jamie goode's wine blog: Arrivals

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Been some fresh arrivals chez Goode. First, a new printer. My old inkjet died, and I've replaced it with another inkjet. It wasn't expensive. Inkjet printers represent the ugly side of modern retailing. The hardware is cheap; they sting you for the ink cartridges. Ink, of course, is very cheap. But by putting it in special cartridges that look all technical, they ensure that you don't mind forking out substantial sums of money on these devices at regular intervals.

The modern retail environment takes advantage of human psychology. We stall when faced with a high upfront cost, but stomach regular, less painful cash outflows quite well. The great example of this is my boys and their sticker books, where if they realized up front how much a completed sticker book would cost, they'd be horrified, and would put their money to better use. Or would they? Because their other great passion, Playstation, works on the same principle - the console is cheap, but the games expensive.

Back to printers: apparently some printer manufacturers underfill the cartridges supplied with the printer. My printer manual advises me that the cartridges won't last as long as they should because of the ink required to 'prime' the printer heads. Sounds like an evil lie to me. And they didn't supply a USB lead to connect the printer with. So I pop into a nearby Dixons. The USB leads look very fancy, but are £19.99 each. How much? Are they crazy? After rooting around a bit I find one for £14.99, but this is still absurdly expensive, even though it is beautifully packaged. I ask one of the staff whether they have any reasonably priced USB leads and get a blank look in exchange. What sort of business model is this, where consumers are being charged over the odds for peripherals? Probably one that works to extract maximum cash for minimum pain on the part of the consumer, who is anxious to get their printer working as soon as possible. In the end I pick one up in Maplins the following day for £6.49, which is still a little steep.

The second noteworthy arrival is a Fed-Ex bag with 100 Diams in it. Of the taint-free, in-neck closures available - Diam, synthetic cork and ProCork - all would have done probably done a good job with my wine. It was just easiest to obtain the Diams, and I think they'll fit my purpose well. The big question now is whether I bottle my red wine lots separately (in five or six bottle runs), or combine everything and bottle just one red wine. [The white wine is already blended in a big container.] It's a difficult choice. I'm slightly concerned about the effect of any oxygen pick-up during blending prior to bottling. But a cuvee of just five bottles is hardly sensible, if I'm to be sending out bottles to friends and colleagues.

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At 9:08 AM, Anonymous David Moed said...


I have been away and only recently saw your post about the bottles arriving and todays post about the corks - had I seen them earlier I would have responded.

If you would like to use some of our prototype corks for your wine we would be more than happy to provide you with some of our Bacchus Barrier corks for part of your harvest.

Let me know and we will arrange delivery in good time.

David MoŽd


Bacchus Wine Closures Limited

At 11:50 AM, Anonymous nigec said...


I had the same problem as you had with your usb leads with scart leads for the television set up.One for the tv to dvd,one back to the satalite and another to the tv.Mister saleman wanted me to pay £19.99 each x 3 i dont think so.Got cheaper ones.Was there a difference between cheaper and expensive ones to a casual television watcher.......i bet not.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

That's a very kind offer. I'd love to see any independent data you have on the performance of your closure in trials - this is what convinced me that ProCork and Diam were actually performing.

I'd be interested in seeing samples of your closure.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

when it comes to digital data transmission, the data are transmitted or they are not. As long as the cables do an adequate job, improving their quality will not cause them to do a better job. With analogue transmission (e.g. connecting an amplifier to a speaker - or more significantly a record deck to an amplifier) a better cable will improve the transmission. I believe that for copy protection reasons the output from DVD players is analogue. But presumably the output from a satellite dish is digital.

You did well not to purchase the £20 leads, I reckon.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

We've got loads of USB cables here going begging. If anyone wants one or two, then get in touch!

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Josh said...

You can pick up a belkin 1.8m USB A-B lead for £1 here, or you could pay £18 at PC world, for the same lead.

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At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usually the inkjets are not so expensive.But the working standards of an Inkjet is sensitive.Looks very interesting.

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