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September 3, 2004

Don't Be A Doofus

I bought a new iBook today.

Since I was paying for it with a balance-restricted debit card (1.5% cash back!), I wanted to be sure I remained below the balance. As a result, I turned down the very nice free-after-rebate HP printer. Looking at the remaining balance when I got home, I found I had way more than enough to cover the retail price of the printer.

So instead of replacing -- for free -- my crapped-up and quirky Canon that I've repaired myself more than a dozen times, I'm stuck with the crapped-up and quirky Canon.

Which leaves me with this sage advice: for crying out loud, if you go buy a new Mac and need a printer, take advantage of the rebate! There's one nice HP -- the DeskJet 5740 -- that's completely free after rebate, and any other HP DeskJet or PhotoSmart over $149 is $99 off.

The only downside is that the free one is rather large, so you'd need plenty of desk space for it (which, along with the initial cost, was part of the reason I stupidly opted out).

Posted by Colin at September 3, 2004 9:06 PM

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