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August 15, 2003

USB Cable Costs (almost) as Much as Printer

Apparently I'm somewhat out of touch. I recently had my old Epson Color 800 bite the dust (got twice the mileage I expected out of the old boy), so I started looking around for cheap printers. I used to do a lot of high quality, full-color prints, but nowadays I need very little.

Decided I could get some extra use from a multi-function unit (scans, faxes, prints, copies), and after a small amount of poking around I had a short list of printers in the $100-$150 range, including the Lexmark X75. The next day at BJs (wholesale club) I saw they had the Lexmark X75 for $59, so I put it in my cart. I didn't look closely at the box and discovered when I went to set it up that it didn't have the required USB cable. Seems strange, as that's the only connection it supports.

Figured out today when I swung into Circuit City that the USB cable was $29.99, and that's for the least fancy, non-gold-plated, cable. Granted, Circuit City isn't what I would consider bottom-line pricing.

No wonder Lexmark didn't include the USB cable in the box, would have significantly changed what they could charge for the printer.

Posted by mike at August 15, 2003 10:38 PM