Epson Succeeds In Stopping Competitors From Making Compatible Ink Cartridges

from the remind-me-not-to-buy-another-Epson-printer dept

I currently have an Epson printer that's on its last legs. While the printer has served me fine for many years, Epson has just made it abundantly clear why I should never buy another printer from them. Last February, the company went after 24 vendors of Epson-compatible ink cartridges, claiming "patent" violations for putting ink into a cartridge that works on their printers. That's clearly not in the spirit of the patent system at all, but rather a blatant attempt to keep competitors out of the market by misusing patent laws. It's obviously lucrative to Epson to do so, since the artificial scarcity the printer companies have created has inflated the price of ink to ridiculous levels (filling a swimming pool with ink would cost nearly $6 billion -- with a b), making it perhaps the most expensive liquid around. So, it's unfortunate that Epson has apparently succeeded in intimidating many of the compatible ink cartridge makers into leaving the market. Obviously, Epson thinks it's in its own best interests to limit the market so they can charge such high prices (this is the same company that has also been accused of forcing you to replace cartridges even when they still have plenty of ink -- a charge the company denies). However, it also signals to consumers that Epson printers are going to be plenty expensive to maintain and that they may be better off looking elsewhere. Certainly, many of the other printer makers are just as bad, but that should be seen as an opportunity for someone to come along and charge a much more reasonable amount for ink, and then advertise the hell out of how much money they'll save everyone.

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    Donald Duck, 30 Nov 2006 @ 4:42pm

    Dirty Painting

    Analyzing the collective thoughts on way’s to pinch or scheme on these ink prices is very provocative. These racketeering multi-national corporations are fleeting the public with these “baby ass ink cartridges”. To be gunning with their high-price heavy hitting henchmen mercenary law firms at these companies that sale ‘counterfeit bogus cartridges’ that fit in our printers or simply refill our spent cartridges which they the counterfeiters make if not billions millions of dollars because they are producing an item that is probably relatively cheap to make and reselling it for a very high cost to us the asinine masses. It’s is just another example of how petty these giant conglomerates are. All be it they are in a “Market“ and they try to stay competitive with each other and these saplings that basically steal from their profits and stock value. This market is still engineered and scientifically made market to benefit them regardless of the profits they could be making off of more superior things then stupid printers.

    I was thinking that conceivably there is a printer manufacture in México or South America somewhere that sales comparatively cheap ink cartridges that goes with their printers? Probably would work just as well on most conventional printer usage. I’m thinking that foreign nations are using different ink bases some sort of cheaper version of our Americanized made in China type ink along with cheaper chips on their cartridges. Probably even a government mandatory ink base that they all use in these foreign nations. Like the price of Kuwaiti high octane gas because the people can’t afford it they use sugar gasoline in Brazil. Granted their inks might be cheap-rate in many ways still probably worth checking out.

    Example, lets say we take paint that would go into a black spray paint can for a dollar take out the bad odors we reengineer it to inject into a cartridge some how and operational in a printer? Use that paint as our INK. Obviously that paint is cheap as DIRT and if there was some how to utilize that type of paint because it would dry fast and it is in abundances. (also could be rust resistant lol) I could probably obtain 30 spray cans for the amount of money we can put in one ink cartridge. I would like to see a comparison of car spray paint prices for the amount a large office pay’s for ink cartridges. Let’s say that a car paint job would cost you 10,000 ink cartridges x $30.00’s per cartridge equals out to $300,000 thousand dollars or lets say you are painting a house and that would take 5 million ink cartridges at $30 dollars each that would be a $150,000,000 million dollar paint job on your average american home. Maybe I should open up a store and sell some ink LOL Now if I have to print something really big I kinda believe it would be cheaper to go to Kinko’s then printing it my freaking self.

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