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I can't resist a good deal when I see one. I recently spotted a working (I know it’s old, but it makes nice copies!) Xerox 5614 black on white laser printer at, of all places, our local Salvation Army store for $15 (fifteen dollars!). Also found a working HP PSC 500 All-In-One at the same store last week - would you believe for five $5 (five dollars!). Both of these were super clean and well maintained - office use setting. My wife bought this same HP PSC 500 two years ago for me at staples for $210. Check out your local second hand stores and garage sales, you wouldn't believe what you'll find! If you find a working printer or copier at these ridiculously low prices, and these continue to function satisfactorily for a year or more, then your way ahead of the game. If your buying a copier or printer that’s intended for business use, you can be sure that it will be MORE than adequate for home use. My HP Laserjet (there’s no reset chip in this - read below) is a Work Horse that seems to go on forever!

Which leads me to this: Let’s say you bought that gem and it lasted you a year, but now it's doing some funny things (remember you’re ahead pricewise). Fear not, most of the things that go wrong with these contraptions are minor, you can usually fix it yourself cheap, if your the handy sort. Here's a handy site for…you guessed it! Fix your own printer > http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/ And here's another site which has the parts and online instructions for servicing 88 models of Xerox (Sharp - that’s right, most Sharp models are interchangeable with Xerox) copiers >
http://www.partsdrop.com/ They also have a listing of error codes for free (Xerox doesn't list these codes at their site) which makes troubleshooting a lot easier. Xerox has a “Date Expiration Stamp or Copy Limit - Chip Module” set into the Toner Drum Cartridge and Epson has an “Empty Shut Off Print Chip” in the Inkjet Cartridge which makes you think that they have to be replaced - when they don’t! The Toner Drum Cartridge will still have a lot of life in it and the Inkjet Cartridge can still be refilled. As the saying goes: There’s more than one way to skin a corporate $ales replacement tactic. What to do? Here you can find a device for resetting (Chip Resetter) for Epson Inkjet Cartridges for only $10 > http://inkjetrefilloutlet.com/ And if you have a Xerox copier you can buy what’s called a “Xerox drum reset chip”, You can Google this and find the “drum reset chip” almost anywhere on the net. Have fun with the best, and save yourself a bundle!

Read here (***UPDATE***) about how one user extended the life of his Sharp laser printer > http://www.epinions.com/content_104922254980
I am forever amazed at the resourcefulness and ingenuity of some people and how generous they are to share their knowledge with us – Just as they are here....at the “Tech Support Guy” forum!
 
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