If you’re anything like me, you never drink out of the bathroom sink immediately after flushing the toilet. You know that your house isn’t plumbed that way, but still, if something went wrong, it would be very, very gross.
But that’s not what this is about.
If you’re anything like me, you have a home office (tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law). And supplying your home office can be a pricey endeavor. Take ink cartridges: An ounce of ink can cost $20 or more. That means one gallon of ink would cost roughly $2,560. Try claiming that on your Schedule C, and the I.R.S. will bypass the audit completely, break into your house in the middle of the night and execute you Gangland style in front of your spouse and children.
May I recommend we stop invading countries with oil, and start carpet bombing the ones with large quantities of printer ink.
Anyway, it’s nice to know that you could save a few bucks by refilling the cartridges instead of buying brand new ones; that is, until recently. It seems that the manufacturers of ink cartridges have caught wind of our sordid affair, and have decided to go Fatal Attraction on us.
I learned this after taking a couple cartridges in to get refilled at a local Walgreens. When I returned to pick them up, I had the following conversation with the nice lady at the photo counter:
“They didn’t pass the print test,” she said.
“What do you mean?”
“Well, the color cartridge only prints yellow and the black just exploded.” She indicated spots of black ink on the counter.
“How did that happen?” I asked.
“Some manufacturers like to make their cartridges so they can’t be refilled.”
“Are you serious?”
Then, not even bothering to recycle them, she chucked them in the garbage can.
So, not only are they making their cartridges so they can’t be refilled but, in the case of my black ink cartridge, they’re rigging them to explode. It’s like putting C-4 explosive in the cupboard to discourage midnight snacking.
I just thought you might want to know. I may be putting myself at great risk by revealing this information; these are clearly very powerful people. I also plan on forwarding the link to Hewlett Packard, so if you don’t hear from me in a couple days, it’s because they’ve turned me into a “paper jam,” if you get my drift.