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Scanner! - The art of Thornwolf
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Scanner!
Okay yeah I know I said this was an art journal but I feel like hearing myself talk. Ready? Okay!

So, like I said, my scanner broke in shipping. The thing has never worked for me, in fact I have to say that my scans of Fat Bottomed Thorn and Fatty Astolpho looked like crap because of this scanner, which I apologize for. Once I get a new scanner I'm gonna rescan them come con time because I wanna properly advertise them for FC. Basically what it would do to EVERYTHING I scanned was there was always this gray blotch on all the images, like the paper was buckling and raising up from the scanning surface, but it wasn't. it was perfectly flat. The only time it kiiiind of worked was when i pretty much pressed really hard down on the scanner to make sure the image was flat. But now it just..flat out doesn't work.

So! I took it back in to Staples to return it, had the warranty and all that jazz. My dad bought me the scanner so obviously he wasn't with me, I didn't have his card, they didn't even ask to see my ID, and they gave me CASH back for the scanner even though it was bought with Debit. oooOOooo that is odd and a half. I have NEVER had any return be that easy in my whole life, and what's more, I've only been able to get store credit before. That's not really...secure though is it, that they'd hand me cash like that when its not my card. Hmm!

gearpony was telling me about how HP basically sucks now that Compaq bought them and if my scanner was any indication of it, I'd have to say I agree, even though my last HP scanner was perfect, I loved it. She suggested I take my refund and instead of buying another HP product, buy a Microtek. She has one, I really like it a lot and it's a damn fine scanner as far as quality goes.

So, its gonna be a little longer before I'm able to acquire said scanner, but fortunately Gutter is letting me use her's in the meantime if I need to scan anything important.
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saitenyo From: saitenyo Date: October 25th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Really? I thought they bought Compaq, and made Compaq's crappy products better instead of the other way around?

I've got an HP psc 2175 2-in-1 scanner/printer and it's amazing. But it may depend on the specific model. I had another HP scanner before this that I hated.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 25th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
ive heard from 2 people now that Compaq bought HP and puts HP's name on Compaq stuff. *shrugs!*

Yeah I don't remember my last scanner's model but the one I returned today was a Scanjet. Beware the scanjet!
From: senotay Date: October 25th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
All I can say is I'm somewhat dissapointed my Canon survived the fire.

Dear god, why did the Canon survive the fire?
katarina42 From: katarina42 Date: October 25th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a Visioneer One Touch. My previous scanner, which lasted many years, was also a Visioneer One Touch. I got both of them at Best Buy. *Highly* recommended. I've never had any problems with one, short of my old one finally burning out and dieing.
From: animarelic Date: October 25th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
My 'visioneer one touch' is on it's last legs, and while it was an awesome scanner initially, now it's really -not-. I get a lot of color information loss and it puts these nasty lines on the left side of my work.

It's an old scanner though. So probably if one ends up getting the visioneer, they should have a mind to buying another scanner in about 5-6 ish years to prevent being stuck with a crotchety scanner.
hartssong From: hartssong Date: October 25th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay clarification! Of sorts! When you buy something with a debit card and use the card as credit, it will go back on the card. But when you use it as a debit, they consider it much like paying in cash, hence they normally give you cash right back. My store does the same, though we damn near require fingerprints and your mothers maiden name if you want to return anything.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 25th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
These guys offered me cash as like, their first offer. They were all "well yeah we can return it and give you cash, do you have the card? no? thats okay...lemme get a manager to open the drawer" :O

i was shocked.

Thanks for the clarification! that makes a lot of sense now.
hartssong From: hartssong Date: October 25th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
That's basically what we do. "Oh..you put it as debit? Well we'll give you cash for it." We NEVER put it back on the card. It's just weird..but that's how it works I guess. They probably don't have as much of a problem with people digging through thier trash for reciepts and people tend to keep reciepts for things like electronics. Besides your too short to be a trash digging bum.
growing_rose From: growing_rose Date: October 25th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
At my store, we can't return money to a debit, I don't think. I put a debit through the other day before I looked at the screen after ringing in a certain card and lo, it took 10.99 off the final price. I was just told to do it like a cashback.

Then again, I work at a grocery store in Canada, so it might be different than you. ;P
From: animarelic Date: October 25th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some friends of mine ended up getting a really nice scanner/high quality photo printer combo (since plain old flatbed scanners are apparently an endangered species at this point) and at first I was skeptical, but when I saw the quality of the prints it made, I was impressed!

She's also a proffessional fandom artist, and she now makes all her own regular sized prints - no more trips to kinko's.

It was a little more pricey than just a plain flatbed, but I'll try to find out the brand name for you. It might be worth it since you do the con-circuit thing.
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