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Kodak's New Battle Plan: Cheap Printer Ink

from the ah,-finally! dept

For many years we've had stories about the ridiculously high price of inkjet printer ink. It is, according to some, one of the most expensive liquids around, costing more than vintage champagne. Someone once worked out that if you filled an Olympic-sized swimming pool with printer ink bought at retail, it would cost you $5.9 billion dollars (yes, with a b). Obviously, that's not the cost of manufacturing the ink, but includes hefty margins for the printer makers, who give away their printers cheap and make it up on the ink margins. The printer makers then go to extraordinary lengths, including using all sorts of intellectual property law to stop anyone else from selling ink for their printers. Some printer companies have also been accused of making ink cartridges expire while they still have plenty of ink. In fact, just a few months ago in a report about how Epson was blocking others from selling compatible ink, we wondered why no printer company saw this as an opportunity to come in and undercut these raw deals, and advertise heavily on the fact that they wouldn't rip you off on ink. Apparently, it was just a matter of time.

Kodak is supposedly announcing new photo printers today, with the explicit focus on the fact that their ink is a hell of a lot cheaper than anyone else's. In fact, they're also promoting that the ink cartridges hold a lot more ink, so you won't have to refill as often either. In other words, they're doing what any competitor in the space should do: beating the competition by offering what customers want, rather than trying to squeeze extra money out of them at the expense of reputation. The reports suggest that Kodak will still make plenty of margin on the ink sales, but that it might finally force some of the other printer companies to lower their prices a bit. Sometimes it takes a while, but it looks like the market is finally doing what it's supposed to.

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    M Graham, 20 Jan 2008 @ 1:10am

    Kodak easy use printer with 4x6 photos for under 1

    I dont understand why kodak A well known name in american photos since the early days 3 or 4 years ago just quit with there peinters and I dident understand why they where the best with the nest pictures in the biz but it is nice to see them return with a much needed printer that can make doing it yourself make sence again by puting reality back meaning you save money with great do it yourself Ideas instead of costing you more to do it yourself.
    Hope I can find a rebate or discount to pick a 5300 or 5500. And scrap my all in one HP. That runs about $56.00 for 90 4x6 photos cheaper for me to pay walmart 13 cent ea
    Glad you are back in the printing arena kodak.
    I know it will pay for itself in ink Savings. I dont have to pull my hair out every time the Kids get Creative.
    What made the USA Great
    Thanks!
    If anyone knows of discounts for a Kodak 5300 or 5500 please e-mail gtmike4@excite.com

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