Re: Re-thinking Inkjets
- From: measekite <inkystinky@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 00:00:27 GMT
Michael Johnson wrote:
Burt wrote:They already are. You can buy many brands of paper and it will fit in your paper tray and print on your printer. I use ilford and epson paper in my Canon and use Hammermill in an HP as well as Canon."Michael Johnson" <cds@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:Zr6dnWvHD9LDBA7anZ2dnUVZ_hGdnZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxLF wrote:Inkjet design took a wrong turn, actually several of them. My 20-year-Today's economic model for color printers, both laser and inkjet, is to sell the printer cheap and then gouge the users on ink consumables. This model apparently works because every printer manufacturer uses it.
old HP Deskjet runs fine (with several roller cleanings); my 2-year-
old Canon self destructed with light to normal use. Increasing
complexity, increasing cost per page, declining mechanical reliability
and software glitches are common.
I wonder ... what would it take to build a simple, reliable, user-You ask what it will take...... IMO, it will take government intervention. I don't like the idea more regulations but the government needs to treat ink consumables just like motor oil, brake pads, gasoline, tires etc. That is the ink/toner in printers are consumables and any business entity has the right to market substitute cartridges for any printer. The idea of granting a patent for ink/toner cartridges only promotes monopolistic practices by the printer manufacturers. A new cartridge design does nothing to improve the product in any meaningful way and these patents are being abused by the printer companies to further their grip on the ink consumables market and to price gouge consumers.
serviceable, refillable inkjet printer? You know, something on the
idea of OPPC (One Printer Per Child). Inkjets have the potential to
provide affordable and reliable technology? How might we get from
here to there?
Another angle the government could affect change is to mandate the current ink/toner consumables model promotes excessive waste and then mandate the printer companies engineer their printers to to give the option that the cartridges be refillable by the consumer. This would have the same affect as what I described above, IMO.
LF - I certainly agree with issues ot longevity and cost of consumables. what you've left out of the equation is the vast improvement in the last several years of photo quality printing that has occurred in the inkjet market. Additionally, you can now buy a printer for little more than $100 with which to print very nice photos. Unfortunately, the printer manufacturers have taken the business model of the old Gillette razor of lowballing the printer and killing us with ink prices.
This is why the consumables need to be put on the open market to be manufactured by anyone. Just like the tires on your car.
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