The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 October 2005

Lessons from life (one in a series)

An ink cartridge for a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet cannot reasonably be expected to work three years after its pull date.

Posted at 6:20 AM to General Disinterest , PEBKAC


An ink cartridge for a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet cannot reasonably be expected to work three years after its pull date.

Define "work" -- did they manage to get somebody to pay money for it?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:43 AM on 17 October 2005

Yeah. Me, in 2001. I'd bought a couple of two-packs for the dubious savings thereof, and a long period of Not Much Color Printing meant they sat unused on the shelf. Friday night, I ran out of one color; I duly popped in the last cartridge from this batch, and discovered that two of the three colors had dried up, or something.

I have one black cartridge remaining from this period, which I am not anxious to open.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:58 AM on 17 October 2005

Yeah. Me, in 2001.

Dang. I'm on my third printer since then.

It would be depressing if the cartridges for the ones I've replaced were still good this long after the printers themselves went tango-uniform.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:13 AM on 17 October 2005

I am loath to give up my 720c until it actually dies; it's positively ancient, but so long as it meets my particular needs, I'm keeping it.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:15 AM on 17 October 2005