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Offline acer

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Growing business trend?
« on: September 28, 2016, 07:06:31 am »
In the pursuit of your hard earned currency, is the recent trend in Lenovogate and HP Printing consumables, a growing trend which will become the norm in the IT industry?

Just found this letter from EFF to HP asking to revert back to previous company policy being able to use third party ink refills. (revoke DRM)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/what-hp-must-do-make-amends-its-self-destructing-printers

Are HP now contributing to landfill sites with this decision?

Considering that nowadays the price of a new printer isn't that far off HP refills.. ::)

[Edit: There is a petition to sign via EFF if you disagree with the move by HP] done  8)
« Last Edit: September 28, 2016, 07:10:32 am by acer »

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Re: Growing business trend?
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2016, 08:14:43 am »
But with a new printer you get almost empty cartridges, because they make their money off the replacement ones.

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Re: Growing business trend?
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2016, 08:28:46 am »
Epson have been doing something similar (worse ?) for years.

Epson use a different print technology to most other inkjet printers where the print heads aren't part of the cartridge, so their print cartridges are really just an ink tank .. but they started adding chips that told the printer they were empty after so many print jobs (they do NOT physically measure ink levels) even if they had ink remaining.

Third party ink manufacturers then had to work out a way to add these chips themselves, or reset the Epson ones where they were they were refilling.

On top of that, Epson printers stopped working altogether after a certain amount of print jobs requiring you to send them for "servicing" (at a higher cost than a new printer) .. someone eventually wrote a windows app to reset the print count and overcome this.

There's nothing new here.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2016, 08:32:01 am by PCNetSpec »
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