As you can see from the picture above, it lists the following:
- Pixma MP610
- 5 Canon genuine ink tanks
- Print head
- Setup CD-rom and printed documents
- Power cord
- Sample photo paper
- Paper for print head alignment
Then I flip the page to the other side, where I must choose between instructions for PC setup or Mac setup.
Mac, please. Thankyouverymuch.
I begin to read the instructions, which begin with these words and include a set of graphics: "Connect one end of the USB cable to the computer, the other to the machine."
USB cable. USB cable. I know I saw that here.
Where did I put that?
I look all over my desk, on my book shelves, behind my laptop. I even go through the box again. I know I've seen that damn thing. Where is it?!
I look at the little legend on the box that shows me everything Canon has included with my all-in-one printer.
There is no little graphic of a USB cable. WTF?!
No USB cable? How can this be?! I mean, that's like a manufacturer not including batteries in the package for a toy. Sure, there was a time when the package warned parents that "Batteries are not included" and they had to make sure to buy batteries, otherwise Christmas would be ruined. Now toy makers are smart and include the batteries so they don't get the pants sued off of them when Johnny can't run his animatronic Transformer or Suzy can't make her Betsy Wetsy wet. And all for want of batteries.
My point is, if you're gonna tell people to connect one end of a USB cable into their new printer and the other end into their computer so they can use their new toy that they're all excited about, then inlcude the friggin' cable with the printer! How hard can it be? I think I'd be happy to pay an extra $30 for that cable and the ability to try out my new toy immediately and avoid a trip to my local-but-not-easily-accessible purveyor of office supplies.
But noooooooooooo. No, no, no.
I had to wait until December 26th. I then had to schlep myself to Staples and get an A-to-B USB cable. Needless to say, the folks at Staples lived up to their reputation of making things easy, but Canon? Canon did not.
I wrote them a letter. This is what it said:
Crap like this is what makes me cranky and is further evidence that I'm getting old.