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      I have to say I agree. We have a printer because it is needed for school papers,

      but my kids would also routinely print out anything that caught their eye,

      including full color photographs. My husband is computer illiterate and would

      also waste a ton of ink printing out things that were not needed such as maps

      and directions. I know sometimes its necessary, but for our purposes, most

      things like that can just be jotted down on a piece of paper. We run out of ink

      constantly and I’m not in any hurry to replace it.

      I print school things out at my office. Probably not the best thing to do, but

      my boss doesn’t mind and it helps.

      Donna

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      From: herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com>

      Date: 2007/11/12 Mon PM 02:00:55 CST

      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

      Subject: Budget101.com : Re: printer question

      Over the past few years, many big name companies have started using

      microchips to monitor the ink level left in a cartridge. That microchip

      knows when the cartridge should be empty, and doesn’t recognize a

      refill.

      I do disagree with the “FORCED to buy a brand new very expensive

      cartridge every time!” simply because people can get away without

      printing stuff. We own a printer- which is still in the box, in the

      closet, where it’s been since we were given it.

      I don’t print things- and when I absolutely need something printed

      (which is maybe once every other week), my husband prints it off for me.

      It’s insane what people are willing to buy, because they think they

      NEED it, as opposed to WANTING it. I know people do use printers for

      work & school, but the average family uses it to print out stuff that

      isn’t needed, but rather, wanted.

      Technology isn’t needed. It’s wanted.

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Herlean wrote:

      >

      > In my experience, many ink manufacturers do something to the

      cartridges so you either can not refill the things at all; or if you

      do, they don’t work nearly as well as they did to start with. It is

      horrible! You are FORCED to buy a brand new very expensive cartridge

      every time!

      >

      > Herlean

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