I’m sick of paying $100 or more every time I crank through two or three thousand pages of printing. Back in the old days, printer drums and toner cartridges were replaced separately. Drums lasted 20,000 pages or more and could be persevered with even if they weren’t giving you great quality. And toner cartridges often cost less than $50 and were just cylinders of PVC with yucky black powder in them.
Today they printer manufacturers have got onto the same lurk as drug dealers, which is to sell you stuff for next to nothing – like the fancy multi-function centre to my right for $150 odd (less than you can buy the attached scanner with a page feeder) – and then milk you for money with cartridges.
So here’s my bleg. Tell me of a decent printer that’s for small office use – ie, I don’t really care about its speed, its not for a bank of office workers in its own room – that may not be the cheapest around, but is good value to operate!