Color Printer Speaks

All I ask of  my electronic devices is that they are respectful of the person who swiped her Am Ex card in order to give them a nice home.

Greedy, with bad attitudes, color printers are  the divas of technology. Mine does not have a whisper of gratitude for joining the groupies in my little slice of techie heaven.

Like a naughty tyke who refuses to finish a glass of milk, it never uses every drop of  ink. It whines for new ink before the wrappers hit the recycle bin. It doesn’t buy into the guilt trip of starving children in China. It came from China and knows there are no starving children there.

I didn’t realize how bossy mine was until the other day when it  demanded  yellow ink.  The cyan, magenta and black ink were humming right along with a reasonable level of saturation.

The printer screamed for me to open its ink chamber. After three broken nails and a skinned knuckle, I disemboweled the yellow ink cartridge. Confident in my progress, I charged ahead and zipped open the new cylinder of yellow ink. Big mistake. The printer refused to accept its hierarchy in my realm of devices. It launched a full-scale rebellion by screaming “please shut the door”.  An ominous warning that I must use the name brand ink flashed repeatedly across the LED screen of the printer.printer


Printers are as snobbish as project runway models. They refuse to perform if you  install ink other than their “recommended manufactured brand”. Well, it didn’t know who it was dealing with.  I had  refused to buy designer jeans for teenagers. There was no way I was buying brand name printer ink.

I knew it was holding out for the designer ink, but I was in no mood for challenges from a machine. After much jiggling, rattling and adjusting,  I jammed the cylinder into its appointed slot.

I guess I showed it. The printer prints and offers no resistance to the “off label” ink it is forced to use.

Devices should never argue with a woman who refused to buy designer jeans for sulky teenagers.



  1. How sad, how true. I’ve now reached the point where it is cheaper to buy a $29 Canon, HP or Epson printer with low-level ink cartridges already installed than it is to cough up $35 – $40 for two new cartridges (black and color) for my existing printers. I have a room I call “the printer room,” because it is the graveyard of $29-$39 printers. I think the printer manufacturers should give away printers and then sell the ink. Undoubtedly it would be more profitable and develop more customer loyalty. I am not a happy printer user!


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