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(The Big Story)   Prosecutors surprised by new black market in toner cartridges, want to make sure the charges are clear and fuse. Hope to set a precedent that scares away any copycats   ( divider line
    More: Strange, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, black market, toner cartridge, prosecutors, Burberry, Office Depot  
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2013-01-27 07:35:39 PM  
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This just in: ridiculously priced consumable commodities spur the growth of black markets

/it's almost like capitalism at work
2013-01-27 09:35:37 PM  
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Thisbymaster: I think someone would make a bundle making inkjet printers that could take a generic inkjet cartage that could be refilled by anyone.

Why make $50 profit on a printer, once, when you can make $25 profit every six months, for years?

It has been done though. This was why all vacuum cleaner makes turned down Dyson and his bagless machine. They made all their profits from bags. Dyson did exactly what you suggest, or rather he made a machine that didn't need the consumable, and charged a premium price for it.

Would people pay $250 for an inkjet printer that cost pennies to refill when its next to a similar model that costs $50 to buy? How many people would do the sums? IMHO people bought Dysons because the rest of the machine was far better than the then competition. Had he just made a standard machine that happened to be bagless it would not have succeeded.
2013-01-27 08:25:27 PM  
1 vote:
He should have been a broker or CEO - this sort of behavior would have been legal then. Also the justice system frowns on people on non Anglo color...
2013-01-27 07:51:58 PM  
1 vote:

SpdrJay: I've found that just buying a new printer when the cartridges run dry is cheaper.....

For ink-jets, yes. Lasers, not so much.
2013-01-27 07:49:15 PM  
1 vote:
I've found that just buying a new printer when the cartridges run dry is cheaper.....
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