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Friday, February 18, 2011

Hewlett Packard Printer RIPOFF

I very rarely use the color feature on this piece of shite printer I have. We print out school papers, letters, business cards, etc. But my printer has a page counter in it, and when it has printed a certain number of pages a sensor tells the printer to tell me that my cartridges are empty and it will not print. So I busted some open today because I just bought them and knew they were not empty. Here is what I found. Half of the cartridge is empty space, filled with air. the other half has a sponge in it leaving about an inch of space for ink. I am spending a small fortune in time and money dealing with this printer and I have been to STAPLES twice to complain, the manager says yes he knows about this, HP is ripping everyone off, and then he just shrugs his shoulders. WTF can be done about this? I feel like a complete victim of our fucked up corporate monsters that are sticking it up our ass every time we walk out the door. The insurance companies, the banks, the drug companies!!!!!!!!!!!! How come WE AREN'T OUT IN THE STREETS LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD PROTESTING the fact that we are getting bent over every where we turn. I am sick to fucking death of this!!!!!!!
SCREW YOU HEWLETT PACKARD AND YOUR PIECE OF SHITE PRINTERS.
there, I feel much better :)

12 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

Yes, and so do I.

cindy shake said...

OK don't be hate'n now especially since you just posted that lovely lil' piece about the sweet lil' sheep :o) I hope this doesn't change our friendship (!lol) but I've always loved HP and HP products. In fact we just bought another HP laser jet all in one printer/fax/copier etc. and love it. My big honkin' vintage HP Color Laser 4500 has been a true workhorse for over 10 years with NO issues. I can't quit HP now girl. We buy most of our office products through Office Depot who have incredibly liberal return policies and will take back or replace ANYTHING if there is an issue. I think matching products to people is truly personal for success -kind of like brands of cars! I know that I've never met an EPSON (or an Audi!) product that ever works right for me! But I do acknowledge and understand your frustration Tracey and I'd be a liar if I said I didn't like reading your rants :o)

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

the ink thing has me gritting my teeth too. Oh, and i just realized what the term 'over a barrel' means. ;} (i think)

Jesse Lu said...

word.

Linda Starr said...

I just got back from the grocery store and everything is $5 a pound, no matter what, we are being screwed no matter where we turn that's for sure. If I was in better health I'd be like Julia and raise my own food, but alas the bending and stooping would kill me off quicker than the state of the economy BS right now.

When you print do you change the printer settings to gray scale? I do this to try and save the printer cartridges. So far I've also had good luck with HP, but I truly regret the day I donated my epsom dot matrix perfectly working printer.

Just like I rue the day I sold my old cars which I could work on myself, most parts were $25, and the insurance rates were extremely low, and they got about the same miles per gallon, and they did not pollute I have actual smog certificates to prove it. We are definitely being lied to and bamboozled in every direction from every cotton pickin place no matter how big or small.

One caveat, we are still better off than most people and most countries in the world, that's the only saving grace which keeps me keeping on.

Dennis Allen said...

All the profit is in the ink and apparently HP wants to be sure to get their share.Glad you feel better but now the rest of us are mad!

John Bauman said...

Silly girl. The sponge is what puts the annoying horizontal lines through your photographic prints. With out it, you'd never know it was printed on an HP...and you'd have clean prints. And what clean printsess doesn't want a clean prints?

(actually, I think the space inside has to do with: 1. making a housing that will fit into the clip-in mechanism uniformly, and 2. giving you the opportunity to buy either of two sizes of the same cartridge. I buy the "larger size" because the ink is about 1/3 the cost that way. But the "smaller size" comes in an identical plastic housing. It has to. If it didn't, it wouldn't clip into the printer.)

But rage on against the machine, John Henry Broome! (Notice any new ram presses around lately?)

Tracey Broome said...

Well thanks everyone! Cindy the trick is to have the laser printer, the inkjets suck and cost a fortune!You are smarter than me! And yes, Linda, give me the old cars and the dot matrix printers any old day, I just went and bought the simplest laser printer I could find, less to go wrong on it I think. Yes the profit is in the ink and YES! lines in the photos!!! WTF John!!!! Glad you are all here to listen :)

Deb said...

LOL . . . Oh my god. You know what I love about this post? Is that you start off saying "shite" instead of "shit", and then end up letting it rip anyway. Awesome . . . :)

ang said...

hmmm i've had less drama with my laser printer but it wasn't without it from day one leaky toners all over the place and it still has a stupid line that it prints whenever it feels like it....grrrr i've tried em all the best one i ever had was a lexmark B&W lazer bleeding brilliant it still runs 15yrs later or more im really bad at counting the years... :P

Michèle Hastings said...

i understand your pain... i have bought so many printers over the last few years. i used to have good luck with epson but i hated the last one. never spent the extra on a laser but maybe one will be in my future.

Liz said...

I am told that you can print ceramic decals with a laser printer... I believe fetishghost has blogged about just that very thing... since you have one now, maybe you could try that. Imagine some vintage images of farmers on the inside of your beautiful barns.