printer that only cost me $70. I'm glad I said no.
The other irony in this purchase is the thing where I haven't written jack lately and actually have nothing except a one-page outline to print.