WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

What is it with the high cost of ink for printers?

People gripe about gas prices (even now), let alone any proposed increase in the state's gas tax.

They gripe about rising postal rates, prices for fresh produce at the supermarket, pharmaceuticals (with higher insurance deductibles these days), etc.

Does anyone ever complain about the high prices for ink for printers?

An article in today's NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reminded me about the pricetag for a single ink canister / cartridge, which can exceed the price of a cheap printer. But that's the "catch"...


Posted at 7:38am on February 6, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Feb 6, 2014 10:03am

Explains all... Explains everything.

Thu, Feb 6, 2014 10:07am
As always. More government regulation is again best for consumers. One of the prime reasons for our soft economy, is our unregulated business practices... Lack of government regulation is ruining America. We need more, not less.


How does a HP boost profit margins in a quarter? Fill its cartridges only half full...

Thu, Feb 6, 2014 10:29am
If you haven't seen complaints about this, you're not reading tech journals/websites.

Why do they do it? Because they can. Cheap printers. Expensive ink. Not a new formula. King C. Gillette did it more than a century ago. Give away razors; sell the blades.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 3:10pm
Gillette showed the way and the rest is history. Sell the device cheaply, if not give it away for free, then make your money from the consumables.

Industry does this all the time. They'll sell you a piece of lab equipment, at a break-even price or for even less, possibly even give it away for free [here's the important part] with a contract where the customer agrees to purchase a certain amount of the consumables each year. Another option quite often is they'll lease the equipment to you by the year. You still have to buy any consumables and maintenance / repairs you pay for; or they'll sell you a maintenance agreement by the year, etc. Just other versions of the Gillette model.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014 4:46am
I still don't get these advocates of communism (i.e. Kavips). They're totally blind to the fact that regulation raises the price of everything, and the consumer is the one ultimately screwed. It's just like the commies to play class warfare and pit the people against business and each other.

Of course government is ALWAYS squeaky clean - at least in the minds of communists.

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