My printer was kindly donated by a friend - I got a printer, he got 2ft of shelf space back, but the cable that it came with was a little flakey (by which I mean it was held together with electrical tape and kept falling out of the parallel port). Then I moved to my new flat and the cable vanished.
Weekend past I decided to do something about it. I went to PC World and gibbered in fear after arriving at the cables aisle and spotting the price of printer cables. So I went next door to Maplin and picked one up for less then half the price. CUPS was trivial to configure and I can now print without scping postscript files into the office for the first time since Christmas. Happy days.