*NEWS*TERRORISTS SELL INK CARTRIDGES ?

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*NEWS*TERRORISTS SELL INK CARTRIDGES ?

 user 2005-11-14 at 10:18:00 am Views: 57
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    from the terrorists-and-organized-crime-oh-my!
    Who
    knew the printer ink business was so nasty? It’s well known that
    printer companies make their money on the ridiculously high margins
    from selling the actual inkjet cartridges – and not the printers
    themselves. This is why they work hard to convince people not to buy
    third-party ink cartridges. In some cases they even try to force you to
    only use their own ink cartridges. Lexmark is even suing a company that
    reverse engineered a chip that forces their printers to only use their
    ink. However, beyond third-party ink cartridges, there is (apparently)
    an even bigger problem for the printer companies: counterfeit ink.
    Apparently, a relatively large percentage of ink cartridges sold that
    appear to be legitimate cartridges are actually fakes. They are often
    found online, but they’re increasingly showing up in retail
    establishments too. While I’m sure the scary warnings about these
    cartridges (they’ll break your printer! they’ll come half full! they’ll
    spray ink everywhere!) might be true in some cases, a lot of this
    article appears like FUD from the printer companies. They even go so
    far to accuses terrorists, along with organized crime, for running the
    counterfeit operations – though, when pressed, they admit they haven’t
    been able to establish the terrorist link. The real issue is probably
    that the printer companies are charging too much for their ink
    cartridges (these days, a single ink cartridge replacement costs almost
    as much as the printer itself). There wouldn’t be quite the same market
    for counterfeit goods if the printer makers didn’t artificially inflate
    the price so much.