As I mentioned yesterday, I got a scanner via Freecycle. But I don't like that scanner, it blinks abominably in an attempt to annoy me into buying it expensive ink prezzies. Also, once it came up to room temperature, I realized it reeked of old tobacco smoke. Out onto the porch it went.
I got an email from Epson this morning offering me a refurb V500 for $134. I considered it, then looked on Amazon, to find I could buy a brand new one for $200 now (I don't know if this was serendipity, or Amazon's price engine realizing what I was up to and adjusting prices accordingly). Or I could get a V600 (which has optics for scanning non-flat 3D objects) for $12 more. And the "today only" free standard shipping offer was still in force. *click* Uh-oh, expected delivery March 15. Free standard shipping isn't very useful with a 2-month lead time.
I mentioned yesterday that my original scanner had shuddered through a single preview scan, then started to make unhappy noises and eventually refused to scan at all, unhappily blinking its lights at me. fizzygeek asked "Are you going to try to fix it?" So I took it apart and looked at all the pieces. This turned out not to be necessary. Musing on it in the shower this morning, I realized that the slippage wasn't because the connection to the carriage was loose, it was because the carriage was too hard to move. Accordingly, when I got home from work tonight, I put it all back together and cleaned the guide rod. Sure enough, it was covered with old hard grease. With that removed, the scanner works again!
Then I get email from Amazon. My (now 3rd) scanner is now scheduled to arrive January 20.