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Been seeing a lot of ads on the tv lately for HP PhotoSmart printers. Before I continue, I just want to say up front that I'm getting real tired of companies abbreviating themselves. Hewlett-Packard? No, it's "HP". Computer Discount Warehouse? No, it's "CDW". Kentucky Fried Chicken? No, it's "KFC". Burger King has tried, and thankfully failed, to get everyone to call them "BK". What's next? Barnes & Noble to "BN"? Johnson & Johnson to "J&J"? Are all companies in the future just going to be letters?

Small note: Before anyone gives me flak, yes I know I refer to my company sometimes as "FSP", however, it only happens on the 'net and it's only so I don't have to write out my company name a bazillion times. I do not make any effort to literally change my company name entirely to an abbreviation.


So HP's got these PhotoSmart printers. They have these oh-so-happy commercials showing the joys of printing photos. I've seen the television commercial where a guy is taking a crapload of pictures of himself. I've also seen the commercial of the lady taking photos of her kids and making a pseudo mural on what appears to be a home office wall. In any case, HP is attempting to promote the printer's "fun factor".

Here's what I think about that:

First of all, have you ever printed a photo? It takes forever to print.

Secondly, have you ever purchased "photo quality" paper? It's really expensive.

Third, have you seen prices for ink catridges these days? It's insane how much you pay for ink.

In both commercials I've seen, the photo paper used (that is seen and more or less wasted) would cost more than the printer ITSELF. Combine that with the ink cost, and you're looking at spending 200 to 300 dollars EASILY.

Why in God's name would I want to spend 80 bucks on a crap-ass cheap-o HP inkjet photo printer when it's going to cost me more than TRIPLE the cost it would just to take it to the damn photo shop for the same thing? I mean, yeah, I won't get that instant gratification of printing it myself. Come to think of it, it's not that "instant" at all since it takes forever to print a photo.

I'll continue to take my photos to the photo place, thank you very much. HP, you can keep your crappy inkjet printers. Stick with the Laserjets, it's what you do best.

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