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http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/stories/st...2910015,00.html

 

HERE'S THE GIST: Lexmark recently began building a small computer chip into each of its replacement toner cartridges. Without that chip, the printer won't work. This tactic is supposed to ward off companies like Static Control that manufacture aftermarket cartridges

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Lexmark should just thro in a new printer with every ink refill,lol. I've replaced my ink cartridges twice for my canon printer...totaled out the cost of the printer

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It's definitely a rip-off. I think Lexmark will lose the case, to me it looks just like the "plug compatible manufacturing" case that IBM lost in the late 1960s.

 

Look at this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...ku=L40-1144%20P

 

You can buy the printer for $50 after rebate, but it costs $40 for the two replacement ink cartridges. And those are NOT Lexmark brand cartridges. If you get Lexmark brand they cost $66! That's right, you might as well give the old printer away and get a new one rather than buying a a set of cartridges.

 

HP is being sued for a similar sleazy tactic, they put a half-full cartridge in the printer so that you have to replace it sooner.

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I really hope lexmark goes down in flames!!

 

 

 

I'm not in favor of Lexmark, or anyone else, losing control of its intellectual property. But I do think printer cartridges should be fair game for competition. That might eventually force real world pricing on an industry that today seems more drug pusher (get 'em hooked and make 'em pay!) than high-tech.

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Ive seen that message on toner cartridges here at work ( i fix printers) it has become a problem here at the hospital i work at, because the hospital and health system will only buy recycled toner and ink cartridges due the price. now when i get a call for a Lexmark laser printer with a " bad toner" message or somthing to that regard, i tell them to try to buy new Lexmark cartridges! ....it's a nightmare on a daily basis :bang:

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I really hope lexmark goes down in flames!!

 

 

 

 

You and Me both Volt !!!

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i think hp, is the worse one to do that you look at hp's cartriages and there tiny still.. i think you get a few pages and you need new cartriages. :angry: its a big rip-off with the printers might as go back to dot matrix printers at least they where cheaper. :rolleyes:

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I really hope lexmark goes down in flames!!

 

 

 

 

You and Me both Volt !!!
And me,too. Ink cartridges are too expensive now!

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I love Lexmark and all other companies like them who overprice the consumables for their products! It feels good to know that while a person may have to invest huge amounts of dough into the inks of their printers, they can at least buy the printer for super cheap. After all, I'm just a peon and these companies are doing me a favor by making me pay big bucks to them rather than to the porn industry, drugs, or pop music.

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Calculated roughly, I would say that printer ink works out at about $600 a gallon.

Not a bad mark-up :mrsgreen:

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Here's another indicator of how much of a markup is involved in the printer ink racket. We use Commission Junction and run ads for several ink jet cartridge makers. For everyone who clicks on our links and buys from them, they give us from 35% to 45% of the money. So let's say that Office Depot sells a cartridge for $40, you can probably buy it for $25 from MrInkMan or 411InkJets and they're paying about $10 of that to us! It would be great money, except that we only sell about 8 cartridges a month. :(

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Wow! Volt :mrgreen: Think I should have said $600 a litre!

LOL!! when I saw your post,,I thought it was too high of a number :mrgreen: I got fooled too :) v

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I have been buying race bikes under pretty much the same methods for years.

 

The dealer would sell me the race bike at or below his cost, knowing that I would return to by thousands of dollars in parts throughout a race season. He can't force me to buy his parts, but if I want the big savings on the initial purchase I at least give him a sizeable amount of my buisness.

 

HP, isn't afraid to acknowledge that there biggest income profits come from ink sales. Actually they boast about it. Dell likes the idea so much that they are getting into the printer buisness (lexmark rebranded printers) So it only makes sense that they just about give the printers away, knowing that the big return comes from people buying ink.

 

Putting chips in to "force" people to buy their brand of ink, is something Epson has tried, I believe they stopped (could be wrong). HP if not trying it, has always said it will void your warranty, Lexmark has pretty junky printers anyway (opinion) but I think they will fail in there venture of "forcing" people to use their ink.

 

I am sure if it went to court they would loose. Kind of like buying an ink pen that only writes on paper made by bic, wouldn't take long before people stopped buying bic pens!

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And speaking about ink ..... :angry::angry:

 

Did you know that epson cartdriges

 

are half fill it with a sponge? :blink:

 

and that you cannot just buy one,

 

'cause the printer won't work! :blink:

 

it's that a ripoff or what? :blink:

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you say LaserJet, many think that they are expensive but when you figure 12,000 docs on a single toner ( a couple of years) they are really about the same price. But without all the down time, I have a 4500 color laser as my network printer in my house. It has never had any kind of problem and never done anything more then put paper in it. Had it for about three years now, would never go back to ink printers.

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V-RºD,,I see what your saying!! but not everyone can just go out and plopp down that kind of money up front,,it would be nice tho!! my dad has the same thing,,and he has never had a problem with it,,and don't spend alot of money either. he used to get all his supplies at Sams Club and it was a good deal!!

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