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April 18th, 2006
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Printer Wars III: Revenge of the Ink

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Date:April 19th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
That's modern electronics for you. I call it "planned obsolescence". Stuff is designed to last only X years before you have to replace it.

Years ago, printer manufacturers built their equipment to last. The only regular cost would be for consumables -- ink and toner. Printer companies saw that this is where they can make their money, if they're not selling printers.

Then came the brilliant idea of putting all the electronics and such inside the ink cartridges for inkjet printers, thus raising the cost of cartridges. This is when the computer printer industry jumped the shark.

Printers are built cheaply now, so much so that they've become a commodity item. And of course they want you to buy *their* printer cartridges instead of refilling them or buying the generic or office-store equivalent.

This is yet another sign that we live in a materialistic and disposable society. And I don't like it one bit either.
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