Last week I followed my own advice to purchase deductible items I knew I’d need within the next few weeks. On top of the list was ink for one of my printers.
I went to Amazon and checked past orders, intending to re-order the same thing: A large black cartridge with 3 smaller colored cartridges. BUT – they were out of stock and Amazon suggested a different brand.
After reading the reviews on the substitute brand, I ordered it. The cost was approximately 1/3 of the HP cost. When the package arrived today, I hurried to get the empty black cartridge changed, and for a few minutes I thought I had made a mistake in ordering it. The cartridge kept popping out as soon as I asked the machine to print. Finally, after 3 tries, it stayed in place and the printer went through all of its grunts and grumbles to get ready to print.
But then it still didn’t print, so I got up and read the little screen – and got my reprimand!
My printer told me in no uncertain terms that it would not guarantee the quality of the print when I had chosen to use non-HP ink!
So far so good. After I clicked OK to let the machine know that I understood that I was taking a terrible chance, it began printing.
You might get a reprimand from a human printer if…
You turn in “sloppy copy” and expect him or her to proofread it before printing – or blame them after they’ve charged you for 1,000 copies of a brochure filled with typos, misspellings, and grammar goofs.
I recall seeing a 4′ X 8′ sign on a building that said “Get your box’s here.” I’ve wondered since if anyone in that business noticed the misspelling – and if someone did, who they blamed for it. I thought the printer should have known better and told them of their error before the sign was made, but…
If your grammar needs help…
So if your Grammar needs a bit of a refreshment course, do get a copy of my Grammar Guide for Real Estate Agents.
This guide is written to cover the most common mistakes made by real estate agents in the course of their daily working lives. It’s filled with examples and loaded with hints to help you remember important differences between similar words.
You have until midnight on Sunday night to make purchases that will be deductible on your 2023 income taxes. So check your printer ink, business cards, and all the other business supplies you use regularly.
Yes, if you wait, you can just deduct them next year, but…
- With the goofy way our legislators behave, who knows? We may not be allowed to deduct a thing by this time next year. And in addition…
- There is the time value of money to consider. Whatever you don’t have to pay by April 15 is yours this year. And with inflation still on the rise, today’s dollar is worth more than next year’s dollar.
Hurry! January 1, 2024 will be here before you know it!