Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Ink Monster

As someone who burns through a lot of paper, the whole laser printer toner cartridge racket really grinds my gears...
Because the industry operates on a classic razor-and-blades business model—the printer itself isn't pricy, but ink and toner refills cost an exorbitant amount—printer manufacturers have a huge incentive to get you to replace your cartridges quickly. One way they do so is through technology: Rather than printing ever-fainter pages, many brands of printers—like my Brother—are outfitted with sensors or software that try to predict when they'll run out of ink. Often, though, the printer's guess is off; all over the Web, people report that their printers die before their time.
How your printer tricks you into buying ink and toner when you don't need it.