THE INK CARTRIDGE CARTEL

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THE INK CARTRIDGE CARTEL

 user 2006-05-09 at 11:06:00 am Views: 63
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    The Ink Cartridge Cartel
    Companies take steps to protect their profits from the sale of ink cartridges
    With
    decent photo inkjet and all-in-one inkjet printers getting cheaper by
    the day, printer manufacturers are trying harder to hold onto the huge
    profits that they bring in from the sale of ink cartridges. And let’s
    not forget that many printer manufacturers include “starter” ink
    cartridges that’ll quickly run out of ink and have you running back to
    buy those expensive “genuine” cartridges. Some companies like Canon
    have wised up and included a chip with cartridges to ensure that you
    won’t be running off to buy cheaper generic carts to replenish your
    thirsty printer.
    Epson on the other hand has a different tactic.
    They’ve decided to simply sue online retailers that sell third-party
    ink cartridges for its printers. Four German-based retailers backed
    down and settled out of court when the Japanese-based printer
    manufacturer came breathing down their neck. Epson has also been
    successful in past cases against companies in Europe and Asia. Next up:
    American based retailers hawking generic Epson inks. From InfoWorld:
    The
    sale of ink refills is a lucrative business for printer makers like
    Epson. It’s also an important part of the business model typically used
    where little or no profit is made on the printer itself but later
    recouped on cartridge sales. Trading of unlicensed cartridges threatens
    to upset this business model.Given how protective companies are getting
    these days over the profits they generate from the sale of high-priced
    ink cartridges, I made sure that when I went shopping for a wireless
    all-in-one printer that I found one that would accept generic inks. Not
    to pick on Staples, but genuine ink carts for my Brother MFC-640CW at
    that store are $22.99 for black and $12.59 each for cyan, magenta and
    yellow. OfficeMax is about a dollar more expensive for each. On the
    other hand, I purchased generics from Overstock.com that work just
    fine. They cost me $10.99 for a 3-pack of black and $11.99 for a
    tri-color pack (cyan, magenta and yellow). I know that these printer
    manufacturers are trying to protect their profits, but I’m also going
    to look out for my wallet.Never mind that manufacturers don’t include
    USB cables so that the local sales rep at Best Buy, Office Depot or
    Staples can point you to the $19.95 “Gold-plated” USB cables when I get
    the same thing for a little more than a dollar from an online retailer.
    It’s a conspiracy between the printer manufacturers and retailers I
    tell you!!