Just had to throw out over 0 of HP ink cartridges due to expiration \ndates. No other reason, as far as I can tell the ink was still good but \nthe printers wouldn't work with those cartridges.\n\nThe worst part is that this won't be the last time-unless I get rid of \nthose damned HP printers. (And from what I've heard that won't help-most \nprinter manufacturers have taken this route to rip us off.)\n\nI mostly use the ink jets when I need to print in color-and I don't \nprint in color a lot. I've learned 2 things over the years. First, when \nyou run out of ink you'll do so when you're on a deadline. Second, if \nyou're limited to a few local stores (like I am-I simply *can't* fly out \nat a moment's notice to buy an ink cartridge) then you can't count on \nthem having the cartridges you need in stock-and that assumes that \nthey're open when you run out (usually in the middle of the night).\n\nSo I've learned to keep a spare cartridge 'on the shelf'-but those are \nthe ones that I just threw out! Like I said, I don't print in color a \nlot and these last cartridges lasted longer than I expected-long enough \nfor my spare cartridges to expire. Thank god I have several ink \njets-enough that I could finish the job. But if I can't keep a spare \ncartidge on the shelf then what the hell can I do? Other than get rid of \nHP, that is.\n\nSuggestions?