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    Epson “charges fortune for thimble of ink”
    Kodak has hit back at Epson’s claims that its inkjet cartridges are poor value for money.
    launched a swingeing attack on its new inkjet rival last week, when it
    commissioned a study that claimed that Kodak cartridges needed to be
    replaced after as little as 36% usage. Epson blamed this on one colour
    in the multi-tone cartridge running out before the rest, resulting in
    the others being wastefully discarded.

    Now, Kodak has accused
    Epson of painting a false picture. “It appears that Epson commissioned
    TUV Rhineland to conduct a meaningless study into how much ink is still
    in a multi-colour cartridge, once one colour runs out and the cartridge
    has to be discarded,” a company

    KODAK’s statement reads.
    this study, Epson performed best because of its single-colour ink
    tanks. Of course, the ‘separate colours are more efficient argument’
    was invented by printer companies who charge a fortune for a thimble
    full of ink.”"Based on its 100-plus years of photographic colour
    science technology, Kodak has filled the colour ink cartridge with
    different amounts of ink so that during normal printing all of the
    colours are used up at approximately the same time.”To add further fuel
    to the fire, Epson’s Robert Clark claimed that Kodak’s printers would
    reach the end of their life-cycles before the consumer had recouped the
    cost of the hardware through cheaper ink.Kodak also refutes these
    claims. “Mr Clark’s first statement, that Kodak’s printers would reach
    the end of their life-cycles before the consumer had recouped the cost
    of their hardware through cheaper ink, is inaccurate. In fact,
    consumers more than recoup the value of any hardware price differences;
    compared to consumer inkjet printers from other manufacturers, after
    the first purchase of one set of ink cartridges.”PC Pro will deliver
    its definitive verdict on Kodak’s Easyshare all-in-one range in a
    forthcoming issue.