Thrift store score: HP LJ4L

Vernon Wright vern4wright at
Sun Jan 25 11:43:14 CST 2009

You are lucky; the thrift stores I inhabit here in San Diego won't sell if there isn't a price tag. They hold it to the next day and price it overnight...which is a BIG bore if I really want it and have to come back the next day - which won't be seniors 50% off day, of course :)

The coup I recall is the TI microLaser Win/4 I picked up at a thrift store closing for a dollar. It had been at $7, and $15 before that; I figured I could take a chance at a cuppa coffee price. It was incompatible with Linux, and Windoze except for 95 AND XP! Funny that long list of releases no one ever wrote a driver for, and then to do it for XP. Anyway, it had a good toner and innards and has served perfectly well for about three years.

Vern Wright

--- On Sun, 1/25/09, Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at> wrote:

> From: Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at>
> Subject: Thrift store score: HP LJ4L
> To: classiccmp at
> Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009, 8:07 AM
> After years of looking at an HP LJ4L I got at the Uni
> surplus that
> someone had removed the fuser from, I found a nearly-unused
> 4L at the
> nearby thrift store yesterday.  It printed the test page
> without a
> burp, but was on the shelf without a price.  I found
> someone to get it
> priced and walked out a happy customer $6 later.
> The only thing it's missing is a right-angle IEC power
> cord to fit
> behind the access door, but it works well enough with a
> straight-in
> cable.
> -ethan


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