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    I helped a Best Buy customer!

    My wife and I went to Best Buy the other day, she was looking a cd and a movie, while I came along to play w/ the displays...

    They happened to have the same printer I have been considering buy (hp 6500 wireless) on display and powered up- so I played w/ it a bit, confirmed how easy it was to connect it to a wireless network (takes like 2mins) by connecting it to the Best Buy wifi (unsecured....) network...

    A little while later, after my wife found what she was looking for I dragged her over to see the printer, and as we were walking away another couple came up looking at the same printer, and with them was as Best Buy rep... First thing, the Best Buy rep told them that they needed a USB cable connected to a computer in order to set it up on the wifi. And 2nd, there were signs next to the printer stating that it did not come w/ a usb cable- $40-ish in addition to the $150 for the printer... My wife overeard and told me to go talk to them, so I did. I demostrated how to get to the wifi connection wizard, and they were all happy- including the best buy rep...

    The next day I went and bought the printer from Costco for $10 less, and when I opened the box up, lo and behold, it came w/ a usb cable in the box.

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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    Quote Originally Posted by blur xc View Post
    My wife and I went to Best Buy the other day, she was looking a cd and a movie, while I came along to play w/ the displays...

    They happened to have the same printer I have been considering buy (hp 6500 wireless) on display and powered up- so I played w/ it a bit, confirmed how easy it was to connect it to a wireless network (takes like 2mins) by connecting it to the Best Buy wifi (unsecured....) network...

    A little while later, after my wife found what she was looking for I dragged her over to see the printer, and as we were walking away another couple came up looking at the same printer, and with them was as Best Buy rep... First thing, the Best Buy rep told them that they needed a USB cable connected to a computer in order to set it up on the wifi. And 2nd, there were signs next to the printer stating that it did not come w/ a usb cable- $40-ish in addition to the $150 for the printer... My wife overeard and told me to go talk to them, so I did. I demostrated how to get to the wifi connection wizard, and they were all happy- including the best buy rep...

    The next day I went and bought the printer from Costco for $10 less, and when I opened the box up, lo and behold, it came w/ a usb cable in the box.

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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    Seriously, though...if the guy had bought the printer and a USB cable to go with it, then if he opened the USB cable prior to opening the printer box...that's his own dang fault.
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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    I just looked up that printer seems nice, does it work completly in Ubuntu?

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    Hehe, A Printer with a USB cable INCLUDED that is rare these days that's for sure and I'm not joking, I mean it. The last through Printers I bought for customers needed separate USB Cables.

    I just looked up that printer seems nice, does it work completly in Ubuntu?
    HPs generally work flawlessly with Linux.

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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Hehe, A Printer with a USB cable INCLUDED that is rare these days that's for sure and I'm not joking, I mean it. The last through Printers I bought for customers needed separate USB Cables.
    Yep, the last printer I got did not come with a USB cable. I had a few extra sitting around though
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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    Quote Originally Posted by LowSky View Post
    I just looked up that printer seems nice, does it work completly in Ubuntu?
    So far so good- but I haven't got it to scan wirelessly though. Still working on that one...

    But seriously, setting this printer up in ubuntu is a snap. You can save your hp disks for any windows or mac computers you may encounter, or just use them as coasters.

    Once it's all out of the box, turned on and done with its self tests (that can take a bit), getting it on your wifi takes well udner two minutes, and then adding the pritner to ubuntu takes maybe another minute and away you go...

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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    $40 for a usb cable? Most I would pay is a couple bucks they're plentiful and cheap.

    Seems like every time I go to Best Buy I end up helping someone. Yet I'm always asking the questions that no one has the answers to like what chipset does that something have, generally things they don't put on boxes or things I'm looking for that no one seems to carry.

    Problem I have with a HP OfficeJet 6400 is that if you refill the ink the stupid ink level indication part of the firmware keeps saying it's low. It doesn't actually know the level of ink and it keeps track of the cartridges you've already used so even swapping between them when refilling them doesn't help.

    I want a printer that works well and has refillable cartridges that you can refill (either transparent or translucent) so you can actually see the level or that actually reads the ink levels.

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    Re: I helped a Best Buy customer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    HPs generally work flawlessly with Linux.
    Correction, some HP printers work flawlessly with Linux. Others are pure crap unless you only wanted 600 dpi black and white.

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