If you’ve ever owned an inkjet printer, you probably know how it feels when the low ink light goes on. It’s fear and loathing and a trip to Office Depot. A lot has been said about the price of ink – it costs more than caviar. Over the life of a printer you’ll spend many times it’s value in the black stuff.
What hasn’t been discussed much is their failure – ink cartridges (emphasis on inkjet) are electronic components, and things do go wrong with them. Usually you just throw bad ones away, and then take out a second mortgage for a new one. You didn’t know they had a warranty, did you?
I’ve owned my present color inkjet printer for roughly five years. During that time I’ve replaced the ink numerous times, mostly when the cartridge ran low. A few weeks ago the printer quit working altogether, and I assumed it was low ink causing the trouble. When I pulled out the black cartridge, it felt light, so I traded a few Krugerands for a new one. Unfortunately, when I put it in, the printer still didn’t work.