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I've joked with my friends how it's cheaper and easier to just buy a new printer than new cartridges but I've just found myself in a situation where it seems completely out of proportion.
Since we have several hp m553's I bought a new one when an older 551 broke. Cost roughly 300 euros. Cartridges with 9500 prints cost about 250 euros a pop so 3x250 for the colors and another 200 euro for black for 12500 prints.
Another 553 is beginning to run out of a few colors but for the sake of it I printed out the status of the new printer. The cartridges that came with it says that it still got 4700+ of each color. So it seems it came with about 5000prints worth of colors.
So 300 euro for a new printer + 5000 prints or 950 euro to completely restock the cartridges.
Even if we go through with a deal to get new cartridges for 30% cheaper it seems almost economical to just keep buying new printers...
I thought printer companies had started to change this because of all the flack I've seen thrown at them, serves me right.
Buy an Epson: you change the ink only not the print head as with HP, and each color is in a separate "tank" so you only throw empties, not half full Cyan and Magenta because the yellow ran out...
Even buying genuine Epson ink it's a heck of a lot cheaper than HP.
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Well yes and no; this kind of thing has been pretty rife in the printer industry for a few years from what I understood and alot of the time, due to my home printing habits I really did find it easier to just buy a cheapo one every time (we're talking I need a print job maybe once a year if that) or even just go to an internet cafe to do so.
There was a trend about 2 years back I thought that had certain makes deliberately marketing themselves as cheap cartridge usage but I had a hell of a time trying to find them recently.
There's one company I worked with that trialed renting them. Seemed to work well economically as they did a hell of alot of printing but had a flat fee to the rental company that included free cartridge replacement.
Why are people still printing so much? I go through about 25 printed sheets a year. With phones/tablets/laptops, why must people print? (I know there are valid reasons, but probably not as many as you think)
Actually, I spent a lot of Saturday looking in mirrors and smiling. As my darling lovely wife pointed out, I barely smiled at our wedding despite repeatedly expressing it as one of my happiest moments.
For as long as I can remember my teeth have been awful and I was too petrified to get them fixed properly. Well on Friday afternoon, my refitted gob was completed with two crowns. I now have a fully functioning set of gnashers and they look danged good.
In other news, I'm back in the UK after two weeks of protoholiday in Hungariaorszag
It wasn't horrendously expensive. Over the last year I've had three pulled, 15 fillings, and two teeth root treated and crowned. All in it was less than £500; or the cost of a single root canal and crown in the UK.
Would it not have been easier, cheaper, longer lasting and more effective to simply get rid of the mirrors and other shiny things? There's a reason people's eyes aren't on the end of stalks that allow us to turn them back and look at ourselves.
It's like ugly feet. Instead of foot surgery, simply eat lots of bacon'n'mayo until your stomach sticks out to where you can only locate your feet by feel. Problem solved.
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