Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




HP Accused Of Expiring Ink Cartridges

from the must-use-by... dept

What is it with printer manufacturers and their increasingly sophisticated means of screwing over the customers who buy ink from them? Even going beyond various attempts at using technology to block out competition, printer makers have long been accused of having their printers claim a cartridge is empty when it's still 25% full. However, some consumers are claiming that HP goes a step further, and includes a "must use by" date encoded in the chip in their ink cartridges, meaning that if you don't use the ink by a certain date, no HP printer will let you use it any more. It's not clear if the complaint focuses on the fact that this exists at all, or (more reasonably) that the expiration date isn't given to consumers. HP's defense, of course, will most likely be to point out that older cartridges may clog up, causing damage to the printers. Which may, in fact, be true. However, without telling the buyer that the cartridge expires, they may have opened themselves up to trouble, as many people will assume the cartridges will remain good.

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    Kathy Lawrence, 27 Dec 2011 @ 6:13am

    Printer Ink - Yes they Do - Issue an Expiration

    HP - Issues an Expiration - Date - this is a PITA and Costing Consumers a lot of Money . They don't like getting Nickered and Dime'd to Death ! As these which Use to cost
    $7.50 - $9.00 - are Now $24.00 - $36.00 & UP !

    I heard Ford & Chevy - will do the same thing , Sorry You
    have had Your Automobile to Long - which means
    1. Your Insurance Co - will have to give You a Fat Discount !
    2. You won't be generating Sales Tax - Oooopps !
    3. You might save to much money,and won't be easy to Control. It all a Big Communist Plot - They are a Bunch of M.F.'s

    Really Go back to the Cheapo Shock absorbers, Cheap Brake Pads , No Rust Proofing , Soft Windshields , Cheap paint
    Now it's Computers that say You must Pay More - to have Your Codes Read , You Must Pay More to have Your Tires Changes ( Air Pressure Sensor ) especially If You change Rims - OMG $24.95 for a Seal Kit which is for 1 Rim !
    HHhhhaaaaa ! WTF !
    Fuel Pressure sensors that cost $139.00 - Last I Knew
    these Sensors were like $3.95 as Electronics - Prices have all come Down !

    It's all a Bunch of BS - just to generate Money and Jobs !
    They better Figure a way to generate Money from building
    Huge Water Purification Plants .
    Keeping Our Salmon 12 million from going to Japanese Boats
    that's why only 3 million came back !
    Plus I have another 42 Reasons !
    That these Congress and Senators-should all get Pissed ON !___!!__!!____!!)________!!

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