Friday, June 7, 2013

And it almost ended up being tossed in the pool ...

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

The other day I needed to print something in color.  My old color printer had gone to printer heaven (prematurely, I found out later), and so I hooked up a new one to the computer.  Oh, but first I needed to download a printer driver .... and that's where the fun began.  Or rather, the fun ended.

I loaded it, it wouldn't take.  I uninstalled it and started over.  Okay, this time it loaded, but now the ink wouldn't work.  I went to the store and bought a new ink cartridge.  The color worked, but now the B&W wouldn't work.

I gave up.  I emailed my file to Mr. L and he printed it on his computer.  Time lost?  Three hours.

I haven't given up on making that printer work, but I sure have lost patience.  I love my laser printer.  It's eight years old and I've been babying it along because it works so well.  While looking at color printers, I looked at the latest version of my laser printer and it looks cheesy in comparison.  I know when I have to replace it that the new one won't work half as well.

Planned obsolescence.  What an obscene term.

My toaster is 56 years old.  we had to replace the plug a couple of weeks ago, but it now has a new lease on life.

I like products that not only work well, but KEEP working.

What disappointing product are you dealing with this week?