Friday, October 24, 2008

Disposables

Matthew was rushing to print out some papers for his tenure documentation. As is his tradition, he was running a little behind schedule which caused a surplus of panic when the printer would. not. print. Of course. So we spent some time researching printers then proceeded to the store. Sales guy: "What kind of printer do you have now?" "How long have you had it?" Me: "We've only had it about eight years." SG: "Really? That long!!! That must be a really good printer to have lasted that long. I have to buy a new one every year or so." WHAT!!! When we bought our printer if felt like we were going all out. To have a real inkjet printer in our house that could print pictures and color, wow! It has had its moments of acting up, jamming, disobedience. It has required its fair share of expenses in the way of new ink. Just another member of our family. It cost enough that I thought it could keep on going, but apparently it was like 106 in printer years! The sales guy's comments did not instill confidence in me. Do I really want to buy Consumer Reports best printer ever if it isn't made to last? Why can't they make things that will last 20 years? This is my problem with vacuums, too. I was replacing one every two years until I finally spent some more money. Why make garbage? If it is disposable, then don't charge $200 for it. And don't sell it to me. I don't want it.

4 comments:

Amylouwho said...

Amen.

stacie smith said...

Yup, they build them to break. We know who to blame for much of the landfill.

heartsfullofjoy said...

we have had the worst luck with printers. ours isn't working now, but we are in denial, refusing to put out more money for another. we don't even put them to much use. we don't expect that much out of them. and they still can't meet our expectations. i'm so impressed with your 8 years!

Paul said...

Amen sister! I have been fixing some things on Rebecca's car and I can't believe how many things are obviously poorly made. It takes me longer trying to put a seal back on the part than to actually fix the part. My Japanese car is much easier to fix in that respect.

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