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(3) Smudged pages resulting from leaky cartridges required me to do several re-reruns, expensive in time, toner, and paper.
Next Time: Maintain two sets of cartridges. Keep my latest “new” cartridges for printouts going out-the-door, and when the job is done, swap the daily-grind cartridges back in to the printer.
The HP2600N takes 4 cartridges which cost roughly $100 each as OEM stock.
I used to buy re-manufactured cartridges but have had too many problems with them to make it worth my while.
A complement therefore represents about $400, while a spare complement is another $400.
When I am racing to a deadline to mail out invitations to a $300-a-seat course I’m offering, a delay of three days can cost me money, so it makes sense to have a “good” set of cartridges, new, or fairly new, for the critical mail-merge job or for the critical print-the-course-notes job, and use an older set of cartridges for my canoeing maps, shopping lists, and drafts of essays.
The good set can be held in a carton in the cupboard on which the printer stands, ready to be swapped in as the occasion warrants, and as quickly swapped out once the critical job is complete.
Toronto and Mississauga, Sunday, December 05, 2010 3:27 PM
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