or … What Cheeses* Me Off
So what’s with the printer ink scam, rort, idiocy? Do they think we’re just plain stupid?
I’m printing a two-page train booking. Nothing fancy, just some text. I have chosen “B&W” (black and white) on the printer itself, and “Black ink only” in the printer’s settings.
Half-way through the print job, the printing just stops and a message is on screen “Replace magenta cartridge”… … Magenta is, well, a shade of red in plain English. It is not black, nor in the realm of “B&W”. I already knew the magenta cartridge was low, as every previous one of the last half-dozen print jobs had a reminder flash up at me to buy magenta ink. I did. Luckily. If I had not had the magenta on hand, I would very likely have had all sorts of problems getting my mum and sister onto their train, as it is leaving before any printer ink suppliers are open…
I can’t help but ask, why, partway through a black ink only print job, the printer decides I need to replace the red cartridge! I was not using any red. I had selected black ink only. The print job started, so I expected it to finish. How stupid of me. Having such a logical expectation…
All I can say is, what a rort. What a stinking, vile, dishonest, scamming rort the printer ink game is. You see, though I use an Epson printer (but will never buy another one) I have a strange suspicion this would happen no matter what brand I used. Please, if anyone knows of a brand which is NOT involved in this scam, let me know.
As always, cheers! Dave Smith.
*”Cheeses” in this context is Aussie vernacular for a slightly harsher common expression. At least “Cheeses” is not likely to upset your grandmother. The term was popularised (and possibly coined?) in Australia on a lighthearted TV show called “Hey Hey it’s Saturday” which had a “What Cheeses Me Off” segment in which viewers would write into the show complaining about anything from burned toast to traffic jams.