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added Mon July 19 2004 at 11:28 PM
Today a bought a new 3-in-one printer from a guy at work. He's moving to france next week, and so he needed to get rid of it fast. $25 for a $150-$200 printer, I'd say that's not a bad deal at all. Especially since I hate my current printer. I also bought a DVD player for a similar deal ($25, and it's probably worth $100-$200). I stopped by walmart to check prices on cheap TVs, and I'm thinking I might just watch grage sales for the next few weeks. It's really not worth $60 for me to get the cheapest piece of trash TV available.

I got home and started rearranging things to fit the new printer. It wasn't too hard, since I no longer will have to have room for a printer and a scanner separately. Which brings the grand total of printers in my bedroom to 3 in various states of usability. I started setting up the printer, but didn't get very far before I realized that I must've forgotten the power cord. I know that he mentioned it, and I thought he handed it to me. Unfortunately, I must have set it down somewhere because it's definitely not in the bag of miscellanious cords and documents. Setting it down is a very not good thing, since his house is packing up to move out.

So my first reaction to the realization that I didn't have the power cord was to get online to see how much it would cost me to replace it if the guy couldn't find it in his house. I figured how hard could it be to find something as basic as a power cord for a common brand like Lexmark. Furthermore, it couldn't possibly cost very much.

Wrong. And wrong again. I think I wasted about one and a half hours searching everywhere for this stupid power adapter. Much of that time was spent wasting my time trying to fight Lexmark's stupid website. They don't even have a search feature anywhere near their front page. I emailed their tech support and got a reply email (possibly an automated system?) giving me very useful information including part numbers.

Armed with the part number, I figured that I was guarenteed to find the part quickly and easily. Unfortunately, I still couldn't find a search function. I ended up using google to find a "search by part number" feature on And I put in the part number and they say they don't have any matches!

As for cheap... I did finally successfully google for the part number. Everywhere I looked, it cost $35 plus shipping and handling for this stupid power supply. I'll try calling the guy I bought it from in the morning as soon as I wake up. And if he can't find it, then I'll try calling Lexmark. And after that, I don't know what. It seems silly to pay more for a power cord than I did for the entire printer. I'd probably do better to sell each of the parts seperately on eBay. If a power cord costs $35, I'd hate to think how much any other replacement parts cost.

So, if anybody happens to have a spare 16M0300 laying around, I'd be willing to give them $15-$20 in cash for it. Otherwise, maybe I can find some nice electrical engineer to take a few minutes looking into what it would take to acquire a 30v .83A DC power adapter. And I'll keep my eyes open at garage sales and DI. Assuming I'm not lucky tomorrow, maybe if I'm patient enough, I'll get lucky sometime in the next few months. I'm not in any current need of a printer (no school, no job search, not much personal printing).

big sis says:
jp try radio shack... although 30V seems a bit high. make sure it is >0.83A and you will be safe. the problem will be the connector, but they sell ones with a set of connector tips

wait I'll just send an email with links & pictures

posted Sat September 23 2006 at 1:58 PM

Jo-Pete says:

The guy just saved me about $30-40 in the last five minutes. He brought in the power cord and also handed me an ink refill kit. I don't generally trust ink refills because of a bad experience with a previous printer, but I'll give it another shot.
posted Sat September 23 2006 at 1:58 PM

Jo-Pete says:
If anybody wishes to buy a 16M0300, just leave a comment with your email. I got rid of that printer (for other reasons), and kept the power cord. I might sell it on ebay, but until I do, first come, first serve. I figure I'll sell it for about the same $15-20 that I was willing to pay for it...
posted Sat September 23 2006 at 1:58 PM


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