It's become a tradition: running around and spending money on new gadgets and
gizmos as I'm getting ready for a film market.
There are two ways to look at it: it costs enough just to be selling film rights at a film market
at all, so I might as well spend a bit if I think it'll make the presentations better or easier.
You can also look at it from the sane and rational standpoint that spending money now
costs the same as it would any other time of the year, but that's not as much fun, so we'll
just ignore that whole line of reasoning and stick with the insane and irrational. I'm sure
the credit card companies appreciate this, too.
just one of many printers
In past years, usually I upgrade the displays that I'm going to be hauling out there, but
so far this year I've accidentally ended up on a printer binge.
It's not that I *need* a bunch of new printers, it's that there are a few specific functions
that I'd find useful and it appears that printer manufacturers have gone to a great deal
of effort to make sure that no one printer has more than one of the features I'm
looking for. Digital cameras are the same way, but I don't go out and buy twenty digital
cameras because that's the only way to get the twenty features I'd like to have in a
digital camera; hanging twenty cameras around my neck would be a little excessive,
even for me.
Though, now that I think about it, hanging twenty printers around my neck would be
even more excessive. I have a strong neck, but that would get awkward after a while,
especially if I got in a few more color laser printers.
It started out with this Canon i960 printer here. At that point I wasn't in danger
of being buried in inkjet printers. It's a good printer, I got a good deal on it ($60 for the store's semo unit),
and I've already got a whole box full of extra inkjet cartridges for it. I figured
having an extra printer to take to the market was a fine idea.
And then someone gave me an Epson inkjet printer, which I accepted because I'd
gotten four of that model before and given them out to other people, and though
they'd all killed them since, I still had a big pile of cartridges for it (but nobody
to give them to), and we all know that the cartridges
are more expensive than the printers anyway.
With the previous incarnations of that model not lasting much longer
than a set of cartridges, maybe there's no point in buying replacement ink
cartridges anyway; I should just throw away the whole printer and buy another
one whenever the ink starts to run low. (Not that I haven't considered that before--I
can get another color laser of the model I have on sale for half of what a set of
cartridges cost for it.)
So *then* I get a good deal on a wide-carriage inkjet photo printer. That's something
I need for printing medium-sized movie posters and such that I'll have at the market.
Certainly something worth having. Most of the time wide-carriage printers cost two
or three times as much as the narrower versions, despite the detail that all you get is
a little more plastic in the middle. The electronics and printing mechanism are all
Fortunately, I did test the Canon i960 printer by this point and, though the store I'd bought
it from had assured me that all their demo models are fully checked out and tested before
they put them out for sale, it didn't work at all.
I brought it back to the store and, since there wasn't another demo unit I could exchange it
for, they gave it to their service department and let them have a stab at it.
And this is what they found: a blue "Mega Blok" building toy had been wedged into the
printer's drive mechanism. You can see how that could mess a printer up. It's harder to
see how that would be likely to happen in a computer store or how the service techs had
missed it the first time around, when it had been "fully checked out and tested before
putting it out for sale."
note blue plastic block of doom
And then CompUSA has a sale on the HP R300 printer, which prints on DVDs. That'll make my life
easier because I need to crank out screener DVDs by the hundreds over the next several weeks.
Not having to print and attach labels will save more than the price of the printer...though probably
not the price of any replacement ink cartridges I need to get for it.
At which point I finally tracked down a laptop computer that I think will make Chris Atkins
happy (and he's been pretty patient so far), but to get the $250 in rebates for it, I have to
buy a $49 inkjet printer along with it. So, that's yet another printer, all within the space of a few
I suppose it's like video equipment: I have to have at least one deck for every format
that I'm likely to use, which could do a good job of filling up a small wall if I had them
all hooked up in the same room. The big problem with all these printers is that they're
But that's all I need: to get still another printer just because it's got rack ears. I'll try to be
strong and keep myself from even looking for such a beast.