As I’ve mentioned, my daughter’s going to college. Now, in the house we use a shared printer, but she’s got a low-end (but decent) color inkjet that had been unused for a year or so. I went to do some maintenance on it, and discovered it’s fine except for the fact the ink cartridges are dry.
Replacing the two cartridges – the color and black ink both – will cost more than buying the newer version of the same printer.
I wondered if that was normal, or if it was unique to this particular brand and model. Lo and behold, it’s not abnormal. If you buy a decent low-end color printer, you can expect to spend almost as much if not more when it comes time to buy the next ink cartridges. (If you buy a black only model it takes around three replacement cartridges to reach this point, by the way.)
Now, a printer will last through several cartridges – that’s just the way it works. But at this price I can’t help wonder if companies might not be smarter to start thinking in terms of disposable printers. A sealed package except for the paper slot that, once done, is pitched and replaced. After all, that’s basically where they are already.