I’m Sick of Printer Ripoff, Are You?


I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of being ripped off by Epson, HP and Lexmark. They have figured out that if they essentially give us the razors (printers) we'll buy their proprietary razor blades (ink cartridges) no matter how badly they rip us off.

In the past few weeks of investigating and experiencing this outrage, I've discovered that:
  1. Ink cartridges have built-in expiration periods so that they appear to your computer to be empty well before they are, based only on the passage of a specific number of hours of life from cartridge "initialization".
  2. Ink cartridges' ink level sensors are either frequently defective or intentionally misprogrammed so that they show empty when the cartridge is not in fact empty.
  3. Printers are designed so that if any one cartridge goes dry (or appears to) the printer becomes non-functional. This means that even if you only *ever* print black ink, you must keep replenishing color cartridges that expire despite not being used. I'm not sure but this may constitute a form of bundling that violates federal law.
Don't believe me? Check out this photo of the huge reservoir of ink remaining in a cartridge that my Epson printer reported as empty. 

The fact that all printer manufacturers engage in these deceptive and fraudulent practices leads me to smell a conspiracy. I'm writing my Congressman about this today and asking him to call for an investigation into the matter.

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