I originally got my laser printer to print a lot as I was doing my mother's medical transcriptions for her. Now, it's the complete opposite, as I print so little that the cartridges would dry out before I ended up printing more than just a few pages over time.
I do sometimes wish I could print in color, as there is an occasional picture of family or something that I would like to print, but because of my lack of printing enough, it's not worth it for me.
My folks are now running into the same problem I would, where they don't print often enough and the cartridges just dry up. At the rate they are going they are probably paying about five dollars per page. I think they printed out three pictures when they lasts got some new cartridges, which was about a year ago, and they are dried up again.
It's too bad that the cartridge makers don't make some type of air tight container or receptacle to save cartridges from drying up from non use. Of course, if they did that, they wouldn't sell nearly as many, so I suppose it's not to their advantage to do so. Maybe we'll try a couple of Ziploc pint size freezer bags and see how that works in keeping them fresh next time. Color laser printers are just too expensive for those who don't print every day.
I think maybe there's a little confusion. I have a laser printer for precisely that reason, because it doesn't dry out. I'm very aware of what toner is, what it's made of, and how to "care" for it so it doesn't become cakey and no longer work. I store the printer in one of those large, multi gallon size Ziploc bags to keep moisture from affecting it. I don't use it often enough to keep it out and connected. I use it maybe once very month or two.
Drying out was regarding my folks' printer, which is an inkjet printer. I am trying to figure out a way to keep their cartridges from drying out before they are actually used enough. They print three or four things, then go later on to print something else and they are dried out.
Ah. I can see how that statement could be misread. It's all good.
I thought about doing that with the cartridges, but I didn't know if it would damage the head. That's the way they come when they are new, of course, but I didn't know if regular scotch tape would be too sticky. Then again, what would we have had to lose if we tried doing it with that? LOL.
Will the tape say something on it to allude to it being low-tack? Do you know where I can get tape like this? It would certainly be cheaper than replacing the cartridges once or twice a year.
All I have right now is regular scotch tape left over from Christmas wrapping and regular box sealing tape in a tape gun. Both of those would probably be too sticky, right?