When did it become acceptable to sell an item to consumers without having to include all of the necessary parts to make it work? I bought a new color printer the other day that does not come equipped with – of all things – the USB cable necessary to hook the thing up to the computer. What really gets me, is that this seems to be the standard now. I just spent $100 on a printer – would it kill the manufacturer to include the $5 accessory I need to actually use it? Charge me $105 then, and include the cable!
Is this a sign of things to come? In the future, will every purchase we make be “a la carte”? Will the television come without an electrical cord? Will I buy a wall clock at one store, and the hands at another? The next time I buy a car, will the engine be sold separately…and even worse, will all of my car parts come in a box marked “some assembly required”??? Sorry, but I draw the line at having to put my car together…the Ikea furniture was bad enough!
Maybe the whole USB cable thing wouldn’t bother me so much if the one I had ordered along with the printer had shipped at the same time. The printer arrived today. The cable did not.