$8,000 Per Gallon Printer Ink = Lawsuit - HotHardware
$8,000 Per Gallon Printer Ink = Lawsuit

$8,000 Per Gallon Printer Ink = Lawsuit

It is no secret that in the printer market, the money is all in the consumables.  Paper, ink, and the like are where the money is made, not printers themselves.  As such, a Boston man has filed a lawsuit against Staples and HP on collusion and anti-trust grounds.

A Boston man has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing hardware maker HP and office supply retailer Staples of colluding to inflate the price of printer ink cartridges in violation of federal antitrust law. According to the suit, HP allegedly paid Staples $100 million to refrain from selling inexpensive third-party ink cartridges, although the suit doesn't make it clear how plaintiff Ranjit Bedi arrived at that figure.

For most printer companies, ink is the bread and butter of their business. The price of ink for HP ink-jet printers can be as much as $8,000 per gallon, a figure that makes gas-pump price gouging look tame. HP is currently the dominant company in the printing market, and a considerable portion of the company's profits come from ink.

Worse, recent studies have shown that toner from laser printers may be harmful to your health, and that many inkjet printers shortchange you by telling you to replace the cartridge unnecessarily.

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I've always said that! The prices of ink and toner are absurd! And, to make matters worse, both Epson printers I've ever owned broke themselves immediately upon my installing 3rd party ink cartridges designed for them. Even after being repaired and cleaned by Epson techs, neither printer ever worked well again. It's a conspiracy, I tell you!

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The prices of ink and toner are absurd! And, to make matters worse, both Epson printers I've ever owned broke themselves immediately upon my installing 3rd party ink cartridges designed for them. Even after being repaired and cleaned by Epson techs, neither printer ever worked well again. It's a conspiracy, I tell you!

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I would like to say spam but at least it's somewhat relevant albeit partially unsolicited. This will bother me all day as to whether it's spam or not.

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I didn't even notice what you were talking about until I read his signature.  It's strategically placed spam, but it's not spam.  But it is bumping a year old thread, hah. 

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It's not his signature though, he just couldn't figure out to quote properly. Hit the reply button and you can quote him and what seems like his signature comes up in the text. They dotted line isn’t the signature line. Didn't notice the date, well spotted. I think we can close this case and call it spam. He added nothing to the conversation and it was an unsolicited link. A mod should slap a ban on his ass.

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 what i used to do was just buy a new chepo printer when i run out of ink.

ie. i go to staples, buy a new printer for aprox 35-40. use it for around a year or two untill ink runs out. throw it out and buy another one. i stoped doing that cause i found that to be a waste of money, now i just go to friends houses to print, or libraries.

the worst part is that they are gouging on stuff that any normal person could see isnt supposed to be so high! 50 bucks for new ink... why not just buy a new printer....  100 pens is about 1 dollar, im sure that those 100 pens will provide enough ink for at least a quater of a cartridge....

the one idea i liked but never tried is to just inject ink back into the cartridge. 

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 I just had to buy new ink today, it was $50 for two freaking cartriges! I almost bought the refill pack just to refill my existing cartridges but I saw a huge mess happening in my minds eye and just bought the new ink for $20 more.

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Absurd is the perfect word for the price of these ink toners, specially the ever famous hp ink . I dont know why they are so overly priced, thank God for the existence of ink refills.

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