#writerslife: Printers are a Pain!

I was going to write about something personal using the hashtag, #thepersonalside, but I’m not quite ready to tell you about the goings-on husband and I are trying to accomplish. Maybe next week. So, this week I’m using the hashtag, #writerslife. 🙂


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I’ve been missing one piece of equipment to finish the rewrite/revision of my very first and only novel.

Because my penmanship has gotten atrocious, I’ve been doing everything on the computer. That way it’s not only printed so it’s legible but a lot of the spelling and grammatical errors can be taking care of with ease.  Be that as it may, there’s not that feeling I get when I hold a story in my hands. I’m thinking I need this even if it’s my first draft so I can mark it all up with what I need to change, omit, and add. Sure, I’ll need to deal with my godawful longhand, but I also think I’ll feel the fervor of writing that I miss sometimes with the computer.

Howbeit, printers don’t come cheap. My husband and I are not rich by any means. In fact, we’re rather poor. I wear hand-me-downs and husband wears wear-out jeans for yard work. We make do with one car. Yep, our belts are darn tight. I racked my brain for an answer to this dilemma and I did come up with a possible solution. I bought a Kindle Fire with a gift card I received for my birthday a couple of years ago. I could transfer the manuscript to my Kindle and be able to sit anywhere I want and use the tiny keyboard to make notes. Not as good as having the paper in my hand but not as cumbersome as the PC.

Then, lo and behold, we finally received a refund from the roofing company that didn’t do a good job on our roof. [I am so thankful we found Jon Hoover who did such a wonderful job on replacing our roof.] We hopped into our car and headed over the Staples.

As dinky as this town is, I don’t think it would survive without Staples or another office supply store, especially these days when there seems to be so many who are in business for themselves. Walking through their door, I made a sharp turn to my right only to be redirected by husband to go straight back and to my left. Shows how often I’m at Staples. 😕

A clerk headed us off at the pass saying there was a printer on the closeout table [which is to the right when you first come in]. It was the kind I was looking for that works with toner. [True, it won’t print out a rainbow of colors. All I need is black anyway.] The price was $99. Inside I’m yelling ouch even though we could go higher if we had to. There were a few hitches with this “bargain” though. It didn’t come with a manual, disk, or even the simplest of instructions. There also wasn’t any box for it. The clerk, a paunchy guy who was bald on top, told us we could get the manual online.

I stopped breathing for a moment. I was incontestably uncomfortable going ahead with the purchase. Yet, I couldn’t figure out why. I could only sense it. I looked to my husband to see if he might be having the same gut reaction, but it didn’t look like it.

When we got it home, husband started setting it up on a microwave cart we placed between his computer and mine in our “computer room”. As he worked I paced. Nothing about this printer felt right. Husband found the manual online but it was an image that was too small to read. My stomach was talking to me at that point. I told husband I didn’t think we should have gone for the closeout printer and walked out of the room.

When morning came the following day, husband was agreeing with me. We had two weeks to return it so we were able to wait until Friday after husband got off work. [We try our best to keep life simple.]

Bringing it back to the store, I scanned what I could see of the store, hoping that clerk wasn’t around. A woman, a clerk who has helped me before, motioned us to the counter. This woman knew her way around technology, which gave me a calming sensation. She refunded us the money we spent without any hassle.

Moseying back to find the printers, I saw that other clerk. I whipped around, hoping he wouldn’t say anything and just go about his business. That’s exactly what he did.

We looked at the printers in their normal aisles and found one almost like the one we returned. However, this one had the box with the manual and disk inside along with the printer. To boot, it had a sales tag on it of $99. Come to find out though, that sales tag should have been removed because the item wasn’t on sale anymore. The actual price was $169. Because it wasn’t removed, the clerk sold it to us for the sales price.


I love it when we can make out like bandits. 😛

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18 thoughts on “#writerslife: Printers are a Pain!

  1. That’s a pretty good story, Glynis, but I think the real bandit is the first clerk who tried to pull one over you and your husband. I hope the new printer is everything you need.

    I’ve noticed that printing ink is really expensive. Maybe your new model uses a cheaper ink.

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    1. Shari, I got some really bad vibes from that man. I didn’t like him at all. I should have gone with my instincts instead of with the flow. Yes, this type of printer uses a toner instead of cartridges of ink. The ink doesn’t dry out like it does with cartridges. 😛 However, the toner has only one color, black.

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  2. I have tried to edit small documents on the screen, and I just don’t do as good a job as I do with paper. I like to be able to make a note and then cross it out later when I realize (remember) why I wrote what I wrote. Something may still have to change, but not what I thought at first. I hope you enjoy the new printer. I’m not sure I’d worry about running into the first clerk – I think he steered you wrong on purpose, and I think I’d be able to tell him that (even though I’m not that good at standing up for myself).

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    1. I think there will always be that special connection between the writer and the pen/pencil that can’t be achieved on a typewriter or computer. I know I need that connection to find what needs to be changed in my story.

      I don’t think I’m what you would call afraid on that clerk. However, I am afraid of what I might say to him because I have this tendency to shoot from the mouth when I feel an injustice has been done. I’ve embarrassed my husband a few times because it comes out before I can stop it. It usually happens for the right reason, of course, but rarely at the right time.

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  3. I love it when customers outsmart sales clerks, especially when they are arrogant and have attitude. Well done to you, Glynis. I still have my printer that is at least 7 years old. The problem is I’ve updated my desktop, done on the cheap and the new OS doesn’t accept the software for it, so I’ve had to download an outdated program. I do like technology, but it can be a right pain especially as they are constantly updating!

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    1. The second clerk we had was so accommodating, I almost felt I should pay the higher price. However, it was probably that first clerk who forgot to change the tags so I’m hoping it got him fired.

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  4. Azhar Hamrat

    I am prefer Epson using Ink Tank System on my side, altough it’s not cheap but the printing cost can save you in the long run.


  5. Ava smith

    Maintaining your printer to get good quality results is a difficult task. From my personal experience, I have learned that buying a low-cost printer doesn’t actually mean, it will cost low in cartridges, until they are any third-party compatible cartridges with good page yeild. I have experienced this buying a pack from: https://printer-ink-cartridges.co.uk/


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