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Do You Still Have a Printer at Home?

I recently decided to take the plunge and get rid of our household's printer. . . and NOT replace it. That's right, I am going to be printer free in 2008! This decision has been a long time coming. We haven't used the printer that sits on the desk for what feels like ages, choosing instead to hit up Kinko's or Office Max with a thumb drive (and I know some of you rapscallions do it at work).

This convenience (and cheapness) is exactly what I need right now. What I don't need is a big hunk of plastic taking up room on my desk and costing me half my paycheck when I need to replace the ink cartridge — which, of course, I can never identify in the store unless I bring in the exact cartridge I pulled out of the printer. Phew. I'm getting this off my chest and my printer off my desk!

Good riddance, printer! We had a good run. What about you?


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angieee angieee 9 years
I do have a 3 in 1. But I rarely use it for printing. I haven't changed the ink for the printer so it's pretty much dead. There are rare cases when I really do need to print. In that case, I just print at a print shop.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i do the majority of my printing at work, but sometimes i do it at home, so i need a printer.
ellenmarie ellenmarie 9 years
We've got one in the house, but I usually print my school and teaching stuff at work.
jill37 jill37 9 years
I loved my printer (with built-in scanner and photocopier) until this week. I needed to print a 12-page document right away, and for some reason I still don't understand, my printer refused. So I had to drive 30 min to a Kinkos anyway (I live in the middle of no where). I can't get rid of it because I'm a writer, but episodes like this drive me crazy.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Of course, I am still in school I need one!
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 9 years
still have 3 in 1 but never use it
CharismaGal CharismaGal 9 years
I have 3-in-one printer as well. It's really handy for the rare times I use it. Mainly to print out directions or notes to put on the fridge, and the occasional printer. I couldn't imagine life without my printer because it's way too much hassle to go out somewhere just to print one page or so.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I went a few years without having a printer. As soon as I got one, I was THRILLED that I could print plane tickets, ticketmaster tickets, very detailed directions, etc.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I have a scanner/copier/printer combo. I feel as though it's a necessity.
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 9 years
I think it'd be weird not to have a printer. I just bought a new Canon PIXMA MP610 yesterday to replace an old HP all-in-one. I'm happy with it. :)
Jacinthe Jacinthe 9 years
I have one of those all-in-one printer/scanner/copiers... but the printer part hasn't worked for a few years, I just use the scanner bit. When I need to print something I do it at my college.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Gdtwriter, Canon works great with Macs! We are a complete Apple household and the Canon Pixma series works very well, just not with OTA printing. My next printer will have OTA capabilities so I can print from anywhere. :)
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Yes. Couldn't do without it, I teach (and fine material to print all the time), will be a student for at least the next five years (print articles at 3am from Jstor), and work on presentations from home. That printer (faxer, scanner, photo printer) is a lifesaver! I do have a local print shop that I use for lots of material, but never Kinkos. Never. ;) Oh and my cartridges are $19 and $21 at most stores. Online 2 for $30. :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I work from home, so I need my 3 in 1 for work, faxing, copying etc. Also I like being able to print soemthing right away. THat would suck to have to go somewhere else to get it done.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
Yes I have a printer! It works wonders for me. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Nope I don't have one! I just print at work :P
gdtwriter gdtwriter 9 years
Wish I had a printer at home. The one I had, an Epson, never seemed to work with my PowerBook G4. And then, of course, I accidentally stepped on it (it had been sitting on the floor since I wasn't using it) and it broke :( Just had to put it out to the curb.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
My printer is up in my closet actually. I hadn't used it since I graduated in May of '06. I was going to give it away. Then in December I had the great idea to make t-shirts for my friend's surprise birthday party. So.... I went out and bought a brand new color cartridge & made all those iron on transfers for the shirts. It's back up in my closet and I can't decide if I want to give it away or not now.
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
I still have mine too.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Oh I wanted to say I found a place called Print World that hasmy ink refills for much cheaper.
laluna laluna 9 years
i have a printer but i really only use it to print on cds/dvds lately..
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i need to have my printer at home due to being in school. i have a nice laser printer that doesn't go through ink very fast.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
kitkatherine, I hear you. Kinko's is way too expensive to rely on for for as many 11 by 17s as design school requires. Also, I find the printing quality at Kinko's to be really poor and generally not worth the hassle. I'll keep my printer.
ames3560 ames3560 9 years
I'm still in grad school, so I don't have the time to be running around finding someone to print my crap for me :)
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I understand for people that don't need to print every day, but I am a student and it is a necessity at the moment
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