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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    Don Perry, 5 May 2007 @ 2:41pm

    Epson Faulty ink cartridge's

    In March Of this year 2007 I purchased An Epson CX 5000.The ink ran out at an incredible rate.I ordered some 3rd. party replacement cartridges from the Media Store online.The cartridges allmost immediately ran out of ink.I shipped them back to Supermedia for a refund and as of yet I've had no refund nor heard from them. I then went out to a local Target and bought new new retail cartridges from Epson. Again they did the same as Supermedias's cartridges.So I had invesred over $90.00 in ink and still had a printer that would not use the ink cartridges.I called tech support that said a certain # of cartridges had faulty chips which reported they were low on ink even though they're full.They also said at 20% they should reset themselves.This never happened for me.I went out an bought an HP C3180 which is doing a very good job and functions correctly.I think Epson is screwing the people who buys their printers.It's cost me $180.00 for a printer that doesn't work.I called Epson's Customer Service and they've agreed to replace my money for the printer.But I've still lost $90.00 dollars in ink cost.If anyone has any knowledge on how i can get Epson to pay for the ink i couln't use i'd appreciate it. Epson has gone to far with these antics.I have read other articles sucjh as mind that date back to October 2006.How many people can Epson screw before someone can do something about it. Don

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